Tuesday’s Quotes – July 18, 2017 – Sounds like silence

For the second time in my life, a head cold brought me laryngitis. No big deal, more of a nuisance, really (although this time I mostly cannot talk at all). So I dusted off this post from May 2015 with some thoughts on 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

 Photo is of the Hudson River looking north from the Walkway Over the Hudson.


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