A Quote by Alexander Pope on doubt and silence

Be silent always when you doubt your sense.

Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)

Source: An Essay on Criticism, 1711, III, 1. 6

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on potential, sculpture, silence, wisdom, and wit

Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of great sculpture. The silent bear no witness against themselves.

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

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A Quote by Albert Camus on life and silence

As soon as one does not kill oneself, one must keep silent about life.

Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)

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A Quote by Aeschylus on silence and women

. . . it is yours [women's] to be silent and stay within doors.

Aeschylus (525 - 456 BC)

Source: Seven Against Thebes, Line 232

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on earth and silence

And silence sounds no worse than cheers After earth has stopped the ears.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: A Shropshire Lad, 1896, no.19, (To an Athlete Dying Young) st. 4

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A Quote by Adelaide Crapsey on dawn, death, justice, and silence

These beThree silent things: The Falling snow. . . the hour Before the dawn. . . the mouth of one Just dead. 

Adelaide Crapsey (1878 - 1914)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on silence


Remarks at the Monogahela House February 14, 1861 I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume IV, p. 209.

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on cowardice, men, and silence

To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards of men.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on doubt, silence, and thought

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool then to speak out and remove all doubt.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on anecdotes, art, beginning, character, communication, freedom, gold, government, life, people, presidency, privacy, silence, and worth

Gentlemen, suppose all the property you were worth was in gold, and you had put it in the hands of Blondin to carry across the Niagara River on a rope, would you shake the cable, or keep shouting out to him - "Blondin, stand up a little straighter - Blondin, stoop a little more - go a little faster - lean a little more to the north - lean a little more to the south?" No, you would hold your breath as well as your tongue, and keep your hands off until he was safe over. The Government are carrying an immense weight. Untold treasures are in their hands. They are doing the very best they can. Don't badger them. Keep silence, and we'll get you safe across. -Francis B. Carpenter, "Anecdotes and Reminiscences of President Lincoln" in Henry Jarvis Raymond, The Life and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln..., p. 752 (1865). Carpenter, a portrait artist, lived in the White House for six months beginning February 1864, to paint the president and the entire Cabinet. His relations with the president became of an "intimate character," and he was permitted "the freedom of his private office at almost all hours,...privileged to see and know more of his daily life" than most people. He states that he "endeavored to embrace only those [anecdotes] which bear the marks of authenticity. Many....I myself heard the President relate; others were communicated to me by persons who either heard or took part in them" (p. 725). Blondin (real name Jean Francois Gravelet) was a French tightrope walker who crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope in 1855, 1859, and 1860.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: reply to critics 1864, Francis B. Carpenter, in H J Raymond, Life & Public Service of A. Lincoln

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