Reticence Quotes

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Will Rogers
“Never miss a good chance to shut up.”
Will Rogers

Lewis Carroll
“I don't think..." then you shouldn't talk, said the Hatter.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Mark Twain
“If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.”
Mark Twain

Brian Tracy
“Never complain, never explain. Resist the temptation to defend yourself or make excuses.”
Brian Tracy

Brandon Sanderson
“You should try not to talk so much, friend. You'll sound far less stupid that way.

- Breeze”
Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire

William S. Burroughs
“Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.”
William S. Burroughs, The Job: Interviews with William S. Burroughs

Lisa Kleypas
“Many times in life I've regretted the things I've said without thinking. But I've never regretted the things I said nearly as much as the words I left unspoken.”
Lisa Kleypas, Sugar Daddy

Mark Twain
“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.”
Mark Twain

Orson Scott Card
“Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.”
Orson Scott Card

Honoré de Balzac
“It is always assumed by the empty-headed, who chatter about themselves for want of something better, that people who do not discuss their affairs openly must have something to hide.”
Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
“Silence does not always mark wisdom.”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Anton Chekhov
“There are a great many opinions in this world, and a good half of them are professed by people who have never been in trouble."

(The Mill)”
Anton Chekhov, The Portable Chekhov

John Green
“I said nothing—I hadn’t known Marya, and anyway, “listening quietly” was my general social strategy”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

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

Emma Donoghue
“I remember manners, that's when people are scared to make other persons mad.”
Emma Donoghue, Room

Michael Bassey Johnson
“There should be a little gap between you and your friends, though you'll miss their companionship and you'll also miss their disrespect.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Keep your problems to yourself, if its too much for you, kill it slowly till it disappears from your life.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Oscar Wilde
“The post on her left was occupied by Mr. Erskine of Treadley, an old gentleman of considerable charm and culture, who had fallen, however, into bad habits of silence, having, as he explained once to Lady Agatha, said everything that he had to say before he was thirty.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Oh, tell me, who first declared, who first proclaimed that man only does nasty things because he does not know his own real interests; and that if he were enlightened, if his eyes were opened to his real normal interests, man would at once cease to do nasty things, would at once become good and noble because, being enlightened and understanding his real advantage, he would see his own advantage in the good and nothing else… . Oh, the babe! Oh, the pure, innocent child!”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground

Don DeLillo
“I do not want to talk about it.”
Don DeLillo

Sara Sheridan
“Reticence was clearly a national characteristic, even if the other person spoke French.”
Sara Sheridan, British Bulldog

Shirley Jump
“You know you're about as forthcoming as a mime.”
Shirley Jump, Kissed by Cat

Joy Williams
“Your silence is a little black garden. You know everything there by heart.”
Joy Williams, Breaking and Entering