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Warden: Tell me about the qunari.
Sten: No.

Alistair: Don't you ever talk? You know, make polite conversation just to put people at ease?
Sten: You mean that I should remark upon the weather before I cut off a man's head?

Morrigan: You are very quiet, Sten.
Sten: Only compared to some.

Pablo: He only says important things, for instance...
Austin: Quicksand bad!

"Abstaining from speech marks him who is obeying the spontaneity of his nature. A violent wind does not last for a whole morning; a sudden rain does not last for the whole day. To whom is it that these (two) things are owing? To Heaven and Earth. If Heaven and Earth cannot make such (spasmodic) actings last long, how much less can man!"
—- Laozi

"The wise man speaks because he has something to say; the fool speaks because he has to say something."
— Variously attributed

"You talk a great deal for a man who knows so little."
Kahina, The Last Express (her only line to the Guile Hero protagonist)

"I have to say, Raven, when I found out the truth, I was very impressed. All this time, I had no idea - the power lurking inside you. It's always the quiet ones, isn't it?"
Slade, Teen Titans

Well, [Andy] was never the talkative one. Admittedly, he's gotten better this season, but...

Brenner: So you must be Gage, the Lazurian Army CO.
Gage: Yep.
Brenner: No matter what you think of me, we need to leave the past in the past. Now we work together or face destruction.
Gage: Agreed.
Brenner: I'm going to outline a strategy that should let your forces escape.
Gage: Understood.
Brenner: You're a man of few words, aren't you?
Gage: ...Yep.
Brenner: [Goes over recommended mission strategy] Does that work for you?
Gage: Yep.
Brenner: Good enough. Let's go.
Advance Wars Days of Ruin

Connie: (Connie sets a sheet of paper on the center table) Okay, Garnet. it might be best to play out the tone of his letter. And start off with something like: "Dearest Jamie,—". Okay, go for it, Garnet!
Garnet: Start with a letter "N".
Connie: Huh, okay. What next?
Garnet: The letter "O".
Connie: Uh, okay! You can just say the whole word instead of spelling it out.
Garnet: Period.
Connie: Hmm. (reads the letter) So... "N", "O", "Period"? Oh...
Steven: I think we'll need more than that.
Steven Universe, Love Letters

Tunon: Ever since you arrived at the Tiers, you have proven stubbornly tight-lipped. Your speech is often stilled as if by some great terror or apprehension. Can you even answer for this anomaly, or are you too simple to manage it?
The Fatebinder: In my dispensation of justice, I find it most useful to let others do the talking while I observe and allow them to incriminate themselves.
Tunon: That is... a better justification than I had suspected. Thank you for satisfying my curiosity.

The most memorable thing about Coolidge was his dour silence. He is widely known for what he did not say. His favorite expressions were "Yes" and "No," and even these he used sparingly and often delegated to a subordinate.
It All Started with Columbus

Saizo: ...
Beruka: ...
Saizo: ...
Beruka: ...
Beruka and Saizo attained support level C!

Known only to [Grunty] was the fact that words and pictures, concepts and comparisons were an endless swirling blizzard inside him ... For the words in his head would not leave him except one or two at a time, with long moments in between. So he had learned to condense his verbal messages into breathy grunts, and when they wouldn't condense, he said nothing.
Theodore Sturgeon, "The World Well Lost"

Drew Carey: What's with the silent act?
Eugene: Listen, Carey, I've paid attention around here. People who shoot off their mouths never get ahead.
Drew: That's ridiculous, look at me. (beat) Go on...
Eugene: If you don't say anything, you never say the wrong thing.


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