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Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.

The tree of silence bears the fruit of peace.
My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.
Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads on like a gray vegetation.
An inability to stay quiet is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind.
When thou art quiet and silent, then art thou as God was before nature and creature; thou art that which God then wats; thou art that whereof he made thy nature and creature: Then thou hearest and seest even with that wherewith God himself saw and heard in thee, before every thine own willing or thine own seeing began.
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves.
When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.
These be three silent things: The Falling snow... the hour before the dawn... the mouth of one just dead.
Not to ask is not be denied.
I am better able to retract what I did not say than what I did.
Well-timed silence is the most commanding expression.
And Silence, like a poultice, comes to heal the blows of sound.
It ain't a bad plan to keep still occasionally even when you know what you're talking about.
Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unshown marble of great sculpture. The silent bear no witness against themselves.
Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.
Sometimes a whisper speaks volumes.
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; that background which the painter may not daub, be he master or bungler, and which, however awkward a figure we may have made in the foreground, remains ever our inviolable asylum, where no indignity can assail, no personality can disturb us.
Consider the whale: It never gets into trouble until it comes up and starts spouting.
Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.
I shall state silences more competently than ever a better man spangled the butterflies of vertigo.
And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. [New Testament]
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.
Silence is the unbearable repartee.
And now the silences come in a single lifetime, in a single year... when species die, leaving a silent space in the world song that can never be filled.
X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.
Speech is often barren; but silence also does not necessarily brood over a full nest. Your still fowl, blinking at you without remark, may all the while be sitting on one addled egg; and when it takes to cackling will have nothing to announce but that addled delusion.
The silent influence of books, is a mighty power in the world; and there is a joy in reading them known only to those who read them with desire and enthusiasm. Silent, passive, and noiseless though they be, they yet set in action countless multitudes, and change the order of nations.
That man's silence is wonderful to listen to.
Touch not the flute when drums are sounding around; when fools have the word, the wise will be silent.
It takes more time and effort and delicacy to learn the silence of a people than to learn its sounds. Some people have a special gift for this. Perhaps this explains why some missionaries, notwithstanding their efforts, never come to speak properly, to communicate delicately through silences. Although they speak with the accent of natives they remain forever thousands of miles away. The learning of the grammar of silence is an art much more difficult to learn than the grammar of sounds.
The unspoken word never does harm.
What she doesn't say is just as important as what she does say -- but there's so much more of it. I think from now on I'm going to stick to what she actually does say because I don't have that kind of time.
Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?
Tis best to be silent in a bad cause.
If you keep your mouth shut you will never put your foot in it.
A silent mouth is melodious.
It is better wither to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.
Silence is the perfectos herald of joy. I were but little happy if I could say how much.