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:


True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.

-- Saint Francis de Sales (Swiss Clergyman)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Spike Milligan (Irish Comedian)

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

-- Doug Larson (American Cartoonist)

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

-- Alice Walker (American Author)

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)

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)

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

-- Marian McPartland (English Musician)

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)

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)

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 like to praise and reward loudly, to blame quietly.

-- Catherine II (Russian Statesman)

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)

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

-- James Baker (American Politician)

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

-- Dion Boucicault (Irish Dramatist)

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

-- Erich Segal (American Novelist)

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

-- Elizabeth Bowen (Irish Novelist)

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

-- Edgar Allan Poe (American Poet)

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)

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

-- John E. Moss ( -)

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

-- Lance Loud (American Actor)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Lauren Graham (American Actress)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)


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