Sometimes silence can speak louder than any words. Here are 20+ inspiring silence quotes and quotes about silence and quiet.
Lately I’ve been finding myself wanting to slow down time, take it easy, go for long walks, and simplify my life. I’m searching for quiet places, those little pockets of stillness in every day life.
Quiet places are a sacred space in a noisy world. In a world constantly demanding your attention, getting notifications left and right and pinging you every other minute, we need quiet places.
Without them, we start to get anxious. We worry about the future. We dwell on the past. We ruminate until the guilt eats away at us.
But we always have a choice. To stop in the middle of the chaos, to not give in to the endless external demands on our time and energy. To find a quiet place, or space, in our day where we can finally exhale the weight of the world and inhale a renewed sense of life.
Meditation does this. Prayer does this. When I was in college I used to go to this really old church and sit in the velvet-lined pews when no one else was there so I could have a place to think. Now I walk up to the park near my house and sit under this big tree and write.
Sometimes people are our quiet place. I can think of a few people throughout my lifetime who have been my quiet place, a shoulder to rest your head on after a long day. And beyond that, quiet moments. A pause after a tense or stressful event, a refuge from the storm. Those little pauses when you can hear your intuition and you just know everything is going to be ok, even if it doesn’t look like it right now.
We need more quiet places in our life. When the deadlines are coming up and meetings are demanding your time and you have one more assignment than the time you were allotted, sometimes you just need to press pause and slow it down.
This is from our Slow it Down class about slowing down and simplifying your life, and getting rid of anxiety.
20+ Quotes About Silence and the Quiet | Silence Quotes
“What we can’t speak, we say in silence.” – Hillary Jordan
“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.” – Albert Einstein
“Saying nothing sometimes says the most.” – Emily Dickinson
“We need silence to be able to reach our Self. Both internal and external silence is very important to feel the presence of that supreme Love.” – Amit Ray
“Listen to silence. It has so much to say.” – Rumi
“Your mind has a flood of questions. There is but one teacher who can answer them. Who is that teacher? Your silence-loving heart.” – Sri Chinmoy
“Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.” – Charlotte Eriksson
“The silence often of pure innocence persuades when speaking fails.” – William Shakespeare
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How to Add Quiet Time to Your Day
Blank space, or white space, is what I call those pockets in your day when you’re free to just breathe and be in the world. It’s time when you can take a pause in your day, collect your thoughts, and count every breath in and out if you want because you have nothing to worry about and nothing pressing to attend to.
If you’re a very busy person, perhaps your white space is mainly the time right before you fall asleep or when you’re taking a shower. You’re finally alone and you have a few minutes to yourself. We often have our best thoughts and creative ideas when we have this quiet time to ourselves. Or maybe if your life is more like mine you have lots of unscheduled time and don’t have any particular place to be at any given time, so you’re free to do what you want and take breaks anytime.
Having this blank space in your day – preferably throughout the day but at least once a day – whether through your meditation practice, prayer, or just five minutes of downtime when you get home from work, is so very important. If your life is full of anxiety and stress, you probably think that you don’t have a moment to waste on something like “white space.”
Consider this quote,
“I have so much to do that I spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it.” —John Wesley
Even if you’re not religious or spiritual, you can replace praying with our version of having blank space or downtime in your day. In other words, you’re too busy not to take a breather every now and then. It actually makes you more productive during the other times when you are working.
So what does blank space actually entail? Well, whatever you want! You can use this time to meditate, pray, rest, take a nap, sit and stare at the wall, reflect, gather your thoughts – anything you’d like. Sometimes I just lay on my bed and think. The only rule is that you’re not allowed to do something on your to-do list!
Quotes About Silence and Being Quiet
“All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.” – Blaise Pascal
“When you have nothing to say, say nothing.” – Charles Caleb Colton
“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention… A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.” – Rachel Naomi Remen
“The quieter you become the more you are able to hear.” – Rumi
“To listen to the silence, wherever you are, is an easy and direct way of becoming present.” – Eckhart Tolle
“Not words nor laughter but rather someone who will fall in love with your silence.” – Sanober Khan
“Speech is great, but silence is greater.” – Thomas Carlyle
“Never forget that when we are silent, we are one. And when we speak we are two.” – Indira Gandhi
“Never assume that loud is strong and quiet is weak.” – Unknown
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More Inspirational Quotes and Sayings About Silence
“Even if your silence could mean being weak to some, you know it means being strong.” – Maxime Lagacé
“It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Silence may be golden, but can you think of a better way to entertain someone than to listen to him?” – Brigham Young
“There comes a moment when the silence between two people can have the purity of a diamond.” – Philippe Djian
“There was a brief silence. I think I heard snow falling.” – Erich Segal
“Learn to be silent. Let your quiet mind listen and absorb.” – Pythagoras
“Silence is of different kinds, and breathes different meanings.” – Charlotte Brontë
“We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King Jr
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