170 Silence Quotes

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Here are 170 of the best silence quotes I could find. And the goal is simple: to inspire you and make you feel calm and relaxed. Enjoy!

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Listen to silence. It has so much to say. Rumi

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The quieter you become the more you are able to hear. Rumi

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There was a brief silence. I think I heard snow falling. Erich Segal

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All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone. Blaise Pascal

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Saying nothing sometimes says the most. Emily Dickinson

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A fool is known by his speech; and a wise man by silence. Pythagoras

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It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart. Mahatma Gandhi

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When you have nothing to say, say nothing. Charles Caleb Colton

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The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. Albert Einstein

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Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. Francis Bacon

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Noise creates illusions. Silence brings truth. Maxime Lagacé

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If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet…maybe we could understand something. Federico Fellini

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In the silence behind what can be heard lies the answers we have been searching for for so long. Andreas Fransson

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Speech is silver, silence is golden. Thomas Carlyle

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The good and the wise lead quiet lives. Euripides

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The Best Silence Quotes

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Silence is a source of great strength. Lao Tzu Click to tweet

Inner silence is the mother of all talents. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence. Aeschylus

The closer you are to the truth, the more silent you become inside. Naval Ravikant

In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood. Henry David Thoreau

I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me. Albert Einstein

If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results. Emily Bronte

All I insist on, and nothing else, is that you should show the whole world that you are not afraid. Be silent, if you choose; but when it is necessary, speak – and speak in such a way that people will remember it. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own. Chaim Potok

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Time and silence are the most luxurious things today. Tom Ford

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Silence is true wisdom’s best reply. Euripides Click to tweet

The more you understand silence, that’s where the balance comes. Rick Rubin

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn whatever state I am in, therein to be content. Helen Keller

Silence is so freaking loud. Sarah Dessen

There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated by noise and gregariousness. George Steiner

The things that we understand, create silence. The things that we do not, create emotion. Kapil Gupta

Silence is sometimes the best answer. Dalai Lama Click to tweet

Within us is the soul of the whole, the wise silence, the universal beauty, the eternal One. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right. Cato The Elder

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People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. Carl Jung

Don’t waste words on people deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all. Mandy Hale

The human heart has hidden treasures, in secret kept, in silence sealed; the thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, whose charms were broken if revealed. Charlotte Bronte

Silence speaks when words can’t. Unknown

The world’s continual breathing is what we hear and call silence. Clarice Lispector

In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves. Rumi

Now all my teachers are dead except silence. W. S. Merwin

Talk, talk, talk: the utter and heartbreaking stupidity of words. William Faulkner

Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly. Epictetus

Part 2. Silence Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Silence Quotes

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Silence is a true friend who never betrays. Confucius Click to tweet

As far as I’m concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue. Albert Einstein

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King Jr

Silence is the wit of fools. Anatole France

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. Leonardo da Vinci

Without great solitude no serious work is possible. Pablo Picasso

Speak only if it improves upon the silence. Mahatma Gandhi

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Silence is more eloquent than words. Thomas Carlyle

I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent. Publilius Syrus

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. Mark Twain

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The truth hurts, but silence kills. Mark Twain

The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence. Benjamin Franklin

Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper. Martin Luther King Jr

Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer. Muhammad Ali Click to tweet

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Great souls suffer in silence. Friedrich Schiller Click to tweet

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power. Charles de Gaulle

If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence. Mother Teresa

It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie. Victor Hugo

Silence is argument carried out by other means. Ernesto Che Guevara

You have a grand gift for silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion. Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes)

Experience teaches us that silence terrifies people the most. Bob Dylan

The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me. Blaise Pascal

Silence is the perfectest herald of joy. I were but little happy if I could say how much. William Shakespeare

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Talk doesn’t cook rice. Chinese proverb

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. Henry David Thoreau

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together. Thomas Carlyle

A sage thing is timely silence, and better than any speech. Plutarch

Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence. Pythagoras

We need silence to be able to touch souls. Mother Teresa

The best cure for the body is a quiet mind. Napoleon Bonaparte

See also: Why Silence Is So Good For Your Brain (huffingtonpost.ca)

Short Silence Quotes

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One-liners, short silence quotes, sayings, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.
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Silence, healing. Heraclitus

Sometimes it’s better to be silent and smile. Unknown Click to tweet

Since long I’ve held silence a remedy for harm. Aeschylus

Silence is safer than speech. Epictetus

Silence is better than unmeaning words. Pythagoras

I was quiet, but I was not blind. Jane Austen

What’s quiet is more powerful than you think. Maxime Lagacé

Silence is more musical than any song. Christina Rossetti

Solitude is a catalyst for innovation. Susan Cain (See her excellent book Quiet or her blog quietrev.com)

You misinterpret everything, even the silence. Franz Kafka

Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man. Iain Duncan Smith

The silence is not suppression; instead, it is all there is. Annie Dillard

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The quiet mind is richer than a crown. Robert Greene

The silence is so deep it hurts our ears. Haruki Murakami

Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone. Alan Watts

Speech is of time, silence is of eternity. Thomas Carlyle

Real action is in silent moments. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

Noise: a stench in the ear. Ambrose Bierce

Silence says a lot more than you think. Unknown

Still waters run deep. Unknown

Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud. Unknown

Getting no message is also a message. Unknown

You are a slave to what you do say, a master of what you don’t say. Unknown

Silence isn’t empty. It’s full of ansers. Unknown

Silence is the mother of truth. Benjamin Disraeli Click to tweet

To hear, one must be silent. Ursula K. Le Guin

Sound is our mind, silence is our being. Osho

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He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. Elbert Hubbard

You cannot be angry when alone. Osho

Listening to the eternal involves a silence within us. Thomas Raymond Kelly

One need not always be saying something in this noisy world. Sarah Orne Jewett

The wisest man is the silent one. Examine his actions. Judge him by them. Karen Marie Moning

Silence is the virtue of fools. Francis Bacon

A silent man is easily reputed wise. Frederick William Robertson

Speak for yourself and from yourself, or be silent. George Henry Lewes

Never be bullied into silence. Harvey Fierstein

Hope will never be silent. Harvey Milk

Silence is also a conversation. Ramana Maharshi

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Inspirational Quotes About Silence

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By silence, I hear other men’s imperfections and conceal my own. Citium Zeno Click to tweet

I have only one confidant, and that is the silence of night. Soren Kierkegaard

Silence is interesting. It can show confusion, indifference and sadness. But it can also show determination, confidence and caring. Maxime Lagacé

Some of the greatest battles will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul. Ezra Taft Benson

The hardest and most important battle you’ll deliver is when you’ll be alone. Will you follow the crowds or will you follow that little voice inside yourself? Maxime Lagacé

A fair request should be followed by the deed in silence. Dante Alighieri

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. Alice Walker

The true genius shudders at incompleteness – and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be. Edgar Allan Poe

How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself. Virginia Woolf

No durable things are built on violent passion. Nature grows her plants in silence and in darkness, and only when they have become strong do they put their heads above the ground. Annie Besant

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

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It’s the steady, quiet, plodding ones who win in the lifelong race. Robert W. Service

I go silent so I can write. When my tongue is wagging my fingers are silent. Sonia Rumzi

Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men’s imperfections, and conceal your own. George Bernard Shaw

Withdraw into yourself, perceive there a silence as old as being, even older. Emil Cioran

Within each of us, there is silence. A silence as vast as the universe. And when we experience that silence, we remember who we are. Gunilla Norris Click to tweet

No writer in our time has been more isolated than Kafka, and yet few have achieved communication as well as he did. Eugenio Montale

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; that background which the painter may not daub, be he master or bungler, and which, however awkward a figure we may have made in the foreground, remains ever our inviolable asylum, where no indignity can assail, no personality can disturb us. Henry David Thoreau

Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully. Norton Juster

I think that one’s art is a growth inside one. I do not think one can explain growth. It is silent and subtle. One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows. Emily Carr

As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment. John Steinbeck

I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. Audre Lorde

I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Silence is the eternal duty of man. Thomas Carlyle Click to tweet

Staying silent is like a slow growing cancer to the soul and a trait of a true coward. There is nothing intelligent about not standing up for yourself. You may not win every battle. However, everyone will at least know what you stood for – you. Shannon L. Alder

I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company. Henry Miller

Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence. Henri Frederic Amiel

When I pronounce the word Future, the first syllable already belongs to the past. When I pronounce the word Silence, I destroy it. Wisława Szymborska

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. Henry Van Dyke

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. Aldous Huxley

We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves. Leonora Carrington

I drank the silence of God from a spring in the woods. Georg Trakl

You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind. Sathya Sai Baba Click to tweet

Silence is the language of God; it is also the language of the heart. Sivananda

Wise Silence Sayings

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Silence is an empty space, space is the home of the awakened mind. Buddha Click to tweet

Lying is done with words and also with silence. Adrienne Rich

When I speak, you must not listen to the words, my dear. Listen to the silence. Anthony de Mello

Speaking comes by nature, silence by understanding. German proverb

If you’re asked: What is the silence? Respond: It is the first stone of the Wisdom’s temple. Pythagoras

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. Abraham Lincoln

Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing. William S. Burroughs

Silence gives us space to process our experiences and soak in our surroundings. Cati Vanden Breul

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. Michel de Montaigne

I have found that one cannot win the war of words. So I don’t engage in one to begin with. 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 latter isn’t worth it. The Ancient Sage

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Your very silence shows you agree. Euripides Click to tweet

Don’t waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all. Unknown

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. Virginia Woolf

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. Honoré de Balzac

Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish. Charles Caleb Colton Click to tweet

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard, nor welcomed, but when we are silent we are still afraid. So it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive. Audre Lorde

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. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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. Thomas Merton

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The wiser you become, the more comfortable you are with silence. Maxime Lagacé

All my spare time I would spend looking at myself in silence. Nisargadatta Maharaj

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. Emile M. Cioran

We’ve known about the transcendent power of solitude for centuries; it’s only recently that we’ve forgotten it. Susan Cain

Silence is a statement that is open to gross misinterpretation. Craig Bruce

It is more noble by silence to avoid an injury than by argument to overcome it. Francis Beaumont

Silences are the most underrated part of comedy. David Steinberg

The moment you become aware of the silence, you also have become silent. Eckhart Tolle

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Part 3. Conclusion

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Do you want to change the world? Then change yourself first. Do you want to change yourself? Then remain completely silent inside the silence-sea. Sri Chinmoy Click to tweet

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

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  1. My quote is ‘He who lives by age and fear never learns to live. He who lives by faith and love and learns to dream will live forever”.

  2. We need silence to be able to reach our Self. Both internal and external silence is very important to feel the presence of that supreme Love. I really love that quote.

    1. Hi Michael,
      I think most people are scared (myself included) to be overwhelmed, to be alone in silence.
      But we learn so much about us when we do.
      Thus, it’s a great way to grow.


    1. Yes, silence is powerful.
      I’m also motivated by silence (which I say during my weekly “silent day”).


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