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Silence is the highest wisdom of a fool as speech is the greatest trial of a wise man. - If thou wouldst be known as wise, let thy words show thee so; if thou doubt thy words, let thy silence feign thee so. - It is not a greater point of wisdom to discover knowledge than to hide ignorance.

Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.

Silence is the ornament and safeguard of the ignorant.

Silence is the perfectest herald of joy: I were but little happy, if I could say how much.

Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrusts himself.

Silence is the safest respondent for all the contradiction that arises from impertinence, vulgarity, or envy.

Silence is the unbearable repartee.

Silence is the understanding of fools, and one of the virtues of the wise.

Silence never shows itself to so great an advantage, as when it is made the reply to calumny and defamation, provided that we give no just occasion for them. 

Silence propagates itself, and the longer talk has been suspended, the more difficult it is to find anything to say.

Silence, when nothing need be said, is the eloquence of discretion.

Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep.

Speech is great, but silence is greater.

Speech is often barren; but silence also does not necessarily brood over a full nest. Your still fowl, blinking at you without remark, may all the while be sitting on one addled nest-egg; and when it takes to cackling, will have nothing to announce but that addled delusion.

Speech is silvern, silence is golden; speech is human, silence is divine.

Speech may be barren; but it is ridiculous to suppose that silence is always brooding on a nestful of eggs.

Still waters run deep.

Talkers and futile persons are commonly vain and credulous withal, for he that talketh what he knoweth will also talk what he knoweth not; therefore set it down that a habit of secrecy is both politic and moral.

That man's silence is wonderful to listen to.

The cruelest lies are often told in silence. A man may have sat in a room for hours and not opened his teeth, and yet come out of that room a disloyal friend or a vile calumniator. And how many loves have perished because, from pride, or spite, or diffidence, or that unmanly shame which withholds a man from daring to betray emotion, a lover, at the critical point of the relation, has but hung his head and held his tongue?


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