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The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.

The main reason why silence is so efficacious an element of repute is, first, because of that magnification which proverbially belongs to the unknown; and, secondly, because silence provokes no man's envy, and wounds no man's self-love.

The more a man desirous to pass at a value above his worth, and can, by dignified silence, contrast with the garrulity of trivial minds, the more will the world give him credit for the wealth he does not possess.

The most silent people are generally those who think most highly of themselves.

The pause - that impressive silence, that eloquent silence, that geometrically progressive silence which often achieves a desired effect where no combination of words, howsoever felicitous, could accomplish it.

The rest is silence.

The silence of the place was like a sleep, so full of rest it seemed.

The silence, often, of pure innocence persuades when speaking fails.

The temple of our purest thoughts is silence.

The unspoken word never does harm.

There is a silence, the child of love, which expresses everything, and proclaims more loudly than the tongue is able to do.

This is such a serious world that we should never speak at all unless we have something to say.

True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. It is a great virtue; it covers folly, keeps secrets, avoids disputes, and prevents sin.

We need a reason to speak, but none to keep silent.

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.

What a strange power there is in silence! How many resolutions are formed, how many sublime conquests effected, during that pause when lips are closed, and the soul secretly feels the eye of her Maker upon her! - They are the strong ones of earth who know how to keep silence when it is a pain and grief unto them, and who give time to their own souls to wax strong against temptation.


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