Oration and Silence

"Silence is an ocean. Speech is a river."

Rating: 9.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds."

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech."

Martin Farquhar Tupper
Martin Farquhar Tupper "Proverbial Philosophy"

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time."

Rating: 3.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Silence is more musical than any song."

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The husband who wants a happy marriage should learn to keep his mouth shut and his checkbook open."

Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Silence gives consent, or a horrible feeling that nobody's listening."

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words."

Rating: 8.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"When words fail, music speaks."

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Speak low if you speak love."

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare "Much Ado About Nothing"

Rating: 8.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"There are times when God asks nothing of his children except silence, patience and tears."

Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why."

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them."

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world."

Rating: 3.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Friendship needs no words..."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Of those who say nothing, few are silent."

Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"We have two ears and one mouth so we may listen more and talk the less."

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"To let someone speak and to listen to it - these are two entirely different questions."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"In fact nothing is said that has not been said before."

Terence "Eunuchus"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"If nobody spoke unless he had something to say, the human race would very soon lose the use of speech."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said."

Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness ... It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Words, like glasses, obscure everything they do not make clear."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A word is elegy to what it signifies."

Robert Hass
Robert Hass "Meditation at Lagunitas"

Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do."

Rating: 2.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"My greatest weapon is mute prayer."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"What Paul says about Peter tells us more about Paul than about Peter."

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 6)

"Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled."

Horace "Epistles"

Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Words express neither objects nor ourselves."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe "Sayings in Prose"

Rating: 4.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Public speaking is the art of diluting a two-minute idea with a two-hour vocabulary."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"I haven't spoken to my wife in years. I didn't want to interrupt her."

Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"What betrays us most often is neither our friends nor foes but our own tongue."

Rating: 3.83 (Number of Voters: 6)

"The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively but says nothing."

Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"I have never been hurt by what I have not said."

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The wise person has long ears and a short tongue."

Rating: 6.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The desert is a natural extension of the inner silence of the body."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"What can be expressed in words can be expressed in life."

Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau "The Writings of Henry David Thoreau"

Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Wise men are not always silent, but they know when to be."

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 6)

"I want to live in the words I throw away so someone may trip and find me someday."

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to."

Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The supply of words in the world market is plentiful but the demand is falling. Let deeds follow words now."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"The trouble with foreign languages is, you have to think before your speak."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Silence is a solvent that destroys personality, and gives us leave to be great and universal."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Essays, First Series"

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)