There is a time to be silent and a time to speak
November 30th - Well timed silence can be more eloquent than words.
I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.
Most people are uncomfortable with silence. There's something very awkward about it somehow.
Shallow streams make the most noise, is a delightful turn on the old adage, Still waters run deep. It’s true the people who make the most noise tend to have little of substance to say. The flip side of that problem is that we don’t listen well either. I’m reminded of the line in the old Simon and Garfunkel song Sounds of Silence about folks hearing without listening. Oh, they hear the words, but they fail to silence their own thoughts and truly listen. It would be good if we all learned to be silent and still.
Never forget the power of silence, that massively disconcerting pause which goes on and on and may at last induce an opponent to babble and backtrack nervously.
Good silence is a listening silence, a humble silence. It leads to right hearing, right understanding, and right speaking.
Silence is one great art of conversation.