still waters run deep


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still waters run deep.

Prov. Quiet people are often very thoughtful. Jill: I get the impression that Nathan is not very smart. He never says anything. Jane: Don't be so sure. still waters run deep, you know.
See also: deep, run, still, water

still waters run deep

A quiet person may be very profound, as in Susie rarely says much, but still waters run deep. The physical observation in this term dates from ancient times, but it has been used figuratively since about 1400. Anthony Trollope amplified it in He Knew He Was Right (1869): "That's what I call still water. She runs deep enough. . . . So quiet, but so-clever."
See also: deep, run, still, water

still waters run deep

People say still waters run deep when they are talking about someone who is quiet and speaks little, to suggest that they are in fact interesting and complex. He's extremely shy and withdrawn, though it may be that still waters run very deep.
See also: deep, run, still, water