True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. ~William Penn
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
I have often lamented that we cannot close our ears with as much ease as we can our eyes. ~Richard Steele
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
One who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. ~adapt. Elbert Hubbard
The truth is, I borrowed that phrase [“invisible strength”] from my mother, who used to say something like it to me whenever I was whining out loud. She’d say, “Fang pi bu-cho, cho pi bu-fang,” which is commonly uttered by Chinese parents, and which translates approximately to: “There’s more power in silence.” What my mother intended that I understand, however, was precisely this: “No one wants to hear you make a big stink over nothing, so shut up.” The strict linguist might want to note that the literal translation of that Chinese phrase runs along these noble lines: “Loud farts don’t smell, the really smelly ones are deadly silent.” ~Amy Tan, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, 2004, published by Penguin Group
We must have reasons for speech but we need none for silence. ~Proverb
May you find some hush, calm & stillness in your Thursday & feel tranquility in the quietude.