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'Tis best to be silent in a bad cause.
~ Ovid

 

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A silent mouth is melodious.
~ Irish Proverb

 

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A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?
~ Edward Hersey Richards

 

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Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.
~ Jean Jacques Rousseau

 

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An inability to stay quiet is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind.
~ Walter Bagehot

 

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An now the silences come in a single lifetime, in a single year... when species die, leaving a silent space in the world song that can never be filled.
~ Charles Delint

 

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And Silence, like a poultice, comes to heal the blows of sound.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

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And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. [New Testament]
~ Bible

 

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Consider the whale: It never gets into trouble until it comes up and starts spouting.
~ Anonymous

 

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Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?
~ Marcel Marceau

 

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Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. [Proverbs 17:28]
~ Bible

 

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From politics it was an easy step to silence.
~ Jane Austen

 

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He had occasional flashes of silence that made his conversation perfectly delightful.
~ Sydney Smith

 

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He knew the precise psychological moment when to say nothing.
~ Oscar Wilde

 

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His enemies might have said before that he talked rather too much; but now he has occasional flashes of silence, that make his conversation perfectly delightful.
~ Sydney Smith

 

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I am better able to retract what I did not say than what I did.
~ Ibn Gabirol

 

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I don't know whether to keep silent and let people think I am ignorant or open my mouth and release all doubts.
~ Anonymous

 

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I have been breaking silence these twenty-three years and have hardly made a rent in it.
~ Henry David Thoreau

 

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I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue.
~ Xenocrates of Chalcedon

 

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I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.
~ Publilius Syrus

 

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