silence is golden

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Etymology[edit]

Calque of Latin silentium est aurum (silence is gold).

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silence is golden

  1. Peace and quiet have great value.
    • 1877, Charles Reade, The Woman Hater, ch. 21:
      "I adore good music, I hate bad, and I despise mediocre. Silence is golden, indeed, compared with poor music."
  2. Often the best choice is to say nothing.
    • 1897, Horatio Alger, Walter Sherwood's Probation, ch. 2:
      But I have spoken long enough. There are times when silence is golden, and one of those times is at hand.

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