Quotes About Being Silent

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Quotes About Being Silent

It is most difficult to speak when we are ashamed of being silent.
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld —

If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don't bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, of seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you will get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a good man.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I stood where they'd left me. I watched them get smaller and smaller as they went down the hallway, leaving me there without a word, not even looking back. Only I was getting smaller and smaller, being swallowed up in the suffocating emptiness of the silent house; so that by the time they came back again, I would have disappeared.

— Joan D. Vinge

Tamar noticed that she had never met a person she felt so comfortable being silent with.

— David Grossman

You could chat with anyone; being silent together without it becoming embarrassing was a lot rarer.

— Harry Mulisch

Being silent and doing nothing is never the right answer. What happens in one state can happen in another.

— Alan Wilson

It is hard to live with human beings because being silent is so hard.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church's silent-and often even vocal-sanction of things as they are. But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Later, I learned that people thought I was being courageous. Not so. There were selfish reasons for my behavior. I shoved everyone away and kept more or less to myself, silent, stone-faced, although continuing nonetheless to help the other men, as we received one child after another from the divers and wrapped them in blankets and dispatched them in stretchers up the steep slope to the road and the waiting ambulances, as if by doing that I could somehow prolong this part of the nightmare and postpone waking up to what I knew would be the inescapable and endless reality of it. No one spoke. Somehow, at the bottom, I did not want this awful work to end. That's not courage.

— Russell Banks

No thought, no mind, no choice - just being silent, rooted in yourself.

— Osho

If you are a reader, you are already halfway to being a writer," she says. "For you have a love of words and pleasure from seeing them on a page. And if you are a writer, then you will find that you are driven to write. It is a gift that demands to be shared. You cannot be a silent singer.

— Philippa Gregory

Listening begins with being silent.

— Joachim-Ernst Berendt

Being patient does not mean being silent.

— Xanana Gusmao

When we meditate, what we actually do is enter into a vacant, calm, still, silent mind. We go deep within and approach our true existence, which is our soul. When we live in the soul, we feel that we are actually meditating spontaneously. On the surface of the sea are multitudes of waves, but the sea is not affected below. In the deepest depths, at the bottom of the sea is all tranquility. So when you start meditating, try to feel your own inner existence first. That is to say, the bottom of the sea: calm and quiet. Feel that your whole being is surcharged with peace and tranquility.

— Sri Chinmoy

The value of being silent: I never miss an opportunity to say nothing.

— Garrison Wynn

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