Silence #1

God hidden within me.  I find Him by hiding in the silence in which He is concealed. TM, Entering 

It seems to me that what I am made for is not speculation but silence and emptiness, to wait in darkness and receive the Word of God entirely in His Oneness and not broken up into all His shadows.  TM, Entering

I am confronted with the fact of my past prayer.  Acts, thoughts, desires, words, became inadequate when I was a novice.  Resting in God, sleeping, so to speak, in His silence, remaining in His darkness, have fed me and made me grow for seven years. TM, Entering

Preaching God implies silence.  TM, Entering

If preaching is not born of silence, it is a waste of time.  Writing and teaching must be fed by silence or they are a waste of time. TM, Entering

There are many declarations made only because we think other people are expecting us to make them.  The silence of God should teach us when to speak and when not to speak.  But we cannot bear the thought of that silence, lest it cost us the trust and respect of men.  TM, Entering

The inspirations of the Holy Ghost are quiet, for God speaks in the silent depths of the spirit.  His voice brings peace.  It does not arouse excitement, but allays it because excitement belongs to uncertainty. TM, Ascent

Almost all activity makes me ill, but as soon as I am alone and silent again I sink into deep peace, recollection, and happiness.  TM, Sign

The silence of God should teach us when to speak and when not to speak.  TM, Sign

there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question.  TM, Sign

Questions arrive, assume their actuality, and also disappear.  In this hour I shall cease to ask them, and silence shall be my answer.  TM, Sign

If we strive to be happy by filling all the silences of life with sound, productive by turning all life’s leisure into work, and real by turning all our being into doing, we will only succeed in producing a hell on earth.  TM, No Man

It is not seldom that our silence and our prayers do more to bring people to the knowledge of God than all our words about Him.  256

If you go into solitude with a silent tongue, the silence of mute beings will share with you their rest.  /  But if you go into solitude with a silent heart, the silence of creation will speak louder than the tongues of men or angels.  256

Silence is the mother of speech.  258

The world of men has forgotten the joys of silence, the peace of solitude which is necessary, to some extent, for the fullness of human living.  TM, Silent

Not all men are called to be hermits, but all men need enough silence and solitude in their lives to enable the deep inner voice of their own true self to be heard at least occasionally. TM, Silent

When that inner voice is not heard, when man cannot attain to the spiritual peace that comes from being perfectly at one with his own true self, his life is always miserable and exhausting.  For he cannot go on happily for long unless he is in contact with the springs of spiritual life which are hidden in the depths of his own soul. TM, Silent