45 Inspirational Silence Quotes

1. “Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men’s imperfections, and conceal your own.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

2. “Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life, which they are thenceforth to rule.” — THOMAS CARLYLE

3. “Saying the things you do not have to say weakens your talk.” — WILLIAM STAFFORD

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4. “A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. We provide the music, and you provide the silence.” ― LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI

5. “Silence is sometimes more significant and sublime than the noblest and most expressive eloquence, and is on many occasions the indication of a great mind.” — JOSEPH ADDISON

6. “The true genius shudders at incompleteness – and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.” ― EDGAR ALLAN POE

7. “Never miss a good chance to shut up.” — WILL ROGERS

8. “Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.” ― MARTIN FARQUHAR TUPPER

9. “If silence is good for the wise, how much better is it for the foolish.” — IVAN PANIN

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10. “I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.” ― KHALIL GIBRAN

11. “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

12. “Let us sculpt in hopeless silence all our dreams of speaking.” — FERNANDO PESSOA

13. “Silence is better than unmeaning words.” ― PYTHAGORAS

14. “Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.” — WINSTON CHURCHILL

15. “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” ― ELIE WIESEL

16. “Silence is a source of great strength.” — LAO TZU

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17. “A man is known by the silence he keeps.” ― OLIVER HERFORD

18. “To be silent oft is to learn.” — EDWARD COUNSEL

19. “There are times when silence is the best way to yell at the top of your voice.” – O. A. BATTISTA

20. “Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.” ― MUHAMMAD ALI

21. “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.” — MOTHER TERESA

22. “Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.” ― JORGE LUIS BORGES

23. “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” ― ABRAHAM LINCOLN

24. “Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.” — GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

25. “Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence. Flow down and down in always widening rings of being.” ― RUMI

26. “He who does not know how to be silent will not know how to speak.” — AUSONIUS

27. “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ― MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

28. “He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” ― ELBERT HUBBARD

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29. “When people refuse to speak out for too long, it’s like water that’s stagnant and starts to rot.” — AUGUST STRINDBERG

30. “In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a 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

31. “The philosophers are wrong: it is not words that kill, it is silence.” ― ELIE WIESEL

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32. “Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact–from calling on us to look through a heap of millet-seed in order to be sure that there is no pearl in it.” — GEORGE ELIOT

33. “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” ― DIETRICH BONHOEFFER

34. “Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.” — THOMAS CARLYLE

35. “Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” ― HAILE SELASSIE

36. “Silence is a true friend who never betrays.” — CONFUCIUS

37. “Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” ― FRANCIS BACON

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38. “Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.” — ABRAHAM LINCOLN

39. “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” ― ALDOUS HUXLEY

40. “Silence, when nothing need be said, is the eloquence of discretion.” — CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE

41. “No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” ― ALICE WALKER

42. “Silence is a profound teacher and a hard taskmaster. Learn her art when it is offered; there is much to hear within her temple.” — LY DE ANGELES

43. “Silence is argument carried out by other means.” ― CHE GUEVARA

44. “About what one can not speak, one must remain silent.” — LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

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45. “Silence is the understanding of fools and one of the virtues of the wise.” ― BERNARD DE BONNARD

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