Silence

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. ~William Penn
Silence is the true friend that never betrays. ~Confucius
An inability to stay quiet is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind. ~Walter Bagehot
Silence is a source of great strength. ~Lao Tzu
Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment. ~Henry David Thoreau
Accustomed to the veneer of noise, to the shibboleths of promotion, public relations, and market research, society is suspicious of those who value silence. ~John Lahr
The Arctic expresses the sum of all wisdom: Silence. ~Walter Bauer
Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation… tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation. ~Jean Arp
I have often lamented that we cannot close our ears with as much ease as we can our eyes. ~Richard Steele
Nowadays most men lead lives of noisy desperation. ~James Thurber
Now all my teachers are dead except silence. ~W.S. Merwin
The silence depressed me. It wasn’t the silence of silence. It was my own silence. ~Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for – sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive or quite and calm…. One of the greatest sounds of them all – and to me it is a sound – is utter, complete silence. ~Andre Kostelanetz
All noise is waste. So cultivate quietness in your speech, in your thoughts, in your emotions. Speak habitually low. Wait for attention and then you low words will be charged with dynamite. ~Elbert Hubbard
unplug iPod
music stops abruptly
cricket song instead
~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com
In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. ~Mahatma Gandhi
God’s poet is silence! His song is unspoken,
And yet so profound, so loud, and so far,
It fills you, it thrills you with measures unbroken,
And as soft, and as fair, and as far as a star.
~Joaquin Miller
Silence is a fence around wisdom. ~German Proverb
Silence is as deep as eternity; speech, shallow as time. ~Thomas Carlyle
You hesitate to stab me with a word, and know not – silence is the sharper sword. ~Samuel Johnson
Silence is medication for sorrow. ~Arab Proverb
To silence another, first be silent yourself. ~Latin Proverb
Silence was never written down. ~Italian Proverb
Silence is exhilarating at first – as noise is – but there is a sweetness to silence outlasting exhilaration, akin to the sweetness of listening and the velvet of sleep. ~Edward Hoagland
You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind. ~Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Not merely an absence of noise, Real Silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise in order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary. ~Peter Minard
Silence is a text easy to misread. ~A.A. Attanasio
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Our greatest gift is the thunder of Silence. ~Joel Goldsmith
Silence is more musical than any song. ~Christina Rossetti
Nothing is more useful than silence. ~Menander of Athens
Silence is a sounding thing, to one who listens hungrily. ~Gwendolyn Bennett
Silence is the mother of truth. ~Benjamin Disraeli
What shall I say to you? What can I say
Better than silence is? ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The deepest rivers make least din, the silent soule doth most abound in care. ~William Alexander
Honk if you hate noise pollution. ~Author unknown, as seen on a bumper sticker
Her hearing was keener than his, and she heard silences he was unaware of. ~D.M. Thomas
We must have reasons for speech but we need none for silence. ~Proverb
All was silent as before –
All silent save the dripping rain.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Noise: a stench in the ear. ~Ambrose Bierce
There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub. ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute. ~Josh Billings
There are times when silence has the loudest voice. ~Leroy Brownlow
Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts. ~Margaret Lee Runbeck
The best answer to anger is silence. ~Author Unknown
Some days, we just need to turn the quiet up. ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com
Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Silence is also speech. ~Proverb
Words can make a deeper scar than silence can heal. ~Author Unknown
Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart. ~Author Unknown
When all the noise is gone there is only God. ~Author Unknown
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…. We need silence to be able to touch souls. ~Mother Teresa

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