ON THE POWERFUL BEAUTY OF SILENCE


“Much silence makes a powerful noise.” - African Proverb

“Silence is exhilarating at first - as noise is - but there is a sweetness to silence outlasting exhilaration, akin to the sweetness of listening and the velvet of sleep.” - Edward Hoagland - novelist

“I saw old Autumn in the misty morn stand shadowless like silence, listening to silence.”  - Thomas Hood - poet

“Accustomed to the veneer of noise, to the shibboleths of promotion, public relations, and market research, society is suspicious of those who value silence.” - John Lahr - theater critic     

“Night, the beloved.  Night, when words fade and things come alive.  When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again.  when man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning,
In the words that it was forming.
And the signs said, the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.
And whispered in the sounds of silence.”
       Paul Simon - Sound of Silence

“My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.”  - Edith Sitwell - poet

“We need silence to be able to touch souls.” - Mother Theresa

“True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” - David Tyson Gentry

“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.” - Kahlil Gibran

"It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.” - Seneca (5BC to 65 AD)

“I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and dimension all its own. It talks to me sometimes. I feel myself alive in it. It talks. And I can hear it... It has a strange, beautiful texture. It doesn’t always talk. Sometimes it cries, and you can hear the pain of the world in it.” - from The Chosen, by Chaim Potok

“Her life was a solitary sentence /that faded away one day /into silence /when no one was listening.” - Linda Eve Diamond

“Hospitality consists in a little fire, a little food, and an immense quiet.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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