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My voice went recently, never happened before, off like a tap. I had to sit in silence for nine days, chalkboard around my neck. Like an old-school mime. Like a kid in the naughty corner. Like a Victorian mute.
Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure.
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
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.
When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.
Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.
A man is known by the silence he keeps.
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.
African women in general need to know that it's OK for them to be the way they are - to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence.
To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold - brothers who know now they are truly brothers.
There are nations, where people live in captivity, fear and silence. I believe, one day from prison camps and torture cells and from exile the leaders of freedom will emerge. The world should stand with those oppressed people until the day of their freedom finally arrives.
As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.
Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It's very important in life to know when to shut up. You should not be afraid of silence.
Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
George Bernard Shaw
Lying is done with words and also with silence.
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
Cultures have long heard wisdom in non-human voices: Apollo, god of music, medicine and knowledge, came to Delphi in the form of a dolphin. But dolphins, which fill the oceans with blipping and chirping, and whales, which mew and caw in ultramarine jazz - a true rhapsody in blue - are hunted to the edge of silence.
Deep vengeance is the daughter of deep silence.
True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
Silence is also conversation.
In silence - and in self-defense - I figured things out in my own little way.
Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over.
Octavia E. Butler
The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenements halls and whispered in the sounds of silence.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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