Quotations About / On:
Their very silence is a loud cry.
(Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. I, 21.)
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).)
Silence is the most intolerable of answers.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
Since long I've held silence a remedy for harm.
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, l. 177.)
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).)
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).)
Silence is the best response to mystery.
(Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 3 (1993).)
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).)
Carlyle: a passionate outpouring of words recommending silence and self-control.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
After an argument, silence may mean acceptanceor the continuation of resistance by other means.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)