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Quotations About / On: SILENCE

  • 41.
    After an argument, silence may mean acceptance—or the continuation of resistance by other means.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 42.
    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).)
  • 43.
    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).)
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  • 44.
    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).)
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  • 45.
    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).)
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  • 46.
    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.)
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  • 47.
    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.)
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  • 48.
    The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world is the highest applause.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Address, July 15, 1838, Divinity College, Harvard University, Massachusetts. "Divinity School Address," published in Addresses and Lectures (1849).)
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  • 49.
    Shame brings no advantage in misfortunes, for silence (of the accused) is the ally of the speaker.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 667.)
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  • 50.
    To write is to make oneself the echo of what cannot cease speaking—and since it cannot, in order to become its echo I have, in a way, to silence it. I bring to this incessant speech the decisiveness, the authority of my own silence.
    (Maurice Blanchot (b. 1907), French literary theorist, author. "The Essential Solitude," ch. 1, The Space of Literature (1955, trans. 1982).)
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