Quotations About / On:
What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 7.)
Silence is safer than speech.
(Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Enchiridion, XXXV, 10.)
Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.
(Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Enchiridion, XXXIII, 2.)
Though silence is not necessarily an admission, it is not a denial, either.
(Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Paulus, L, 17.)
Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
(Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French general, president. Quoted in André Maurois, "The Art of Leadership," The Art of Living (1940).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
I answered my father's demands for sympathy with silence.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)