Quotes with silence
No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied — it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.
Ansel Adams: An Autobiography (1985)
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
Only when you drink form the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.
The Prophet (1923)
There are people and nations, Mother, that I would like to say to you by name. I entrust them to you in silence, I entrust them to you in the way that you know best.
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
Standing beneath this serene sky, overlooking these broad fields now reposing from the labors of the waning year, the mighty Alleghenies dimly towering before us, the graves of our brethren beneath our feet, it is with hesitation that I raise my poor voice to break the eloquent silence of God and Nature. But the duty to which you have called me must be performed; -- grant me, I pray you, your indulgence and your sympathy.
The Gettysburg Address speech on November 19, 1863. The opening of the speech.
Speech is civilization itself. The word, even the most contradictory word, preserves contact - it is silence which isolates.
The Magic Mountain
Too many Americans who struggle with mental health illnesses are still suffering in silence rather than seeking help, and we need to see it that men and women who would never hesitate to go see a doctor if they had a broken arm or came down with the flu, that they have that same attitude when it comes to their mental health.
Announcing a new mental health initiative, June 3, 2013
There is an eloquent silence which serves to approve or to condemn: there is a silence of discretion and of respect.
Silence make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying, but the never needing to say that counts.
No person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended.
In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose (1983)
I questioned God’s silence. So I questioned. I don’t have an answer for that. Does it mean that I stopped having faith? No. I have faith, but I question it.
Interview in The Daily Beast (August 27, 2012)