Quotations About / On: SILENCE

  • 31.
    Their very silence is a loud cry.
    (Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. I, 21.)
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  • 32.
    Death unites as well as separates; it silences all paltry feeling.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Narrator, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).)
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  • 33.
    Silence is the most intolerable of answers.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
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  • 34.
    Since long I've held silence a remedy for harm.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, l. 177.)
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  • 35.
    Darkness is to space what silence is to sound, i.e., the interval.
    (Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist, and Harley Parker. "Toward a Spatial Dialogue," ch. 16, Through the Vanishing Point (1968).)
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  • 36.
    Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves.
    (Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949), Belgian author. "Silence," The Treasure of the Humble (1896), trans. by Alfred Sutro (1908).)
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  • 37.
    Silence is the best response to mystery.
    (Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 3 (1993).)
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  • 38.
    The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread.
    (Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. Pensées, nos. 201, 206, no. 201, ed. Krailsheimer; no. 206, ed. Brunschvicg (1670).)
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  • 39.
    Carlyle: a passionate outpouring of words recommending silence and self-control.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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  • 40.
    After an argument, silence may mean acceptance—or the continuation of resistance by other means.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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