We believe ... that the applause of silence is the only kind that counts.
(Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), French playwright, author. repr. in The Selected Works of Alfred Jarry, eds. Roger Shattuck and Simon Watson Taylor (1965). "Twelve Theatrical Topics," topic 12, published in Dossiers Acénonètes due Collège de 'Pataphysique, no. 5 (1960).)
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).)
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).)