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The Best silence quotes

Updated on July 29, 2015
Speech is silver, silence is golden
Speech is silver, silence is golden

What Is Silence?

Well, how do you define silence?

Is that the complete absence of sound? A refusal to speak when expected? The total lack of sounds? Or might just be best defined as that simple as just the state of being silent…

Do you think ones is a coward if he remains silent even when he is being attacked?

In fact, a real silence does not exist, it just exists in a way we all know. Silence helps us to hear our own thoughts, and that’s why most of the time, I do love and enjoy the silence much…

Silence Quotes

Again, here I would share some of my collection of quotes, this time, it goes my collection of silence quotes, hope you enjoy...

1. How could the drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet, the river flows on ~ Antoine de St. Exupery

2. That man’s silence is wonderful to listen to ~ Thomas Hardy

3. Silence is the most perfect expression of score ~ George Bernard Shaw

4. I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm ~ Calvin Coolidge

5. One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears ~ Dean Rusk

6. Speech is silver, silence is golden ~ German proverb

7. Still waters run deep ~ English proverb

8. Keep quiet and people will think you a philosopher ~ Latin proverb

9. Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it ~ James Russel Lowell

10. Be silent and safe, silence never betrays you ~ John Boyle O’Reilly

11. The rest is silence ~ William Shakespeare

12. Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep ~ William Shakespeare

13. We need a reason to speak, but none to keep silent ~ Pierre Nicole

14. Nature has given to men one tongue, but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as much as we speak ~ Epictetus

15. Never miss a good chance to shut up ~ Will Rogers

16. My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence ~ Edith Sitwell

17. Silence is the source of great strength ~ Lao Zyu

18. When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs; when images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence ~ Ansel Adams

19. He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words ~ Elbert Hubbard

20. Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Silence is the source of great strength…
Silence is the source of great strength…

Are you one of those who love remain silent?

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21. Silence makes idiots seem wise even for a minute ~ Carlos Ruiz Zafon

22. Silence is the ultimate weapon of power ~ Charles de Gaulle

23. In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face god in prayer and silence, god will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that god can fill you with himself. Souls of prayers are souls of great silence ~ Mother Teresa

24. The quieter you become, the more you can hear ~ Baba Ram Das

25. Silence is pure and holy, it draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking ~ Nicholas Sparks

26. Be silent or let the words be worth more than silence ~ Pythagoras

27. Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer ~ Muhammad Ali

28. When you have nothing to say, say nothing ~ Charles Caleb Colton

29. Never say anything that doesn’t improve on silence ~ Richard Yates

30. Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent ~ Napoleon Hill

31. If you can sit in silence with a person for half an hour and yet be entirely comfortable, you and that person can be friends. If you cannot, friends you’ll never be and you need not waste time in trying ~ L. M. Montgomery

32. I go silent so I can write. When my tongue is wagging my fingers are silent ~ Sonia Rumzi

33. In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence ~ Robert Lynd

34. Some of the most powerful speeches I have given have been delivered in the dedicated silence of my actions ~ Steve Maraboli

35. To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence ~ Louise Bourgeois

36. Silence is the true friend that never betrays ~ Confucius

37. Silence is a fence around wisdom ~ German Proverb

38. Silence is the medication for sorrow ~ Arab proverb

39. To silence another, first be silent yourself ~ Latin proverb

40. You can hear the footsteps of god when silence reigns in the mind ~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba

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Keep quiet and people will think you a philosopher
Keep quiet and people will think you a philosopher

41. Silence is a text easy to misread ~ A. A. Attanasio

42. Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

43. Our greatest gift is the thunder of silence ~ Joel Goldsmith

44. Nothing is more useful than silence ~ Menander of Athens

45. Silence is a sounding thing, to one who listens hungrily ~ Gwendolyn Bennett

46. Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute ~ Josh Billings

47. Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts ~ Margaret Lee Runbeck

48. The best answer to anger is silence ~ Author Unknown

49. Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

50. Words can make a deeper scar than silence can heal ~ Author Unknown

51. Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart ~ Author Unknown

52. If we cannot teach beasts to speak, we can at least learn silence from them ~ Ivan Panin

53. When you have nothing to say, say nothing ~ Charles Caleb Colton

54. If silence is good for the wise, how much better is it for the foolish ~ Ivan Panin

55. 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

56. If you keep your mouth shut you will never put your foot in it ~ Austin O’Malley

57. To be silent often is to learn ~ Edward Counsel

58. A silent man’s words are not brought into court ~ Danish proverb

59. The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak ~ Baruch Spinoza

60. Silence is the genius of fools and one of the virtues of the wise ~ Author Unknown

When you have nothing to say, say nothing…
When you have nothing to say, say nothing…

61. Silence is simplicity, the key of all success ~ author unknown

62. Silence is your vehicle by which you can travel everywhere in this universe ~ author unknown

63. Silence is having sympathy and self respect ~ author unknown

64. Silence makes you smile, sensible, sacred and strong ~ author unknown

65. All human unhappiness comes from not knowing how to stay quietly in a room ~ Blaise Pascal

66. Be silent always when you doubt our sense ~ Alexander Pope

67. Silence is the safety zone of conversation ~ Arnold H. Glasow

68. After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music ~ Aldous Huxley

69. Silence fertilizes the deep place where personality grows. A life with a peaceful center can weather all storms ~ Norman Vincent Peale

70. Say nothing sometimes says the most ~ Emily Dickinson

71. Speech is great, but silence is greater ~ Thomas Carlyle

72. It is as important to cultivate your silence power as your word power ~ William James

73. It is not a bad plan to keep still occasionally even when you know what you’re talking about ~ Kin Hubbard

74. He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees ~ Benjamin Franklin

75. The ideal man is his own best friend and takes delight in privacy ~ Aristotle

76. He had occasional flashes of silence that made his conversation perfectly delightful ~ Sydney Smith

77. The noblest works, like the temple of Solomon, are brought to perfection in silence ~ author unknown

78. Silence is a great peacemaker ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

79. A meaningful silence is always better than meaningless words ~ author unknown

Be silent or let the words be worth more than silence...
Be silent or let the words be worth more than silence...

80. Now all my teachers are dead except silence ~ W. S. Merwin

81. The arctic expresses the sum of all wisdom…Silence ~ Walter Bauer

82. Some days, we just need to turn the quiet up ~ Dr. SunWolf

83. The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment ~ Dorothy Nevill

84. There are two great rules of life; never tell everything at once ~ Ken Venturi

85. The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen, just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…a loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words ~ Rachel Naomi Remen

86. No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut ~ Sam Rayburn

87. We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends ~ Martin Luther King. Jr

88. The most profound statements are often said in silence ~ Lynn Johnston

89. It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence ~ Seneca

90. Words are a heavy thing…they weigh you down. If birds talked, they couldn’t fly ~ Sy Rosen and Christian Williams

91. The experience of silence alone is the real and perfect knowledge ~ Ramana Maharshi

92. When you become aware of silence, immediately there is that state of inner still alertness. You are present. You have stepped out of thousands of years of collective human conditioning ~ Eckhart Tolle

93. When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself, enter the silence, bow in prayer, don’t ask questions, wait for hope to appear ~ Lamentations

94. A quiet mind cure all ~ Robert Burton

95. In silence man can most readily preserve his integrity ~ Meister Eckhart

96. Silence is god’s first language ~ St. John of the cross

97. Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

98. The best consolation is to share the pain of a crying friend in silence, than to say a word that doesn’t fit the situation ~ author unknown

99. Silence doesn’t mean you don’t care, it means letting things make their way without impediment ~ author unknown

100. Get into the room of silence when you want to find the answer you’ve been searching for…

Learn To Enjoy The Silence

So, here the sharing of my 100 of silence quotes, I do hope that you could enjoy the beauty of silence as I do.

Trust this, silence ensures more awareness inside and outside you…pays attention to what goes on inside you, and learn to enjoy it…

© 2012 Injured lamb


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    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      5 years ago

      Glad to have you here Michelle...thanks for the comment, hope you enjoy...cheers!

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      Michelle Lee 

      5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Nice collection of quotes. People do not use silence enough but seem to remain silent at the wrong times.

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago are so cute...thanks Easy, I love your silent comment...cheers!

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      6 years ago

      I choice not to comment......silence, :-).

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Thanks christin53, appreciate your supporting much...thanks for the reading and comment as well as your fan mail, feel glad and honor to have your blessed and take care...

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      6 years ago from UK

      These are really good quotes. I love listening to the sound of silence and finding sounds that were hidden under everyday noise. A creative mind works far better in peace and quiet.

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Agree much...thanks for visiting and comment neka, really appreciate your support...

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      6 years ago

      sometimes your silence is more rewarding than it is punishing

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Ken...I am really touched to have you reading almost every of my really encourage me much...thank you Ken, have a nice day!

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      6 years ago from Malaysia

      Another great 'quotes style' hub. Awesome!

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Welcome to be here Distant's so true that spending a whole day in silence is quite powerful for every one of us...thanks so much for your reading and comment, have a nice day...

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      Distant Mind 

      6 years ago

      Spending a whole day in silence is quite powerful. I've done it and I feel it helped me understand and overcome myself a bit more, so I recommend everybody to try it.

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Really appreciate much juanrd...thanks for the reading and giving us another great quote that I have left out, sensed your sincere support...have a great day!

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      6 years ago

      A favorite quote of mine has been: "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt" which has been attributed to Abe Lincoln and others. Thanks for your collection, didn't realize there were so many.

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the visiting and comment honeybee2u, much appreciated for the voting as well as your fan mail, have a nice day! Cheers!

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      6 years ago from PNG

      Awesome Hub and thank you for putting this together. Voted Up.

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      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Tonette...thanks for the reading and leaving me your precious comment, your kind words really made my day...take care Tonette, be blessed...

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      "Silence helps us to hear our own thoughts, and that’s why most of the time, I do love and enjoy the silence much."

      Very nice, so true, so worth-sharing, what else I could say, but two thumbs up! I really enjoyed the quotes. Thank you for sharing. I voted up and awesome. Best of all!

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Haha Max, I bet you must be someone who loves to bring sunshine to everyone, well...from your comments, from your hubs...thanks Max, cheers!

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      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Amazing collection! I talk too much, I bet my friends will die for these quotes =) I'll be drowning in cards then =)

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for dropping by Wonder Kunene, appreciate your comment here...have a nice day!

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      Wonder Kunene 

      6 years ago

      Thanks you all great people, it's just so good to say nothing and guess i have found my silence spot now.

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Oh thanks for the reading and bookmarking Bill, it's really my pleasure...hope you enjoy it...have a nice day!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Silence is the source of great that, my friend, is wisdom! Great selections/collection of quotes. I'll bookmark this one just in case I need one in the future. Great job!

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Appreciate your comment Duchess OBlunt, would head over and enjoy your hub mentioned then...cheers!

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      6 years ago

      Our Greatest gift is the thunder of silence. Love that one.

      This is a wonderful collection, that I am going to post in my hub Do You Know How To Listen. Perfect match! Hope you don't mind.

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Movie Master, how glad I am to see you here again with the comment made, thanks for the voting, you light up my Sunday morning...thanks, take care...

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a wonderful collection of 'silence' quotes, a beautiful hub thank you and voted up.

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Hi there hoteltravel, glad to know that you love them all...thanks for the voting and your kindness to share this with your friends, somehow, this is quite an encouragement to me...appreciate much...

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Glad to have you visited me again nikashi, thanks for the reading and comment...hope you enjoy the reading, take care...

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Oh thanks samsons1, a really short but sweet comment to me, hope you enjoy it, cheers!

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Oh yes, I love this song "when you say nothing at all"...too. You are so great to relate this song with my "silence"...yes, it's not the words that really matter...thanks Suzie, cheers!

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Glad to see you here again Green Lotus, thanks again for the reading and your precious and blessings...

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      6 years ago from Thailand

      What a great collection! I loved most of them, especially 19, 32 and 39. Will share it with my friends. Voted up.

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      6 years ago

      Really very good...In a world full of stress and constant noise. Meditation, peace, and time of silence is so important. I always have my decompress time when my mind has time to just relax and compose again. Thanks

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      6 years ago from Tennessee

      simply beautiful...

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      Suzie ONeill 

      6 years ago from Lost in La La Land

      I think #14 is the best. What a great list. I didn't realize that there werw so many great quotes about silence.

      It's not a quote exactly, but as I was reading this hub I got that song "When You Say Nothing at All" by Alison Krauss stuck in my head. The song makes the same point as all of the quotes. Sometimes it's not the words that really matter. :)

    • Green Lotus profile image


      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      It really pays to be a good listener, but it seems silence has many virtues. Nice hub.


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