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Some sipping punch, some sipping tea,
  But as you by their faces see
    All silent and all damned.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia),
        lines made up from a stanza in Wordsworth's "Peter Bell"

The Muses were dumb while Apollo lectured.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

He missed an invaluable opportunity to hold his tongue.
      - Andrew Lang

Silence is the best resolve for him who distrusts himself.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrusts himself.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

There is an eloquent silence which serves to approve or to condemn: there is a silence of discretion and of respect.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

He knows not how to speak who cannot be silent; still less how to act with vigor and decision. Who hastens to the end is silent; loudness is impotence.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Not every one who has the gift of speech understands the value of silence.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
      - David Herbert Lawrence

The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.
      - Abraham Lincoln

To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men.
      - Abraham Lincoln

All was silent as before--
  All silent save the dripping rain.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A Rainy Day

What shall I say to you? What can I say
  Better than silence is?
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Morituri Salutamus (l. 128)

Three Silences there are: the first of speech,
  The second of desire, the third of thought.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Three Silences of Molinos

Silence has never brought us anything of worth.
      - Audre Lorde

Where the streame runneth smoothest, the water is deepest.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie),
        Euphues and his England (p. 287)

You know
  There are moments when silence, prolong'd and unbroken,
    More expressive may be than all words ever spoken,
      It is when the heart has an instinct of what
        In the heart of another is passing.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pt. II, canto I, st. 20)

The perversion of the mind is only possible when those who should be heard in its defense are silent.
      - Archibald MacLeish

I decided it is better to scream. . . . Silence is the real crime against humanity.
      - Nadezhda Mandelstam, Hope Against Hope

I have known the silence of the stars and of the sea.
  And the silence of the city when it pauses,
    And the silence of a man and a maid,
      And the silence for which music alone finds the word.
      - Edgar Lee Masters

Nothing is more useful than silence.
      - Menander, Ex Incert. Comoed (p. 216)

You know
  There are moments when silence, prolonged and unbroken,
    More expressive may be than all words ever spoken.
      It is when the heart has an instinct of what
        In the heart of another is passing.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

What manly eloquence could produce such an effect as woman's silence?
      - Jules Michelet

God's poet is silence! His song is unspoken,
  And yet so profound, so loud, and so far,
    It fills you, it thrills you with measures unbroken,
      And as soft, and as fair, and as far as a star.
      - Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller)

The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence; not in silence, but restraint.
      - Marianne Craig Moore

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