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I shall state silences more competently than ever a better man spangled the butterflies of vertigo.
~ Samuel Beckett

 

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I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.
~ Cato The Elder

 

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I went down with the ship but I kept my mouth shut so I didn't drown like the rest of them.
~ Anonymous

 

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If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it.
~ Calvin Coolidge

 

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If you keep your mouth shut you will never put your foot in it.
~ Austin O'Malley

 

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It ain't a bad plan to keep still occasionally even when you know what you're talking about.
~ Kin Hubbard

 

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It is better to be silent, and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
~ Silvan Engel

 

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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.
~ Pythagoras

 

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It is great wisdom to know how to be silent and to look at neither the remarks, nor the deeds, nor the lives of others.
~ St. John of the Cross

 

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It is more noble by silence to avoid an injury than by argument to overcome it.
~ Francis Beaumont

 

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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.
~ Ivan Illich

 

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Keep your mouth closed until your mind is in gear.
~ Anonymous

 

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Learn taciturnity and let that be your motto!
~ Robert Burns

 

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Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.
~ Elisabeth KnBler-Ross

 

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Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.
~ Publilius Syrus

 

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Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of the gods.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.
~ Dame Edith Sitwell

 

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Not to ask is not be denied.
~ John Dryden

 

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

 

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Silence implies consent.
~ Proverb

 

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