130+ Best Quotes About Silence In A Relationship

Silence is golden, but the same silence can ruin a golden relationship with your partner. You may share relationship silence quotes with your partner to express how their silence is affecting you. Lack of communication and ego hassles can cause irreparable damage and disturbances between a couple. The deafening silence in a relationship can lead to loneliness, friction, stress and make life hell for both the partners involved.

Plunge into our post for some insightful relationship silence quotes that will broaden your perspective on love, life, and relationships.

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131 Relationship Silence Quotes

  1. “A restless mind that seeks peace finds a true paradise when he finds a place where its soul blessed with silence!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan
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  1. “Silence brings beauty out which you have not seen in your lover before.” ― Dina Husseini
  1. “Don’t waste words with people who deserve your silence, Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all.” ― Mandy Hale
  1. “Those who can sense your sadness in your smiles, can hear your words in your silence, can feel your love in your anger, trust them. They are your REAL, TRUE and PURE RELATIONSHIPS.”
  1. “A woman’s silence says it all. Her silence & lack of expression means that she’s reached her breaking point!”
  1. There is no real aloneness. There is solitude and the nurturing silence that is relationship with ourselves, but even then we are part of something larger.” ― Linda Hogan
  1. “Don’t you hate that? Uncomfortable silence. Why do we feel it’s necessary to talk about stupid stuff in order to feel comfortable? That’s when you know you’ve found somebody really special. When you can just shut the hell up for a minute and comfortably share a silence and look into their eyes.”
  1. “We fell into silence, both of us keeping our own secrets of what we’d suffered in the other’s absence. I wondered if we were trying to protect each other or simply didn’t want to admit to our own fears and weaknesses.” ― Richelle Mead
  1. “The human heart has hidden treasures, in secret kept, in silence sealed; the thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, whose charms were broken if revealed.” ― Charlotte Bronte
  1. “In the silence behind what can be heard lies the answers we have been searching for so long.” ― Andreas Fransson
  1. “I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.” ― Henry Miller
  1. “Your very silence shows you agree.” ― Euripides
  1. “In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.” ― Rumi
  1. “Overstuffing ourselves with food or drinking until we get drunk or getting wrapped up in the affections of an adulterous relationship are all desperate attempts to silence the cries of a hungry soul.” ― Lysa TerKeurst
  1. “Silence is pure and holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking.” ― Nicholas Sparks
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  1. “Silence falls, pulsing with the truth of what I’ve learned and what Dean has yet to acknowledge. Our relationship, our love, cannot and will never be perfect. It will, however, always belong only to us in all its flawed, intense beauty. Perfect in its very imperfection.” ― Nina Lane
  1. “It is more noble by silence to avoid an injury than by argument to overcome it.” ― Francis Beaumont
  1. “Nothing is as loud as silence. Silence speaks volumes. I hear silence. Loud. And. Clear.”
  1. “Sometimes a fight saves a relationship, where silence breaks it. Speak up for your heart, so that you won’t have regrets.”
  1. “Silence is so important when you’re working, You must have periods where you don’t hear anything, just to reflect on you’ve already done. Otherwise you traumatize your relationship with the piece that you’re working on.” ― Lisa Gerrard
  1. “Don’t ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance, or my kindness for weakness.” ― Carson Kolhoff
  1. The space between two people can only be permeated by silence and not words.”
  1. “Distance doesn’t separate people…silence does.” ― Jeff Hood
  1. “Don’t force someone to remember you all the time. Just stay silent let them realize how they will be without you in their life.”
  1. “There are numerous fruitful couples on the planet, and every one of them know the significance of quietness.”
  1. “And now there is merely silence, silence, silence, saying all we did not know.” ― William R Benet
  1. “Sometimes we maintain silence to protect a beautiful relation, but what we forget is, too much of silence can create distance in every beautiful relation.”
  1. “I promise to dream with you both great dreams and small dreams. To ask your counsel in times of uncertainty. To honor your silence when you seek to be alone. To be ever wondrous at your curiosities and revelations. And to be ever rejuvenated by your passions …” ― Carew Papritz
  1. “You hesitate to stab me with a word, and know not – silence is the sharper sword.” ― Samuel Johnson
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  1. “I need someone who is comfortable with my silence.”
  1. “Silence is a true friend who never betrays.” – Confucius
  1. “Non-judgment quiets the internal dialogue, and this opens once again the doorway to creativity.” ― Deepak Chopra
  1. “I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” ― Chaim Potok
  1. “The most significant conversations of our lives occur in silence.” ― Simon Van Booy
  1. “Stop your whining. If you are frightened, be silent. Whining is for prey. It attracts predators. And you are not prey.” ― Robin Hobb
  1. “Surely silence can sometimes be the most eloquent reply.” ― Ali Ibn Abi Talib AS
  1. “Because sometimes silence speaks much louder than words possibly could.” ― Elizabeth Eulberg
  1. “Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.” ― Charlotte Eriksson
  1. “The quieter you become the more you are able to hear.” – Rumi
  1. “True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” – William Penn
  1. “I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.” – Khalil Gibran
  1. “Saying nothing sometimes says the most.” –  Emily Dickinson
  1. “I turn off the radio and listen to the quiet. Which has its own, rich sound. Which I knew, but had forgotten. And it is good to remember.” ― Elizabeth Berg
  1. “A fool is known by his speech, and a wise man by silence.” – Pythagoras
  1. “Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” – Francis Bacon
  1. “I have heard the languages of apocalypse, and now I shall embrace the silence.” ― Neil Gaiman
  1. “Meditation is silence, energizing and fulfilling. Silent is the eloquent expression of the inexpressible.” ― Sri Chinmoy
  1. “Never miss a good chance to shut up.” ― Will Rogers
  1. “Some hearts understand each other even in silence.” — Yasmin Mogahed
  1. “When two people understand each other, what wonderful things they can convey in silence.” — John Faniel Barry
  1. “Between what is said and not meant and what is meant and not said, most of love is lost.” — Khalil Gibran
  1. “I closed my mouth and spoke to you in a hundred silent ways.” — Rumi
  1. “Your silence is loudest to those who love you the most.” — Steve Maraboli
  1. “We’re fascinated by the words – but where we meet is in the silence behind them.” — Ram Dass
  1. “In human intercourse, the tragedy begins, not when there is a misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.” — Henry David Thoreau
  1. “Prayer means that in some unique way, we believe we’re invited into a relationship with someone who hears us when we speak in silence.” — Anne Lamott
  1. “A heart worth loving is one you understand, even in silence.” — Shannon L. Alder
  1. “The things that we understand, create silence. The things that we do not, create emotion.” ― Kapil Gupta
  1. “Silence (in a relationship) is never your friend. Communication is the pathway to healing and growth.” ― Ilya Atani
  1. “Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrusts himself.” ― François De La Rochefoucauld
  1. “Silence doesn’t mean yes…it can mean I’m tired of explaining to people who refuse to understand.”
  1. “The fundamentalists are insistent that they know best. It’s a dictatorial attitude towards personal morality, which is a modern creation that came about in the 19th century.”― Steve Coogan
  1. “Sometimes silence can be beautiful. But you should try to communicate openly with your loved ones and pour your heart into the ears of understanding.” ― Mwanandeke Kindembo
  1. “Silence is always golden but it becomes imitation junk when communication breaks between relationships.” ― Amit Abraham
  1. “The policy of self-isolation and continuous silence are the greatest destroyers of marriageand relationship.” ― Mwanandeke Kindembo
  1. “The silence stretched out between us as I stared at him, the tears blurring my vision as I waited for him to save me from this torment. Surely he could find a way.” ― Kathryn Michaels
  1. “Silence cannot be mispronounced, Silence cannot be misinterpreted, silence cannot be misquoted.” ― Amit Kalantri
  1. “Staying quiet doesn’t always mean “I’m agreeing with you.” It sometimes means “I don’t think it’s worth arguing with you.” ― Mouloud Benzadi
  1. “If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet…maybe we could understand something.” ― Federico Fellini
  1. “The next time there’s an awkward silence, try whispering, “Did you forget your line?” ― Nitya Prakash
  1. “Silence can have tremendous healing power, but this should not be confused with loneliness.” ― Itayi Garande
  1. “Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrusts himself.” ― François De La Rochefoucauld
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  1. “Just close your eyes and come and meet me in that place where we can share the music of our silence” ― Mimi Novic
  1. “Staying silent is like a slow growing cancer to the soul and a trait of a true coward. There is nothing intelligent about not standing up for yourself. You may not win every battle. However, everyone will at least know what you stood for – you.” ― Shannon L. Alder
  1. “The best part of silence is that the ego is switched off at least for a while, and we are focusing our attention inwards.” ― Dada J. P. Vaswani
  1. “I prefer not to elaborate on the various stages of our dealings over the next few days – disbelief, anger, recrimination, the raking up of old sores, bitter silence and so on – but I can say that they gave lasting strength to our relationship, like a thick scar is stronger than the skin around it.” ― John Mole
  1. “The longer the silence remains untouched the longer the miscommunication creates its own stories.” ― Christina Strigas
  1. “When you want to understand something, you should remain silent.”
  1. “He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” ― Elbert Hubbard
  1. “It’s only in silence that you can judge of your relationshipto a person.” ― Dorothy Richardson
  1. “The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence; not in silence, but restraint.” ― Marianne Moore
  1. “Silence is argument carried out by other means.” ― Che Guevara
  1. “My fear of being real, of being seen, paralyzes me into silence. I crave the touch and the connection, but I’m not always brave enough to open my hand and reach out. This is the great challenge: to be seen, accepted, and loved, I must first reveal, offer, and surrender.” ― Anna White
  1. “To communicate through silence is a link between the thoughts of man.” ― Marcel Marceau
  1. “Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is godlike.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  1. “Words can hurt one’s feelings. But silence, it can damage a person. Silence speaks louder than you’ll ever know.”
  1. “She keeps telling herself and others that she doesn’t want a relationship to silence the longing in her soul. That alternative fact feeds her insecurities and starves her soul.” ― Sanjo Jendayi
  1. “After another moment’s silence, she mumbled that I was peculiar, that that was probably why she loved me but that one day I might disgust her for the very same reason” ― Albert Camus
  1. “A fair request should be followed by the deed in silence.” ― Dante Alighieri
  1. “Sometimes during a moment of silence…you get to hear everything.”
  1. “Life’s most deep feelings are often expressed in silence and the one who can read volumes from your silence is your true companion.” ― Ritu Ghatourey
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  1. “At least if I keep my love a secret, he and I can still have this wonderful, odd, exciting relationship where I love him in silence and pretend he’s loving me in silence too.” ― Katy Evans
  1. “Fall in love with someone who is comfortable with your silence. Find someone who doesn’t need your words to know it’s time to kiss you.” — Clairabelle Ann
  1. “When silence is used as a weapon, it can wound even more than words.” — Jill Thrussell
  1. “There can be nothing more baffling in a human relationship than silence, the dark loom of doubts and questions unexpressed.” — Wallis Simpson
  1. “Being quiet does not mean passivity. It means being more tolerant, understanding, and focused.” — Remez Sasson
  1. “There is an ocean of silence between us… and I am drowning in it.” — Ranata Suzuki
  1. “Silence is the most powerful scream.” — Unknown
  1. “The right words are effective, but the right pauses win your wars.” — Unknown
  1. “No response is a response. And it’s a powerful one.” — Unknown
  1. “Sometimes, the most meaningful things are found through silence.” — Unknown
  1. “Never mistake a woman’s silence for weakness.” — Unknown
  1. “Every silence speaks a thousand words in itself.” — Unknown
  1. “Being silent is better than a mere argument. Sometimes words fail to assert their importance and silence does in its way.” — Unknown
  1. “Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.” – Plutarch
  1. “A comfortable silence between two people often means a strong sense of trust.” — Unknown
  1. “Silence is a girl’s loudest cry. You know she’s really hurt when she starts ignoring you.” — Unknown
  1. “Silence is a source of great strength.” – Lao Tzu
  1. “Silence isn’t empty. Sometimes it’s full of pain and unanswered questions.”
  1. “When you are in love the silence of your partner is the greatest torture.”
  1. “Place a hand over your heart and stay silent; you will hear the one you love the most.”
  1. “The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  1. “It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie.” – Victor Hugo
  1. “Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.” – Muhammad Ali
  1. “Silence can often be more disturbing than noise, it reveals the complicated mechanism of our thoughts.” – Jose Rodrigues Migueis
  1. “Silence is the mother of truth.” – Disraeli
  1. “Silence doesn’t mean we have run out of things to say, only that we are trying not to say them.” – Kwame Alexander
  1. “Working hard can give you meaning. Silence can give you peace.” – Maxime Lagacé
  1. “The good and the wise lead quiet lives.” — Euripides
  1. “In the silence of listening, you can know yourself in everyone, the unseen singing softly to itself and to you.” — Rachel Naomi Remen
  1. “To be silent is not to lose your tongue. On the contrary, it is only through silence that one can discover something new to talk about.” — Alan Watts
  1. “You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind.” — Sathya Sai Baba
  1. “Since long I’ve held silence a remedy for harm.” — Aeschylus
  1. “When you’re able to transcend an aversion to silence, you’ll also transcend many other miseries.” — Wayne Dyer
  1. “Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.” — Thomas Carlyle
  1. “Silence gives us a new way of looking at something.” – Mother Teresa
  1. “Listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world, and you will remember the lesson you forgot.” — Jack Kerouac
  1. “Experience teaches us that silence terrifies people the most.” — Bob Dylan
  1. “The closer you are to the truth, the more silent you become inside.” — Naval Ravikant
  1. “Now all my teachers are dead except for silence.” — W. S. Merwin
  1. “Be silent always when you doubt your sense.” — Alexander Pope
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is silence good in a relationship?

Silence is unavoidable in any relationship; however, if the ‘silent treatment’ is used as a punishment or to relieve tension, it can be detrimental to your companionship, especially if continued for an extended period. Katy.C, a blogger shares her experience of how silence broke apart her relationship. She says, ”He wasn’t only silent, but he also deflected. When I tried to bring things up with him, he went quiet and bushed the topic aside. He said everything was fine when it wasn’t. He was a classic conflict avoider and it was in silence that our relationship broke down, slowly (i).”

However, in a mature relationship, these quiet intervals can be used with wisdom for introspection and reflection, spending meaningful time together, and enjoying each other’s company in harmony.

2. How do I break the silence in a relationship?

If you do not want your relationship to end, you should attempt to break the silence. If you believe it is too soon to express your emotions in words, write a thoughtful letter to them filled with terms of compassion, appreciation, respect, and empathy. You can also call your partner, apologize for your mistakes, plan a date, or give them some time to return to their usual self.

3. How can silence help strengthen a relationship?

Silence allows individuals to reflect on their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Taking time to be silent and introspecting can help individuals gain clarity, understand themselves better, and identify their needs and desires. Silence can be an important tool for active listening. Allowing moments of silence after speaking gives them the space to express themselves without interruption. Pausing and allowing a period of silence can prevent heated arguments from escalating.

4. How can couples balance the need for communication with silence in a relationship?

Balancing the need for communication and silence in a relationship is crucial for maintaining a healthy and fulfilling connection. Some individuals require more solitude and quiet time to process their thoughts, while others thrive on constant communication. Respect these differences, balance each other’s needs, and communicate openly about your needs. When you communicate, practice active listening and be mindful of timing to process your thoughts and emotions.

5. How can silence help to cultivate trust and understanding in a relationship?

Silence allows both individuals in a relationship to process information, reflect on their thoughts, and gain clarity. It allows them to evaluate their feelings and consider the other person’s point of view. When you choose to be silent, you create space for active listening. Non-verbal cues such as a comforting touch, a nod, or maintaining eye contact can convey empathy, support, and understanding.

6. How can partners express their feelings without words when there is silence between them?

A gentle touch, holding hands, or a warm embrace can convey love, comfort, and support. Maintaining eye contact with your partner can convey various emotions, including love, affection, and understanding. Your facial expressions, a smile, or the honesty in your eyes can reveal much about how you feel. Simple gestures or body language can communicate a wealth of emotions.

7. Can the meaning of silence change over time in a relationship?

In the early stages of a relationship, silence might be perceived as awkward or uncomfortable. However, as the relationship progresses and both individuals become more comfortable with each other, silence can take on a new meaning. It can signify ease, contentment, and mutual understanding. On the other hand, if silence becomes more frequent and prolonged in a relationship, it can also indicate emotional distance or a lack of communication.

Silence in a relationship is not always a red flag. Instead, it can be a powerful way to gather insights into your mistakes and get together after conflicts. However, long-term silence may indicate avoidance when one has problems with their partner and is unwilling to express it. It is also common for one person in the relationship to remain silent to avoid arguments. You may use relationship silence quotes to convey the reason for silence to your partner. These clear and simple lines can convey more than a lengthy conversation. So, share these quotes with your partner and avoid conflicts and misunderstandings.

Infographic: Adding To The List Of Quotes About Silence In A Relationship

Relationships depend majorly on partners communicating with each other. But silence in a relationship might lead to misunderstandings and problems. During this phase, quotes might come to be of great help. We have prepared this infographic with some more quotes you can use during such moments.

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