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Quotations About / On: SILENCE

  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    I answered my father's demands for sympathy with silence.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    Be a listener only, keep within yourself, and endeavor to establish with yourself the habit of silence, especially in politics.
    (Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, November 24, 1808, to his grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 364, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).)
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  • 36.
    Since long I've held silence a remedy for harm.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, l. 177.)
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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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