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You hesitate to stab me with a word, and know not - silence is the sharper sword.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All this talk and turmoil and noise and movement and desire is outside of the veil; within the veil is silence and calm and rest.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads on like a gray vegetation.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If everybody thought before they spoke, the silence would be deafening.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To write is to make oneself the echo of what cannot cease speaking -- and since it cannot, in order to become its echo I have, in a way, to silence it. I bring to this incessant speech the decisiveness, the authority of my own silence.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are times when silence has the loudest voice.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Myth is the hidden part of every story, the buried part, the region that is still unexplored because there are as yet no words to enable us to get there. Myth is nourished by silence as well as by words.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The media transforms the great silence of things into its opposite. Formerly constituting a secret, the real now talks constantly. News reports, information, statistics, and surveys are everywhere.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When little is done, little is said; silence is the mother of truth.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same kind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of literature and speech and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
You will find that silence or very gentle words are the most exquisite revenge for insult.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If every day a man takes orders in silence from an incompetent superior, if every day he solemnly performs ritual acts which he privately finds ridiculous, if he unhesitatingly gives answers to questionnaires which are contrary to his real opinions and is prepared to deny his own self in public, if he sees no difficulty in feigning sympathy or even affection where, in fact, he feels only indifference or aversion, it still does not mean that he has entirely lost the use of one of the basic human senses, namely, the sense of humiliation.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Well-timed silence is the most commanding expression.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Persuasive speech, and more persuasive sighs, Silence that spoke and eloquence of eyes.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Despots play their part in the works of thinkers. Fettered words are terrible words. The writer doubles and trebles the power of his writing when a ruler imposes silence on the people. Something emerges from that enforced silence, a mysterious fullness which filters through and becomes steely in the thought. Repression in history leads to conciseness in the historian, and the rocklike hardness of much celebrated prose is due to the tempering of the tyrant.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We believe that the applause of silence is the only kind that counts.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To let friendship die away by negligence and silence is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of the weary pilgrimage.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In these great times which I knew when they were this small; which will become small again, provided they have time left for it in these times in which things are happening that could not be imagined and in which what can no longer be imagined must happen, for if one could imagine it, it would not happen; in these serious times which have died laughing at the thought that they might become serious; which, surprised by their own tragedy, are reaching for diversion and, catching themselves red-handed, are groping for words... in these times you should not expect any words of my own from me -- none but these words which barely manage to prevent silence from being misinterpreted.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
With their souls of patent leather, they come down the road. Hunched and nocturnal, where they breathe they impose, silence of dark rubber, and fear of fine sand.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A few more days, and this essay will follow the Defensio Populi to the dust and silence of the upper shelf... For a month or two it will occupy a few minutes of chat in every drawing-room, and a few columns in every magazine; and it will then be withdrawn, to make room for the forthcoming novelties.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Wildness and silence disappeared from the countryside, sweetness fell from the air, not because anyone wished them to vanish or fall but because throughways had to floor the meadows with cement to carry the automobiles which advancing technology produced. Tropical beaches turned into high-priced slums where thousand-room hotels elbowed each other for glimpses of once-famous surf not because those who loved the beaches wanted them there but because enormous jets could bring a million tourists every year -- and therefore did.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To see the earth as we now see it, small and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the unending night -- brothers who see now they are truly brothers.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Speech is civilization itself. The word... preserves contact -- it is silence which isolates.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Words can sting like anything, but silence breaks the heart.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Sticks and stones are hard on bones aimed with angry art. Words can sting like anything but silence breaks the heart.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature -- trees, flowers, grass -- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The voice of protest, of warning, of appeal is never more needed than when the clamor of fife and drum, echoed by the press and too often by the pulpit, is bidding all men fall in step and obey in silence the tyrannous word of command. Then, more than ever, it is the duty of the good citizen not to be silent.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Not every truth is the better for showing its face undisguised; and often silence is the wisest thing for a man to heed.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The tree of silence bears the fruit of peace.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Speaking comes by nature, silence by understanding.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
So long as the laws remain such as they are today, employ some discretion: loud opinion forces us to do so; but in privacy and silence let us compensate ourselves for that cruel chastity we are obliged to display in public.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
On a day of burial there is no perspective -- for space itself is annihilated. Your dead friend is still a fragmentary being. The day you bury him is a day of chores and crowds, of hands false or true to be shaken, of the immediate cares of mourning. The dead friend will not really die until tomorrow, when silence is round you again. Then he will show himself complete, as he was -- to tear himself away, as he was, from the substantial you. Only then will you cry out because of him who is leaving and whom you cannot detain.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Bigotry and intolerance, silenced by argument, endeavors to silence by persecution, in old days by fire and sword, in modern days by the tongue.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
He had occasional flashes of silence that made his conversation perfectly delightful.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The violent illiteracies of the graffiti, the clenched silence of the adolescent, the nonsense cries from the stage-happening, are resolutely strategic. The insurgent and the freak-out have broken off discourse with a cultural system which they despise as a cruel, antiquated fraud. They will not bandy words with it. Accept, even momentarily, the conventions of literate linguistic exchange, and you are caught in the net of the old values, of the grammars that can condescend or enslave.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Their silence is praise enough.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The silence of a flower: a kind of silence which we continually evade, of which we find only the shadow in dreams.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is rude to silence a fool, and cruelty to let him go on.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Sometimes silence is not golden -- just yellow.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
May God be gracious to each lonely one who walks in silence towards the setting sun.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Donkey: You, uh... you don't entertain much, do you?
Shrek: I like my privacy.
Donkey: Y'know, me too. That's another thing we have in common. I hate it when you've got someone in your face, you try to give someone a hint and they won't leave, and then there's that big awkward silence...
[big awkward silence ensues]
Donkey: ... Can I stay with you?More [07/17/2005 12:07:00]
Howard Hughes: No, wait! Honey, you can't move! You can't move, you're safe here! You're in the germ-free zone now, y'understand?
Ava Gardner: I'll take my chances.
Howard Hughes: No, no! Honey, wait... wait, uh...
[Ava removes the string barriers from the doorway and walks into the study. She turns on the light, revealing that entire room is covered with used tissues and string barriers everywhere. Silence for a moment]
Ava Gardner: Love what you've done with the place...More [08/04/2005 12:08:00]

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