Quietness Quotes

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Arundhati Roy
“But what was there to say?

Only that there were tears. Only that Quietness and Emptiness fitted together like stacked spoons. Only that there was a snuffling in the hollows at the base of a lovely throat. Only that a hard honey-colored shoulder had a semicircle of teethmarks on it. Only that they held each other close, long after it was over. Only that what they shared that night was not happiness, but hideous grief.

Only that once again they broke the Love Laws. That lay down who should be loved. And how. And how much.”
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

Nicholas Sparks
“Too many people seem to believe that silence was a void that needed to be filled, even if nothing important was said.”
Nicholas Sparks, Nights in Rodanthe

Virginia Woolf
“I want someone to sit beside after the day's pursuit and all its anguish, after its listening, and its waitings, and its suspicions. After quarrelling and reconciliation I need privacy - to be alone with you, to set this hubbub in order. For I am as neat as a cat in my habits.”
Virginia Woolf, The Waves

Susan Cain
“A Manifesto for Introverts

1. There's a word for 'people who are in their heads too much': thinkers.

2. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.

3. The next generation of quiet kids can and must be raised to know their own strengths.

4. Sometimes it helps to be a pretend extrovert. There will always be time to be quiet later.

5. But in the long run, staying true to your temperament is key to finding work you love and work that matters.

6. One genuine new relationship is worth a fistful of business cards.

7. It's OK to cross the street to avoid making small talk.

8. 'Quiet leadership' is not an oxymoron.

9. Love is essential; gregariousness is optional.

10. 'In a gentle way, you can shake the world.' -Mahatma Gandhi”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Stephen Chbosky
“I put my head under my pillow and let the quiet put things where they are supposed to be.”
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Wendell Berry
“How to be a Poet

(to remind myself)


Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill—more of each
than you have—inspiration
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity…


Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensional life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.


Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.”
Wendell Berry, Given

Roman Payne
“I like the posture, but not the yoga.
I like the inebriated morning, but not the opium. I like the flower but not the garden, the moment but not the dream. Quiet, my love. Be still. I am sleeping.”
Roman Payne

Albert Camus
“I didn’t like having to explain to them, so I just shut up, smoked a cigarette, and looked at the sea.”
Albert Camus, The Stranger

Ada Limon
“I imagine what it must be like to stay hidden, disappear in the dusky nothing and stay still in the night. It’s not sadness, though it may sound like it. I’m thinking about people and trees and how I wish I could be silent more, be more tree than anything else, less clumsy and loud, less crow, more cool white pine, and how it’s hard not to always want something else, not just to let the savage grass grow.”
Ada Limon, Bright Dead Things

Arthur Conan Doyle
“There are many men in London, you know, who, some from shyness, some from misanthropy, have no wish for the company of their fellows. Yet they are not averse to comfortable chairs and the latest periodicals. It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubbable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one. Save in the Stranger's Room, no talking is, under any circumstances, allowed, and three offenses, if brought to the notice of the committee, render the talker liable to expulsion. My brother was one of the founders, and I have myself found it a very soothing atmosphere.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter (The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, #9 )

T.F. Hodge
“One who will not accept solitude, stillness and quiet recurring moments...is caught up in the wilderness of addictions; far removed from an original state of being and awareness. This is 'dis-ease.”
T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

Albert Einstein
“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.

Imperial Hotel note paper, Tokyo Japan, 1922”
Albert Einstein

“There comes a time for everybody when words and reasons can become such a great weariness.”
Christopher Pike, Sati

Lao Tzu
“Allow the heart to empty itself of all turmoil! Retrieve the utter tranquility of the mind from which you issued.

Although all forms are dynamic,and we all grow and transform,each of us is compelled to return to our root. Our root is quietude.”
Lao Tzu

Richelle E. Goodrich
“When I say I love the silence, I'm not being entirely truthful. What I actually love are the abundant, delicate sounds that amplify when I'm silent. These curious creaks, mutters, and hums compel my imagination.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts, & a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year

Fernando Pessoa
“There's a non-existent peace in the uncertain quietness”
Fernando Pessoa, Poems of Fernando Pessoa

Charles R. Swindoll
“God has called His creation to find satisfaction in a personal relationship with Him, and stop trying to manage the world by conforming it to our expectations, and to allow Him to govern His creation. He continues to say through an ancient Hebrew worship song, "Be still and know that I am God!”
Swindoll Charles R.

Ellis Peters
“They sell courage of a sort in the taverns. And another sort, though not for sale, a man can find in the confessional. Try the alehouses and the churches, Hugh. In either a man can be quiet and think.”
Ellis Peters, The Heretic's Apprentice

Lloyd Jones
“Quiet had a roof and it had walls around it, and you could sit inside it. She had never thought of silence as a place.One of the friends, Tom Williams told her,'the place is in your heart, Louise. Everything else is just clutter.”
Lloyd Jones, Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance

Kathleen Thompson Norris
“Why, the club was just the quietest place in the world, a place where a woman could run in to brush her hair and wash her hands, and change her library book, and have a cup of tea.”
Kathleen Thompson Norris, Saturday's Child

Will Advise
“Silence is the invisibility of talking. I'd take half an argument over half a silence any day. And I'd take peace and quiet over a full-blown argument any other day, unless it's Tuesday.”
Will Advise, Nothing is here...

Blaise Pascal
“...I have often said that the sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.”
Blaise Pascal, Pensées

Darcy Luoma
“When you’re working at an unsustainable pace, when you feel emotionally flooded, when things are moving so fast you can’t keep up, then you need to add Stillness to your day. The goal is to take however much time you need to quiet your mind.”
Darcy Luoma, Thoughtfully Fit: Your Training Plan for Life and Business Success

“Silence has all the powerful answers you are looking for. Give it a chance to flow through you.”
Hiral Nagda

Darcy Luoma
“If you think meditation is for monks and the idea of too much quiet time gives you hives, I’ve got good news. The Pause doesn’t have to be about quieting your mind! (We’ve got Stillness for that.) In the Pause, you create space for your mind to Think about the choices in front of you.”
Darcy Luoma, Thoughtfully Fit: Your Training Plan for Life and Business Success

Darcy Luoma
“The Think step is about identifying alternatives, a key part of decision-making in everything from product design to public policy. First you must quiet the thoughts telling you things can’t change, and then you need to ask questions, to see what other options there may be for moving forward and lead to your desired outcome.”
Darcy Luoma, Thoughtfully Fit: Your Training Plan for Life and Business Success

“The guidance will thrust you closer to your stunning destiny. The question is are you listening clearly enough to that silent inner voice?”
Hiral Nagda

Bassey Ikpi
“The restlessness has begun, like a low hum in my belly. It follows me through my days. I am sleepless nights. The comfort found only in quiet.”
Bassey Ikpi, I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying: Essays

“I had a moment of what I can only call clearheadedness. The suffocating anxiety was gone, momentarily, and I felt a deep relief, a sense of sudden calm after eons of warfare inside my head. I had gotten so used to the noise that the quiet was unfamiliar. It was as if the evil beast that had been holding my head under water, trying to drown me, had suddenly let go.”
William Dudley, Antidepressants

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