Quotations About / On: SILENCE

  • 41.
    Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1921). Ecrasia, in Back to Methuselah, "As Far as Thought Can Reach," The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 5, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).)
  • 42.
    Silence, indifference and inaction were Hitler's principal allies.
    (Immanuel, Baron Jakobovits (b. 1921), British cleric, Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth. Independent (London, December 5, 1989). On the prosecution of alleged war criminals.)
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  • 43.
    In war personal revenge maintains its silence.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 196, selection 5[1], number 79, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883. Originally meant to be attributed to Zarathustra in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.)
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  • 44.
    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).)
  • 45.
    Silence kills scandal.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 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.
    It is tact that is golden, not silence.
    (Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 229 (1951).)
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  • 48.
    The rest is silence.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2, l. 358. Hamlet's last words.)
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  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    That man's silence is wonderful to listen to.
    (Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Spinks, in Under the Greenwood Tree, pt. 2, ch. 5 (1872). Some editions have the variation: "That man's dumbness is wonderful to listen to.")
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