In an attempt to balance last week’s post regarding the etymologies of noisy words, here are some quotes about silence.
First, three eloquent ways of saying the same thing:
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of that fact.
In silence man can most readily preserve his integrity.
Never miss the opportunity to keep your mouth shut.
Robert Newton Peck
And on to the darker side of silence:
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
-Dr. Martin Luther King
Silence isn’t always golden, you know. Sometimes it’s just plain yellow.
The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others & hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, & from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light & life flow no longer into our souls.
-Elizabeth Cady Stanton
And last, some votes of confidence:
Silence is all the genius a fool has.
-Zora Neale Hurston
Of those who say nothing, few are silent.
Silence is not a thing we make; it is something into which we enter. It is always there…All we can make is noise.
-Mother Maribel of Wantage
I’m hoping you’ll use the comments section to let me know which of these quotes you’ve never heard, &/or which ones made you stop & think.