Just Above Sunset
Volume 5, Number 10
March 11, 2007

On Silence

 The world as seen from Just Above Sunset -

"Notes on how things seem from out here in Hollywood..."

Quotes for the week of February 11, 2007 - On Silence

"Never forget that when we are silent, we are one. And when we speak we are two." - Indira Gandhi

"Try as we may to make a silence, we cannot."  - John Cage

"There is an eloquent silence: it serves sometimes to approve, sometimes to condemn; there is a mocking silence; there is a respectful silence." - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

"Their silence is enough praise." [Tacent, satis laudant] - Terence

"When something important is going on, silence is a lie" - A. M. Rosenthal

"I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use - silence, exile and cunning." - James Joyce

"Silence is the virtue of fools."  - Francis Bacon

"The attempt to silence a man is the greatest honor you can bestow on him. It means that you recognize his superiority to yourself." - Joseph Sobran

"Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese." - Gilbert Chesterton

"Men fear silence as they fear solitude, because both give them a glimpse of the terror of life's nothingness." - Andre Maurois

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King Jr.

"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence." - Louis Dembitz Brandeis

"As the Swiss inscription says: Sprechen ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden,- 'Speech is silvern, Silence is golden;' or, as I might rather express it, Speech is of Time, Silence is of Eternity." - Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus, Book iii. Chap. iii.

"As soon as one does not kill oneself, one must keep silent about life." - Albert Camus

"Women like silent men. They think they're listening." - Marcel Archard

"I'm not sure of much of anything these days.  Maybe that's why I talk so much." - Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : An Inquiry Into Values

"It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it." - Sam Levenson

"My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence." - Edith Sitwell

"You have not converted a man because you have silenced him." - John Morley

"Deep vengeance is the daughter of deep silence." - [Alta vendetta / D'alto silenzio e figlia.] - Vittorio Alfieri, La Congiura de' Pazzi (I, 1)

"Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing." - Robert Benchley

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

"Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right." - Igor Stravinsky

[On Silence]

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