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50 Silence Quotes on the Importance of Reflection

Published on February 4, 2020 7:30 AM EST
Silence Quotes on the Importance of Reflection

The world is a busy and noisy place and that’s why as these silence quotes will show you, spending time in quiet reflection is even more important. 

It’s easy to go through an entire day without any silence. Many of us have background noise going when we eat, drive, and even sleep. Our phones are constantly notifying and alerting us of things that need our attention, even silly things like new social media posts. 

Silence Quotes on the Importance of Reflection

How often do you find time for reflection?

This constant noise can make it difficult for us to really find the space for the quiet reflection that is necessary for our lives. But once you read through the following silence quotes, you’ll see why it’s so important to carve out that time. 

Don’t forget to also read these calming solitude quotes to bring you peace.

Silence quotes on the power of reflection

1. “Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.” – Plutarch

2. “Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.” – Josh Billings

3. “Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” – Peter Drucker

4. “One of the things that made me long to be back in prison was that I had so little opportunity for reading, thinking and quiet reflection after my release. I intend, amongst other things, to give myself much more opportunity for such reading and reflection.” – Nelson Mandela

5. “A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.” – Rachel Naomi Remen

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6. “A little quiet reflection will remind me that yes to God always leads in the end to joy.” – Elisabeth Elliot

7. “Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.” ― Yvonne Woon

8. “Silence fertilizes the deep place where personality grows. A life with a peaceful center can weather all storms.” – Norman Vincent Peale

9. “I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.” – Publilius Syrus

Insightful silence quotes

10. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

11. “He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” – Elbert Hubbard

12. “Just because a person is silent doesn’t mean there’s no message.” ― Frank Sonnenberg

13. “Sound is our mind, silence is our being.” – Osho

14. “Silence is not an absence but a presence.” – Anne D. LeClaire

15. “Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.” – Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavti

16. “When you reach a calm and quiet meditative state, that is when you can hear the sound of silence.” – Stephen Richards

17. “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” – Peter Drucker

18. “If you think that nobody hears your screams, try silence!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

19. “Work hard in silence, let your success make the noise.” – Frank Ocean

20. “Silence isn’t empty, it’s full of answers.” – Unknown

21. “Next time you stumble upon a silent person, listen up” ― Frank Sonnenberg

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22. “Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more beautiful than the silence.” – Spanish Proverb

23. “Do not mistake quietness for weakness. Evil is often better addressed in silence.”― Naide P Obiang

24. “Go where the silence says something good.” ― Jacqueline Simon Gunn

25. “When I am attacked verbally, silence is my weapon of choice” ― Maria Koszler

Silence quotes on why it’s beneficial

26. “True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit. What sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” – William Penn

27. “Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.” – Marcus Aurelius

28. “Through the portals of silence, the healing sun of wisdom and peace will shine upon you.” – Paramahansa Yogananda

29. “Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.” – Bryant McGill

30. “Silence is a fence around wisdom.” – German Proverb

31. “Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence. The great Sufi poet Rumi wrote, Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being.” – Deepak Chopra

32. “Even in the midst of disturbance, the stillness of the mind can offer sanctuary.” – Stephen Richards

33. “You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba

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34. “There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

35. “Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Words come out of the void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness.” – Wayne Dyer

Silence quotes on why we need reflection

36. “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature — trees, flowers, grass — grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.” – Mother Teresa

37. “In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.” – Mahatma Gandhi

38. “The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” – Caroline Myss

39. “Love your solitude and go deep into the depths of your soul…” ― Avijeet Das

40. “Thanksgiving is a time of quiet reflection; an annual reminder that God has, again, been ever so faithful. The solid and simple things of life are brought into clear focus.” – Charles R. Swindoll

41. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha

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42. “Your enlightenment is perfect only when silence has come to be a celebration. Hence my insistence that after you meditate you must celebrate. After you have been silent you must enjoy it, you must have a thanksgiving. A deep gratitude must be shown towards the whole just for the opportunity that you are, that you can meditate, that you can be silent, that you can laugh.” – Osho

Wise silence quotes

43. “Talking comes by nature, silence by wisdom.” – Proverb

44. “Truth is the offspring of silence and meditation.” – Isaac Newton

45. “To really do nothing, with perfection, is as difficult as doing everything.” – Alan Watts

46. “When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a candle in a windless place.” – Bhagavad Gita

47. “Quiet people always know more than they seem. Although very normal, their inner world is by default fronted mysterious and therefore assumed weird. Never underestimate the social awareness and sense of reality in a quiet person; they are some of the most observant, absorbent persons of all.” ― Criss Jami

48. “Within each of us there is a silence, a silence as vast as the universe. And when we experience that silence, we remember who we are.” – Gunilla Norris

49. “The tree of silence bears the fruit of peace.” – Proverb

50. “We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” – C.S. Lewis

Find some time for reflection

Now that you are able to see the importance of spending time in quiet reflection and the benefit that it can bring your life, be purposeful about adding it into your own life. It doesn’t mean you have to book yourself on a silent retreat to spend days in solitude. 

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Simply look at your calendar and block off a little bit of time to sit silently and reflect. This could be something that you do practice at the end of each day. 

Start small and add time as you become more comfortable with the silence. Just like with anything in life, the more you practice it, the better you will become at it. 

Which of these insightful silence quotes inspired you to find time for reflection? Do you have any other helpful quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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