Quotations About / On: SILENCE

  • 41.
    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).)
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  • 42.
    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).)
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  • 43.
    Since long I've held silence a remedy for harm.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, l. 177.)
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  • 44.
    Darkness is to space what silence is to sound, i.e., the interval.
    (Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist, and Harley Parker. "Toward a Spatial Dialogue," ch. 16, Through the Vanishing Point (1968).)
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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    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).)
  • 50.
    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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