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Quotes for
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Silence



  
May my silences
become more accurate.

Theodore Roethke

   

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 everywhere.        -Rachel Naomi Remen

   

Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.  There are no mistakes and no coincidences; all events are blessings given to us to learn from.       -Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross

   
Talk 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.       -Doris Grumbach
   

Silence 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 between sanity and madness is the quality of our thoughts.  Silence is on the side of sanity.        -Norman Cousins

   
In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.        -Mohandas Gandhi
    
As there are silent depths in the ocean which the fiercest storm cannot reach, so there are silent, holy depths of the hearts of people which the storm of sin and sorrow can never disturb.  To reach this silence and to live consciously in it is peace.        -James Allen

  
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.        -Ralph Waldo Emerson
   
Silence has a regenerative power of its own.  It is always sacred.  It always returns you home.       -Barbara De Angelis
    
Silence stands outside 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 regarded as useless.  Yet there is more help and healing in silence than in all useful things.        -Max Picard
    
[The Native American] believes profoundly in silence—the sign of perfect equilibrium.  Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit.  The people who preserve their selfhood ever calm and unshaken by the storms 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)
   
God 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.       -Tim Hansel
  
The truest communication with God is absolute, total silence; there is not a single word in existence that can convey this communication.        -Bernadette Roberts
   
The good and the wise lead quiet lives.       -Euripides
   
Unfortunately, in seeing ourselves as we truly are, not all that we see is beautiful and attractive.  This is undoubtedly part of the reason we  flee silence.  We do not want to be confronted with our hypocrisy, our phoniness.  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 self.  It is a harrowing journey, a death to self—the false self—and no one 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
    
Silence is something like an endangered species.  The experience of silence is now so rare that we must guard it and treasure it.        -Gunilla Norris

    

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 problems, 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.        -Sivananda
    
A 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.       -Bertrand Russell

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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

  

   
All my days I grew up among the sages, and I have found nothing better for a person than silence.       -Pirke Aboth
   
The quieter you become, the more you can hear.       -Baba Ram Dass
   

Silence 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 words.       -Carl Gustav Jung

   

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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 Brunton
  
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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