I have been re-reading "Into the Silent Land" by Fr. Martin Laird and encountering so many wonderful quotes and poems about Silence. Here's a taste (these are just from the introduction):
"This self-giving God, the Being of our being, the Life of our life, has joined to Himself two givens of human life: we are built to commune with God and we all meet death." M.L.
"... we must fly to our beloved homeland. There the Father is, and there is everything." St. Augustine
I look towards silence.
It is not, as I heard, a peak
with natural footholds and crampons
by better climbers.
Contrary to what they say there is no map
(they may be speaking of another place)
there is only surrender...
~ Pauline Matarasso
"The joy that is silent is already within us. Its discovery is precious beyond compare ." M.L.