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Silence is the limit of our world of description or language. Silence is silence and completely different from any kind of language.

— S.N. Ganguly  <link>

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.

— George Orwell  <link>

God’s first language is Silence. Everything else is a translation.

— Thomas Keating  <link>

It all adds up to one thing: peace, silence, solitude.
The world and its noise are out of sight and far away.
Forest and field, sun and wind and sky, earth and water—
all speak the same silent language.

— Thomas Merton  <link>

Today words no longer arise out of silence, through a creative act of the spirit which gives meaning to language and to the silence, but from other words, from the noise of other words. Neither do they return to the silence but into the noise of other words, to become immersed therein.

— Max Picard, The World of Silence  <link>

Silence is the language of God; it is also the language of the heart.

— Dag Hammarskjöld  <link>

Silence is the language God speaks and everything else is a bad translation.

— Thomas Keating  <link>

Words stand between silence and silence: between the silence of things and the silence of our own being. Between the silence of the world and the silence of God. When we have really met and known the world in silence, words do not separate us from the world nor from other men, nor God, nor from ourselves because we no longer trust entirely in language to contain reality.

— Thomas Merton  <link>