'Tis best to be silent in a bad cause.
A silent mouth is melodious.
A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?
Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.
An inability to stay quiet is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind.
An 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.
And Silence, like a poultice, comes to heal the blows of sound.
And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. [New Testament]
Consider the whale: It never gets into trouble until it comes up and starts spouting.
Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. [Proverbs 17:28]
From politics it was an easy step to silence.
He had occasional flashes of silence that made his conversation perfectly delightful.
He knew the precise psychological moment when to say nothing.
His enemies might have said before that he talked rather too much; but now he has occasional flashes of silence, that make his conversation perfectly delightful.
I am better able to retract what I did not say than what I did.
I don't know whether to keep silent and let people think I am ignorant or open my mouth and release all doubts.
I have been breaking silence these twenty-three years and have hardly made a rent in it.
I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue.
I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.