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.
* Jean Arp
Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.
* E. M. Cioran
The words the happy say
Are paltry melody
But those the silent feel
* Emily Dickinson
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
And Silence, like a poultice, comes
To heal the blows of sound.
* Oliver Wendell Holmes
Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?
* Marcel Marceau
Sticks and stones are hard on bones.
Aimed with angry art,
Words can sting like anything.
But silence breaks the heart.
* Phyllis McGinley
Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.
* Publilius Syrus
I do know of these
That therefore only are reputed wise
For saying nothing.
* William Shakespeare
Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right.
* Igor Stravinsky
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
In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.
* Henry David Thoreau