„The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.“

Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
Audre Lorde Foto
Audre Lorde3
US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin und Aktivistin 1934 - 1992

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Foto

„The time comes when silence is betrayal. That time has come for us today…

… some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

1960s, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence (1967)
Kontext: Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government's policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one's own bosom and in the surrounding world. Moreover, when the issues at hand seem as perplexing as they often do in the case of this dreadful conflict, we are always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty; but we must move on.
And some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.
Kontext: Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government's policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one's own bosom and in the surrounding world. Moreover, when the issues at hand seem as perplexing, as they often do in the case of this dreadful conflict, we're always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty. But we must move on. Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony. But we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak. And we must rejoice as well, for in all our history there has never been such a monumental dissent during a war, by the American people.

Herta Müller Foto
Avner Strauss Foto

„Words flow under a bridge of silence.“

—  Avner Strauss Israeli musician 1954

A Song For You (1980).

Mwanandeke Kindembo Foto
Sylvia Plath Foto

„The silence between us was so profound I thought part of it must be my fault.“

—  Sylvia Plath, buch Die Glasglocke

Quelle: The Bell Jar

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Kate Bush Foto

„Not one of us would dare to break
The silence
And, oh how we have longed
For something that would
Make us feel so…“

—  Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958

Song lyrics, Aerial (2005), A Sky of Honey (Disc 2)

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Karen Blixen Foto

„Where the storyteller is loyal, eternally and unswervingly loyal to the story, there, in the end, silence will speak. Where the story has been betrayed, silence is but emptiness. But we, the faithful, when we have spoken our last word, will hear the voice of silence.“

—  Karen Blixen, buch Last Tales

"The Blank Page"
Last Tales (1957)
Kontext: Why, you are to become a story teller, and I shall give you the reasons! Hear then: Where the storyteller is loyal, eternally and unswervingly loyal to the story, there, in the end, silence will speak. Where the story has been betrayed, silence is but emptiness. But we, the faithful, when we have spoken our last word, will hear the voice of silence. Whether a small snotty lass understands it or not.

Fernando Pessoa Foto

„Let us sculpt in hopeless silence all our dreams of speaking.“

—  Fernando Pessoa Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher 1888 - 1935

Paulo Coelho Foto

„Her silence was the blank space between the words.“

—  Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947

Quelle: The Witch Of Portobello

François de La Rochefoucauld Foto
Jodi Picoult Foto

„Behind the word is silence, behind that silence is forgetfulness.“

—  Giannina Braschi Puerto Rican writer 1953

Empire of Dreams (prose poetry, 1988)

Glenn Beck Foto

„Use your voice while you still have it. I tell you with everything in me, I think they are going to silence voices like mine, and Bill O'Reilly, and Rush, and everybody else. They will silence us. They cannot continue to let us speak out.“

—  Glenn Beck U.S. talk radio and television host 1964

Glenn Beck
Television
Fox News
2009-05-06
Beck rants about "power grab," claims "they are going to silence voices like mine"
Media Matters for America
2009-05-06
http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200905060038
2000s, 2009

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Foto

„Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.“

—  Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi 1906 - 1945

Attributed to Bonhoeffer on the Internet, and supposedly from Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy http://books.google.com/books?id=aG0q3X8TVpsC&pg=PA486#v=onepage (2010) by Eric Metaxas; however, there is no actual reference in that book. However, in advertising the book Metaxas does state on his site that the quote is from Bonhoeffer. http://ericmetaxas.com/books/bonhoeffer-pastor-martyr-prophet-spy/ First attributed to Bonhoeffer in Explorations 12:1 (1998), p. 3, as referenced by James Cone (2004) Theology's Great Sin: Silence in the Face of White Supremacy, Black Theology, 2:2, 139-152, footnote 1 http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/blth.2.2.139.36027
Compare "Not to Act, is to Act!" by Francis W. McPeek http://www.ergo-sum.net/pics/McPeek.jpg, The Missionary Herald at Home and Abroad, v.141-142 (1945-1946), "Missionary herald, 1945 - Congregational churches," pp.34-35 (We must realize that church inaction is a form of political action, and it is altogether negative. “Not to act, is to act.”)
Misattributed

Mwanandeke Kindembo Foto
Anthony de Mello Foto

„When I speak, you must not listen to the words, my dear. Listen to the Silence.“

—  Anthony de Mello Indian writer 1931 - 1987

Comprehension
One Minute Wisdom (1989)

Laurence Tribe Foto

„There are as many reasons to be silent as there are to speak, and as many ways to hear meaning in the sounds of silence.“

—  Laurence Tribe American lawyer and law school professor 1941

Soundings and Silences (2016)

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