Quotations About / On: SILENCE
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).)
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).)
You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
(John Morley [1st Viscount Morley Of Blackburn] (1838-1923), British writer, Liberal politician. On Compromise, ch. 5 (1874).)
Silence and tact may or may not be the same thing.
(Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 240, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).)
I have been breaking silence these twenty-three years and have hardly made a rent in it.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Journals, entry for Feb. 9, 1841 (1904).)
Silence is a solvent that destroys personality, and gives us leave to be great and universal.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Intellect," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
Don't you know that silence supports the accuser's charge?
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Women of Trachis, l. 813.)
Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not already tested.
(Elizabeth I (1533-1603), Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 11, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923).
Said in 1561 to the King of Sweden.)