Quotations About / On: SILENCE

  • 41.
    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).)
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  • 42.
    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).)
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  • 43.
    Carlyle: a passionate outpouring of words recommending silence and self-control.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    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).)
  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    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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