Quotes about silence

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„Your silence will not protect you.“

—  Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
essay "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action", in Sister Outsider

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„There was good reason for the silence of the Holy Spirit as to how, when, in what form Christ ordained the apostles, the reason being to show the indifferency of all forms of words.“

—  John Wycliffe English theologian and early dissident in the Roman Catholic Church 1320 - 1384
Latin statement in De Quattuor Sectis Novellis, as translated in Typical English Churchmen (1909) by John Neville Figgis, p. 16

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„Let silence be your general rule; or say only what is necessary and in few words.“

—  Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138
Context: Let silence be your general rule; or say only what is necessary and in few words. We shall, however, when occasion demands, enter into discourse sparingly, avoiding such common topics as gladiators, horse-races, athletes; and the perpetual talk about food and drink. Above all avoid speaking of persons, either in the way of praise or blame, or comparison. If you can, win over the conversation of your company to what it should be by your own. But if you should find yourself cut off without escape among strangers and aliens, be silent. (164).

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„Silence gives consent.“

—  Oliver Goldsmith Irish physician and writer 1728 - 1774

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„You can describe silence to some extent, but that which is beyond silence cannot be expressed. You give, you hug... but still something remains unexpressed.“

—  Sri Sri Ravi Shankar spiritual leader 1956
Context: A million words cannot express what a glance can convey, and a million glances cannot express what a moment of silence can. A moment of silence conveys so much more than any other expression. Still, love is beyond silence too. You can describe silence to some extent, but that which is beyond silence cannot be expressed. You give, you hug... but still something remains unexpressed. Narada Bhakti Sutras (2001)

Citát „What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence.“
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„What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence.“

—  Claude Monet French impressionist painter 1840 - 1926

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