The Best 100 Quotes About Silence – My Personal Favorites!


This website is all about making your home, vehicle and various appliances quieter. I love silent environments where I can just chill out and do my own thing without any disturbances. These quotes are very soothing to my spiritual animal (the owl!). I hope you’ll find them inspiring and thought-provoking as well:

1. Silence is a source of great strength. – Lao Tzu

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

3. Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. – Francis Bacon

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

5. 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

6. Silence is true wisdom’s best reply. – Euripides

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

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

9. Saying nothing sometimes says the most. – Emily Dickinson

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

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

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

13. Silence is so freaking loud. – Sarah Dessen

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

15. The tree of silence bears the fruit of peace. – Unknown

16. Silence is sometimes the best answer. – Dalai Lama

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

18. 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

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

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

21. 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

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

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

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

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

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

27. Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. – Leonardo da Vinci

28. Without great solitude no serious work is possible. – Pablo Picasso

29. Speak only if it improves upon the silence. – Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

32. The truth hurts, but silence kills. – Mark Twain

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

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

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

36. Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer. – Muhammad Ali

37. Silence is the ultimate weapon of power. – Charles de Gaulle

38. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

47. 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

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

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

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

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

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

53. Real action is in silent moments. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

56. Noise: a stench in the ear. – Ambrose Bierce

57. The quiet mind is richer than a crown. – Robert Greene

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

59. Silence says a lot more than you think. – Unknown

60. Still waters run deep. – Unknown

61. Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud. – Unknown

62. Getting no message is also a message. – Unknown

63. A wise man once said nothing. – Unknown

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

65. Silence isn’t empty. It’s full of ansers. – Unkwown

66.Silence is a place of great power and healing. – Rachel Naomi Remen

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

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

69. Sound is our mind, silence is our being. –  Osho

70. Silence is more musical than any song. – Christina Rossetti

71. No one nor anything can silence me. – Dmitri Mendeleev

72. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation. – Susan Cain

73. Silence is safer than speech. – Epictetus

74. You misinterpret everything, even the silence. – Franz Kafka

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

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

77. Silence is better than unmeaning words. – Pythagoras

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

79. You cannot be angry when alone. – Osho

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

81. Silence is the virtue of fools. – Francis Bacon

82. A silent man is easily reputed wise. – Frederick William Robertson

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

84. Speech is the small change of silence. – George Meredith

85. Never be bullied into silence. – Harvey Fierstein

86. Hope will never be silent. – Harvey Milk

87. Great souls suffer in silence. – Friedrich Schiller

88. The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me. – David Markson

89. Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

90. Being quiet is fine, most people don’t listen anyways. – Unknown

91. Silence has been destroyed, but also the idea that it’s important to learn how another person thinks, to enter the mind of another person. The whole idea of empathy is gone. We are now part of this giant machine where every second we have to take out a device and contribute our thoughts and opinions. – Gary Shteyngart

92. Seeing her sitting there unresponsive makes me realize that silence has a sound. – Jodi Picoult

93. The cruelest lies are often told in silence. – Robert Louis Stevenson

94. Noise is the most impertinent of all forms of interruption. It is not only an interruption, but also a disruption of thought. – Arthur Schopenhauer

95. Living as we do in an age of noise and bluster, success is now measured accordingly. We must all be seen, and heard, and on the air. – Daphne du Maurier

96. The ocean, the desert, and the jungle are the last strongholds and resorts of peace. – P.C. Wren

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

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

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

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

Now that you’ve seen the beauty of silence, why not make your own home, vehicle or appliance quieter? Check out the other articles on my website and turn your silent dreams into reality.

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