Relationships are all about communication.
But what happens when words aren’t enough? What happens when the silence between two people is louder than any conversation could ever be?
In relationships, silence can be just as powerful as words.
It can be comforting, frustrating, peaceful, or agonizing. Silence can heal or destroy.
In this blog post, we’ve compiled a list of 155 of the best relationship silence quotes. We hope that these quotes will help you understand the power of silence in your relationships!
Let’s get right into it!
Best Relationship Silence Quotes
#1. Silence is the language of God. All else is a poor translation
#2. “A restless mind that seeks peace finds a true paradise when he finds a place where its soul is blessed with silence!”
– Mehmet Murat ildan
#3. There are numerous fruitful couples on the planet, and every one of them knows the significance of quietness.
#4. “Many times in life, I’ve regretted the things I’ve said without thinking. But I’ve never regretted the things I said nearly as much as the words I left unspoken.”
– Lisa Kleypas
#5. “Don’t you hate that? Uncomfortable silence. Why do we feel it’s necessary to talk about stupid stuff to feel comfortable? That’s when you know you’ve found somebody special. When you can just shut the hell up for a minute and comfortably share silence and look into their eyes.”
– John Travolta
#6. “It’s only in silence that you can judge your relationship with a person.”
#7. “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly times pause.”
– Mark Twain
#8. “Sometimes, saying nothing is the absolute hardest thing to do.”
#9. “There are moments when silence has the loudest voice.”
– Leroy Brownlow
#10. “To become an effective listener, you need to learn the power of silence. Silence allows you to think about what is being said before responding.”
#11. “We fell into silence, both of us keeping our secrets of what we’d suffered in the other’s absence. I wondered if we were trying to protect each other or simply didn’t want to admit our own fears and weaknesses.”
– Richelle Mead
#12. “The silence between two people can sometimes say more than the most beautiful words.”
#13. “My fear of being real, being seen, paralyzes me into silence. I crave the touch and the connection, but I’m not always brave enough to open my hand and reach out. This great challenge is to be seen, accepted, and loved. I must first reveal, offer, and surrender.”
– Anna White
#14. “If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet, maybe we could understand something.”
– Federico Fellini
#15. “We don’t need to argue and scream at the top of our voice every time; sometimes saying nothing can say a lot of things for you.”
#16. “The silence isn’t so bad. I look at my hands and feel sad. Because the spaces between my fingers are right where yours fit perfectly.”
#17. There is no real aloneness. There is solitude and the nurturing silence that is a relationship with ourselves, but we are part of something larger even then.”
– Linda Hogan
#18. Place a hand over your heart and stay silent; you will hear the one you love the most.
#19. “I promise to dream with you, both great and small dreams. To ask your counsel in times of uncertainty. To honor your silence when you seek to be alone. To be ever wondrous at your curiosities and revelations. And to be ever rejuvenated by your passions.”
– Carew Papritz
#20. “The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.”
#21. “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.”
– Peter Drucker
#22. “No sound in this world can be louder than silence. If someone understands your silence, that person will never misunderstand your words.”
– Elbert Hubbard
#23. “A promise without words is a thousand times better than a promise without heart.”
#24. “Don’t waste words with people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all.”
– Mandy Hale
#25. “The human heart has hidden treasures, in secret kept, in silence sealed; the thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, whose charms were broken if revealed.”
– Charlotte Bronte
#26. “Silence is a powerful communication tool. The ability to remain silent in the face of adversity or hurt shows strength of character. It also allows you to gather your thoughts and choose your words more carefully, which can lead to more effective communication overall.”
#27. “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.”
– Peter Drucker
#28. “In the silence behind what can be heard lies the answers we have been searching for so long.”
– Andreas Fransson
#29. “The most dangerous animal in the world is a silent smiling woman.”
#30. “Overstuffing ourselves with food or drinking until we get drunk or getting wrapped up in the affections of an adulterous relationship are all desperate attempts to silence the cries of a hungry soul.”
– Lysa TerKeurst
#31. “In silence, there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.”
#32. “Seeing her sitting there unresponsive makes me realize that silence has a sound.”
– Jodi Picoult
#33. Nothing can be more baffling in a human relationship than silence, the dark loom of doubts and unexpressed questions.
– Wallis Simpson
#34. “Sometimes, the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”
– Etty Hillesum
#35. “Silence doesn’t always mean ‘Yes.’ Sometimes it means, ‘I’m tired of explaining to people who don’t even care to understand.'”
#36. “Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being.”
– Deepak Chopra.
#37. “Silence is like a river of grace; inviting us to leap unafraid into its beckoning depths. It is dark and mysterious in the waters of grace. Yet, in the silent darkness, we are given new eyes. In the heart of the divine, we can see more clearly who we are. We are renewed and cleansed in this river of silence.”
– Macrina Wiederkehr
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#38. “Silence is a source of great strength.”
– Lao Tzu
#39. “In silence, we can see and hear things that at other times would be hidden from us because our senses are overwhelmed or distracted by the world around us.”
#40. “Silence at the proper season is wisdom and better than any speech.”
#41. “Silence is always with us. But we do not choose silence; silence chooses us. If you are called to be silent on your journey, recognize the invitation as a great gift. It is a gift to be shared with others. Your relationship with silence is one thing that will define the uniqueness of your journey.”
– John Francis
#42. “I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and 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
#43. “Never waste your words on those people in your life who only deserve your silence. Because sometimes, the greatest show of strength is to say nothing.”
#44. “Silence is a hidden gem when you cannot find a good answer.”
#45. “A woman’s silence says it all. Her silence and lack of expression mean that she’s reached her breaking point.”
#46. “Sometimes, we need to step away from our current reality to truly appreciate it. “
– L.E. Horn
#47. “At least if I keep my love a secret, he and I can still have this wonderful, odd, exciting relationship where I love him in silence and pretend he’s loving me in silence too.”
– Katy Evans
#48. “Silence heals, silence soothes, silence comforts, silence purifies, silence revitalizes us.”
– Dada J. P. Vaswani
#49. “Being quiet does not mean passivity. It means being more tolerant, understanding, and focused.”
– Remez Sasson
#50. “The right words are effective, but the right pauses win your wars.”
– Mark Twain
#51. “Under all speech that is good for anything, there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as eternity; speech is shallow as time.”
– Thomas Carlyle
#52. “Sometimes we maintain silence to protect a beautiful relation, but what we forget is, too much of silence can create distance in every beautiful relation.”
#53. “Life’s most deep feelings are often expressed in silence, and the one who can read volumes from your silence is your true companion.”
– Ritu Ghatourey
#54. Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing
– William S. Burroughs
#55. “Learning to be quiet, making our mind quiet and peaceful, and seeking moments of quietness in our everyday lives is essential for a happy and sane life.”
– Remez Sasson
#56. “Silence is the best answer you can give to an issue. What’s the use of admitting, denying, and justifying when you have been already judged.”
#57. Silence is so important when you’re working. You must have periods where you don’t hear anything, just reflect on what you’ve already done. Otherwise, you traumatize your relationship with the piece you’re working on.
– Lisa Gerrard
#58. “Words can hurt one’s feelings. But silence can damage a person. Silence speaks louder than you’ll ever know.”
#59. Great people always choose silence as their answer to dumb people.
#60. “Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt and remain silent.”
– Napoleon Hill
#61. He who restrains his words has knowledge. And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. When he keeps silent, even a fool is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is deemed to be prudent.
– Proverbs 17: 27-28
#62. “Have the maturity to know that sometimes silence is more powerful than having the last word.”
– Orebela Gbenga
#63. “I promise to dream with you, both great and small dreams. To ask your counsel in times of uncertainty. To honor your silence when you seek to be alone. To be ever wondrous at your curiosities and revelations. And to be ever rejuvenated by your passions.”
– Carew Papritz
#64. “Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is godlike.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
#65. “The silent mouth is the surest weapon.”
66. “When you can’t express yourself in words, express yourself with silence.”
67. Silence doesn’t always mean yes. Sometimes it means that someone is trying hard not to tell you no. “
#68. “Have the maturity to know sometimes silence is more powerful than having the last word.”
– Thema Bryant-Davis
#69. “A fool is known by his speech, and a wise man by silence.”
#70. “Silence is like that companion in your struggling life that can never betray you.”
#71. “Silence becomes cowardice when the occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
#72. “All of our great traditions, religious, contemplative, and artistic, say that you must learn how to be alone – and have a relationship with silence. It is difficult, but it can start with just the tiniest quiet moment.”
– David Whyte
#73. “When you want to understand something, you should remain silent.”
#74. “If you’re not comfortable with silence, you’re not comfortable with yourself.”
#75. “The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
#76. “A man’s silence is wonderful to listen to.”
– Thomas Hardy
#77. The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
– Baruch Spinoza
#78. “Does not everything depend on our interpretation of the silence around us.”
– Lawrence Durrell
#79. “Speak only if it improves upon the silence.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
#80. “Classy is when you have a lot to say, but you choose to remain silent in front of fools.”
#81. “The longer the silence remains untouched, the longer the miscommunication creates its own stories.”
– Christina Strigas
#82. “Silence was not the absence of sound but was itself a sound that could be loud or soft, soothing or disturbing, complex or simple.”
– Julius Lester
#83. “Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living.”
– Albert Einstein
#84. “I choose to love you in silence, for in silence, I found no rejection. I choose to love you in my dreams, for in my dreams, no one owns you but me.”
#85. “The best part of silence is that the ego is switched off at least for a while, focusing our attention inwards.”
– Dada J. P. Vaswani
#86. All my spare time I would spend looking at myself in silence.
– Nisargadatta Maharaj
#87. “There is a certain power in silence. When we are silent, we connect to something deeper within ourselves. Something that can heal us and make us whole again.”
– Sarah Ban Breathnach
#88. “And in silence, we find that place inside ourselves where everything is alright.”
#89. “When words become unclear, I shall focus on photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
– Ansel Adams
#90. “Your true wisdom is reflected not from your words but your silence.”
#91. “Silence is a powerful thing that can seem as loud as a scream.”
#92. “A smart person knows what to say. A wise person knows whether or not to say it.”
#93. Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not what they say.
– Thomas Merton
#94. “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
#95. “Sometimes silence can save a relationship or break a relationship.”
#96. “Below a certain point, if you keep too quiet, people no longer see you as thoughtful or deep; they simply forget you.”
– Douglas Coupland
#97. “Be silent or say something better than silence.”
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#98. The greatest teacher is silence. When you listen to silence, you learn a lot from it.
#99. “To silence another, first be silent yourself.”
– Latin Proverb
#100. “Just close your eyes and come and meet me in that place where we can share the music of our silence.”
– Mimi Novic
#101. “When you are in love, your partner’s silence is the greatest torture.”
#102. “Sometimes, being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. It is a time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.”
– Octavia Butler
#103. “Some people could hear you speak a thousand words and still not understand you. And others will understand you without you even speaking a word.”
#104. “We don’t need to argue and scream at the top of our voice every time; sometimes saying nothing can say a lot of things for you.”
#105. “Sticks and stones are hard on bones aimed with angry art. Words can sting like anything, but silence breaks the heart.”
– Phyllis Mcginley
#106. “Everything that is created comes out of silence. Thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Words come out of the void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness.”
– Wayne Dyer
#107. “Silence gives the proper grace to women.”
#108. “The silent companion of most births and deaths is an enormous relief.”
– Margaret Atwood
#109. “In silence and confidence, there is strength.”
– Anne Bronte
#110. “Life’s most deep feelings are often expressed in silence, and the one who can read volumes from your silence is your true companion.”
– Ritu Ghatorey
#111. “Silence can have tremendous healing power, but this should not be confused with loneliness.”
– Itayi Garande
#112. “Silence at the proper season is wisdom and better than any speech.”
#113. “Silence speaks louder than angry words. Silence is a strong argument that is hard to contend with.”
– Dr. T.P. Chia
#114. “Silence is pure and holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking.”
– Nicholas Sparks
#115. “If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet…maybe we could understand something.”
– Federico Fellini
#116. Silence brings beauty out that you have not seen in your lover before.
– Dina Husseini
#117. “I always believed that my silence on several topics will be an advantage in the long run.”
– Aishwarya Rai
#118. “Silence can be a person’s loudest cry. You know you have hurt someone when they start ignoring you!”
#119. “The silent treatment is like a nuclear bomb. It kills intimacy, destroys communication, and signals contempt.”
– John Gray
#120. “Silence can sometimes be the most powerful thing you can say to someone…especially if they are being loud and wrong!”
#121. “Staying quiet doesn’t always mean “I’m agreeing with you.” It sometimes means, “I don’t think it’s worth arguing with you.”
– Mouloud Benzadi
#122. “I discovered the path created by the great teachers: time, nature, and silence.”
#123. “Quietness is the beginning of virtue. To be silent is to be beautiful. Stars do not make a noise.”
– James Stephens
#124. “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.”
– Chaim Potok
#125. “Silence cannot be mispronounced. Silence cannot be misinterpreted. Silence cannot be misquoted.”
– Amit Kalantri
#126. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”
– Martin Luther King Jr
#127. “It is always better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
– Mark Twain
#128. “Being quiet means that you do not waste time, energy, and thoughts on meaningless matters. It means inner peace, serenity, and tranquility.”
– Remez Sasson
#129. “Silence speaks so much louder than screaming tantrums. Never give anyone an excuse to say that you’re crazy.”
– Taylor Swift
#130. “Silence is always golden, but it becomes imitation junk when communication breaks between relationships.”
– Amit Abraham
#131. “Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more beautiful than silence.”
#132. “Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrusts himself.”
– François De La Rochefoucauld
#133. Never waste your words on those people in your life who only deserve your silence. Because sometimes, the greatest show of strength is to say nothing at all.
#134. “Don’t take my silence for defeat. I am simply deciding not to encourage your stupidity.”
#135. “True silence is the rest of the mind and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment, and refreshment.”
– William Penn
#136. “Those who can sense your sadness in your smiles can hear your words in your silence, can feel your love in your anger, trust them.”
#137. “Silence at the proper season is wisdom and better than any speech.”
#138. “And silence, like a poultice, comes to heal the blows of sound.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
#139. “Silence is like a river of grace inviting us to leap unafraid into its beckoning depths. It is dark and mysterious in the waters of grace. Yet, in the silent darkness, we are given new eyes. In the heart of the divine, we can see more clearly who we are. We are renewed and cleansed in this river of silence.”
– Macrina Wiederkehr
#140. “My silence means I’d rather talk to myself than you.”
#141. Lies can be chaotic. Stay in silence to look behind the truth of lies.
#142. “Distance doesn’t separate people, but silence does.”
#143. “An inability to stay quiet is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind.”
– Walter Bagehot
#144. “All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.”
– Blaise Pascal.
#145. “Silence propagates itself, and the longer talk has been suspended, the more difficult it is to find anything to say.”
– Samuel Johnson
#146. “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 language.”
– Thomas Merton
#147. “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
– Benjamin Franklin
#148. “Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons, you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence.”
– Deepak Chopra
#149. “Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment; that background which the painter may not daub, be he master or bungler, and which, however awkward a figure we may have made in the foreground, remains ever our inviolable asylum, where no indignity can assail, no personality can disturb us.”
– Henry David Thoreau
#150. “The space, the gaps, the pauses, the silence – those things that allow us to regenerate and recharge – had all but disappeared in my own life and in the lives of so many I knew.”
– Arianna Huffington
#151. “Space and silence are two aspects of the same thing. The same no-thing. They are externalization of inner space and inner silence, which is stillness: the infinitely creative womb of all existence.”
– Eckhart Tolle
#152. “Dive into your heart center. Sit in the silence. Desire self-realization with all your heart, with all your mind, and all your soul. Everything will take care of itself.”
– Robert Adams
#153. “Silence is exhilarating at first – as noise is – but there is a sweetness to silence outlasting exhilaration, akin to the sweetness of listening and the velvet of sleep.”
– Edward Hoagland
#154. “Lions don’t have to roar. There is power in silence, confidence, and persistence. Those who work don’t talk, and those who talk don’t work.”
– Les Brown
#155. “The true genius shudders at incompleteness – and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.”
– Edgar Allan Poe
Is Silence Good in a Relationship?
If you’re in a long-term relationship, you shouldn’t expect that you and your partner will be talking all the time.
Some instances of silence will always be there. This allows you to enjoy each other’s company without the constant need to make conversations.
Silence in a relationship may also be good during an argument. Rather than reacting immediately, a partner can use silence to think about their response to an argument.
However, a completely silent relationship isn’t good. In some instances, silence in a relationship may be toxic. If your partner is constantly silent and unresponsive, it may signify a problem.
If you’re not used to silence, it can feel awkward at first. But if you’re patient, you’ll find that silence can deepen your connection with your partner.
Why is Silence Powerful in a Relationship?
When you’re comfortable with silence, it can signify that you’re truly comfortable with your partner. You don’t feel the need to fill every moment with chatter because you know they’re happy just being in your presence.
In some cases, silence in a relationship is more powerful than words. When your partner has hurt you, sometimes the kindest thing they can do is just sit with you in silence and offer a comforting presence.
Sometimes, words can’t express what you’re feeling. But by just being there for each other, you can show each other the depth of your love and support.
When Should I Be Worried about Silence in a Relationship?
If you’re worried about the silence in a relationship, ask yourself why.
Are you afraid that your partner doesn’t love you anymore? Are you worried that they’re secretly mad at you?
If you can’t identify a reason for the bitter silence, try to let go of it. Trust that if there’s something wrong, your partner will tell you.
If you’re still worried, you can always talk to your partner about it. They may be able to help put your mind at ease.
In conclusion, silence is normal in any relationship. It can even be healthy and beneficial in some cases. But if you’re worried about the silence, don’t be afraid to talk to your partner about it.
Any Further Questions?
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155 relationship silence quotes that you can use when your partner is silent.
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