But from sharp words and wits men pluck no fruit; And gathering thorns they shake the tree at root; For words divide and rend, But silence is most noble till the end.
It is never so difficult to speak as when we are ashamed of our silence.
Speech is silvern, silence is golden; speech is human, silence is divine.
Always say less than necessary.
Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
Silence more musical than any song.
I have known the silence of the stars and of the sea, And the silence of the city when it pauses, And the silence of a man and a maid, And the silence for which music alone finds the word.
It is better either to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.
Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men’s imperfections, and conceal your own.
The first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to the gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.