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That silence is one of the great arts of conversation is allowed by Cicero himself, who says, there is not only an art, but even an eloquence in it.
      - Hannah More,
        Essays on Various Subjects--Thoughts on Conversation

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
      - John Morley, 1st Viscount of Blackburn

Silence sweeter is than speech.
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik),
        Magnus and Morna (sc. 3)

Be silent and safe--silence never betrays you.
      - John Boyle O'Reilly, LL.D.

He silent and safe--silence never betrays you.
      - John Boyle O'Reilly, LL.D.,
        Rules of the Road (st. 2)

To be silent is but a small virtue; but it is a serious fault to reveal secrets.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Slight is the merit of keeping silence on a matter, on the other hand serious is the guilt of talking on things whereon we should be silent.
  [Lat., Exigua est virtus praestare silentia rebus;
    At contra, gravis est culpa tacenda loqui.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (bk. II, 603)

But still her silent looks loudly reproached me.
  [Lat., Sed taciti fecere tamen convicia vultus.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (I, 574)

The silent countenance often speaks.
  [Lat., Saepe tacens vocem verbaque vultus habet.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (I, 574)

Silence is man's chief learning.
      - Palladas

Silence is a figure of speech, unanswerable, short, cold, but terribly severe.
      - Theodore Parker

Silence sleeping on a waste of ocean.
      - Percy Somers Payne, Rest

True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. It is a great virtue: it covers folly, keeps secrets, avoids disputes, and prevents sin.
      - William Penn

A sage thing is timely silence, and better than any speech.
      - Plutarch

Euripides was wont to say, silence was an answer to a wise man; but we seem to have greater occasion for it in our dealing with fools and unreasonable persons; for men of breeding and sense will be satisfied with reason and fair words.
      - Plutarch

Remember what Simonides said,--that he never repented that he had held his tongue, but often that he had spoken.
      - Plutarch, Morals
         (vol. I, Rules for the Preservation of Health)

Said Periander, "Hesiod might as well have kept his breath to cool his pottage."
      - Plutarch, Morals
         (vol. II, The Banquet of the Seven Wise Men)

Silence! coeval with eternity! thou wert ere Nature's self began to be; thine was the sway ere heaven was formed on earth, ere fruitful thought conceived creation's birth.
      - Alexander Pope

Had you been silent, you might have passed for a philosopher.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

Speech is silver, but silence is golden.
      - Proverb

Be silent, or say something better than silence.
      - Pythagoras

It is better either 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

If thou desire to be held wise, be so wise as to hold thy tongue.
      - Francis Quarles

Silent anguish is the more dangerous.
  [Fr., La douleur qui se tait n'en est que plus funeste.]
      - Jean Baptiste Racine, Andromaque (III, 3)

No one can take less pains than to hold his tongue. Hear much, and speak little; for the tongue is the instrument of the greatest good and greatest evil that is done in the world.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

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