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:


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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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

-- Marian McPartland (English Musician)

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 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)

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)

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 live quietly at home among my family and friends.

-- Antonio Tabucchi (Italian Writer)

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

-- Jawaharlal Nehru (Indian Leader)

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

-- Catherine II (Russian Statesman)

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

-- Elizabeth Bowen (Irish Novelist)

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

-- Dion Boucicault (Irish Dramatist)

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

-- Henry Walter Bates (English 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)

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)

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

-- Michael Faraday (English Scientist)

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)

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)

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

-- John E. Moss ( -)

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

-- Spike Milligan (Irish Comedian)

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)

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)

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

-- Doug Larson (American Cartoonist)

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)

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)

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)


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