“Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment.”
– Henry David Thoreau
Some of us (like me) crave silence. Others think it’s too loud, or too scary, or too lonely, and sometimes it can be. But if you’ve never appreciated it, try experiencing silence in a safe, pleasant place.
Reading this selection of quotes may inspire you to find a quiet spot in the woods, the desert, or your own living room.
The silence is there within us. What we have to do is to enter into it, to become silent, to become the silence. The purpose of meditation and the challenge of meditation is to allow ourselves to become silent enough to allow this interior silence to emerge. Silence is the language of the spirit.
– John Mains
As deep as I ever went into the forest
I came upon an old stone bench, very, very old,
and around it a clearing, and beyond that
trees taller and older than I had ever seen.
– Mary Oliver
It is in deep solitude and silence that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brother and sister.
– Thomas Merton
If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
– Pablo Neruda
In the silence of the heart God speaks.If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you.
– Mother Teresa
I am heading for a time of quiet
When my restlessness is past
And I can lie down on my blanket
And release my fists at last
I am heading for a time of solitude
Of peace without illusions
When the perfect circle marries
All beginnings and conclusions
– Paul Simon [Listen here]
Silence is an empty space, space is the home of the awakened mind.
But the silence in the mind
is when we live best, within
listening distance of the silence
we call God.
– R.S. Thomas
In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Why are you so afraid of silence,
silence is the root of everything.
If you spiral into its void,
a hundred voices will thunder messages you long to hear.
The silence is all there is. It is the alpha and the omega, it is God’s brooding over the face of the waters; it is the blinded note of the ten thousand things, the whine of wings.