Quotes About Silence

Silence is golden, right? Here at Soundproof Panda we appreciate the value of silence and we’re not the only ones.

Here are 25 brilliant quotes from some of the world’s greatest minds on the value of some good old peace and quiet:

1 – Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.– Josh Billings

Josh Billings was an influential 19th century who wrote extensively for the New York Weekly. His quote shows that he believed in using silence as a powerful tool in conversation.

If only he had soundproofed his walls, all of his arguments would have been irrefutable!

2 – A fence to wisdom is silence. – Akiba ben Joseph, Pirkei Avot, 3:17.

Akiba had a very different view to Josh Billings, he believed that silence got in the way of wisdom!

If he had known about soundproofing it sounds like he would have been very much against it!

3 – Silence is more eloquent than words. – Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship.

Thomas Carlyle had a similar understanding of silence to Josh Billings.

I only wish my wife shared the same view, I’m very well spoken when it comes to silence!

4 – If silence is good for the wise, how much better is it for the foolish! – Ivan Panin, Thoughts.

Ivan is not wrong, if the foolish were valued silence more highly then there would be a lot less business in the soundproofing trade!

5 – Silence is a great peacemaker. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Table-Talk

Henry believed that silence can solve a whole lot of problems, I guess that’s why sales of sound proof insulation, sound board, resilient channels and all manner of soundproofing materials are so high these days!

6 – When people refuse to speak out for too long, it’s like water that’s stagnant and starts to rot! – August Strindberg, The Ghost Sonata.

Conversely August Strindberg had a very different view to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, he believed that too much silence was toxic.

We appreciate that conversation is necessary for healthy relationships which is why we recommend you thoroughly insulate your stud walls so that healthy relationship building conversations can go on all night long in your home and you can still get a good night’s sleep!

7 – Silence never betrays you. – John Boyle O’Reilly, Rules of the Road

Silence certainly doesn’t wake you up in the middle of the night as as far as I’m concerned that is one of the greatest betrayals of all!

8 – When two people understand each other, what wonderful things they can convey in silence. – John Faniel Barry, Silence, Reactions and Other Essays

Unfortunately for some people in desperate need of soundproofing they can only communicate through facial expressions because their room is too noisy to have a normal conversation!

9 – If silence is golden like they say it be, If silence is golden then how rich I must be? – Lynn Anderson, If Silence Is Golden



Apparently Lynn Anderson was a sound proofing specialist!

10 – When I pronounce the word Silence, I destroy it. – Wislawa Szymborska, Poems New and Collected

So long as you don’t shout the word silence we’ll let you off Wislawa!

11 – Silence is a gift. Learn to value its essence. – Anon

Whoever said that is not wrong, particularly in this day and age when many of us live in poorly insulated apartments stacked on top of one another!

12 – The tree of silence bears the fruit of peace. – Proverb

I guess it’s hard to make enemies if no one ever says anything, right?

13 – If everyone thought before they spoke, the silence would be deafening. – George Barzan

If everyone thought before they spoke we would have a lot less people visiting our website for soundproofing advice that’s for sure!

14 – One person speaking up makes more noise than a thousand people who remain silent. – Thom Harnett

He’s not wrong, don’t be afraid to speak out just because you have got poor sound insulation in your home and you’re worried 1,000 people will hear you…just get some sound insulation installed first!

15 – Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Don’t let a lack of sound privacy in your home stop your from speaking out about important things.

16 – Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled. – Horace

The same is also true of loud music, TV and impact sounds!

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

So if you want help developing your personality then check out our article on soundproofing your walls!

18 – The word ‘listen’ contains the same letters as the word ‘silent.’ – Alfred Brendel

True…but they’re in a different order, I don’t think that’s a particularly profound observation Alfred but good try.

19 – Sometimes the silence can be like thunder. – Bob Dylan

Bob must have lived next door to some inconsiderate neighbours when he penned that one!

20 – Speech is great; but silence is greater. – Thomas Carlyle, Essays, Characteristics of Shakespeare.

Without speech silence wouldn’t be a valuable commodity, I would argue that they are equally great and that they both need each other to exist.

21 – It was so darn quiet you could hear your hair grow. – Robert A. Heinlein, Farmer in the Sky (1950), Chapter 13

I’m pretty sure that Robert wrote this after soundproofing his windows!

22 – Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact. – George Eliot, Impressions of Theophrastus Such

Such a man is a rare man indeed in this day and age.

23 – There are grammatical errors even in his silence. – Stanisław Jerzy Lec, Unkempt Thoughts.

I don’t understand how that is even possible but I would love to meet the person that Stanislaw wrote this about and hear his silent grammatical errors!

24 – Silence slammed in like a thunderclap. – Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms

That is very much how many people feel after soundproofing a particularly noisy room. Where once the silence was perpetually disturbed by a noisy street or noisy neighbours now the silence is so palpable that it is almost deafening…much like a thunderclap!

25 – The saying is true “The empty vessel makes the greatest sound.” – William Shakespeare, Henry V

Woah, I didn’t even know that they had stud walls back in Shakespeare’s time.

They must must have though because Shakespeare is clearly talking about the drum effect which causes sound to echo and amplify within the cavity of an uninsulated stud wall!

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