Silence Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old silence quotes, silence sayings, and silence proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.     


Well-timed silence is the most commanding expression.     

Mark Helprin

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.     

Francis Bacon

Silence is argument carried on by other means.     

Ernesto Guevara

Silence is not only never thirsty, but also never brings pain or sorrow.     


Your silence will not protect you.     

Audre Lorde

Silence is a source of Great Strength.     

Lao Tzu

Silence is pure and holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking.     

Nicholas Sparks

Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment.     

Henry David Thoreau

The silence depressed me.? It wasn't the silence of silence.? It was my own silence.?     

Sylvia Plath

Silence is the sanctuary of prudence.     

Balthasar Gracian

Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.     


Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.     

Muhammad Ali

Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.     

George Bernard Shaw

Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men's imperfections, and conceal your own.     

George Bernard Shaw

Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence     

Deepak Chopra

n the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.     

Josh Billings

Silence propagates itself, and the longer talk has been suspended, the more difficult it is to find anything to say.     

Samuel Johnson

Silence is the speech of love, The music of the spheres above.     

Richard Henry Stoddard

If silence is good for the wise, how much better is it for the foolish!     

Ivan Panin

The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world, is the highest applause.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Silence is a learned practice that requires far more than just not talking. Not talking is not silence; it's just not talking.     

Caroline Myss

Silence is the mother of truth.     

Benjamin Disraeli

Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unshown marble of great sculpture. The silent bear no witness against themselves.     

Aldous Huxley

Silence is true wisdom's best reply.     


There is an eloquent silence: it serves sometimes to approve, sometimes to condemn; there is a mocking silence; there is a respectful silence.     

Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish.     

Charles Colton

A judicious silence is always better than truth spoken without charity.     

St. Francis de Sales

Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.     

William S. Burroughs