— Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885
„Language is at the heart of poetry and it is difficult to commandeer words which elicit no personal echo. Of what we can speak, we need not be silent.“
— Dennis O'Driscoll Irish poet, critic 1954 - 2012
Interview with Eugene O'Connell 'Cork Literary Review vol xiii 2009
— Elizabeth Gilbert American writer 1969
Zdroj: The Signature of All Things
„I no longer believe that we can keep silent. We never really do, mind you. In one way or another we articulate what has happened to us through the kind of people we become.“
— Azar Nafisi Iranaian academic and writer 1955
Zdroj: Things I've Been Silent About: Memories
„Painting is being alive. Through my painting, I beat back this world that stops us living and where we are in constant danger of being destroyed... No, you have to know when to keep silent.“
— Bram van Velde Dutch painter 1895 - 1981
short quotes, 31 December 1966; pp. 60-61
„If we think that the world is here for us we will continue to destroy it the way we have been destroying it, because we think we can do no harm.“
— Douglas Adams English writer and humorist 1952 - 2001
Parrots, the Universe and Everything (2001)
— Rabindranath Tagore Bengali polymath 1861 - 1941
The Gardener http://www.spiritualbee.com/love-poems-by-tagore/ (1915)
Kontext: We do not stray out of all words into the ever silent;
We do not raise our hands to the void for things beyond hope.
„No longer can we compound attacks on truth with our silent acquiescence. No longer can we turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to these assaults on our institutions.“
— Jeff Flake American politician 1962
Speech in the U.S. Senate (2018)
„I have a talent for silence and brevity. I can keep silent when it seems best to do so, and when I speak I can, and do usually, quit when I am done.“
— Rutherford B. Hayes American politician, 19th President of the United States (in office from 1877 to 1881) 1822 - 1893
Diary (20 November 1872)
Kontext: I have a talent for silence and brevity. I can keep silent when it seems best to do so, and when I speak I can, and do usually, quit when I am done. This talent, or these two talents, I have cultivated. Silence and concise, brief speaking have got me some laurels, and, I suspect, lost me some. No odds. Do what is natural to you, and you are sure to get all the recognition you are entitled to.
„and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
but when we are silent
we are still afraid
So it is better to speak
we were never meant to survive“
— Audre Lorde writer and activist 1934 - 1992
Zdroj: The Black Unicorn: Poems
„Guns are not the cause of the boy crisis, but as we are working on the causes, the control of guns can limit the damage of dad-deprived sons.“
— Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943
Zdroj: The Boy Crisis (2018), pp. 229
„After supper we are sitting close to the church in a quiet spot. As if from a distance we hear prayers and singing. The monks are holding their vesper services. Then it falls silent, wonderfully silent!
The sun has already set. … We are quiet, too. … A door is closed somewhere. A man's, then a woman's voice. Children are praying! My dear Jesus! Then it falls silent again. Wonderfully silent!
The night spreads its wide, black wings over the land.“
— Joseph Goebbels Nazi politician and Propaganda Minister 1897 - 1945
Nach dem Abendbrot sitzen wir an der Kirche in einem stillen Winkel. Wie von ferne hören wir Gebet und Singen. Die Mönche halten ihre Abendandacht. Und dann wird es still, wunderbar still!
Die Sonne ist schon untergegangen. … Auch wir schweigen. … Irgendwo wird eine Tür geschlossen. Eine Männer-, dann eine Frauenstimme. Kinderbeten! Du lieber Jesus mein! Dann wird es wieder still. Wunderbar still!
Die Nacht legt ihre breiten, schwarzen Flügel auf das Land.
Michael: a German fate in diary notes (1926)
„O Spirit of litigation, know,
When we keep silent in this season,
The stem of multiple lilies grew
Too large to be contained by reason“
— Stéphane Mallarmé French Symbolist poet 1842 - 1898
„There are moments in Life when keeping silent becomes a fault, and speaking an obligation. A civic duty, a moral challenge, a categorical imperative from which we cannot escape.“
— Oriana Fallaci, kniha The Rage and the Pride
The Rage and The Pride (2001). Editor Random House Incorporated, 2002 ISBN 0847825043, 9780847825042. p. 17.
The Rage and the Pride (2002)
„My interest is in experience that is wordless and silent, and in the fact that this experience can be expressed for me in art work which is also wordless and silent.“
— Agnes Martin American artist 1912 - 2004
In 'On a Clear Day', 1973; as quoted by Julie Warchol on website Smith College Museum of Art https://www.smith.edu/artmuseum/Collections/Cunningham-Center/Blog-paper-people/Agnes-Martin-On-a-Clear-Day,
„The objective level is not words, and cannot be reached by words alone. We must point our finger and be silent, or we will never reach this level.“
— Alfred Korzybski, kniha Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics
Zdroj: Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics