Quotations About / On: SILENCE

  • 31.
    In love, we worry more about the meaning of silences than the meaning of words.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
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  • 32.
    "You have a grand gift of silence, Watson," said he, "it makes you quite invaluable as a companion."
    (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in "The Man with the Twisted Lip," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1891).)
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  • 33.
    The screaming silence of no's knife in yes's wound.
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1967. The narrator, in Stories and Texts for Nothing 13, p. 139, Grove Press (1968).)
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  • 34.
    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.)
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  • 35.
    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.)
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  • 36.
    I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Eumenides, l. 276.)
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  • 37.
    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.)
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  • 38.
    The far-off clinching and mating of arches, the leap and thrust of the stone, carrying a great roof overhead, awed and silenced her.
    (D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published (and withdrawn) by Methuen (1915). The Rainbow, ch. 7, Penguin Books (1987). Description of Anna Brangwen viewing Lincoln Cathedral.)
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  • 39.
    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).)
  • 40.
    Slowly he entered dark and silence and lay there for so long that with what judgement remained he judged them to be final.
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. The narrator, in Company, p. 17, Grove Press (1980).)
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