There is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question. Thomas Merton.
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I said nothing for a time, just ran my fingertips along the edge of the human-shaped emptiness that had been left inside me. Haruki Murakami. The space, the gaps, the pauses, the silence — those things that allow us to regenerate and recharge — had all but disappeared in my own life and in the lives of so many I knew.
Arianna Huffington. We refuse to turn off our computers, turn off our phone, log off Facebook, and just sit in silence, because in those moments we might actually have to face up to who we really are. Jefferson Bethke. There is no sound more annoying than the chatter of a child, and none more sad than the silence they leave when they are gone. Mark Lawrence. For now she need not think of anybody. She could be herself, by herself.
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And that was what now she often felt the need of — to think; well not even to think. To be silent; to be alone. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard. Arundhati Roy. Silence is the eternal duty of man. It would mean that they would bear themselves. Pascal Mercier. All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. Edmund Burke.
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Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth. Emile M. Silence is an empty space, space is the home of the awakened mind.
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Buddha Click to tweet. The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak. Baruch Spinoza. He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
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Michel de Montaigne. I have found that one cannot win the war of words. I have renounced the need to be seen as right, intelligent or wise. I have seen the futility of verbal battles. Either one seeks to understand or score points. The Ancient Sage. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Nicholas Sparks. One must learn to be silent just as one must learn to talk.
Only when the voice of duty is silent, or when it has already spoken, may we allowably think of the consequences of a particular action. Augustus Hare. It is always assumed by the empty-headed, who chatter about themselves for want of something better, that people who do not discuss their affairs openly must have something to hide. Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish. When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard, nor welcomed, but when we are silent we are still afraid.
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You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Alison McGhee. Silence was not the absence of sound but was itself a sound that could be loud or soft, soothing or disturbing, complex or simple.
Julius Lester. I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching. Music is pleasing not only because of the sound but because of the silence that is in it: without the alternation of sound and silence there would be no rhythm. A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech. Gertrude Stein Click to tweet. Quiet is peace. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. Khaled Hosseini.
In a world of noise, confusion and conflict it is necessary that there be places of silence, inner discipline and peace. In such places love can blossom. And in slowing everything down.
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Annie Baker. A soul that has never tasted the sweetness of inner silence is a restless spirit which disturbs the silence of others. Mary Faustina Kowalska. Without silence, there cannot be any real appreciation in life, which is as delicate in its inner fabric as a closed rosebud. Deepak Chopra. I discovered that I felt at home and alive in the silence, which compelled me to enter my interior world and around there.
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Silence can often be more disturbing than noise, it reveals the complicated mechanism of our thoughts. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level. Eckhart Tolle. Wayne W. Those who remain unmoved by the wind of joy silently follow the Path. Bodhidharma Click to tweet. By silencing the mind, we can experience real peace. Henepola Gunaratana.
Great joy, especially after a sudden change of circumstances, is apt to be silent, and dwells rather in the heart than on the tongue. Henry Fielding. Listen closely… the eternal hush of silence goes on and on throughout all this, and has been going on, and will go on and on.
This is because the world is nothing but a dream and is just thought of and the everlasting eternity pays no attention to it. Jack Kerouac. Giancarlo Esposito. There are in life a few moments so beautiful, that even words are a sort of profanity.
Diana Palmer. I woke up early and took the first train to take me away from the city. The noise and all its people. Charlotte Eriksson. To listen to the silence, wherever you are, is an easy and direct way of becoming present.