Tuesday’s Quotes #23

I have laryngitis. No big deal, more of a nuisance, really (but it probably is funny to hear me trying to be heard in conference calls at work). But the difficulty in speaking loud enough to be heard got me started down a somewhat different path. And so, I leave you with these thoughts about silence – some seem to be truer than others, but I find all of them interesting.

“Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.”

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”

— Aldous Huxley

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” 

— Ansel Adams

“Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves.”

— Thomas Carlyle

“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” 

— Benjamin Franklin

“In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.” 

— Rumi

“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.”

— Henry David Thoreau

“Silence is a source of great strength.”

— Lao Tzu

“Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.”

— Francis Bacon

“Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”

— Khalil Gibran


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