Some words are tricky with their meanings and interpretations — words like ‘silence’.
Silence can easily be just the stillness of the moment. It’s the clarity you get when you’re able to hear your own thoughts because you’re at peace. It’s the absence of chaos and unwarranted noise, just you and every fiber of your being. And when life becomes burdensome, a tranquil state of mind may not only offer solace but also answers.
Other times, it’s the inability to speak up and fulfill one’s moral duties. Hence, silence can also be lethal — especially the kind that’s fueled by apathy; the complete disregard for injustice in favor of power.
Between friends and lovers, silence is a shared time and space that finds no need for words. It’s a mutual understanding of love and respect. Silence shared with someone you’re comfortable with is never awkward or frustrating. It’s only natural.
There are times, however, when the world needs our silence more than our voice. Because as much as words convey thoughts, ideas, and emotions, silence can be just as expressive. Without noise and without pretenses, there’s only pure unveiling of the truth.
Here are 30 silence quotes to reflect on life in the quiet of this moment.
Inspiring Silence Quotes
Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over. – Octavia Butler
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. – Rumi
Don’t waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all. – Mandy Hale
Silence doesn’t always mean “Yes”. Sometimes it means, “I’m tired of explaining to people who don’t even care to understand.”
Never miss a good chance to shut up. – Will Rogers
I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers. – Khalil Gibran
Some people can’t stand being alone. I love solitude and silence. But when I come out of it, I’m a regular talking machine. It’s all or nothing for me. – Celine Dion
True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment, and refreshment. – William Penn
We listen too much to the telephone and we listen too little to nature. The wind is one of my sounds. A lonely sound, perhaps, but soothing. Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for—sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive, or quiet and calm… As a matter of fact, one of the greatest sounds of them all—and to me, it is a sound—is utter, complete silence. – André Kostelanetz
To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions. – Deepak Chopra
Silence is a true friend who never betrays. – Confucius
My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. – Edith Sitwell
Silence is better than unmeaning words. – Pythagoras
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. – Abraham Lincoln
Laughter will always be the best medicine, silence will always be the best revenge, and love will always be all you need.
Silence doesn’t mean that person quits, it simply means that one doesn’t want to argue with people who just don’t want to understand
Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know. – Lao Tzu
We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is a great paradox. – Nicholas Sparks
The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody. – Albert Camus
Those who don’t understand your silence, will never understand your words.
Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer. – Muhammad Ali
Silence and smile are two powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems and silence is the way to avoid many problems.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King
I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own. – Chaim Potok
Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men’s imperfections, and conceal your own. – George Bernard Shaw
Open your mouth only if what you’re about to say is more beautiful than silence.
I don’t want to be married just to be married. I can’t think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can’t talk to, or worse, someone I can’t be silent with. – Mary Ann Shaffer
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
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. – Mother Teresa
Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness. – Wayne Dyer
Share these 30 silence quotes because everyone needs tranquility in life more often than we admit.