Silence

"You never saw a fish on the wall with its mouth shut."
 

Sally BERGER

"When the conspiracy of lies surrounding me demands of me to silence the one word of truth given to me, that word becomes the one word I wish to utter above all others."
 

Andre BRINK
South African author and professor of literature

"Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth."
 

E. M. CIORAN

"Silence is the ultimate weapon of power."
 

Charles DeGAULLE
French general, statesman, first president (1959–69) of the Fifth Republic
(1890–1970)

"Silence is death.
If you are silent you are dead.
And if you speak you are dead.
So speak and die."
 

Tahar DJAOUT
Algerian author, assassinated May 1993

"Silence is argument carried out by other means."
 

Ernesto "Che" GUEVARA
Cuban revolutionary and political leader, b. Argentina (1928-1967)

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
 

Martin Luther KING Jr.
American clergyman and civil rights leader (1929-68)

"Speech is civilization itself. The word, even the most contradictory word, preserves contact - it is silence which isolates."
  Thomas MANN
The Magic Mountain

German novelist and essayist (1875-1955)
"You have not converted a man because you have silenced him."
 

John MORLEY
1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn, english statesman and man of letters (1838-1923)

"You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep."
 

NAVAJO Proverb

"Much talking is the cause of danger. Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune. The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about."
 

Saskya PANDITA
(1182-1251)

"Lying is done with words and also with silence."
 

Adrienne RICH
American poet (1929-)

"People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share,
And no one dare disturb the Sound of Silence."
 

SIMON AND GARFUNKEL
Sounds of Silence
American folk-rock duo 1962-1970

"It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt."
 

Samuel Langhorne Clemens or Mark TWAIN
American author (1835-1910)

Last update: 26 January 2007


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