Nothing is so like God as silence.
— Meister Eckhart quoted in Why Not Be a Mystic? by Frank Tuoti
Silence of the heart is necessary so you can hear God everywhere — in the closing of the door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, in the animals.
— Mother Teresa quoted in No Greater Love edited by Becky Benenate and Joseph Durepos
Silence has many dimensions. It can be a regression and an escape, a loss of self, or it can be presence, awareness, unification, self-discovery. Negative silence blurs and confuses our identity, and we lapse into daydreams or diffuse anxieties. Positive silence pulls us together and makes us realize who we are, who we might be, and the distance between these two.
— Thomas Merton quoted in Thomas Merton: Essential Writings edited by Christine M. Bochen
At such moments we don’t choose silence but fall silent. Silence, like love, is not something we reason our way into. And once we are in it, we recognize that it has been there all along. It’s there like the background noise of the universe, that uniform hiss astronomers find when they point their radio telescopes at the space between stars, the remnant of the big bang, the residual wind of our origin.
— Philip Simmons in Learning to Fall
Listen to God’s speech in his wondrous, terrible, gentle, loving, all-embracing silence.
— Catherine de Hueck Doherty quoted in The Sun & Moon Over Assisi by Gerard Thomas Straub