Silence

Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amidst joy.

The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.

Humility collects the soul into a single point by the power of silence. A truly humble man has no desire to be known or admired by others, but wishes to plunge from himself into himself, to become nothing, as if he had never been born. When he is completely hidden to himself in himself, he is completely with God.

The power of punishment is to silence, not to confute.

I found I had less and less to say, until finally, I became silent, and began to listen. I discovered in the silence, the voice of God.

It may well be that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition is not the glaring noisiness of the so-called bad people, but the appalling silence of the so-called good people. It may be that our generation will have to repent not only for the diabolical actions and vitriolic words of the children of darkness, but also for the crippling fears and tragic apathy of the children of light.

We enter our studies, and enjoy a society which we alone can bring together. We raise no jealousy by conversing with one in preference to another; we give no offense to the most illustrious by questioning him as long as we will, and leaving him as abruptly. Diversity of opinion raises no tumult in our presence: each interlocutor stands before us, speaks or is silence, and we adjourn or decide the business at our leisure.

He who, silent, loves to be with us, and loves us in our silence, has touched one of the keys that ravish hearts.

We have kept our children so busy with “useful” and “improving” activities that we are in danger of raising a generation of young people who are terrified of silence, of being alone with their own thoughts.

Perseverance can lend the appearance of dignity and grandeur to many actions, just as silence in company affords wisdom and apparent intelligence to a stupid person.

The sole philosophy open to those who doubt the possibility of truth is absolute silence - even mental.

Men fear silence as they fear solitude, because both give them a glimpse of the terror of life's nothingness.

The contemplative life has nothing to tell you except to reassure you and say that if you dare to penetrate your own silence and dare to advance without fear into the solitude of your own heart... you will truly recover the light and capacity to understand what is beyond words and beyond explanation because it is too close to be explained.

The greatest admiration gives rise, not to words, but to silence.

True sorrow makes a silence in the heart.

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.

Silence is man's centre... Today silence is malfunctioning noise.

They all were ravished by a glimpse of heaven, where everything is known and yet forgiven, and all that is not music is pure silence.

Meet an accusation with silence and you make it sharper.

The value of silence in art is its stimulation to the imagination.