Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
Category: Silence.

The repository contains 19 quotes in the category “Silence.”

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.

President Thomas Jefferson
1743 — 1826

You don’t have to explain something you never said.

President Calvin Coolidge
1872 — 1933

Men of few words are the best men.

William Shakespeare
1564 — 1616

Henry V

If A equals success, then the formula is A=X+Y+Z, where X is “work,” Y is “play,” and Z is “keep your mouth shut.”

Albert Einstein
1879 — 1955

The way to become boring is to say everything.

1694 — 1778

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Will Rogers
1879 — 1935

An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.

Walter Bagehot
1826 — 1877

Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.

Samuel Beckett
1906 — 1989

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.

Josh Billings
1818 — 1885

Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.

Orson Card

Which hurts the most, saying something and wishing you had not, or saying nothing and wishing you had?

1946 —     

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.

Robert Benchley
1889 — 1945

If you keep your mouth shut you will never put your foot in it.

Austin O’Malley
1858 — 1932

Never rise to speak till you have something to say; and when you have said it, cease.

John Witherspoon
1723 — 1794

He that hath knowledge spareth his words.

The Bible

Do not speak unless you can improve the silence.


If you want to be seen, stand up. If you want to be heard, speak up. If you want to be appreciated, shut up.


A closed mouth gathers no foot.


Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving in words evidence of the fact.

George Eliot
1819 — 1880