The Hidden Beauty of Silence

Written by on March 14, 2016 in Self-Awareness



Never underestimate the power of silence. Some of the most profound insights come from the quietest of places. ~Author Unknown

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

There is nothing as certain as silence, stillness, and solitude to introduce you to the secrets of yourself. ~Guy Finley

I used to think courage was about facing danger, but silence helped me realized that real courage is about facing yourself. When we stop moving everything we’re running from catches up. The next time you are afraid, stop and wait for it to pass. There is immense courage inside your heart. ~Samuel McCree

Stillness is not about focusing on nothingness; it’s about creating an emotional clearing to allow ourselves to feel, think, dream and question. ~Brene Brown

I love silence. Silence is a special state of a soul. You cannot understand beauty outside of silence. All great things were done in silence. ~Author Unknown

To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions. ~Deepak Chopra

Give yourself freedom from all the noise. Allow yourself to feel delight wherever silence takes you. Wherever you are, turn off your phone, computer or television. Whether you’re standing, sitting or walking, just pause for a while, close your eyes and breathe deeply. ~Joanne Crisner Alcayaga

Solitude is for me a font of healing which makes my life worth living. Talking is often tormenting for me, and I need many days of silence to recover from the futility of words. ~Carl Jung

Fear less, hope more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things will be yours. ~ Swedish proverb

It has been said that it’s the space between the bars that holds the tiger. And it’s the silence between the notes that makes the music. It is out of the silence, or “the gap,” or that space between our thoughts, that everything is created, including our own bliss. ~Wayne Dyer

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

In solitude there is healing. Speak to your soul. Listen to your heart. Sometimes in the absence of noise, we find the answers. ~Dodinsky

Silence is expansive, filling up a whole room in seconds, like a balloon filled with awkwardness. It’s amazing how saying nothing can be so different from having nothing to say. ~Jarod Kintz

The soul usually knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind. ~Caroline Myss

Let today be the day you give up who you’ve been for who you can become.
About Marquita Herald

Marquita Herald

Marquita is an author, resilience coach and the chief evangelist at Emotionally Resilient Living. She’s also an unapologetic workaholic who loves red wine, rock n’ roll, road trips (and car dancing!), peanut butter cookies and (especially) a dog named Lucy.

She’s saddened and frustrated by excuses and cruelty and believes authentic compassion is the most powerful force in the world.

To learn more about Marquita and the mission of Emotionally Resilient Living  click here.

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  1. Joyce Hansen

    I marvel how some people always need noise or music to be playing in order to do their work. Silence for me allows me to hear my inner voice, latch on to some of my best ideas, or enjoy the nothingness.
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  2. While I’m an extrovert, I also need “quiet time.” I find it essential to step outside of life for a while and experience calm. I know that a lot of people like to have the TV on in the background all the time. I don’t because it’s so intrusive. I don’t listen to music while I’m working either. I enjoy the quiet and I’m not afraid of it.

  3. Suzie Cheel

    Love this one In solitude there is healing. Speak to your soul. Listen to your heart. Sometimes in the absence of noise, we find the answers. ~Dodinsky so true, with silence also comes inner peace, great collection
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  4. Roslyn Tanner Evans

    These wonderful quotes remind me of the time I was in the Canadian Rockies, after a snowfall & we were just 4 people, nothing but nature around us. I walked a bit away & listened & I heard silence. It was a profound moment for me & I had forgotten it.

  5. Love these quotes. Thanks for collating them for us as wonderful reminders of what stillness is all about.

  6. Julie Gorges

    Great article with some wonderful, thoughtful quotes. Enjoy thoroughly. And I agree, I love silence!

  7. William Rusho

    As for me there is nothing more valuable than silence. I find the times when it is quiet, the most relaxing time. Meditation for me, removes the daily sounds, so I can find that tranquility.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  8. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know you enjoyed the collection Reba!

  9. Reba Linker

    What a beautiful collection of quotes, Marquita! Personally, I need silence more and more. It fills me up. xo, Reba

  10. I’m really glad you enjoyed the collection Kristina and thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and contribute to the conversation.

  11. Oh you know how I love quotations, Mark and when I’m compiling a collection I try my best to come up with reflections that are different and especially relevant to my chosen topic. It’s actually a very enjoyable process for me, so I’m always happy when readers find value in the selections. 🙂

  12. Thanks for stopping by and contributing to the conversation, Michael. I’m so glad you enjoyed the collection, and that quotation about getting in touch with our soul is also one of my favorites.

  13. I certainly wasn’t born in the country and nor was anyone in my family, but the preference for rural countryside and mountain trails is definitely part of my DNA so I can appreciate your example, Rose. I’m so glad you enjoyed the collection!

  14. Thanks for contributing to the conversation Catarina, always appreciated.

  15. I’m glad you enjoyed the collection, Donna. I agree with you about the precious quiet time just before dozing off. In fact, if I’m struggling with a decision or to solve a problem – even just with my writing – I’ll often intentionally go over it in my mind before falling asleep and it never ceases to amaze me how often I wake up with just the answer I need bouncing around in my head! Thanks for sharing your thoughts – always appreciated!

  16. I always smile when a fellow introvert throws down the standard defense “it’s not that I’m avoiding people”. We all do it and maybe one day we’ll find the way to just accept ourselves without feeling the need to explain our predispositions to others. I like Brene Brown’s quote as well Dave, in fact. I always enjoy the process of compiling quotation collections. Thanks for sharing – always appreciated!

  17. Sounds like we have similar morning rituals Lenie. In lieu of a fireplace, I start my day out on the deck with my coffee in hand. I love the cool morning and watching the sunrise over Haleakala is a great way to start the day. 🙂

  18. There’s no doubt in my mind I could manage a silent retreat, but living where I do in the Islands I can stay home and do that. 🙂 There are probably many reasons why people avoid silence, and the truth is “science” glorifies that disposition by promoting all the ways in which extroverts are happier than the rest of us. But I agree that if one finds it painful to be alone or in silence then there’s something internal going on. Thanks for sharing and contributing to the conversation!

  19. Thanks for sharing Ken. I agree with your point about listening to the birds, and while technically it may not silence it definitely qualifies as a self-nurturing time. I’m a morning person and enjoy my first cup of coffee on the deck watching the sun rise over Mt. Haleakala – it’s a great way to star the day!

  20. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts – always appreciated!

  21. Kristina Rylova

    Beautiful, inspiring quotes indeed.
    Most of all i like this on – Let today be the day you give up who you’ve been for who you can become.
    Very motivating
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  22. Mark

    M, where did you get all of these awesome quotes!

    As I read each one, I thought, I like this one better than the last one!LOL!

    But the three that really stood out for me, are your very first one, in your opening paragraph, by the unknown author.

    And the second one, is the one by Dodinsky. And the third one, is by Jarod Kintz!

    They really make you stop and reflect hard! Thanks M!

    I truly enjoyed this post!
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  23. michael babcock

    Thanks for posting these, and I didn’t consider how important silence was for several years. The quote i really liked was To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions. ~Deepak Chopra. I’m going to start implementing meditation in my daily ruteen to find the answers to questions i’ve not figured out!
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  24. All wonderful quotes, but I love the last one the most: The soul usually knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind. ~Caroline Myss

    However, as a country gal, I have to say that spring morning sounds are among my most favorite moments of silence.
    Thanks, Marquita.
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  25. Catarina says:

    Agree with you completely about the importance of silence. Personally meditate and when I go to sleep and wake up the silence frequently gives me insight and ideas.

    Love the quote from Nicholas Sparks: “only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking” which is so true.
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  26. Donna Merrill

    Hi Marquita,

    Ahh Silence! It is the only way I can make major decisions in my life. I love the silence before falling asleep. I can get so inspired when all is still. No distractions … just me.

    The quote that resonates with me so well here is:
    “To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions”. ~Deepak Chopra


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  27. Dave

    Wonderful thoughts on the power of silence, Marty. The quote by Brene Brown resonates with me the most.

    It explains, in a peculiar sort of way, why I have such introverted tendencies at times. It’s not so much that I desire to avoid people. It’s just that I *SO* value that period of silence where the cobwebs are cleared and I’m able to feel, think, dream, and question.

    Thanks, as always, for your motivating and inspiring words 🙂
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  28. lenie

    Marquita, I love quotes and you’ve gathered together some of the best here. I need silence – I get up first in the mornings and in the winter I sit quietly watching my fire while drinking my first cup of coffee – In the summer I sit on the patio in view of my gardens. Either way the stillness seeps into me and prepares me for whatever happens during the day.
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  29. Erica says:

    I like the quote by Samuel McCree. I’ve known people in the past who can never be alone. They have to be around others at all times. I always wonder what they are hiding from. And then there are those who drink or overeat when they are alone to avoid feeling the silence.

    I knew people who went on a retreat where you had to be silent for an entire week in a solitary environment. That is taking an attempt to embrace silence to an extreme. They said that they felt panicked in the first couple of days, but that it was a truly growing experience.
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  30. Ken Dowell

    There are two times I think of when I really appreciate silence. One is lying in bed and listening to the birds. That’s not exactly silence but you need silence around you to hear this. The other is when I am the first one up in the house and it is early so there are no cars or outside noises. I think I am calmer and more at ease during that time than at any other point in the day.
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  31. Beautiful. Silence is a way to be at peace with ourselves, it allows us to open our minds and focus on the positive energy of life. Thanks for sharing a very enlightening post.
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  32. Oh yes, I believe we all have people like that in our lives. Ffor a variety of reasons, some people really struggle with the notion of having no noise or activity for any period of time. I hope you’re successful in helping your friend learn the benefits of stillness and periods of silent reflection.

  33. Glad you found value in the collection Sabrina and that you’ve discovered the benefits of silence in your life. 🙂

  34. I’m so glad you enjoyed the collection Stella and thanks for sharing!

  35. It doesn’t sound weird at all Phoenicia! I am a (very!) early riser and one of the chief reasons is I love the cool quiet morning hours – it’s my favorite time of day. Thanks for sharing and contributing to the conversation. 🙂

  36. You know what Doreen, so do I! But I’ve been able to filter it out for periods of time, sometimes hours. I believe being an Introvert has really helped me in this regard because many years ago I had to learn how to block external noise in order to be able to function and it wasn’t much of a stretch to learn to do that with internal noise. I also learned a lot about natural ways to minimize the effects. For instance, I used to use artificial sweeteners until I learned one of the ingredients worsens the symptoms. Anyway, you’re a smart lady so I’m sure you’re already doing things to manage the symptoms, but don’t give up on being able to enjoy the benefits of silence!

  37. Phoenicia

    What wonderful quotes!

    I like the quote that touches on being comfortable enough around your spouse to not have to fill the gaps. There is no need for impressing one another – you can just be yourself. I have this with my husband and it is bliss!

    I crave silence as my life is generally very busy. First thing in the morning and last thing at night are my times to reflect, pray and read. This is when the children are sleeping and I have space to focus. As weird as it sounds, I will stay up late just to have this time.
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  38. What I would do for silence, Marty. I have tinnitus (which seems to be much louder than previously in the past week) and I never have silence. It is a high-pitched frequency that is always there. So for those of you who can achieve a silent mind, treasure the moments!
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  39. Jeri

    I’ve been touching on this subject with a friend. I described my mind as a very quiet place and that I often will stay in bed when I wake up just to get some thinking done. My friend’s reply was their mind is often flitting about and full of chatter. I’ve always sought the soothing calm of silence, so I guess it’s a habit I’ve been developing for a long while. I hope to encourage my friend to do more of the same and practice the habits silence can help us develop.
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  40. Sabrina Quairoli

    I love the quotes from Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, and Brene Brown. To me, being silent is allowing myself to listen to myself (my inner voice) and forget about everyone else’s opinion. This gives me the opportunity to stop, listen, pray, regroup and empower myself. Thanks for sharing. This is a great reminder.
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  41. Stella Chiu

    Hi, Marquita

    What a nice collection of quotes about the beauty of silence? I love each of them; but the one particular stands out is “There is nothing as certain as silence, stillness, and solitude to introduce you to the secrets of yourself.” from Guy Finley. In silence, we can hear more from the small voice inside ourselves.

    How true your statement is we are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content as we grow older and more mature.

    Will Share!

    Stella Chiu
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