Silence is the state of being silent marked by entire absence of sound or noise, absolute stillness. It is the absence of any form of speech, quite synonymous with taciturnity or muteness. According to Philip brooks, “A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.” This very statement clearly implies that a man is very much known by the silence he keeps. Absolute silence however refers to sadness and is often symbolically called the image of death. Silence is observed to mourn for the departed soul. Silence can be used for expressing the inexpressible. Silence can make a fool appear wise in public.
Silence is often taken as the inability to speak out. In an argument silence means acceptance. According to John Tillotson, “A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only our silence, which costs us nothing.”