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

-- Jawaharlal Nehru (Indian Leader)

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)

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)

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

-- Dion Boucicault (Irish Dramatist)

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)

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)

I want to live quietly.

-- Mary MacLane (Canadian Writer)

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)

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

-- Marian McPartland (English 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)

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

-- Doug Larson (American Cartoonist)

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

-- Alice Walker (American Author)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Spike Milligan (Irish Comedian)

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

-- James Baker (American Politician)

I live quietly at home among my family and friends.

-- Antonio Tabucchi (Italian Writer)

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

-- Lance Loud (American Actor)

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)

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)

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

-- Lauren Graham (American Actress)

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

-- Catherine II (Russian Statesman)

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)

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

-- Erich Segal (American Novelist)

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)

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

-- John E. Moss ( -)

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)


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