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:


Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

-- Nathaniel Hawthorne (American Novelist)

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)

Sometimes opportunity knocks, but most of the time it sneaks up and then quietly steals away.

-- Doug Larson (American Cartoonist)

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'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)

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)

That men should live honestly, quietly, and comfortably together, it is needful that they should live under a sense of God's will, and in awe of the divine power, hoping to please God, and fearing to offend Him, by their behaviour respectively.

-- Isaac Barrow (English Mathematician)

Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how.

-- Thomas Merton (American Author)

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)

I owe the public a good performance, the best I can give. We really bust our chops on 'CHiPs' but when I go home and get a weekend off, I want to spend it quietly, with my lady.

-- Larry Wilcox (American Actor)

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)

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)

The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing by somebody else's rules, while quietly playing by your own.

-- Michael Korda (English Novelist)

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)

The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.

-- Edgar Allan Poe (American Poet)

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)

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

-- Catherine II (Russian Statesman)

My gayness became quietly accepted and, shock of all shocks, life went on.

-- Lance Loud (American Actor)

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

-- Marian McPartland (English Musician)

The poor monkey, quietly seated on the ground, seemed to be in sore trouble at this display of anger.

-- Henry Walter Bates (English Environmentalist)

True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.

-- Erich Segal (American Novelist)

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)

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 quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout.

-- Alice Walker (American Author)

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)

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

-- James Baker (American Politician)

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)

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

-- Jawaharlal Nehru (Indian Leader)

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)

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.

-- John F. Kennedy (American President)

True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.

-- Saint Francis de Sales (Swiss Clergyman)

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

-- Lauren Graham (American Actress)

Texas is OK if you want to settle down and do your own thing quietly, but it's not for outrageous people, and I was always outrageous.

-- Janis Joplin (American Musician)

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

-- Spike Milligan (Irish Comedian)


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