As I age I am grateful to find that a silence has
begun to gather in me,
coexisting with my tempers and my fears, unchanged by my joys
or my pain. Sanctuary. Connected to the Silence
Learn to get in touch with
silence within yourself
and know that everything in this
a purpose. There are no mistakes and
no coincidences; all events are blessings
given to us to
learn from. -Elisabeth
uses up ideas. Once I have spoken them aloud,
they are lost to me, dissipated into the noisy air
like smoke. Only if I bury them, like bulbs, in the
rich soil of silence do they grow.
must be comprehended as not solely the absence of sound.
It is the natural environment for serenity and contemplation.
Life without silence is life without privacy. The difference
sanity and madness is the quality of our thoughts.
Silence is on the side of sanity.
the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer
and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal
|As there are silent depths in the ocean which
the fiercest storm
cannot reach, so there are silent, holy depths of the hearts of
which the storm of sin and sorrow can never disturb. To
this silence and to live consciously in it is peace.
What a strange power there
is in silence! How many resolutions are formed, how many
sublime conquests effected, during that pause when the lips are
closed, and the soul secretly feels the eye of her Maker upon
her! They are the strong ones who know how to keep silence
when it is a pain and a grief unto them, and who give time to
their own souls to wax strong against temptation.
|Silence has a regenerative power of its
own. It is always sacred. It always returns you home.
-Barbara De Angelis
the world of profit
and utility. It cannot be exploited for profit;
you cannot get anything
out of it. It is "unproductive,"
therefore it is
as useless. Yet there
is more help and healing
all useful things. -Max Picard
|[The Native American]
believes profoundly in silence—the sign of perfect
is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit.
The people who preserve their selfhood ever calm and unshaken by
of existence—not a leaf, as it were, astir on the tree; not a
ripple upon the
surface of the shining pool—theirs, in the mind of the
unlettered sage, is the
ideal attitude and conduct of life.
If you ask: “What
are the fruits of silence?” he or she will say: “They
are self-control, true courage or endurance,
patience, dignity, and reverence.
Silence is the cornerstone of character.”
-Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman)
has spoken very boldly about his desire to be a presence in our
lives. If I
want to heal the ache and loneliness in my own life, one of the
things I need
to do is get away, alone with God. . . . In the silence God will
speak to you most
powerfully. Too often
his words to us get muffled, lost, or covered by the
crowd of many noises both inside and outside of us.
We must have a quiet
heart in order to hear God's distinctive message to us.
|The truest communication with God is absolute,
there is not a single word in existence that can
convey this communication.
|The good and the wise lead quiet lives.
in seeing ourselves as we truly are, not all that we see
is beautiful and attractive.
This is undoubtedly part of the reason we
We do not want to be confronted with our hypocrisy,
We see how false and fragile is the false self we project.
We have to go through this painful experience to come to our true
It is a harrowing journey, a death to self—the false self—and
wants to die.
But it is the only path to life, to freedom, to peace,
to true love.
And it begins with silence.
We cannot give ourselves in love
if we do not know and possess ourselves.
This is the great value of silence.
It is the pathway to all we truly want.
-M. Basil Pennington
is something like an endangered species. The experience of
is now so rare that we must guard it and treasure it.
In this noisy, restless, bewildering age, there
is a great need for quietness of spirit.
Even in our communion with God we are so busy presenting our
asking for help, seeking relief that we leave no moments of
silence to listen for God’s answers. By practice we can learn to submerge our spirits beneath
the turbulent surface waves
of life and reach that depth of our being where all is still,
where no storms can reach us.
Here only can we forget the material world and its demands on us.
-Alice Hegan Rice
Silence is the language of God;
it is also the language of the heart.
happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life,
for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live.
Do not open your mouth
But keep guard over your lips
When you are provoked and angered.
If you speak out in haste
You shall have to atone later
So soothe your soul with silence.
from ancient Sumerian tablets
my days I grew up among the sages, and I have found
nothing better for a person than silence.
quieter you become, the more you can hear.
-Baba Ram Dass
is for me a fount of healing which makes my life worth
living. Talking is often a torrent for me, and I
need many days of silence to recover from the futility of
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The only language able to
express the wholeness of truth is silence. Silence is ever
speaking. It is a perennial flow of language which is
interrupted by speaking. -Ramana Maharishi
Life teaches us silently while people utter
their instructions in loud voices. -Paul
Silence is the
source of healing. When we bring things from within
ourselves out into the light of awareness, a healing process
happens. In the silence, we can let go of all anger,
sadness, fear, loneliness and frustration.
-Swami Dhyan Giten, Presence--Working from Within
There are all kinds of
silences and each of them means a different thing. There is
the silence that comes with morning in a forest, and this is
different from the silence of a sleeping city. There is
silence after a rainstorm, and before a rainstorm, and these are
not the same. There is the silence of emptiness, the silence
of fear, the silence of doubt. There is a certain silence
that can emanate from a lifeless object as from a chair lately
used, or from a piano with old dust upon its keys, or from
anything that has answered to the need of a man, for pleasure or
for work. This kind of silence can speak. Its voice
may be melancholy, but it is not always so; for the chair may have
been left by a laughing child or the last notes of the piano may
have been raucous and gay. Whatever the mood or the
circumstance, the essence of its quality may linger in the silence
that follows. It is a soundless
echo. -Beryl Markham
I have often
regretted my speech, never my silence. -Xenocrates
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