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Silence is unceasing eloquence.
It is the best language.

Ramana Maharishi


What I love most of all is the silence.  It's the silence that works.  Silence is marvelous. . . Whew!  It's gorgeous.  No sounds. . . nobody. . . no touching. . . I walk through the door, and there it is waiting for me in the room.  I have instant silence!     -Joan Fontaine

Silence means you are under complete control of all your emotional reactions, which are conquered in silence.  Everything that happens in our bodies happens in complete silence.  And when you start hearing from it, then you know something is wrong!  The principle of healing is to invoke silence--going into the silence.     -Mother Serena
An elaborately patient silence can be very provoking!     -C.S. Lewis
Certain experiences may be transmitted by language, others--more profound--by silence; and then there are those that cannot be transmitted, not even by silence.     -Elie Wiesel
True silence really means going deep within yourself to that place where nothing is happening, where you transcend time and space.  You go into a brand new dimension of nothingness.  That's where all the power is.  That's your real home.  That's where you really belong, in deep Silence where there is no good or bad, no one trying to achieve anything.  Just being, pure being. . . . Silence is the ultimate reality.        -Robert Adams

When there is no time for quiet, there is no time for the soul to grow.      -unattributed
My times of silence before God are very important to me now.  I put everything else down, every word away, and I am with the Lord.  When I'm quiet, life falls into perspective for me.  I have a very active mind and I'm a worrier, but in those moments when I choose to put that away, I rest beside the Shepherd in still places.  Why don't you give yourself a gift today?  Turn off the television or the car stereo, put down the newspaper or the business plan, and in the quietness, rest for a while beside the Shepherd of your soul.         -Sheila Walsh
True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
-William Penn
The apron of silence is with me.  Silence is a gift.  Be silent.       -Clara Sandburg
What is it that stands higher than words?  Action.
What is it that stands higher than action?  Silence.

Francis of Assisi
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.  The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life.
-Mother Teresa
Our task is to listen to the news that is always arriving out of silence.        -Rainer Maria Rilke
There are times when silence is the most sacred of responses.        -Eugene Kennedy
Concentrated power is silence.  Diffused power is noise. . . . When you reach the place of silence in mind, you have reached the place of power, the place where all is one.     -Baird Spalding

Deliberately to choose to be silent at times, to watch and weigh our words when we speak, would accomplish more for many than the pious practices they so much enjoy.     -Bede Frost
There is something greater and purer than what the mouth utters.  Silence illuminates our souls, whispers to our hearts, and brings them together.     -Khalil Gibran
Silence speaks, the contemplatives say.  But really, I think, silence sorts.  An ordering instinct sends people into the hush where the voice can be heard. . . Silence, that inspired dealer, takes the day's deck, the life, all in a crazy heap, lays it out, and plays its flawless hand of solitaire, every card in place.  Scoops them up, and does it all again.
-Patricia Hampl
Quiet is scary.  In the absence of sound, we're keenly aware of ourselves and our thoughts.  We might even hear messages coming straight from our souls that we ordinarily try to drown out with car horns and Muzak.  But that's exactly why silence is such a highly spiritual concept.  We observe "a moment of silence" at funerals and memorial services to honor the memory of the dead.  We pray wordlessly in church and sing of the "silent night" that is considered one of the holiest in history.  Some religious orders even require their members to spend most or all of their days in quiet, so that God can enter at will without having to cut through a tiresome stream of chatter.     -Shana Aborn, Thirty Days to a More Spiritual Life
In music we gain a sense of rhythm through the absence of sound.  A similar process occurs in communication between two people.     -Sheldon Roth
If we want to understand the essence of silence, we need only think of those moments in life when the silence of love becomes a reality for us.  We are referring to the delicate mutual understanding of those in love or of friends, which can perfectly express itself in mere being together, jointly contemplating.     -Landislaus Boros
Practice silence and you will acquire silent knowledge.  In this silent knowledge is a computing system that is far more precise and far more accurate and far more powerful than anything that is contained in the boundaries of rational thought.     -Deepak Chopra
Without silence, there cannot be any real appreciation of life, which is as delicate in its inner fabrics as a closed rosebud.        -Deepak Chopra


Silence is a true friend who never betrays.       -Confucius
Our greatest experiences are our quietest moments.       -Friedrich Nietzsche
There are times when silence has the loudest voice.      -Leroy Brownlow

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