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1. "He does have surprising, secret purposes. I open a Bible, and His plans, startling, lie there barefaced. It's hard to believe it, when I read it, and I have to come back to it many times, feel long across those words, make sure they are real. His love letter forever silences any doubts: "His secret purpose framed from the very beginning [is] to bring us to our full glory" (1 Corinthians 2:7 NEB)."
Author: Ann Voskamp
2. "Time as hunger.Time passing and gazing.Time as perseverance.Mountain time.Time as paper folded to look like a mountain.Time compared to the wild fantastic silence of stars."
Author: Anne Carson
3. "Keep your secretsKeep your silenceIt is a better gift than truth"
Author: Anne Rice
4. "L'étoile frappera la terre, empoisonnant l'eau et l'air, et une pluie de feu détruira le tiers de tous les arbres. Un montagne de feu s'écroulera dans l'océan et l'eau submergera le tiers des nations... La compagne du Prince des Ténèbres le quittera pour mettre son enfant sous la protection des anges... Un grand massacre suivra l'appel de la reine blanche. Le peuple réclamera du plus grand de tous les chefs qu'il punisse les coupables... Un grand silence tombera sur la Terre tandis que les anges affronteront les démons. Lorsque vous verrez ces lignes, vous saurez que le Prince du ciel est à votre porte."
Author: Anne Robillard
5. "I found out for the first time that things like this could happen. That a helping hand could be extended miraculously like that... you were the first one that taught me. Like all of these?" Nezumi slowly looked about his room. "?these thousand of stories here, you taught me that sometimes we encounter the most unexpected things. And that's why I was able to survive..." he lapsed into momentary silence. "So you're right. There are times when people are saved by other people. And you're the one that taught me that. You were the only one that taught me that. The debt I owe for that is high? unfortunately for me."
Author: Atsuko Asano
6. "Bigotry and intolerance, silenced by argument, endeavors to silence by persecution, in old days by fire and sword, in modern days by the tongue."
Author: Charles Simmons
7. "And the rain drops kept falling like the sweetest musicleaving tears on the glass,which is what music does to memost of the timebut silence too. and rain."
Author: Charlotte Eriksson
8. "What's beautiful about the actual acting class environment is that you can use it to push through everything: push your voice, push your inhibitions, push your fears, push your confidence, push your vulnerability, push your silences."
Author: Dawn Olivieri
9. "She was born as music–a single, mellow note suspended in the air. Suspended as if strung from nothing, held into possibilities of sound. Her clear note hung a lone, sweet tone in the midst of us all; as silence captured its ache and tenderly, reluctantly released it, dipped it lower into a breath of melancholy only to lift again to its earlier height both rich and real and complete–one solitary note swaying into the early dawn.Emily arrived in the cold, grey hours of the newborn year, between the breathing dark and the pearl, winter light. A child of the dawn, before dawn broke."
Author: Debi Cimo
10. "Move thy tongue,For silence is a sign of discontent."
Author: Elizabeth Cary
11. "I answer her with my silence, understanding the full power of it for the first time. Words are weapons. Weapons are powerful. So are unsaid words. So are unused weapons."
Author: Emily Murdoch
12. "Your very silence shows you agree."
Author: Euripides
13. "They gulped, those stupid birds; they ate from the bag and they swallowed with glee. And they choked on giant mouthfuls of my shit. My shit! Oh, the looks on their faces! The stunned silence. The indignation! The shaking of heads, and then they flew off en masse to the neighbour up the street with the dribbling fountain so they could wash their beaks."
Author: Garth Stein
14. "I had the feeling she was going to say something big. One of us had to say it. What happened to us? Where are we going? It was like this silence between us was frozen and we were both feeling our way around it. How is it that two people can need each other so absolutely and then, in moments, not even know how to be next to each other and just be quiet?"
Author: Heather Duffy Stone
15. "This doesn't change anything," I stammered, my defenses fading."It changes everything." He sounded so sure of himself as his soft lips silenced my weak protest."
Author: J. Sterling
16. "Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you; Be true to your word and your work and your friend; Put least trust in him who is foremost to praise you,Nor judge of a road till it draw to the end.James Jeffery Roche"
Author: James McAllister
17. "There is this caveIn the air behind my bodyThat nobody is going to touch:A cloister, a silenceClosing around a blossom of fire.When I stand upright in the wind,My bones turn to dark emeralds."
Author: James Wright
18. "After all the screaming in our house, there reigned, that winter on Middlesex, only silence. A silence so profound that, like the left foot of the President's secretary, it erased portions of the official record."
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
19. "Before I could reply, he had picked me up, literally swept me off my feet, and kissed me. And afterwards, when I tried to speak, he silenced me in much the same manner. It was a shock (but not at all distasteful) to be so caught up. Later - when he at last set me down - he handled me more gently. He took of my glasses and told me that he loved me."
Author: Jennifer Paynter
20. "A great singer is he who sings our silences"
Author: Kahlil Gibran
21. "Never be silent with persons you love and distrust," Mr. Carpenter had said once. "Silence betrays."
Author: L.M. Montgomery
22. "Keep anyone with whom you can read in silence."
Author: Lemony Snicket
23. "Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly."
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
24. "And as they stood in silence before her, prayed again. "Nothing is altered and in spite of God's mercy I am still alone. Though my suffering seems senseless I am still in agony. There is no explanation of my life." Indeed there was not, nor was this what he'd meant to convey. "Please let Yvonne have her dream -- dream? -- of a new life with me -- please let me believe that all that is not an abominable self-deception," he tried... "Please let me make her happy, deliver me from this dreadful tyranny of self. I have sunk low. Let me sink lower still, that I may know the truth. Teach me to love again, to love life." That wouldn't do either... "Where is love? Let me truly suffer. Give me back my purity, the knowledge of the Mysteries, that I have betrayed and lost. -- Let me be truly lonely, that I may honestly pray. Let us be happy again somewhere, if it's only together, if it's only out of this terrible world. Destroy the world!" he cried in his heart."
Author: Malcolm Lowry
25. "Your mother sounds like a formidable woman," Valek said into the silence."You have no idea," Leif replied with a sigh."Well, if she's anything like Yelena, my deepest sympathies," Valek teased."Hey!"Leif laughed and the tense moment dissipated.Valek handed Leif his machete. "Do you know how to use it?""Of course. I chopped Yelena's bow into firewood," Leif joked."
Author: Maria V. Snyder
26. "Silence comes in two varieties: One that nourishes and comforts; another that chokes, smothers, and isolates. Solitary confinement is the worst kind of imprisonment we can inflict on fellow humans, and if you are forced to keep silent about some dark secret, you live in solitary confinement. Without the bridge of communication connecting you to other human beings, you can't share your burdens, can't receive comfort, can't confirm that you still belong. Silence is the abyss that separates you from hope."
Author: Martha Beck
27. "On the one hand we are called to play the good Samaritan on life's roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring."A Time to Break Silence," at Riverside Church"
Author: Martin Luther King Jr.
28. "It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, "Wait on time."
Author: Martin Luther King Jr.
29. "This is the weird aftermath, when it is not exactly over, and yet you have given it up. You go back and forth in your head, often, about giving it up. It's hard to understand, when you are sitting there in your chair, having breakfast or whatever, that giving it up is stronger than holding on, that "letting yourself go" could mean you have succeeded rather than failed. You eat your goddamn Cheerios and bicker with the bitch in your head that keeps telling you you're fat and weak: Shut up, you say, I'm busy, leave me alone. When she leaves you alone, there's a silence and a solitude that will take some getting used to. You will miss her sometimes...There is, in the end, the letting go."
Author: Marya Hornbacher
30. "Then we lapse into silence. It's these silences that do damage, that reveal glimpses of the distressed foundation struggling under the weight of things."
Author: Matthew Norman
31. "Silence, because not everything can be expressed in words, Words, because silence needs company..."
Author: Minhal Mehdi
32. "We sit and watch the world around us. This has taken us a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence."
Author: Nicholas Sparks
33. "True success is a silence inner process that can empower the mind, heart and soul through strong aspiration for great achievement."
Author: Nur Sakinah Thomas
34. "In the silence, the bear died. It was a cute death, with funny music."
Author: Orson Scott Card
35. "In suffocating the voice of conscience, passion carries with itself a restlessness of the body and the senses: it is the restlessness of the "external man." When the internal man has been reduced to silence, then passion, once it has been given freedom of action, so to speak, exhibits itself as an insistent tendency to satisfy the senses and the body."
Author: Pope John Paul II
36. "In the silence, our stage whisper might carry."
Author: Ray Bradbury
37. "The pleasure of being a scoundrel can be adequately savored in silence."
Author: Remy De Gourmont
38. "I did the only thing I knew how to do: I built my own walls of silence to disguise my desperation and what later came to be recognized and diagnosed as depression."
Author: Sharon E. Rainey
39. "In your palms, I've placed my life, my secrets. I give you freedom to leave me at any time. I'm not easy to love. No one ever has. All I ask is that you always keep your silence, if not for me, then for the families of the others you'd destroy. (Nykyrian)"
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
40. "It is the job of poetry to clean up our word-clogged reality by creating silences around things."
Author: Stéphane Mallarmé
41. "The inner aim of thought is never fully realized until it ripens into vocal utterances through which others can have access- albeit indirect- to our personal experience. In fact,an inner experience only achieves true completeness when it has been spoken. No matter how profound an insight one may gain, as long as it stays inarticulately concealed within an introspective silence, it remains one-dimensional and incomplete."
Author: Stephen Batchelor
42. "But what if...what if you sincerely believed something was true, but you were dead wrong? What if you were so stubbornly sure that you were right, that you wouldn't even consider the truth? Would the truth be silenced, or would it try to break through?"
Author: Stephenie Meyer
43. "Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech."
Author: Susan Sontag
44. "Silence is a mirror. So faithful, and yet so unexpected, is the relection it can throw back at men that they will go to almost any length to avoid seeing themselves in it, and if ever its duplicating surface is temporarily wiped clean of modern life's ubiquitous hubbub, they will hasten to fog it over with such desperate personal noise devices as polite conversation, hummin, whistling, imaginary dialogue, schizophrenic babble, or, should it come to that, the clandestine cannonry of their own farting. Only in sleep is silence tolerated, and even there, most dreams have soundtracks. Since meditation is a deliberate descent into deep internal hush, a mute stare into the ultimate looking glass, it is regarded with suspicion by the nattering masses; with hostility by buisness interests (people sitting in silent serenity are seldom consuming goods); and with spite by a clergy whose windy authority it is seen to undermine and whose bombastic livelihood it is perceived to threaten."
Author: Tom Robbins
45. "We are only lightly covered with buttoned cloth; and beneath these pavements are shells, bones and silence."
Author: Virginia Woolf
46. "...The silence of a place where there were once horsesis a mountainand I have seen by lightning that ever mountainonce fell from the airringinglike the chime of an iron shoe..."
Author: W.S. Merwin
47. "Make peace with silence, and remind yourself that it is in this space that you'll come to remember your spirit. When you're able to transcend an aversion to silence, you'll also transcend many other miseries. And it is in this silence that the remembrance of God will be activated."
Author: Wayne W. Dyer
48. "We sit and talk quietly,with long lapses of silence,and I am aware of the stream that has no language,coursing beneath the quiet heaven of your eyes, which has no speech."
Author: William Carlos Williams
49. "When it comes, you'll be dreamingthat you don't need to breathe;that breathless silence isthe music of the darkand it's part of the rhythmto vanish like a spark."
Author: Wisława Szymborska
50. "More silence; children's silence, so desperately desired by adults yet eerie when it finally occurs."
Author: Zadie Smith

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