126 Best Silent Treatment Quotes

It seems as though there’s nothing better than crushing someone’s spirits with complete silence. If someone you love gives you the silent treatment, it can be really frustrating. But sometimes, it’s just the way things are between you and them. Here are some silent treatment quotes that may help make your situation a little more bearable.

Silent Treatment Quotes

1. Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain. — Eckhart Tolle

2. “Everybody is a political person, whether you say something or you are silent. A political attitude is not whether you go to parliament; it’s how you deal with your life, with your surroundings.” ― Paulo Coelho

3. “Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” ― Henry Van Dyke

4. “A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.” ― John Calvin

5. “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” ― Madeleine Albright

6. “Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.” ― Winston Churchill

7. “The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.” ― Henri Nouwen

8. “Some of the greatest battles will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul.” ― Ezra Taft Benson

9. “What many may call ‘the silent treatment’ is sometimes merely a matter of some individual being angry while trying not to be angry – that internal war and self-reflection on whether or not the bomb should be dropped, and if so, in what way shall it be dropped.” ― Criss Jami

10. “My kicking and screaming is only to give you time to reconsider; You ought to know my silence is the sharpest arrow in my quiver!!!!!!!!!!” ― Renee’ A. Lee

11. “Emotional abuse is any type of abuse that is not physical in nature. It can include everything from verbal abuse to the silent treatment, domination to subtle manipulation.” ― Beverly Engel

12. “Some people hurt by words, some by action and some by silence. But the biggest hurt is that someone ignoring us when we value them a lot.” ― Unknown

13. “Silence doesn’t always mean “Yes”. Sometimes it means, “I’m tired of explaining to people who don’t even care to understand.” ― Unknown

14. “The silent treatment is a passive aggressive method used to abuse victims and cause emotional damage.” ― Unknown

15. “He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” ― Unknown

16. “Silent treatment in relationship is often a sign of selfishness and weakness!” ― Malbro Kingston

17. “If you don’t understand me during the times when I’m silent, you’ll never truly understand the words that I speak.” ― Unknown

18. “When two people give each other the silent treatment the winner is always the one who cares the least. I never want to be the winner.” ― Unknown

19. “Silence speaks in vibes, not sentences. So stop repeating yourself to those who continue to dis your warning signals.” ― T.F. Hodge

20. “History will judge me… I shall remain silent.” ― Mobutu Sese Seko

21. “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” ― Malala Yousafzai

22. “We have treated our most serious adversaries, such as Iran and North Korea, in the most juvenile manner – by giving them the silent treatment. In so doing, we have weakened, not strengthened, our bargaining position and our leadership.” ― Theodore C. Sorensen

23. “Everything that is created comes out of silence. Thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Words come out of the void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness.” ― Wayne Dyer

24. “When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?” ― Khalil Gibran

25. “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” ― Edmund Burke

26. “If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.” ― Emily Bronte

27. “As far as I’m concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.” ― Albert Einstein

28. On those days when we’re not ready to stop being offended, not ready to forgive, still determined to dish out the silent treatment, what we’re actually saying is, “Thanks, but I don’t want to become more like the Savior today. Maybe tomorrow, but not today.” Perhaps those are the times when we need to pray the hardest, the times it becomes clear that a change in behavior is not enough–that we must have a change in nature. — Sheri L. Dew

29. “Great souls suffer in silence.” ― Unknown

30. “The silent treatment: A deadly killer of friendship.” ― Unknown

31. “Sometimes, being silent is not an option, it’s necessity.” ― Unknown

32. “Better remain silent, better not even think, if you are not prepared to act.” ― Annie Besant

33. “I’m a very “what’s the problem so we can fix it” type. That silent treatment shit is dead. Grow up and learn how to communicate.” ― Unknown

34. “A narcissist’s silent treatment isn’t because you hurt their feelings, it’s manipulation, to cause you psychological pain so they can further their control over you.” ― Unknown

35. “Silence is so freaking loud.” ― Sarah Dessen

36. “My brain is giving me the silent treatment today.” ― Unknown

37. “I kept every emotion locked up tight inside. I knew Leo was deeply hurt by my silence, and I liked hurting him, liked sharing my pain. Misery loves company, and I was a big hole of darkness, drawing everyone around me into my despair.” ― Ann Mayburn

38. “Being silent is the best solution of all problems.” ― Unknown

39. “Sometimes we need to give ourselves the silent treatment.” ― Unknown

40. “Silence is the best answer to someone who doesn’t value your words.” ― Unknown

41. “The silent treatment is an abuse. Being ignored causes the same chemical reaction in the brain as being physically hurt.” ― Unknown

42. “Until you feel sick of the presence of emotionally detached men and begging them to do right by you, they keep camping in your yard, offering you silent treatments each time a conflict arises.” ― Elelwani Anita Ravhuhali

43. “Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.” ― Brooks Atkinson

44. “He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.” ― Sigmund Freud

45. “The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized – never knowing.” ― Jim Rohn

46. “And they lived happily (aside from a few normal disagreements, misunderstandings, pouts, silent treatments, and unexpected calamities) ever after.” ― Jean Ferris

47. “Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.” ― Henry Grunwald

48. “Don’t waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all.” ― Mandy Hale

49. “Personally, for my character, I started as the silent but deadly type.” ― Roman Reigns

50. “There was a brief silence. I think I heard the snow falling.” ― Erich Segal

51. “The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny.” ― Wole Soyinka

52. “Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.” ― Napoleon Bonaparte

53. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

54. “Powerful words that penetrate the psyche are not forgotten while silence is.” ― Donna Lynn Hope

55. “Don’t waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all.” ― Mandy hale

56. “The problem with when someone gives you “silent treatment” is that they won’t tell you about it.” ― Anil Sharma

57. “How beautiful it is to stay silent when someone expects you to be enraged.” ― Unknown

58. “A meaningful silence is always better than a meaningless words.” ― Unknown

59. “The ‘silent treatment’ solves no problems…it only makes more.” ― Unknown

60. “Speech is silver, silence is golden.” ― Thomas Carlyle

61. “Listen to silence. It has so much to say.” ― Rumi

62. “Silence is the most powerful scream.” ― Unknown

63. “Don’t give people so much power over you that their silence leaves you questioning your worth.” ― Unknown

64. “Silence doesn’t mean that person quits, it simply means that one doesn’t want to argue with people who just don’t want to understand.” ― Unknown

65. “God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence.” ― Mother Teresa

66. “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” ― Unknown

67. “Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” ― Francis Bacon

68. “The quieter you become the more you are able to hear.” ― Rumi

69. “Please tell me I’m not as forgettable as your silence is making me feel.” ― Unknown

70. “Silence is a source of great strength.” ― Lao Tzu

71. “When I am silent, I have thunder hidden inside.” ― Rumi

72. “Move in silence only speak when its time to say CHECKMATE.” ― Unknown

73. “Spiteful words can hurt your feelings….but silence can break your heart.” ― Unknown

74. “Being silent for a while is good. Words can’t really express a person’s emotions.” ― Unknown

75. “Between what is said and not meant and what is meant and not said, most of love is lost.” ― Khalil Gibran

76. “Silence ain’t no (treatment) treat meant! How many of us barely recognize these invisible and emotional lack of intelligence signs of the times…ain’t nobody grown got time for! Adults with a developed frontal cortex ought to be ashamed of this kind of behavior. Listen, learn to level up, turn around and reach one by example, in order to teach another. Be the change that beautifies your communication world.” ― Tracey Bond

77. “I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.” ― Publilius Syrus

78. “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” ― Unknown

79. “Silence isn’t always agreement. Sometimes people no longer argue because they no longer care.” ― Joyce Rachelle

80. “I had the right to remain silent… but I didn’t have the ability.” ― Ron White

81. The worst expression of the Prophet’s (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) anger towards his wife was that he would remain silent. — Nouman Ali Khan

82. “There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.” ― George Carlin

83. “Created a word game to play with a person you’re fighting with. Silent Treatment. Nothing happens until one of you quietly says, Hey, you hungry?” ― Dane Cook

84. “The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.” ― Gilbert K. Chesterton

85. “Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” ― Plutarch

86. “Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

87. “My self-esteem was on the floor. I often stepped on it, so it didn’t show up, and it rewarded me generously with men who were incapable of treating me better.” ― Elelwani Anita Ravhuhali

88. “Being silent is better than a mere argument. Sometimes words fail to assert their importance and silence does in its way.” ― Unknown

89. “The silent treatment isn’t really a punishment when we all wanted you to shut up in the first place.” ― Unknown

90. “Is your conscience giving you the silent treatment?” ― Frank Sonnenberg

91. “Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.” ― Josh Billings

92. “A fool is known by his speech, and a wise man by silence.” ― Pythagoras

93. “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” ― Victor Hugo

94. “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” ― George Washington

95. The older I got, the more apparent it became that my mother was losing control over me. She fought back fiercely with black moods, silent treatments and martyrdom. And, of course, all she did was run my ass out of the house even quicker. The pressure was unbearable. — George Carlin

96. “At one time or another, we have all faced the temptation to disconnect by giving someone the silent treatment. After being married to Joel for more than twenty-one years, I have learned that is not the best way to handle a disagreement.” ― Victoria Osteen

97. “The eyes those silent tongues of love.” ― Miguel de Cervantes

98. “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.” ― Ludwig Wittgenstein

99. It’s better to cry than to be angry; because anger hurts others, while tears flow silently through the soul and cleanses the heart. — Pope John Paul II

100. “When your woman gives you the silent treatment, say you’re sorry, or you’ll find out how truly sorry you are when her monologue resumes.” ― Unknown

101. “When public figures remain silent about depression, there is a cost to the rest of society. Silence contributes to the misperception that successful people do not get depressed, and it keeps the public from seeing that treatment allows many individuals to return to competitive professional lives.” ― Kay Redfield Jamison

102. “Hope will never be silent.” ― Harvey Milk

103. “Tears are the silent language of grief.” ― Voltaire

104. “Silence is more eloquent than words.” ― Thomas Carlyle

105. “Your “silent treatment” is like a slow poison to me. You could just say goodbye and kill me once and for all.” ― Unknown

106. “The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.” ― Elizabeth Cady Stanton

107. “Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” ― Gertrude Stein

108. “Silence isn’t always agreement. Sometimes people no longer argue because they no longer care.” ― Joyce Rachelle

109. “To be silent is to be complicit.” ― Richard Edelman

110. “Silence isn’t empty. Sometimes it’s full of pain and unanswered questions.” ― Unknown

111. “The good and the wise lead quiet lives.” ― Euripides

112. “Silence is the best way to let someone know they did you wrong.” ― Unknown

113. “Giving someone the silent treatment speaks volumes about your character.” ― Unknown

114. “Silence is a girls loudest cry. You know she’s really hurt when she starts ignoring you.” ― Unknown

115. “Silence is sometimes the best answer.” ― Dalai Lama

116. “Silence speaks when words can’t.” ― Unknown

117. “Time and silence are the most luxurious things today.” ― Tom Ford

118. “Once you’ve matured you realize silence is more powerful than proving a point!” ― Unknown

119. “The silent treatment is often used to control, punish, test boundaries, avoid issues and responsibilities.” ― Unknown

120. “Saying nothing sometimes says the most.” ― Emily Dickinson

121. “Silence says a lot more than you think.” ― Unknown

122. “Silence is argument carried out by other means.” ― Ernesto Che Guevara

123. “I combat the silent treatment with the “didn’t even notice treatment.” ― Unknown

124. “Don’t let their “silent treatment” reduce you to silence.” ― Unknown

125. “Silence is true wisdom’s best reply.” ― Euripides

126. “Wives should never give their husbands the silent treatment, they think its a reward.” ― Unknown






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