Silence

Surrender. Let silence have you. And if you find you are still swimming on the surface of the ocean, let go and sink into the depths of love. ~Kar Kirpa Sahib
The self must know stillness before it can discover its true song. ~Ralph Blum
The only language able to express the whole truth is silence. ~Ramana Maharshi
All is known in the sacredness of silence. ~Rumi
The self is like a pearl. To find it you must dive deep down into silence, deeper and ever deeper until it is reached. ~Ramana Maharshi
Enter into the stillness inside your busy life. Become familiar with her ways. Grow to love her, feel [her] with all your heart and you will come to hear her silent music and become one with Love’s silent song. ~Noel Davis
There is a way between voice and presence where information flows. In disciplined silence it opens. With wandering talk it closes. ~Rumi
My heart is tuned to the quietness that the stillness of nature inspires. ~Hazrat Inayat Khan
The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes–ah, that is where the art resides. ~Artur Shnabel
There is a place where words are born of silence,
A place where the whispers of the heart arise.
~Rumi
In silence I notice the weaver of my world and then the life itself — the gift of breath. ~Anatoly Petrenko
One opens the inner doors of one’s heart to the infinite silences of the Spirit, out of whose abysses love wells up without fail and gives itself to all. ~Thomas Merton
If you do not yet know where you fit, I suggest you try seeking it in receptive silence. I used to walk amid the beauties of nature, just receptive and silent, and wonderful insights would come to me. ~Peace Pilgrim
In a quiet moment we can get an intuitive insight that can change our entire life and the lives of the people around us in incredibly positive ways. ~Elaine St James
Real action is in the silent moments. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. ~Herman Hesse
All the masters tell us that the reality of life–which our noisy waking consciousness prevents us from hearing—speaks to us chiefly in silence. ~Karlfned Graf Durckheim
I learned…that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic, striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness. ~Brenda Ueland
Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. ~Hans Margolius
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. ~Lao Tzu
The less you speak, the more you will hear. ~Alexander Solshenitsu
Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. It is the I Am that is deeper than name and form. ~Eckhart Tolle
It is only when we silence the blaring sands of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. ~K.T. Jong
The heart at rest sees a feast in everything. ~Hindi proverb
Silence of the heart is necessary so you can hear God everywhere–in the closing of a door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, in the animals. ~Mother Theresa
From silence you come, to silence you go. Enter your inner space and know where you come from. The eternal silence awaits you with endless patience. ~unknown
Each one of us is called to become that great song that comes out of the silence, and the more we let ourselves down into that great silence the more we become capable of singing that great song. ~David Steindl-Rast
Silence is the mother of everything that has come out from the Depth. And Silence kept quiet about she was unable to describe: the Unspeakable. ~Clement of Alexandria
In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and watch how the pattern improves. ~Rumi
It is great wisdom to know how to be silent and to look at neither the remarks, nor the deeds, nor the lives of others. ~St. John of the Cross
You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at you feet. ~Franz Kafka
Let silence take you to the core of life.
All your talk is worthless when compared
to one whisper of the Beloved.
~Rumi
There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fountain of action and joy. It rises up in wordlesss gentleness and flows out to me from unseen roots of all created being. ~Thomas Merton
Silence, beautiful voice. ~Lord Alfred Tennyson
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
We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us, that they may see their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet. ~Wiliam Butler Yeats
Listening to the eternal involves a silence within us. ~Thomas Kelly
A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live. ~Bertrand Russell
You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind. ~Sai Baba
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there is in silence. ~Max Ehrmann
Now be silent. Let the One who creates words speak. He made the door. He made the lock. He also made the key. ~Rumi
If you could only keep quiet, clear of memories and expectations, you would be able to discern the beautiful pattern of events. It’s your restlessness that causes chaos. ~Nisargadatta Maharaj
The sorrows of duty,
Like the heat of the sun,
Have scorched your heart.

But let stillness fall on you
With its sweet and cooling showers,
And you will find happiness.
~Ashtavakra Gita 18:3

If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind! The mind of the sage, being in repose, becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation. ~Chuang Tzu
Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. ~Marcus Aurelius
Let your mind and soul be at ease. Don’t grasp and grab for the magic and miracles. When you reside in that place of stillness, the joy, miracles, and magic you’re seeking will find you. ~Melodie Beattie
Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen–that stillness becomes radiance. ~Morgan Freeman
The secret of the receptive
Must be sought in stillness
Within stillness there remains
The potential for action.
~Zhou Xuanjing
Only in the oasis of silence can we drink deeply from our inner cup of wisdom. ~Sue Patton Thoele
Be still. In that focus, all else comes into focus. In that rift in my routine, the universe falls into alignment. ~Philip Yancey
Compose yourself in stillness, draw your attention inward and devote your mind to the Self. The wisdom you seek lies within. ~Bhagavad Gita
In the rush and noise of life, as you have intervals, step home within yourself and be still. Wait upon God, and feel his good presence; this will carry you evenly through your day’s business. ~William Penn
Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed. ~Indra Devi
Not only a truer knowledge, but a greater power comes to one in the quietude and silence of a mind that, instead of bubbling on the surface, can go to its own depths and listen. ~Sri Aurobindo
There is something greater and purer than what the mouth utters. Silence illuminates our souls, whispers to our hearts, and brings them together. ~Kahlil Gibran
Through the orifice of silence,
the whole geyser of Bliss,
perpetually shoots up and flows over the soul.
~Paramahansa Yogananda
Silence is the language of God; it is also the language of the heart. ~Dag Hammerskjold
Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.~ Thomas Carlyle
If you love truth, be a lover of silence. Silence, like the sunlight, will illuminate you in God and will deliver you from the phantoms of ignorance. Silence will unite you to God. ~Thomas Merton
The mystery, the essence of all life is not separate from the silent openness of simple listening. ~Toni Packer
Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being. ~Rumi
True, absolute silence and true, absolute love are not different. Absolute silent awareness overflows with simple, fulfilled absolute love. Objects–people, nature, emotions–may or may not appear. Objects are not needed and they are welcomed. The joy of this full silence is uncaused and unlimited. Always here, always discovering itself. It is the treasure, and it is hidden only when we refuse to keep quiet and find out who we are. ~Gangaji
The discovery of the truth is the discernment of the false. You can know what is not. What is–you can only be. Do you understand that the mind has its limits? To go beyond you must consent to silence. ~Nisargadatta Maharaj
Try to forget yourself
and rely on your voice,
your voiceless voice,
your non-verbal voice.
~Shunryu Suzuki
Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter. ~John Muir
Under all speech that is good for anything lies a silence that is better. Silence is as deep as Eternity. ~Thomas Carlyle
We find this place of Silence through surrender, after perhaps years of struggle to dis-cover the false self. ~Bob Fergeson
Still-born Silence! Thou that art Floodgate of the deeper heart. ~Richard Flecknoe
Be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign
that you’ve died.
Your old life was a frantic running
from silence.
The speechless full moon
comes out now.
~Rumi
And silence, like a poultice, comes
To heal the blows of sound.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
Silence is as deep as Eternity;
speech is shallow as Time.
~Thomas Carlyle
Space has always reduced me to silence. ~Jules Valles
Silence ruled this land. Out of silence mystery comes, and magic, the delicate awareness of unreasoning things. ~Eleanor Dark
Only one task to do here: find out who you are. How do you find out who you are? Dive into the silence and see. ~Satguru Siva Ogaswami
To go beyond the mind, you must be silent and quiet. Peace and silence, silence and peace – this is the way beyond. Stop asking questions. ~Nisargadatta Maharaj
It is like being in the desert. At first you listen to the absence of sounds and call it silence. Then suddenly you may be taken by the presence of stillness where you are one with listening itself. ~Jean Klein
Silence is a source of great strength. ~Lao Tzu
Stop the words now. Open the window in the center of your chest, and let the spirits fly in and out. ~Rumi
Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say. ~Thomas Merton
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 Theresa
Trees are Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. ~Rabindranath Tagore
All profound things, and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence. ~Herman Melville
Words stand between silence and silence: between the silence of things and the silence of our own being. ~Thomas Merton
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. ~Gandhi
True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. ~William Penn
Silence is the entrance into the deepest experience of Being. ~Robert Sardelo
It is in deep solitude and silence that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brother and sister. ~Thomas Merton
The silence is there within us. What we have to do is enter into it, to become silent, to become the silence. The purpose of meditation and the challenge of meditation is to allow ourselves to become silent enough to allow this interior silence to emerge. Silence is the language of the spirit. ~John Mains
Some things are to understand
but not to say.
Be quiet.
~Rumi
Don’t look for meaning in the words. Listen to the silences. ~Samuel Beckett
Where words are scarce,
they are seldom spent in vain.
~William Shakespeare
The seeker’s silence is the loudest form of prayer. ~Swami Vivekananda
Still music
Quiet sand
Deep water
Silent ground.
~C. Alexander/Annellen Simpkins
There is a way between voice and presence where information flows. In disciplined silence it opens. With wandering talk it closes. ~Rumi
Saying nothing…
sometimes says the most.
~Emily Dickinson
If you don’t have to speak, don’t speak. ~Ashokananda
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter. ~John Keats
The instant you speak about a thing, you miss the mark. ~Wu-Men
Go deeper and deeper in meditation
To reach the seabed of consciousness.
~Kabir
Unknowingly, you are constantly carrying expectations, hopes and desires of what should happen to you, what you would like to experience and what you would like life to give you. In those moments, when you are letting go of all these different expectations, these are the moments of grace when you are having a glimpse of wholeness, of a silent heart. ~Thyoar
When you are willing to stop looking for something in thought, you find everything in silence. ~Gangaji
When one is perfectly still–mind and body, silent and alone–there is no personality to speak of, thus personality is one’s unique way of expression, it is what others see and know of us, nothing more or deeper than that.~Bernadette Roberts
In the silence of listening, you can know yourself in everyone, the unseen singing softly to itself and to you. ~Rachel Naomi Remen
Silence is our true teacher because it speaks the language of our soul. ~Michael Jeffreys
Real silence is explosive; it is not the dead state of mind that spiritual seekers think. This is volcanic in its nature; it’s bubbling all the time—the energy, the life—that is its quality. ~U. G. Krishnamurti
Silence dissolves all objects. It is not related to any counterpart which belongs to the mind. Silence has nothing to do with the mind. It cannot be defined, but it can be felt indirectly because it is our nearness. Silence is restriction. It is feeling without a feeler. Silence needs no intermediary. Sound which comes from silence is music. ~Jean Klein
A great silence overcomes me, and I wonder why I ever thought to use language. ~Rumi
It speaks in silence,
In speech you hear its silence.
The great Way has opened and there are no obstacles.
~Yongjia Xuanjue
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together, that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of life, which they are thenceforth to rule. ~Thomas Carlyle
When I am silent I fall into the place where everything is music. ~Rumi
It must be immense, this silence, in which sounds and movements have room, the presence of the distant sea also resounds. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
In the depth of stillness
All words walk away
Clouds disperse and it
Vividly appears before you
~John Daido Loori
flowers are silent silence is silent the mind is a silent flower the silent flower of the world opens. ~Ikkyū Sōjun
There was complete silence everywhere. I felt that all mankind had rejected me and I took refuge with inanimate things. I was conscious of a relationship between me and the pulsation of nature, between me and the profound night which had descended upon my spirit. This silence is a language which we do not understand. ~Sadegh Hedayat
In meditation you see your inner landscape that activates almost all of your actions. ~Jack Kornfeld
Why are you so afraid of silence? Silence is the root of everything. If you spiral into its void, a hundred voices will thunder messages you long to hear. ~Rumi
True art has nothing to do with proclamations and is created in silence. ~Marcel Proust
Silence is like a cradle holding our endeavors and our will; a silent spaciousness sustains us in our work and at the same time connects us to larger worlds that, in the busyness of our daily struggle to achieve, we have not yet investigated. Silence is the soul’s break for freedom. ~David Whyte
In silence we can feel it, eternity sleeping in us. ~Catherine Ingram
Man goes into the noisy crowd to drown his own clamor of silence. ~Rabindranath Tagore
A great silent space holds all of nature in its embrace. It also holds you. ~Eckhart Tolle
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence. ~Rumi
May we all grow in grace and peace, and not neglect the silence that is printed in the center of our being. It will not fail us. ~Thomas Merton
Indeed, sometimes silence holds within it the essence of eloquence. ~Ibn Juzayy al-Kalbi
All this talk and turmoil and noise and movement and desire is outside of the veil; within the veil is silence and calm and rest. ~Bayazid Al-Ristami
From silence you come, to silence you go. Enter your inner space and know where you come from. The eternal silence awaits you with endless patience. ~unknown
We never truly meet other than in silence. We never truly meet other than in the present moment. ~Leonard Jacobson
Silence is understanding there is no mind to quiet. ~Robert Adams
You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No. ~Alice McGhee
Things that are real, are always given and received in silence. ~Meher Baba
Only in deep silent awareness, beyond the last trace of subtle thought, is truth fully revealed. And that sublime silence is given by the grace of God. ~Maitreya Ishwara
Discovering that one has nothing to say, one seeks a way to say that. ~Susan Sontag
Speak little. Learn the words of eternity. ~Rumi
No particular thought can be mind’s natural state, only silence. Not the idea of silence, but silence itself. When the mind is in its natural state, it reverts to silence spontaneously after every experience, or, rather, every experience happens against the background of silence. ~Nisargadatta Maharaj
No, my soul is not asleep.
It is awake, wide awake.
It neither sleeps nor dreams, but watches,
its eyes wide open
far off things, and listens
at the shores of the great silence.
~Antonio Machado
The silent gap between your thoughts is your window to the cosmic mind. ~Deepak Chopra
When we are truly silent—within and without—we surrender the ego’s need to be right. ~Anne D. LeClaire
Listen to the silence as it echoes around you. Ancient spirits dance to it. ~Amber Coverdalle Sumrall
To listen to the silence, wherever you are, is an easy and direct way of becoming present. ~Eckhart Tolle
True Meditation is the space in which everything gets revealed, everything gets seen, everything gets experienced. And as such, it lets go of itself. We don’t even let go. It lets go of itself. ~Adyashanti
The spirit world is able to get through to you easily when your mind is still and clear. Meditation is often referred to as ‘sitting in the silence.’ Whenever you want to reach Spirit from this side of life, start by sitting in the silence. ~James Van Praagh
Of all the sounds that touch my soul these days, the most beautiful one of all is silence. ~Guy de la Valdene
Enlightenment is the Journey from the head back to the heart, from words back to silence. ~Jock Brocas

There is a presence, a silence, a stillness which is here by itself. There is no doer of it, no creator of this stillness. It is simply here in you, with you. It is the fragrance of your own self. There is nothing to do about this, it is naturally present. This fragrance of peace, this spaciousness, it is the fragrance of your own being. ~Mooji

In the sweet territory of silence we touch the mystery. It’s the place of reflection and contemplation, and it’s the place where we can connect with the deep knowing, to the deep wisdom way. ~Angeles Arrien
Let me rest in Your will and be silent. Then the light of Your joy will warm my life. Its fire will burn in my heart and shine for Your glory. This is what I live for. Amen, amen. ~Thomas Merton
Within each of us there is
a silence as vast as the universe.
We long for it.
We can return to it.
~Jack Kornfield
Silence is the shaft we descend to the depths of contemplation. Silence is the vehicle that takes us to the innermost centre of our being which is the place for all authentic practice. ~Elaine MacInnes
Silence is God’s first language; everything else is a poor translation. In order to hear that language, we must learn to be still and to rest in God. ~Thomas Keating
The friend of silence comes close to God. In secret he converses with him and receives his light. ~John Climacus
What could be more natural than silence? What could be more sacred? What could be more simple? Silence is the universal language of the soul. True inner silence is unpolluted by anxieties, habitual preoccupations and refrains, noisy internal static, innuendos, or agendas. Inner silence speaks directly to inner peace, which is beyond the dualism of noise and quiet. ~Lama Surya Das
You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No. ~Alice McGhee
Things that are real, are always given and received in silence. ~Meher Baba
Only in deep silent awareness, beyond the last trace of subtle thought, is truth fully revealed. And that sublime silence is given by the grace of God. ~Maitreya Ishwara
Discovering that one has nothing to say, one seeks a way to say that. ~Susan Sontag
Speak little. Learn the words of eternity. ~Rumi
No particular thought can be mind’s natural state, only silence. Not the idea of silence, but silence itself. When the mind is in its natural state, it reverts to silence spontaneously after every experience, or, rather, every experience happens against the background of silence. ~Nisargadatta Maharaj
No, my soul is not asleep.
It is awake, wide awake.
It neither sleeps nor dreams, but watches,
its eyes wide open
far off things, and listens
at the shores of the great silence.
~Antonio Machado
The silent gap between your thoughts is your window to the cosmic mind. ~Deepak Chopra
When we are truly silent—within and without—we surrender the ego’s need to be right. ~Anne D. LeClaire
Listen to the silence as it echoes around you. Ancient spirits dance to it. ~Amber Coverdalle Sumrall
To listen to the silence, wherever you are, is an easy and direct way of becoming present. ~Eckhart Tolle
The spirit world is able to get through to you easily when your mind is still and clear. Meditation is often referred to as ‘sitting in the silence.’ Whenever you want to reach Spirit from this side of life, start by sitting in the silence. ~James Van Praagh
Of all the sounds that touch my soul these days, the most beautiful one of all is silence. ~Guy de la Valdene
Enlightenment is the Journey from the head back to the heart, from words back to silence. ~Jock Brocas
There is a presence, a silence, a stillness which is here by itself. There is no doer of it, no creator of this stillness. It is simply here in you, with you. It is the fragrance of your own self. There is nothing to do about this, it is naturally present. This fragrance of peace, this spaciousness, it is the fragrance of your own being. ~Mooji
In the sweet territory of silence we touch the mystery. It’s the place of reflection and contemplation, and it’s the place where we can connect with the deep knowing, to the deep wisdom way. ~Angeles Arrien
Let me rest in Your will and be silent. Then the light of Your joy will warm my life. Its fire will burn in my heart and shine for Your glory. This is what I live for. Amen, amen. ~Thomas Merton

Within each of us there is
a silence as vast as the universe.
We long for it.
We can return to it.
~Jack Kornfield

Silence is the shaft we descend to the depths of contemplation. Silence is the vehicle that takes us to the innermost centre of our being which is the place for all authentic practice. ~Elaine MacInnes
Silence is God’s first language; everything else is a poor translation. In order to hear that language, we must learn to be still and to rest in God. ~Thomas Keating
The friend of silence comes close to God. In secret he converses with him and receives his light. ~John Climacus
What could be more natural than silence? What could be more sacred? What could be more simple? Silence is the universal language of the soul. True inner silence is unpolluted by anxieties, habitual preoccupations and refrains, noisy internal static, innuendos, or agendas. Inner silence speaks directly to inner peace, which is beyond the dualism of noise and quiet. ~Lama Surya Das
If words carry my silence,
if words carry my wordless message to you,
only then is something being said.
~Osho
Allow your heart
to be drawn ever deeper
into this self-luminous
unbearably beautiful jewel
of Silence.
Something glows here
softer than any touch,
more enticing
than any lover.
Playful and birthless,
a joy without cause,
this Light makes us free.
Silence is the mother.
~Fred LaMotte
The quieter we are, the more patient and open we are in our sadnesses, the more deeply and serenely the new presence can enter us, and the more we can make it our own, the more it becomes our fate. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
That deep silence has a melody of its own… ~Paul Brunton