Just because you can’t hear that earthquake doesn’t mean it isn’t shaking all that’s in your presence. Silence is often a woman’s loudest scream, and it can mean everything to her if you tune into the static. Looking for quotes on silence of a woman? Here are the 80 best woman silence quotes for you. 

80 Top Woman Silence Quotes

Silence is often a woman’s loudest scream. Looking to get a glimpse into her mind, here are the 70 best woman silence quotes for you.

1 “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
― Rumi

 “We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox.”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

3  “Your silence will not protect you.”
― Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

4  “I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity.”
― Nadezhda Mandelstam, Hope Against Hope

5  “Never miss a good chance to shut up.”
― Will Rogers

 “I don’t want to be married just to be married. I can’t think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can’t talk to, or worse, someone I can’t be silent with.”
― Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

7  “Silence is so freaking loud”
― Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

8  “I don’t think…” then you shouldn’t talk, said the Hatter.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

9  “We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.”
― Leonora Carrington

 10  “When I pronounce the word Future,
the first syllable already belongs to the past.

When I pronounce the word Silence,
I destroy it.”
― Wisława Szymborska, Poems New and Collected

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

12  “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
― Ansel Adams

 13  “I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.”
― Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

14  “God is silent. Now if only man would shut up.”
― Woody Allen

 15  “How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.”
― Virginia Woolf, The Waves

16  “My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.”
― Edith Sitwell

 17  “Does not everything depend on our interpretation of the silence around us?”
― Lawrence Durrell, Justine

18  “He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.”
― Elbert Hubbard

 19  “When truth is replaced by silence,the silence is a lie.”
― Yevgeny Yevtushenko

 20  “Words can be twisted into any shape. Promises can be made to lull the heart and seduce the soul. In the final analysis, words mean nothing. They are labels we give things in an effort to wrap our puny little brains around their underlying natures, when ninety-nine percent of the time the totality of the reality is an entirely different beast. The wisest man is the silent one. Examine his actions. Judge him by them.”
― Karen Marie Moning


Inspirational Woman Silence Quotes

 21  “Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

 22  “Silence is a source of Great Strength.”
― Lao Tzu

 23  “You have a grand gift for silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Complete Sherlock Holmes

24  “The true genius shudders at incompleteness — imperfection — and usually prefers silence to saying the something which is not everything that should be said.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia

25  “Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.”
― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

26  “Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.”
― William S. Burroughs, The Job: Interviews with William S. Burroughs

27  “For now she need not think of anybody. She could be herself, by herself. And that was what now she often felt the need of – to think; well not even to think. To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others… and this self having shed its attachments was free for the strangest adventures.”
― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

28 “As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.”
― John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

29 “Seeing her sitting there unresponsive makes me realize that silence has a sound.”
― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

30  “I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you…. What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language.”

I began to ask each time: “What’s the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?” Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, “disappeared” or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.

Next time, ask: What’s the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end.

And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.”
― Audre Lorde


Motivational Woman Silence Quotes

 31 “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.”
― Alison McGhee, All Rivers Flow To The Sea

32 “Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. – Amir”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

33  “Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”
― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

34  “I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.”
― Audre Lorde

35  “Lying is done with words, and also with silence.”
― Adrienne Rich, Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lying

36  “I said nothing for a time, just ran my fingertips along the edge of the human-shaped emptiness that had been left inside me.”
― Haruki Murakami, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

37  “You gotta be careful: don’t say a word to nobody about nothing anytime ever.”
― Johnny Depp

 38  “In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.”
― Rumi

 39  “There is an ocean of silence between us… and I am drowning in it.”
― Ranata Suzuki

 40 Staying silent is like a slow-growing cancer to the soul and a trait of a true coward. There is nothing intelligent about not standing up for yourself. You may not win every battle. However, everyone will at least know what you stood for—YOU.”
― Shannon L. Alder


Deep Woman Silence Quotes

 41  “I have never heard a more eloquent silence.”
― Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak

42  “The cruelest lies are often told in silence.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers

43  “most people are perfectly afraid of silence”
― e.e cummings

 44  “The splendid thing
about falling apart
is that
you can start over
as many times
as you like.”
― Sanober Khan, A Thousand Flamingos

45  If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.”
― George Eliot, Middlemarch

46  “If you can sit in silence with a person for half an hour and yet be entirely comfortable, you and that person can be friends. If you cannot, friends you’ll never be and you need not waste time in trying.”
― L.M. Montgomery, The Blue Castle

47  “In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.”
― Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers

48  “Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.”
― Pythagoras

 49  “It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie.”
― Victor Hugo

 50  “It is always assumed by the empty-headed, who chatter about themselves for want of something better, that people who do not discuss their affairs openly must have something to hide.”
― Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot


Eye-opening Woman Silence Quotes

51  “There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.”
― Arundhati Roy

 52  “We sit and talk,
quietly, with long lapses of silence
and I am aware of the stream
that has no language, coursing
beneath the quiet heaven of
your eyes
which has no speech”
― William Carlos Williams, Paterson

53  “A Litany for Survival

For those of us who live at the shoreline
standing upon the constant edges of decision
crucial and alone
for those of us who cannot indulge
the passing dreams of choice
who love in doorways coming and going
in the hours between dawns
looking inward and outward
at once before and after
seeking a now that can breed
like bread in our children’s mouths
so their dreams will not reflect
the death of ours:

For those of us
who were imprinted with fear
like a faint line in the center of our foreheads
learning to be afraid with our mother’s milk
for by this weapon
this illusion of some safety to be found
the heavy-footed hoped to silence us
For all of us
this instant and this triumph
We were never meant to survive.

And when the sun rises we are afraid
it might not remain
when the sun sets we are afraid
it might not rise in the morning
when our stomachs are full we are afraid
of indigestion
when our stomachs are empty we are afraid
we may never eat again
when we are loved we are afraid
love will vanish
when we are alone we are afraid
love will never return
and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid

So it is better to speak
we were never meant to survive.”
― Audre Lorde, The Black Unicorn: Poems

54  “My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you. But for every real word spoken, for every attempt I had ever made to speak those truths for which I am still seeking, I had made contact with other women while we examined the words to fit a world in which we all believed, bridging our differences.”
― Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals

55 “Don’t you know yet that men are full of words that mean nothing? The silence of a woman is a thousand times weightier. You must learn to trust silence. To load it with truth, and to wait.” – Sharon Maas

56 “Never mistake a woman’s silence for weakness.”               

57 “A woman’s silence is a message.” – Varsha Cuddly

58 “When a woman is silent, listen to her very carefully.”

59 “Silence in woman is like speech in man.” – Ben Jonson

60 “A woman’s silence simply means she’s giving up on you….”


Informative Woman Silence Quotes

61 “A quiet woman is at peace and about to change everything.”

62 “When a woman is both silent and smiling, you’re in danger.”

63 “Woman, to women silence is the best ornament.” – Sophocles

64 It is a destiny of a woman to suffer in silence.” – Vikas Swarup

65 “The most dangerous animal in the world is a silent smiling woman.”

66 “A quiet man is usually a thinking man. A quiet woman is usually mad.”

67 “Silence is a fine jewel for a woman, but it is little worn.” – Hebrew Proverb

68 “There’s power in a woman’s silence that speaks louder than words!!” – Naira Kaur

69 “Just because a woman is silent does not mean she agrees.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

70 “You don’t talk much, do you, angel-face? I like that in a woman.” – Susan Andersen

71 “It simply isn’t a woman’s nature to be silent for prolonged periods of time.” – Maya Banks

72 “What manly eloquence could produce such an effect as woman’s silence?” – Jules Michelet

73 “A man sometimes wins an argument, but a woman always wins a silence.” – Robert Breault

74 “Don’t treat a woman’s silence as her weakness. Treat it like the calm before the storm.” – Sulagna

75 “Silence is a woman’s loudest cry. You can always tell she’s really hurt when she starts ignoring you.”

76 “When a woman who has much to say says nothing, her silence can be deafening.” – Margaret Landon

77 “A woman’s strength comes from finding solace in peace and earning respect in silence…” – Virginia Alison

78 “Silence and chaste reserve is woman’s genuine praise, and to remain quiet within the house.” – Euripides

79 “A foolish woman keeps talking. A wise woman understands the power of her words as well as her silence.”

80 “Silence is a woman’s greatest pain in them. When a woman ignore you, she has been hurt deeply.” – Ai Ling

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