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Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.
      - Thomas Carlyle

The great silent man! Looking round on the noisy inanity of the world,--words with little meaning, actions with little worth,--one loves to reflect on the great Empire of Silence.
      - Thomas Carlyle

The nobleness of silence. The highest melody dwells only in silence,--the sphere melody, the melody of health.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Well might the ancients make silence a god; for it is the element of all godhood, infinitude, or transcendental greatness,--at once the source and the ocean wherein all such begins and ends.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Speech is silvern, silence is golden.
      - Thomas Carlyle, A Swiss Inscription,
        quoted in "Sartor Resartus", bk. III, ch. III, a German proverb

Speech is great; but silence is greater.
      - Thomas Carlyle,
        Essays--Characteristics of Shakespeare

Under all speech that is good for anything three lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
      - Thomas Carlyle,
        Essays--Memoir of the Life of Scott

Silence is more eloquent than words.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship
         (lecture II)

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life, which they are thenceforth to rule.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus
         (bk. III, ch. III)

I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to the gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)

There are haunters of the silence, ghosts that hold the heart and brain.
      - Madison Julius Cawein,
        Haunters of the Silence

The deepest life of nature is silent and obscure; so often the elements that move and mould society are the results of the sister's counsel and the mother's prayer.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

When they hold their tongues they cry out.
  [Lat., Cum tacent clamant.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        In Catilinam (1, 8)

Down through the starry intervals,
  Upon this weary-laden world,
    How soft the soul of Silence falls!
      How deep the spell wherewith she thralls,
        How wide her mantle is unfurled.
      - Mary Clemmer (Mary Clemmer Ames)

Silence does not always mark wisdom.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

And they three passed over the white sands, between the rocks, silent as the shadows.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        The Wanderings of Cain

The silente man still suffers wrong.
      - John Payne Collier

A man's profundity may keep him from opening on a first interview, and his caution on a second; but I should suspect his emptiness, if he carried on his reserve to a third.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Silence is a friend who will never betray.
      - Confucius

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.
      - Confucius

When wit and reason both have fail'd to move
  Kind looks and actions, (from success) do prove
    Ev'n silence may be eloquent in love.
      - William Congreve

When a woman has the gift of silence she possesses a quality above the vulgar. It is a gift of Heaven seldom bestowed; without a little miracle it cannot be accomplished; and Nature suffers violence when Heaven puts a woman in the humor of observing silence.
      - Pierre Corneille

Striving to tell his woes, words would not come;
  For light cares speak, when mighty griefs are dumb.
      - Samuel Daniel, Complaint of Rosemond
         (st. 114)

He sees only night, and hears only silence.
  [Fr., Il ne voit que la nuit, n'entend que le silence.]
      - Abbe Jacques Delille (Jaques Delisle),
        Imagination (IV)

Silence has been given to woman the better to express her thoughts.
      - Louis Claude Joseph Desnoyers

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