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  To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.  
 -  Helen Keller
  

  I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence.  
 -  Sade Adu
  

  Since long I've held silence a remedy for harm.  
 -  Sade Adu
  

  Silence is the mother of truth.  
 -  Benjamin Disraeli
  

  Some things we must pass over in silence.  
 -  Greg Iles
  

  The better the information it has, the better democracy works. Silence and secrecy are never good for it.  
 -  Kate Adie
  

  I'm very interested in silence. And, more importantly, in what happens when people aren't talking on stage. I'm interested in letting actors play and do things between the lines. And in slowing everything down.  
 -  Anita Baker
  

  From politics, it was an easy step to silence.  
 -  Jane Austen
  

  Death unites as well as separates; it silences all paltry feeling.  
 -  Honore de Balzac
  

  Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.  
 -  Muhammad Ali
  

  Your silence will not protect you.  
 -  Audre Lorde
  

  I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We've been taught that silence would save us, but it won't.  
 -  Audre Lorde
  

  He knew the lie of silence to be as evil as the lie of speech.  
 -  Gilbert Parker
  

  A man is known by the silence he keeps.  
 -  Katharine Hepburn
  

  Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.  
 -  Francis Bacon
  

  Silence is the virtue of fools.  
 -  Francis Bacon
  

  In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.  
 -  Alice Walker
  

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

  Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations.  
 -  Aldous Huxley
  

  There comes a time when silence is betrayal.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

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

  The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.  
 -  Vincent Van Gogh
  

  Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self, so therefore, trust the physician and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility.  
 -  Khalil Gibran
  

  I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.  
 -  Khalil Gibran
  

  When you're comfortable with someone you love, the silence is the best. And, that's how me and J. are. When we're in a room together, we don't have to say anything. It's for real.  
 -  Britney Spears
  

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

  The silence often of pure innocence persuades when speaking fails.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  My grief lies all within, And these external manners of lament Are merely shadows to the unseen grief That swells with silence in the tortured soul.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.  
 -  Khalil Gibran
  

  To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold - brothers who know now they are truly brothers.  
 -  Archibald MacLeish
  

  Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Once you permit those who are convinced of their own superior rightness to censor and silence and suppress those who hold contrary opinions, just at that moment the citadel has been surrendered.  
 -  Archibald MacLeish
  

  Silence and tact may or may not be the same thing.  
 -  Samuel Butler
  

  The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  It is tact that is golden, not silence.  
 -  Samuel Butler
  

  When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie.  
 -  Yevgeny Yevtushenko
  

  Silence is complicity. Speak now or surrender your ground.  
 -  Michelle Malkin
  

  Silence is argument carried out by other means.  
 -  Che Guevara
  

  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
  

  Worldly faces never look so worldly as at a funeral. They have the same effect of grating incongruity as the sound of a coarse voice breaking the solemn silence of night.  
 -  George Eliot
  

  If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence.  
 -  George Eliot
  

  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
  

  As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Silence is safer than speech.  
 -  Nora Ephron
  

  Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.  
 -  Nora Ephron
  

  Trust someone who can see 3 things in you: The sorrow behind your smile, the love behind your anger and the reason behind your silence.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not already tested.  
 -  Elizabeth I
  

  There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.  
 -  John Cage
  

  Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.  
 -  Charles de Gaulle
  

  The desert has its holiness of silence, the crowd its holiness of conversation.  
 -  Walter Elliot
  

  You can never get silence anywhere nowadays, have you noticed?  
 -  Bryan Ferry
  

  Silence is a true friend who never betrays.  
 -  Paulo Coelho
  

  Silence is the great teacher and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence.  
 -  Deepak Chopra
  

  My kids have never seen me scream at anybody. They've never seen an argument. There's never been even a cold silence. And those are things that I grew up with because my parents did end up divorcing.  
 -  Edie Falco
  

  Lying is done with words and also with silence.  
 -  Adrienne Rich
  

  And they write innumerable books; being too vain and distracted for silence: seeking every one after his own elevation, and dodging his emptiness.  
 -  T. S. Eliot
  

  And in the afternoon they entered a land - but such a land! A land hung in mourning, darkened by gigantic cypresses, submerged; a land of reptiles, silence, shadow, decay.  
 -  George Washington Cable
  

  Silence is the wit of fools.  
 -  Anatole France
  

  Silence is true wisdom's best reply.  
 -  M. C. Escher
  

  Though silence is not necessarily an admission, it is not a denial, either.  
 -  Winston Churchill
  

  Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.  
 -  Thomas Carlyle
  

  Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.  
 -  Thomas Carlyle
  

  Silence is a source of great strength.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Silence is a friend who will never betray.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.  
 -  Winston Churchill
  

  Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the delight of life, which they are thenceforth to rule.  
 -  Thomas Carlyle
  

  Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.  
 -  Thomas Carlyle
  

  Silence is more eloquent than words.  
 -  Thomas Carlyle
  

  When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.  
 -  Thomas Carlyle
  

  Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better, Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.  
 -  Thomas Carlyle
  

  When money speaks, the truth is silent.  
 -  Russian proverb
  

  There is no reply to the ignorant like keeping silence.  
 -  Proverb
  

  Do not speak unless you can improve the silence.  
 -  Proverb
  

  We must have reasons for speech but we need none for silence.  
 -  Proverb
  

  Words are made of silver, but silence is made of gold.  
 -  Portuguese proverb
  

  Silence is golden; speech is silver.  
 -  American proverb
  

  Silence is sometimes the answer.  
 -  Estonian proverb
  

  Silence is medication for sorrow.  
 -  Arab proverb
  

  Silence is golden.  
 -  American proverb
  

  If a word be worth one shekel, silence is worth two.  
 -  Hebrew proverb