"Animals can teach you the state of no-mind. Silence is an incredible teacher. Silence, when you are at home… silence out in nature. Simply to become aware of that dimension… there is a shift inside you. Stillness arises the moment you become aware of silence, because the mind is noise. So you use that as your teacher. Silence teaches you that state. You only have to be open to it."
"Since I’ve learned to be silent, everything has come so much closer to me."
"Melt like snow, wash yourself from yourself,
and let love grow in your soul, silent as a lily."
"Be still and stay relaxed in genuine ease, be quiet and let sound reverberate as an echo, keep your mind silent and watch the ending of all worlds."
"Silence is sometimes the best answer."
"When you are in doubt, be still, and wait; when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage.
So long as mists envelop you, be still;
be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists as it surely will. Then act with courage."
"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."
"Let silence take you to the core of life."
"Silence is essential for deep transformation. It allows the practice of conscious breathing to become deep and effective. Like still water that reflects things as they are, the calming silence helps us to see things more clearly; to be in deeper contact with ourselves and those around us."
"Let silence be the art you practice."
"We all arrive by different streets,
by unequal languages, at Silence."
Pablo Neruda, from “Still Another Day: XVII/Men”
"I changed the subject. I knew what you needed: simple feelings, simple words. Your silence was effortless and windless, like the silence of clouds or plants. All silence is the recognition of a mystery. There was much about you that seemed mysterious."
Vladimir Nabokov, from “Sounds”
From The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov
"Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence. Flow down and down in always widening rings of being"
"I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty."
Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time