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Speechlessness that speaks louder than speech. “Often there is eloquence in a silent look,” wrote the Roman poet Ovid in his Artis Amatoriae (The Art of Love), a three-volume how-to text for lovers (ca. 1 b.c.). Cicero, Tasso, and La Rochefoucauld were among the many who echoed the sentiment, although not all in the service of love. In English, the playwright William Congreve said (Old Batchelour, 1693, 2:9), “Even silence may be eloquent in love.” It was already a cliché by the time Thomas Carlyle (On Heroes and Hero-Worship, 1840) wrote, “Silence is more eloquent than words.” A newer synonym, dating from the second half of the 1900s and rapidly becoming a cliché, is deafening silence. It is used especially to refer to a refusal to reply or to make a comment. The Times had it on Aug. 28, 1985: “Conservative and Labour MPS [Members of Parliament] have complained of a ‘deafening silence’ over the affair.” See also actions speak louder than words.
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Tom's head drooped, and he answered with an eloquent silence. His uncle stared at him with a mixed expression of amazement and shame and incredulity that was sorrowful to see.
So I only smile loftily now in eloquent silence. Why, I have nine grades in my school and I have to teach a little of everything, from investigating the interiors of earthworms to the study of the solar system.
There was a wondering and eloquent silence for a mo- ment, then a great wave of laughter began to sweep along that human sea, but a warning bugle-blast cut its career short.
To hold converse with pines, to whisper secrets with the poplars, to listen to the tales of old romance that beeches have to tell, to walk in eloquent silence with self-contained firs, is to learn what real companionship is.
And stretching away in all directions, surrounding the insignificant cleared spot of the trading post, immense forests, hiding fateful complications of fantastic life, lay in the eloquent silence of mute greatness.
We must be aware that silence interacts with speech in many ways and reveals a much greater semantic potential than well-known expressions such as "pregnant pause" or "eloquent silence" suggest.
Their vow made their home a gentle prison, their sentence a life of prayer and song, all surrounded by an eloquent silence.
Since Temer's swearing-in, other countries have opted instead for an eloquent silence.
Ten essays are: the hand lines (2013); a correspondence with Chiharu Shiota (2013); the works of Chiharu Shiotaua study (2012); memory, dreaming and death (2012); eloquent silence (2011); the work of dreams (2008); what lies in the world of silence (2007); something wriggling in the distant quietude, where Chiharu Shiota belongs (2007); the allegory of absence (2003); Chiharu ShiotaAEs way into silence: moving inside the eternal triangle in art.
Eloquent silence: A musical analysis of connectional moments at the end of life.
One can only speculate on the eloquent silence of the Eastern Cape Health Department on Izindabds coverage [1] of the circumstances leading up to the premature departure of its Superintendent General, Dr Siva Pillay, in December last year.
The fourth catalogues the different ways in which parole appears in the narratives, in the verbal expression of desire, in letters, in bodily language, in action, even in eloquent silence. Her overall conclusion is that the four narratives ultimately comprise a single story, the story of a subject in crisis who wishes to speak authentically but who consistently fails (541); paradoxically, it is in the very telling of the story of failure that parole triumphs.
A magazine with b*lls, for men who are about to lose theirs." At which point a profound and eloquent silence descended upon the room, while the woman stared grimly across her desk at me.