In an attempt to balance last week’s post regarding the etymologies of noisy words, here are some quotes about silence.
First, three eloquent ways of saying almost the same thing:
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of that fact.
In silence man can most readily preserve his integrity.
I don’t think many people appreciate silence or realize that it is as close to music as you can get.
Never miss the opportunity to keep your mouth shut.
-Robert Newton Peck
And on to the darker side of silence:
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
-Dr. Martin Luther King
Silence isn’t always golden, you know. Sometimes it’s just plain yellow.
The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others & hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, & from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light & life flow no longer into our souls.
-Elizabeth Cady Stanton
And last, some votes of confidence:
Silence is all the genius a fool has.
-Zora Neale Hurston
Of those who say nothing, few are silent.
Silence is not a thing we make; it is something into which we enter. It is always there…All we can make is noise.
-Mother Maribel of Wantage
I’m hoping you’ll use the comments section to let me know which of these quotes you’ve never heard, &/or which ones made you stop & think.
My thanks go out to this week’s sources QuotationsPage.com, The New Beacon Book of Quotations by Women,Psychology Today.
I write for teens, narrate audio books, bake bread, play music, and ponder the wonder of words in a foggy little town on California's central coast.