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 quoted in The Millionth Circle by Jean Shinoda Bolen
Don't look for meaning in the words. Listen to the silences.
Samuel Beckett quoted in Forty Days of Solitude by Doris Grumbach
Nothing is so like God as silence.
Meister Eckhart quoted in Why Not Be a Mystic? by Frank Tuoti
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 quoted in The Sun & Moon Over Assisi by Gerard Thomas Straub
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 quoted in Awakening to the Sacred by Lama Surya Das
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 in Light Sitting in Light
It is in deep solitude and silence that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brother and sister.
The silence is there within us. What we have to do is to 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 in Word into Silence
Silence is the cornerstone of character.
Ohhiyesa quoted in You Already Know What to Do by Sharon Franquemont
Silence of the heart is necessary so you can hear God everywhere in the closing of the door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, in the animals.
Mother Teresa quoted in No Greater Love edited by Becky Benenate and Joseph Durepos
We can't stand the silence because silence includes thinking. And if we thought, we would have to face ourselves.
Agnes de Mille quoted in Celebrating Time Alone by Lionel Fisher
At such moments we don't choose silence but fall silent. Silence, like love, is not something we reason our way into. And once we are in it, we recognize that it has been there all along. It's there like the background noise of the universe, that uniform hiss astronomers find when they point their radio telescopes at the space between stars, the remnant of the big bang, the residual wind of our origin.
Philip Simmons in Learning to Fall