Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


So sweetly she sang, as in silence she stray’d
O’er the ruins of Babylon’s towers.
Sloman.—The Maid of Judah.

Silence in love betrays more woe
Than words, though ne’er so witty;
A beggar that is dumb, you know,
May challenge double pity.
Sir Walter Raleigh.—The Silent Lover, Verse 6.

I tell you, sir, the lady is not at liberty. It’s a match. You see she says nothing. Silence gives consent.
Goldsmith.—The Good-natured Man, Act II.

You promised me your silence, and you break it
Ere I have scarce begun.
Dryden.—All for Love, Act II. Scene 1.

D’ye think a woman’s silence can be natural?
Farquhar.—The Inconstant, Act II.

Let silence close our folding-doors of speech.
Carey.—Chrononhotonthologos, Scene 1.

The Muses were dumb while Apollo lectured.
Charles Lamb.—Letter to Barton.