„In the silence of night I have often wished for just a few words of love from one man, rather than the applause of thousands of people.“
— Judy Garland actress, singer and vaudevillian from the United States 1922 - 1969
„What is the use of speech? Silence were fitter:
Lest we should still be wishing things unsaid.
Though all the words we ever spake were bitter,
Shall I reproach you, dead?“
— George William Russell Irish writer, editor, critic, poet, and artistic painter 1867 - 1935
You Would Have Understood Me
„It speaks to me in the silence of this one
then through the words of that one speaking;
it whispers to me through an eyebrow raised
and the message of an eye winking.“
— Fakhruddin 'Iraqi Persian philosopher 1213 - 1289
Fakhruddin Iraqi: Divine Flashes (1982)
— Anna Akhmatova Russian modernist poet 1889 - 1966
„"Fools," said I, "you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you"
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence.“
— Paul Simon American musician, songwriter and producer 1941
Song lyrics, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. (1964), The Sound of Silence
„I want to love you wildly. I don’t want words, but inarticulate cries, meaningless, from the bottom of my most primitive being, that flow from my belly like honey. A piercing joy, that leaves me empty, conquered, silenced.“
— Anaïs Nin writer of novels, short stories, and erotica 1903 - 1977
„My friend, I am not what I seem. Seeming is but a garment I wear — a care-woven garment that protects me from thy questionings and thee from my negligence.
The "I" in me, my friend, dwells in the house of silence, and therein it shall remain for ever more, unperceived, unapproachable.
I would not have thee believe in what I say nor trust in what I do — for my words are naught but thy own thoughts in sound and my deeds thy own hopes in action.“
— Khalil Gibran Lebanese artist, poet, and writer 1883 - 1931
The Madman (1918), My Friend
— Czeslaw Milosz Polish, poet, diplomat, prosaist, writer, and translator 1911 - 2004
Przysięgam, nie ma we mnie czarodziejstwa słów. Mówię do ciebie milcząc, jak obłok czy drzewo. "Dedication" (1945); quoted in Conversant Essays : Contemporary Poets on Poetry (1990) edited by James McCorkle, p. 69
— Mike Scott 1958
Universal Hall (2003), "Always Dancing, Never Getting Tired"
„Well, then, to content and silence you, let me say at once, I would shew you what you wish if I could; but I cannot. Would you have me turn my stomach inside out to oblige you?“
— Edwin Abbott Abbott British theologian and author 1838 - 1926
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (1884), PART II: OTHER WORLDS, Context: p>Gracious Teacher, deny me not what I know it is in thy power to perform. Grant me but one glimpse of thine interior, and I am satisfied for ever, remaining henceforth thy docile pupil, thy unemancipable slave, ready to receive all thy teachings and to feed upon the words that fall from thy lips. SPHERE. Well, then, to content and silence you, let me say at once, I would shew you what you wish if I could; but I cannot. Would you have me turn my stomach inside out to oblige you?</p Chapter 19. How, Though the Sphere Showed Me Other Mysteries of Spaceland, I Still Desired More; and What Came of It
— Anthony de Mello Indian writer 1931 - 1987
One Minute Wisdom (1989), Comprehension
— Anastacia American singer-songwriter 1968
Heavy Rotation (2008), All Fall Down