Quotes by Elbert Hubbard Someone who does not comprehend your silence will most likely not grasp your words.
Silence is one of the most powerful tools in any speaker's toolbox. Used properly, it can be highly effective in getting your message across. But if you aren't careful, it can also cause more problems than it solves. That's why it's important to understand how others perceive your silence. They may think you are ignoring them or they may think you are hiding something. Either way, not understanding your silence is a mistake that can damage your relationships.
Here are five things you should know about how others perceive your silence:
1. People Assume You Are Ignoring Them
If someone hears nothing but a ringing phone or a television in another room while talking with you, they will assume that you are ignoring them. Even if you do glance away from your conversation at times, this shows that you are paying attention to something else (like an incoming call). Your listeners will understand that you are not interested in talking with them at that moment and will move on with their lives.
2. People Think You Are Hiding Something
If you use quiet to attentively listen to not just what people say but also how they say it, you'll discover that they'll continuously give themselves away to you, allowing you to comprehend their character far sooner than you would otherwise. Silence is an important tool in the skilled listener's toolbox.
People don't like being heard silently, they want your attention. If you can learn to give it to them, then you're well on your way to becoming an effective listener.
"Silence is an essential component of communication; without it, words with rich substance cannot exist." By being silence, we give the other person the opportunity to speak and express himself or herself. We avoid being tethered solely to our own words and thoughts that have not been thoroughly evaluated. Silence allows for more effective communication than if we were to fill it with useless noises.
Silence is important because it gives others the chance to get in touch with you and let you know what they think. If someone is having a problem, they will most likely want to talk about it - even if it's only to tell someone they're sorry - but they won't do so if you interrupt them every time they try to communicate.
In addition, silence can be used as a form of communication itself. You can use silence at specific times in order to make your friends laugh, for example, by pretending to take out your phone to check it but actually doing something else (such as eating an ice cream) or making a sound when you see one of them coming so you don't scare them away.
Last, but not least, silence can help us understand others better. When someone tries to tell us something but they fail to say anything due to lack of words, it gives us an insight into their mind and how they feel about what's going on around them. We can learn a lot from people just by watching them communicate their feelings.
Carlyle, Thomas Silence is the element in which great things create themselves, so that they might emerge, full-formed and magnificent, into the joy of life, which they will dominate from now on. Carlyle, Thomas Silence is as long as eternity, and speech is as short as time.
He claims that silence is the residue of fear, and that we have a responsibility to use our voices to fight for people who are disadvantaged or persecuted, to speak up...
Speak not of what could be beneficial to others or yourself. Avoid meaningless discussion. Remain unobtrusive and you will not be disturbed.
Virtue is a state of character that exhibits wisdom, courage, and moderation. Silence can be a virtuous act if it is performed with intent and in a way that promotes justice, honesty, empathy, or any other moral value. In some contexts, it is also called a "silent protest" or an "overt act."
The virtue of silence was first discussed by Aristotle. He believed that everyone has the ability to remain silent or not. The ones who do not have this power are children and some animals. Children cannot control their own speech, so they must be taught about respect and morality. Animals are incapable of reason and choice, so they cannot be expected to display a noble silence. However many people today would disagree with this assessment, claiming that children should be allowed to speak up for themselves and animals should be given human rights activists fight against animal testing labs by protesting outside them with signs and songs; these people would say that children and animals can exhibit a noble silence.