Quotations About / On: SILENCE

  • 31.
    Silence is the best security to the man who distrusts himself.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 80 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 32.
    We believe ... that the applause of silence is the only kind that counts.
    (Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), French playwright, author. repr. in The Selected Works of Alfred Jarry, eds. Roger Shattuck and Simon Watson Taylor (1965). "Twelve Theatrical Topics," topic 12, published in Dossiers Acénonètes due Collège de 'Pataphysique, no. 5 (1960).)
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  • 33.
    Some subjects come up suddenly in our speech and cannot be silenced.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 34.
    I shall state silences more competently than ever a better man spangled the butterflies of vertigo.
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Belacqua, in Dream of Fair to Middling Women (written 1932, published 1992).)
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  • 35.
    I answered my father's demands for sympathy with silence.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
  • 36.
    Their very silence is a loud cry.
    (Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. I, 21.)
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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    Since long I've held silence a remedy for harm.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, l. 177.)
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  • 40.
    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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