Oration and Silence

"Silence is safer than speech."

Epictetus
Epictetus "Encheiridion"

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time."

Thomas Carlyle
Thomas Carlyle "Critical and Miscellaneous Essays"

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A man's silence is wonderful to listen to."


Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Back to Methuselah"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Few speeches which have produced an electrical effect on an audience can bear the colourless photography of a printed record."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Silence alone is respectable and respected. I believe God to be silence."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of great sculpture. The silent bear no witness against themselves."

Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley "Point Counter Point"

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."


Rating: 3.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Silence is a text easy to misread."

Alfred Angelo Attanasio
Alfred Angelo Attanasio "The Eagle and the Sword"

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine."


Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."


Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"As was his language so was his life."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Talk low, talk slow, and don't talk too much."


Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Words without actions are the assassins of idealism."


Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A fool is like all other men as long as he remains silent."


Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Married couples tell each other a thousand things without speech."


Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A man's ruin lies in his tongue."


Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"I have often regretted my speech, never my silence."

Publilius Syrus
Publilius Syrus "Sentences"

Rating: 2.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"If only our great thinkers could learn to talk, and our great talkers could learn to think."


Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"If dogs could talk, perhaps we would find it as hard to get along with them as we do with people."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"There were grammatical errors even in his silence."


Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A wise person has something to say, a fool has to say something."


Rating: 7.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The eye tells what the tongue would hide."


Rating: 3.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The silence of a wise man is always meaningful."


Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting."

Fran Lebowitz
Fran Lebowitz "Social Studies"

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Speech is a mirror of the soul: as a man speaks, so is he."

Publilius Syrus
Publilius Syrus "Sentences"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own."


Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A diplomat is someone who can speak without saying anything."


Rating: 8.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"An open mind does not always require an open mouth."


Rating: 3.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The eyes of men speak words the tongue cannot pronounce."


Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"One picture is worth ten thousand words."


Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"When you open a door, don't forget to close it. Treat your mouth accordingly."


Rating: 3.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The word listen contains the same letters as the word silent."


Rating: 3.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"When a woman is speaking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes."


Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."


Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Women like silent men. They think they're listening."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind."


Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."

Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley "Music at Night"

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of of those who diffuse it: it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker."

George Eliot
George Eliot "Daniel Deronda"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z ; X is work, Y is play, and Z is keeping your mouth shut."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving in words evidence of the fact."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well, nor the judgement to hold their tongues."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little."


Rating: 5.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Words become luminous when the poet's finger has passed over them its phosphorescence."


Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"To be outspoken is easy when you do not wait to speak the complete truth."


Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)