41 Quotes About Being Silenced


Sometimes finding a place of silence can be good in the midst of conflict. In other times, being silent in times of wrong doing can make it wrong. We must find ways to speak up against ignorance and injustice in a world full of so much torment. These quotes about being silenced show the value in speaking up more often than not.

“And even when they refuse to listen, I’ll keep talking anyway, hoping on a slim chance that the things inside my head are worth something to someone.”

“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.”

“But I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is… to tell the truth.”

“Every voice raised against racism chips away at its power. We can’t afford to stay silent.”

“God is silent. Now if only man would shut up.”

“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.”

“Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.”

“I am strong and human with a mouth that works like a man’s and a more intelligible brain, and I demand to be heard.”

“I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity.”

“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.”

“It takes courage to stand up for yourself. I stand in honor, and no longer in fear of speaking out.”

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”

“It’s not sincereity, it is truth which frees us, because it transforms us. It tears us away from our inmost slavery.”

“It’s not unpatriotic to denounce an injustice committed on our behalf, perhaps it’s the most patriotic thing we can do.”

“I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.”

“My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.”

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”

“Only by speaking out can we create lasting change. And that change begins with coming out.”

“Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear.”

“Seeing her sitting there unresponsive makes me realize that silence has a sound.”

“Seek the truth, not what is comfortable. Seek the real, not the easy.”

“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.”

“Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

“Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.”

“Tell your stories, if people wanted you to write warm about them, they should have behaved better.”

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

“The truth will lead me to all.”

“This is slavery, not to speak one’s thought.”

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”

“We can learn to work and speak when we are afraid in the same way we have learned to work and speak when we are tired.”

“We need more people speaking out. This country is not overrun with rebels and free thinkers. It’s overrun with sheep and conformists.”

“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.”

“We who have means and a voice must use them to help those who have neither.”

“What is the source of our first suffering? It lies in the fact that we hesitated to speak. It was born in the moment when we accumulated silent things within us.”

“When a woman tells the truth, she creates the possibility for more truth around her.”

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

“You are not entitled to stand or speak on behalf of the people or society, except that you are already provoked.”

“Your silence will not protect you.”

“Your voice could go to where your feet could not go.”

“Your voice may not be loud today or be heard today, but make sure you are still standing on your feet.”

There are dangers associated with being silent. It is even possible for too much silence can cause you to go mad.

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