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- It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.
- Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
- Silence is the virtue of fools.
- Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
- There are grammatical errors even in his silence.
- Stanislaw J. Lec (1909 - 1966), "Unkempt Thoughts"
- Words are a heavy thing...they weigh you down. If birds talked, they couldn't fly.
- Sy Rosen and Christian Williams, Northern Exposure, On Your Own, 1992
- He had occasional flashes of silence, that made his conversation perfectly delightful.
- Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845), referring to Macaulay
- Their silence is sufficient praise.
- Terence (185 BC - 159 BC)
- Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as eternity; speech is as shallow as time.
- Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881), Essay on Sir Walter Scott, 1881
- 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 (1795 - 1881)
- A man's silence is wonderful to listen to.
- Thomas Hardy
- Of those who say nothing, few are silent.
- Thomas Neill
- Silence is one of the great arts of conversation, as allowed by Cicero himself, who says, 'there is not only an art, but an eloquence in it.' A well bred woman may easily and effectually promote the most useful and elegant conversation without speaking a word. The modes of speech are scarcely more variable than the modes of silence.
- Tom Blair
- There is a wide difference between speaking to deceive, and being silent to be impenetrable.
- Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
- True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
- William Penn (1644 - 1718)
- Silence is the perfectest herald of joy: I were but little happy, if I could say how much.
- William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "Much Ado about Nothing", Act 2 scene 1
- The rest is silence.
- William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "Hamlet", Act 5 scene 2