100 Quotes About Silence

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life and forget to stop and appreciate the small things. Sometimes it’s the small things that make the biggest impact on our lives. The below collection of silence quotes will help you appreciate the quiet moments in your life.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a...
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Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grassthe world is too full to talk about. Jalaluddin Rumi
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He shook his head, just looking at me. - "What?" I asked.- "Nothing" he said.- "Why are you looking at me like that?" Augustus half smiled. "Because you`re beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence." A brief awkward silence ensued. Augustus plowed through: "I mean, particularly given that, as you so deliciously pointed out, all of this will end in oblivion and everything." I kind of scoffed or sighed or exhaled in a way that was vaguely coughy and then said, "I`m not beau-"- "You are like a millennial Natalie Portman. Like V for Vendetta Natalie Portman."- "Never seen it."- "Really?" he asked. "Pixie-haired gorgeous girl dislikes authority and can`t help but fall for a boy she knows is trouble. It`s your autobiography, so far as I can tell." His every syllable flirted. Honestly, he kind of turned me on. I didn`t even know that guys could turn me on - not, like, in real life. . John Green
Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume...
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Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. - Amir Khaled Hosseini
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In his face there came to be a brooding peace that is seen most often in the faces of the very sorrowful or the very wise. But still he wandered through the streets of the town, always silent and alone. Carson McCullers
Non-judgment quiets the internal dialogue, and this opens once again...
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Non-judgment quiets the internal dialogue, and this opens once again the doorway to creativity. Deepak Chopra
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Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Be silent and safe – silence never betrays you; Be true to your word and your work and your friend; Put least trust in him who is foremost to praise you, Nor judge of a road till it draw to the end. John Boyle OReilly
Skies are crying, I am watching, Catching teardrops in my...
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Skies are crying, I am watching, Catching teardrops in my hands. Only silence, as it's ending, Like we never had a chance. Do you have to make me feel Like there's nothing left of me? Demi Lovato
The splendid thingabout falling apartsilently...is thatyou can start overas many...
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The splendid thingabout falling apartsilently...is thatyou can start overas many timesas you like. Sanober Khan
God is whispering in your heart, in the whole existence,...
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God is whispering in your heart, in the whole existence, just tune your ears. Amit Ray
God is silent. Now if only man would shut up.
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God is silent. Now if only man would shut up. Woody Allen
The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it.
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The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it. Criss Jami
Slowly we became silent, and silence itself if an enemy...
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Slowly we became silent, and silence itself if an enemy to friendship. Norman Maclean
Knowing when to be silent makes you seem wiser beyond...
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Knowing when to be silent makes you seem wiser beyond your years. Anthony T. Hincks
You may silence the critics, but you don't silence the...
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You may silence the critics, but you don't silence the pain. Anthony T. Hincks
When you think in silence you cannot speak your mind.
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When you think in silence you cannot speak your mind. Anthony T. Hincks
When you remain silent, your voice is the loudest.
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When you remain silent, your voice is the loudest. Anthony T. Hincks
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Words can be twisted into any shape. Promises can be made to lull the heart and seduce the soul. In the final analysis, words mean nothing. They are labels we give things in an effort to wrap our puny little brains around their underlying natures, when ninety-nine percent of the time the totality of the reality is an entirely different beast. The wisest man is the silent one. Examine his actions. Judge him by them. . Karen Marie Moning
When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a...
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When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie. Yevgeny Yevtushenko
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I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you.. What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language." I began to ask each time: "What's the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?" Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, "disappeared" or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever. Next time, ask: What's the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it's personal. And the world won't end. And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don't miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." And at last you'll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking. . Audre Lorde
It is not easy to keep silent when silence is...
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It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie. Victor Hugo
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At times to be silent is to lie. You will win because you have enough brute force. But you will not convince. For to convince you need to persuade. And in order to persuade you would need what you lack: Reason and Right Miguel De Unamuno
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My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you. But for every real word spoken, for every attempt I had ever made to speak those truths for which I am still seeking, I had made contact with other women while we examined the words to fit a world in which we all believed, bridging our differences. Audre Lorde
Tolerance! The virtue that makes one bite his tongue so...
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Tolerance! The virtue that makes one bite his tongue so that he can tear out his hair. Criss Jami
Not every instance requires a response. Truth resides silently in...
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Not every instance requires a response. Truth resides silently in the seat of power. T.F. Hodge
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I know you have it in you, Guy, " Anne said suddenly at the end of a silence, "the capacity to be terribly happy. Patricia Highsmith
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These are the three stages of enlightenment, the three glimpses of satori. 1. The first stage enlightenment: A Glimpse of the WholeThe first stage of enlightenment is short glimpse from faraway of the whole. It is a short glimpse of being. The first stage of enlightenment is when, for the first time, for a single moment the mind is not functioning. The ordinary ego is still present at the first stage of enlightenment, but you experience for a short while that there is something beyond the ego. There is a gap, a silence and emptiness, where there is not thought between you and existence. You and existence meet and merge for a moment. And for the first time the seed, the thirst and longing, for enlightenment, the meeting between you and existence, will grow in your heart. 2. The second stage of enlightenment: Silence, Relaxation, Togetherness, Inner BeingThe second stage of enlightenment is a new order, a harmony, from within, which comes from the inner being. It is the quality of freedom. The inner chaos has disappeared and a new silence, relaxation and togetherness has arisen. Your own wisdom from within has arisen. A subtle ego is still present in the second stage of enlightenment. The Hindus has three names for the ego:1. Ahamkar, which is the ordinary ego.2. Asmita, which is the quality of Am-ness, of no ego. It is a very silent ego, not aggreessive, but it is still a subtle ego.3. Atma, the third word is Atma, when the Am-ness is also lost. This is what Buddha callas no-self, pure being. In the second stage of enlightenment you become capable of being in the inner being, in the gap, in the meditative quality within, in the silence and emptiness. For hours, for days, you can remain in the gap, in utter aloneness, in God. Still you need effort to remain in the gap, and if you drop the effort, the gap will disappear. Love, meditation and prayer becomes the way to increase the effort in the search for God. Then the second stage becomes a more conscious effort. Now you know the way, you now the direction. 3. The third stage of enlightenment: Ocean, Wholeness, No-self, Pure being At the third stage of enlightenment, at the third step of Satori, our individual river flowing silently, suddenly reaches to the Ocean and becomes one with the Ocean.At the third Satori, the ego is lost, and there is Atma, pure being. You are, but without any boundaries. The river has become the Ocean, the Whole.It has become a vast emptiness, just like the pure sky. The third stage of enlightenment happens when you have become capable of finding the inner being, the meditative quality within, the gap, the inner silence and emptiness, so that it becomes a natural quality. You can find the gap whenever you want. This is what tantra callas Mahamudra, the great orgasm, what Buddha calls Nirvana, what Lao Tzu calls Tao and what Jesus calls the kingdom of God.You have found the door to God. You have come home. Swami Dhyan Giten
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As in music, when we hear the crescendo building, suddenly if the music stops, we begin to hear the silence as part of the music. Unknown
Lead us toward a speech, which is as beautiful as...
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Lead us toward a speech, which is as beautiful as silence, and toward a silence, which is as beautiful as the sweetest and truest of words. (119) JeanYves Leloup
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Truth for anyone is a very complex thing. For a writer, what you leave out says as much as those things you include. What lies beyond the margin of the text? The photographer frames the shot; writers frame their world. Mrs Winterson objected to what I had put in, but it seemed to me that what I had left out was the story’s silent twin. There are so many things that we can’t say, because they are too painful. We hope that the things we can say will soothe the rest, or appease it in some way. Stories are compensatory. The world is unfair, unjust, unknowable, out of control. When we tell a story we exercise control, but in such a way as to leave a gap, an opening. It is a version, but never the final one. And perhaps we hope that the silences will be heard by someone else, and the story can continue, can be retold. When we write we offer the silence as much as the story. Words are the part of silence that can be spoken. Mrs Winterson would have preferred it if I had been silent. Do you remember the story of Philomel who is raped and then has her tongue ripped out by the rapist so that she can never tell? I believe in fiction and the power of stories because that way we speak in tongues. We are not silenced. All of us, when in deep trauma, find we hesitate, we stammer; there are long pauses in our speech. The thing is stuck. We get our language back through the language of others. We can turn to the poem. We can open the book. Somebody has been there for us and deep-dived the words. I needed words because unhappy families are conspiracies of silence. The one who breaks the silence is never forgiven. He or she has to learn to forgive him or herself. . Jeanette Winterson
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If you are involved with the intensity of crescendo situations, with the intensity of tragedy, you might begin to see the humor of these situations as well. As in music, when we hear the crescendo building, suddenly if the music stops, we begin to hear the silence as part of the music. Unknown
Perfect prayer does not consist in many words, silent remembering...
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Perfect prayer does not consist in many words, silent remembering and pure intention raises the heart to that supreme Power. Amit Ray
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The easiest way to get touch with this universal power is through silent Prayer. Shut your eyes, shut your mouth, and open your heart. This is the golden rule of prayer. Prayer should be soundless words coming forth from the centre of your heart filled with love. Amit Ray
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Make peace with silence, and remind yourself that it is in this space that you'll come to remember your spirit. When you're able to transcend an aversion to silence, you'll also transcend many other miseries. And it is in this silence that the remembrance of God will be activated. Wayne W. Dyer
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Quoting from Thomas MertonDialogues With SilenceThe true contemplative is not one who prepares his mind for a particular message that he wants or expects to hear, but is one who remains empty because he knows that he can never expect to anticipate the words that will transform his darkness into light. He does not even anticipate a special kind of transformation. He does not demand light instead of darkness. He waits on the Word of God in silence, and, when he is answered it is not so much by a word that bursts into his silence. It is by his silence itself, suddenly, inexplicably revealing itself to him as a word of great power, full of the voice of God. (17) . Stephen Cope
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Realize this — your anger with God does not drive a wedge between you and Him. It is your silence that drives the wedge. - Prodigal Life Pauline Creeden
Only in the silence of our mind are we One.
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Only in the silence of our mind are we One. Vivian Amis
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Anyone who has learned the Quran and holds it lovingly in his heart will 'value his nights when people are asleep, his days when people are given to excess, his grief when people are joyful, his weeping when people laugh, his silence when people chatter and his humility when people are arrogant'. In other words every moment of life will be precious to him, and he should therefore be 'gentle', never harsh nor quarrelsome, 'nor one who makes a clamour in the market nor one who is quick to anger'. Ibn Masud
New Rome will be destroyed By the attacks of new...
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New Rome will be destroyed By the attacks of new vandals. God always remains silent. Dejan Stojanovic
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For someone who is far from God, silence is a difficult confrontation with his own self and with the rather dismal realities that are at the bottom of our soul. Hence, man enters a mentality that resembles a denial of reality. He gets drunk on all sorts of noises so as to forget who he is. Postmodern man seeks to anesthetize his own atheism. Robert Sarah
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The devil invites mankind to rebellion and disorder. With his litany of subterfuges, he sows discord and incites us to pour out our hatred upon each other. "Old Scratch" always makes noise and a lot of racket so as to prevent us from resting in God. The devil will not be able to reach us in the stronghold of silence. Let us guard against multiplying sins by satisfying our little egotistical or revolutionary passions. Robert Sarah
Our world no longer hears God because it is constantly...
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Our world no longer hears God because it is constantly speaking, at a devastating speed and volume, in order to say nothing. Robert Sarah
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Penetrate deep into the word "Om". Gradually the word will disappear and only the silence will remain. The word is a support. The meaning is within you. Om brings out that meaning which is hidden in your soul. Amit Ray
Since there is no real silence, Silence will contain all...
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Since there is no real silence, Silence will contain all the sounds, All the words, all the languages, All knowledge, all memory. Dejan Stojanovic
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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; that background which the painter may not daub, be he master or bungler, and which, however awkward a figure we may have made in the foreground, remains ever our inviolable asylum, where no indignity can assail, no personality can disturb us. Henry David Thoreau
You need to trust To surrender To ask for guidance...
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You need to trust To surrender To ask for guidance Go within for the answers They're within you You have the answers All you need do is ask Karen Hackel
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than...
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Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech. Plutarch
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In my opinion, it was chiefly owing to their deep contemplation in their silent retreats in the days of youth that the old Indian orators acquired the habit of carefully arranging their thoughts. They listened to the warbling of birds and noted the grandeur and the beauties of the forest. The majestic clouds–which appear like mountains of granite floating in the air–the golden tints of a summer evening sky, and the changes of nature, possessed a mysterious significance. All of this combined to furnish ample matter for reflection to the contemplating youth. . Francis Assikinack
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If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results. Unknown
Later that day when I walked down this dried-out riverbed,...
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Later that day when I walked down this dried-out riverbed, enjoying the last rays of sunshine on my bare skin, I felt a deep inner peace coming up straight from my heart. Nina Hrusa
Die wertvollste Reise ist die Reise zu unserem Selbst.
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Die wertvollste Reise ist die Reise zu unserem Selbst. Nina Hrusa
Well, there would be no sound if we shout on...
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Well, there would be no sound if we shout on the background. Ana Claudia Antunes
Maisie bit her lip. She had learned that sometimes it...
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Maisie bit her lip. She had learned that sometimes it was best to let words die of their own accord, rather than fight them. Jacqueline Winspear
You alwaysdrop by, to en-lighten my mind, when my wings...
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You alwaysdrop by, to en-lighten my mind, when my wings arefeeling heavy &i've forgottenhow tofly. Curtis Tyrone Jones
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Words are never frail. They have all the powers to change the personality and features of a man. The way he relates and depicts the things are based on the words he discovers. At one point where words portray happiness for someone, it also counts for the tears to some. The day we comprehend the strength of words, we would choose them more closely and patiently. Where we would prefer silence more over words. If words are our strength, they are our weakness too. . Nishikant
We all need something that takes us out of day...
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We all need something that takes us out of day to day and reminds us that it's all ok." Ian Tucker
We only realize what happiness is about, after it has...
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We only realize what happiness is about, after it has slammed the door to our inattention; and killing silence has deafened the tunefulness of our life. ("Happy days are back again") Erik Pevernagie
The best piece of life's magnificence is your slice of...
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The best piece of life's magnificence is your slice of internal peace. Curtis Tyrone Jones
There are certain kinds of silence that make you walk...
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There are certain kinds of silence that make you walk on air. Cecelia Ahern
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She gazed at him alluringly and grinned. No further words were necessary. Jason Medina
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I did not believe in stalemates. I believed in resolutions, one way or another, and if I found myself on the losing end, so be it. Losing meant quiet, and forgetting quickly, and giving up nothing of any real worth to me. I did not debate restaurant bills, politics, wrongly delivered mail, divorces. These things were officiously loud, and silence was always best. Soren Narnia
Looking up at the stars and smoking in silence.
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Looking up at the stars and smoking in silence. Elizabeth Wein
IT IS BY CHOICE AND NOT BY CHANCES THAT WE...
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IT IS BY CHOICE AND NOT BY CHANCES THAT WE CHANGE OUR CIRCUMSTANCES. Nadia Sahari
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They want us to be afraid. They want us to be afraid of leaving our homes. They want us to barricade our doors and hide our children. Their aim is to make us fear life itself! They want us to hate. They want us to hate 'the other'. They want us to practice aggression and perfect antagonism. Their aim is to divide us all! They want us to be inhuman. They want us to throw out our kindness. They want us to bury our love and burn our hope. Their aim is to take all our light! They think their bricked walls will separate us. They think their damned bombs will defeat us. They are so ignorant they don’t understand that my soul and your soul are old friends. They are so ignorant they don’t understand that when they cut you I bleed. They are so ignorant they don’t understand that we will never be afraid, we will never hate and we will never be silent for life is ours! . Kamand Kojouri
There is still hope that if the people refuse to...
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There is still hope that if the people refuse to give up and keep silent, no matter how long or inconsequential their voices could be at the beginning, it would still be heard and justice be served. Sunday Adelaja
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They took one look at me, And hated my black face. They took one look at me, And decided on my fate. They took one look at me, And forced an unknown fear. They took one look at me, And caused the shed of tears. They took one look at me, And decided I was wrong. They took one look at me, And now I'm singing the slave mans song... NZuri Za Austin
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Lay down Your tired & weary head my friend. We have wept too long Night is falling And you are only sleeping We have come to this journey's end It's time for us to go To meet our friends Who beckon us To jump again From across a distant sky A C-130 comes to carry us Where we shall all wait For the final green light In the light of The pale moon rising I see far on the horizon Into the world of night and darkness Feet and knees together Time has ceased But cherished memories still linger This is the way of life and all things We shall meet again You are only sleeping. Unknown
Silence is a lie that screams at the light.
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Silence is a lie that screams at the light. Shannon L. Alder
A dead dog is more quiet than a house on...
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A dead dog is more quiet than a house on the steppes, a chair in a empty room. Per Petterson
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I wanted to listen to him, but I did not want to answer now. That strange responsibility we feel towards others when they speak, to offer them the solace of any answer. Poor humans! And anyway he had not asked a question. He was merely floating there in the room, insubstantial, a living man in the midst of life, dying imperceptibly on his feet, like all of us. Sebastian Barry
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The sound is gone. There's nothing left but the insomniac throbbing of crickets. Crickets in the garden, the courtyard, the back courtyard. Close, domestic, identifiable. And those out in the country. Between all of them they raise, little by little, a wall that will keep out the thing that lies waiting for the tiniest crack of silence to steal through. The thing that is feared by all those who are sleepless, those who walk through the night, those who are lonely, children. That thing. The voice of the dead. Rosario Castellanos
This is how most stories end in the hospital. Not...
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This is how most stories end in the hospital. Not with crash carts and sirens and electric shocks to the chest, but with an empty room, a crisp white bed, silence. Jacob M. Appel
Not every loss was confirmed by an officer at the...
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Not every loss was confirmed by an officer at the door. Nor a telegram with the power to sink a fleet. Loss, often the worst kind, also arrived through the deafening quiet of an absence. Kristina McMorris
There is an ocean of silence between us… and I...
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There is an ocean of silence between us… and I am drowning in it. Ranata Suzuki
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I, too, stood on the sacred image. For a moment this foot was on his face. It was on the face of the man who has been ever in my thoughts, on the face that was before me on the mountains, in my wanderings, in prison, on the best and most beautiful face that any man can ever know, on the face of him whom I have always longed to love. Even now that face is looking at me with eyes of pity from the plaque rubbed flat by many feet. « Trample !  » said those compassionate eyes. « Trample !  Your foot suffers in pain ; it must suffer like all the feet that have stepped on this plaque. But that pain alone is enough. I understand your pain and your suffering. It is for that reason that I am here. »«  Lord, I resented your silence. »«  I was not silent. I suffered beside you. ». Unknown
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« My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast ! I will sing and make melody ! Awake my soul ! Awake, O harp and lyre ! I will awake the dawn. » In childhood these words had always risen in his mind when he watched the wind blow over the blue sky and through the trees ; but that was a time when God was not as now an object of fear and perplexity but one who was near to the earth, giving harmony and living joy.  . Unknown
Those who have a listening heart can hear the song...
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Those who have a listening heart can hear the song of silence. Debasish Mridha
In a democracy, there will be more complaints but less...
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In a democracy, there will be more complaints but less crisis, in a dictatorship more silence but much more suffering. Amit Kalantri
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Why are we afraid of the silence that ensues after our death? Wasn’t it the same silence we endured before birth? Isn’t it the same silence we revel in when we are completely immersed in the present moment? Let us not be afraid. Kamand Kojouri
Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month...
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Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly. Pablo Neruda
We sit and talk, quietly, with long lapses of silenceand...
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We sit and talk, quietly, with long lapses of silenceand I am aware of the streamthat has no language, coursingbeneath the quiet heaven ofyour eyeswhich has no speech William Carlos Williams
Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in...
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Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others. Charlotte Eriksson
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This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless, Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done, Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best. Night, sleep, and the stars. Walt Whitman
Stars open among the lilies. Are you not blinded by...
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Stars open among the lilies. Are you not blinded by such expressionless sirens? This is the silence of astounded souls. Sylvia Plath
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You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts; And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime. And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered. Kahlil Gibran
This poetry. I never know what I'm going to say....
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This poetry. I never know what I'm going to say. I don't plan it. When I'm outside the saying of it, I get very quiet and rarely speak at all. Jalaluddin Rumi
I regret to say I'munable to reply to your unexpressed...
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I regret to say I'munable to reply to your unexpressed desires. Harryette Mullen
I like the posture, but not the yoga. I like...
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I like the posture, but not the yoga. I like the inebriated morning, but not the opium. I like the flower but not the garden, the moment but not the dream. Quiet, my love. Be still. I am sleeping. Roman Payne
Not words. nor laughter. but rather someonewho will fall in...
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Not words. nor laughter. but rather someonewho will fall in lovewith your silence. Sanober Khan
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Loneliness clarifies. Here silence stands Like heat. Here leaves unnoticed thicken, Hidden weeds flower, neglected waters quicken, Luminously-peopled air ascends; And past the poppies bluish neutral distance Ends the land suddenly beyond a beach Of shapes and shingle. Here is unfenced existence: Facing the sun, untalkative, out of reach. Philip Larkin
All the rest is silence On the other side of...
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All the rest is silence On the other side of the wall; And the silence ripeness, And the ripeness all. W.h. Auden
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Four billion people on this earthbut my imagination is still the same. It's bad with large numbers. It's still taken by particularity. It flits in the dark like a flashlight, illuminating only random faceswhile all the rest go by, never coming to mind and never really missed. Unknown
Poems are difficult to silence.
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Poems are difficult to silence. Stephen Greenblatt
A silent night. - the most eloquent poem i have...
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A silent night. - the most eloquent poem i have ever read. Sanober Khan
When we walk in the sunour shadows are like barges...
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When we walk in the sunour shadows are like barges of silence. Mark Strand
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You ask me why I don't speak Not a word at will But write so much worth well over a mill' Well I value words like I value kisses A sober one, a closer one penetrates the heart Darling it's how it mends it Criss Jami
O dear Himalaya...why are you so amazing, can I kiss...
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O dear Himalaya...why are you so amazing, can I kiss your peak or can I just let your silence speak... O dear Himalaya... Santosh Kalwar
There is a master way with words which is not...
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There is a master way with words which is not learned but is instead developed: a deaf man develops exceptional vision, a blind man exceptional hearing, a silent man, when given a piece of paper... Criss Jami
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Language signifies when instead of copying thought it lets itself be taken apart and put together again by thought. Language bears the sense of thought as a footprint signifies the movement and effort of a body. The empirical use of already established language should be distinguished from its creative use. Empirical language can only be the result of creative language. Speech in the sense of empirical language - that is, the opportune recollection of a preestablished sign — is not speech in respect to an authentic language. It is, as Mallarmé said, the worn coin placed silently in my hand. True speech, on the contrary - speech which signifies, which finally renders "l'absente de tous bouquets" present and frees the sense captive in the thing - is only silence in respect to empirical usage, for it does not go so far as to become a common noun. Language is oblique and autonomous, and if it sometimes signifies a thought or a thing directly, that is only a secondary power derived from its inner life. Like the weaver, the writer works on the wrong side of his material. He has only to do with the language, and it is thus that he suddenly finds himself surrounded by sense. . Maurice MerleauPonty
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Silent solitude makes true speech possible and personal. If I am not in touch with my own belovedness, then I cannot touch the sacredness of others. If I am estranged from myself, I am likewise a stranger to others. Brennan Manning