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:


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)

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)

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

-- Dion Boucicault (Irish Dramatist)

I want to live quietly.

-- Mary MacLane (Canadian Writer)

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)

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

-- Alice Walker (American Author)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Doug Larson (American Cartoonist)

I live quietly at home among my family and friends.

-- Antonio Tabucchi (Italian Writer)

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)

True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.

-- Saint Francis de Sales (Swiss Clergyman)

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)

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)

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)

There is no end to the violations committed by children on children, quietly talking alone.

-- Elizabeth Bowen (Irish Novelist)

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

-- Lauren Graham (American Actress)

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

-- Lance Loud (American Actor)

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

-- Henry Walter Bates (English Environmentalist)

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

-- Jawaharlal Nehru (Indian Leader)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Erich Segal (American Novelist)

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.

-- Frederick Douglass (American Author)

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)

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)

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)

But we want peace, I would move all my people down this way. I could then keep them all quietly near camp.

-- Black Kettle (American Leader)

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)


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