Definitions for: Quietly


[adv] with low volume; "speak softly but carry a big stick"; "she spoke quietly to the child"; "the radio was playing softly"
[adv] with little or no sound; "the class was listening quietly and intently"; "she was crying quietly"
[adv] with little or no activity or especially agitation; "her hands rested quietly in her lap"; "the rock star was quietly led out the back door"; (`quiet' is a nonstandard variant for `quietly' as in"sit here as quiet as you can")
[adv] in a restful manner; "the streets are restfully sunny and still for the town is at mass"



Webster (1913) Definition: Qui"et*ly, adv.
1. In a quiet state or manner; without motion; in a state of
rest; as, to lie or sit quietly.

2. Without tumult, alarm, dispute, or disturbance; peaceably;
as, to live quietly; to sleep quietly.

3. Calmly, without agitation or violent emotion; patiently;
as, to submit quietly to unavoidable evils.

4. Noiselessly; silently; without remark or violent movement;
in a manner to attract little or no observation; as, he
quietly left the room.

Synonyms: quiet, restfully, softly

Antonyms: aloud, loud, loudly, noisily, unquietly

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Famous Quotes Containing Quietly:


Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.

-- John Muir (American Environmentalist)

Nature generally struggles against this treatment for a while, until her powers seem in a great measure exhausted, when she quietly yields to the power of the art.

-- Robert Fortune (Scottish Scientist)

I like to praise and reward loudly, to blame quietly.

-- Catherine II (Russian Statesman)

There are still traces of discrimination against race and gender, but it's a lot different than when I started out. It just comes quietly, slowly, sometimes so quietly that you don't realize it until you start looking back.

-- Eddie Bernice Johnson (American Politician)

Sad and sweet and wise Here a child reposes; Dust is on his eyes, Quietly he lies - Satan, strew Roses.

-- Robert Williams Buchanan (British Poet)

I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like child stringing beads in kindergarten, - happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.

-- Brenda Ueland (American Writer)

At that time a senator who was on the Joint Committee of Atomic Energy said rather quietly, 'You know, we're having a little problem with waste these days.' I didn't know what he meant then, but I know now.

-- David R. Brower (American Environmentalist)

Sometimes you move publicly, sometimes privately. Sometimes quietly, sometimes at the top of your voice.

-- James Baker (American Politician)

But I made no efforts to organize my supporters to hold on to the apparatus. Consequently I was soon expelled and my followers, who did not change coats overnight, quietly left or were expelled from the party.

-- Earl Browder (American Activist)

The important thing is to know how to take all things quietly.

-- Michael Faraday (English Scientist)

The business of the advertiser is to see that we go about our business with some magic spell or tune or slogan throbbing quietly in the background of our minds.

-- Marshall McLuhan (Canadian Sociologist)

In a still hot morning, the tide went out and didn't come back in. This was not a spectacular event. The sea did not roll up like a scroll, like the sky in Revelations. It quietly withdrew.

-- Ruth Park (New Zealander Author)

I live quietly at home among my family and friends.

-- Antonio Tabucchi (Italian Writer)

True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.

-- Saint Francis de Sales (Swiss Clergyman)

Boy, I'm just quietly doing my thing, and I hope they'll look around and get my record out.

-- Marian McPartland (English Musician)

I however don't go to clubs to show off and to be seen, and certainly not to make statements. I just want to be able to quietly watch a band.

-- Ritchie Blackmore (English Musician)

He also didn't like a lock of my hair and said that he couldn't get into the moment without the hair being just right. I quietly knew that he was anxious and that the hairdo wasn't the real issue. But we all let it go and came back to the scene sometime later.

-- Madeleine Stowe (American Actress)

Are you going to come quietly, or do I have to use earplugs?

-- Spike Milligan (Irish Comedian)

When we lose our liberties, it does not happen in one dramatic moment, but gradually and quietly.

-- John E. Moss ( -)

After September 11, when the United States took action to overthrow the Taliban, our interests and Iran's aligned, and we were able to coordinate quietly but effectively.

-- Earl Blumenauer (American Politician)

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.

-- Dion Boucicault (Irish Dramatist)

Our essential differences from the norm are both huge and deeply offensive to those among us who wish to be quietly integrated into society without particular reference to our nature.

-- Malcolm Boyd (American Clergyman)

I'm not a media darling. I'm not on the cover of all these magazines. I just quietly do my thing.

-- Sarah McLachlan (Canadian Musician)

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.

-- Ray Bradbury (American Writer)

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.

-- Saint Francis de Sales (Swiss Clergyman)

The players never think they project enough. In a hall that seats 3,300 people, it's a very scary thing to play so quietly that you can barely hear yourself.

-- Esa-Pekka Salonen (Finnish Musician)

For a short time we lived quietly. But this could not last. White men had found gold in the mountains around the land of winding water.

-- Chief Joseph ( Leader)

The parts for women, you're either like the quietly suffering wife or the wild girl.

-- Lauren Graham (American Actress)

Personally, I have nothing against work, particularly when performed, quietly and unobtrusively, by someone else. I just don't happen to think it's an appropriate subject for an "ethic."

-- Barbara Ehrenreich (American Writer)

Before this distinguished assembly and the world, the bells today proclaim the joyous tidings of the completion of this quietly soaring tower.

-- Earl Warren (American Judge)

I phoned Joe Roth, who was head of the studio at the time, and told him how beautiful the film was, and that I was fully ready to support it, that Michael's work was wonderful and I imagined that Daniel would feel the same. He listened quietly and read between the lines.

-- Madeleine Stowe (American Actress)

We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another - until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices.

-- Richard M. Nixon (American President)

There are a lot of people who are doing wonderful things, quietly, with no motive of greed, or hostility toward other people, or delusions of superiority.

-- Charles Kuralt (American Journalist)

The person who runs away exposes himself to that very danger more than a person who sits quietly.

-- Jawaharlal Nehru (Indian Leader)

I stopped working a few years ago because I just lost a spark that I'd had before. I thought I'd just try writing, and maybe start directing, but I did it very quietly.

-- Dustin Hoffman (American Actor)


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