Top 100 Pause Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Pause Quotes from famous people such as Howard Jacobson, David Malpass, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Jean Smart, Mel Gibson, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

There is much that makes one pause in 'If This is a Man

There is much that makes one pause in ‘If This is a Man’, the record of Levi’s 11-month incarceration in Auschwitz, much one cannot read without needing to lay aside the book and inhale the breath of common air.
Howard Jacobson
Politicians are addicted to spending and revenue extraction. As with an addict, there’s little pause for moral or legal contemplation.
David Malpass
Memorial Day is a special day to take pause and pay tribute to those brave men and women who lost their lives defending our country and preserving our way of life.
Cindy Hyde-Smith
To me, pause is sometimes the most important, most effective moment in a film or play or anything.
Jean Smart
I think any kind of hiatus one takes in an artistic journey is going to make a huge difference. The pause will inform the choices that you make.
Mel Gibson
Making films can be very lonely, and that’s the part I don’t like. I don’t want to feel like I’m pressing ‘pause’ on my personal life to make a movie. I want to feel like I’m still creating relationships and things are moving forward.
Jessica Chastain
Roughly 65% of American households owned a video recorder by 1989, when ‘The Simpsons’ was launched. This meant that fans could watch episodes several times and pause a scene when they had spotted something curious.
Simon Singh
Twilight – a time of pause when nature changes her guard. All living things would fade and die from too much light or too much dark, if twilight were not.
Howard Thurman
Often we want to go back to the familiar, go back to where we felt our life pause, but nothing is ever the same.
Erica Durance
Here’s a simple guideline: if five names or fewer are cc’d, just go nuts and hit ‘reply all.’ But if more than five folks appear in the cc line, pause. Give it a thought. Some people are promiscuous and cc dozens of people who don’t need to know each other’s business.
Faith Salie
I edit as I write and shoot. Any extra line, any pause that I know will get chopped on the editing table is done away with then and there.
Rajkumar Hirani
Apart from writing books, my 40s have been about pursuing personal growth. Whatever were the mistakes of my earlier life, I’ve been committed to a pause, a regroup. I don’t want to make the same mistakes in the future.
Monique Roffey
Film is a temporal medium as much as it is a visual medium: you’re playing with time, and you don’t have that ability where someone can pause at home. That’s such a fundamental part of what makes filmmaking exciting to me. I don’t really have as much interest in any other medium. I just like the control.
Jon Watts
I always had dreams that I could be on television. I used to watch ‘The Late Show’ with my dad, and I’d make him pause the VHS whenever the audience laughed to explain jokes to me. But it’s hard to just ‘get into TV.’
Sean Evans
Everywhere in the universe, the periodic table has the same basic structure. Even if an alien civilization’s table weren’t plotted out in the castle-with-turrets shape we humans favor, their spiral or pyramidal or whatever-shaped periodic table would naturally pause after 118 elements.
Sam Kean
I talk too much and I don’t listen or pause to think.
Sheila Hancock
I think it is incumbent on the rest of us – and I would suggest that includes other European leaders – to pause in what has become a very popular game of telling the Greeks how to run their lives.
Charles Dallara
In the fun house of today’s metastisizing sports-entertainment megaplex, when every day brings another story revealing how these ‘heroes’ we create are fashioned from base clay, a pause might be in order to reflect on athletes who actually embodied the qualities we think we admire in the too-easily deified.
Mark Frost
The most emphatic place in a clause or sentence is the end. This is the climax; and, during the momentary pause that follows, that last word continues, as it were, to reverberate in the reader’s mind. It has, in fact, the last word.
F. L. Lucas
I don’t think we should ever ban anyone based on their religion. That is un-American. It is not good. What the president is doing, everybody needs to realize that what he’s doing is saying, ‘Let’s take a step back. Let’s temporarily pause.’
Nikki Haley
The law of unintended consequences pushes us ceaselessly through the years, permitting no pause for perspective.
Richard Schickel
I actually am terrified of horror movies. I’m very sensitive. But for me, I get so scared of horror movies that if I know something is coming I’ll actually pause the movie and fast forward.
Lulu Wang
Take a walk with a turtle. And behold the world in pause.
Bruce Feiler
I tell women to not make hasty decision based on circumstances on just that moment in time. Press the pause button.
Lynne Doughtie
I believe that when the going gets tough, you should just hit pause. Assimilate what is happening for 10 minutes. Your thoughts will be much clearer.
Shreya Ghoshal
‘Tommy’ was my first Broadway show. Long Pause. I don’t know how you can surpass the excitement or get more excited or feel more on top of the world than when you are sitting in a room singing The Who, and Pete Townshend is sitting there tapping his foot.
Alice Ripley
Under trees, the urban dweller might restore his troubled soul and find the blessing of a creative pause.
Walter Gropius
The end of a tournament is a good time to pause.
Joachim Low
We need to hit pause, and possibly reset, as we think about this whole Syrian refugee resettlement issue.
Jeff Duncan
My weaknesses… I wish I could come up with something. I’d probably have the same pause if you asked me what my strengths are. Maybe they’re the same thing.
Al Pacino
This position is untenable, and there can be no pause in the agitation for full political power and responsibility until these are granted to all the women of the nation.
Florence Kelley
You can trust a Neil Simon script. Every dot. Every das

You can trust a Neil Simon script. Every dot. Every dash; that pause means something. He takes all the jokes out, practically.
Hector Elizondo
I cook. I did the Escoffier course in Paris when I was 21 in one of those periods when it was like a pause. I can cook anything Italian, Chinese.
Marie-Chantal Claire
In many a piece of music, it’s the pause or the rest that gives the piece its beauty and its shape. And I know I, as a writer, will often try to include a lot of empty space on the page so that the reader can complete my thoughts and sentences and so that her imagination has room to breathe.
Pico Iyer
The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
Jerzy Kosinski
When you know you haven’t been connecting with, persuading, or getting through to someone, consciously pause before meeting them and say to yourself, ‘During this conversation, I am committing to being present and to connecting.’
Mark Goulston
Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us – a time when we can look back on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead.
David Cameron
The selfie makes us accustomed to putting ourselves and those around us ‘on pause’ in order to document our lives. It is an extension of how we have learned to put our conversations ‘on pause’ when we send or receive a text, an image, an email, a call.
Sherry Turkle
Comedy is all about the pause.
Ron White
One of the hardest areas is duplication; everyone knows there’s lots of duplication in government. But when you ask someone, ‘OK, name two programs that are duplicative,’ typically there’s a long pause.
James Lankford
With a fast pace world and wanting to reach and accomplish goals sometimes we neglect to pause and just enjoy the moment.
Paul Millsap
There are tragedies that happen all the time in America, but there are certain types of tragedies that kind of pull us together and make us pause and give us a chance to reflect about where we are, where we’re going, and that sort of thing.
Larry Wilmore
Research indicates that a pause tends to be a signal that a cluster of deceptive cues is on its way. This is a key reason why voters routinely associate Trump with authenticity: He rarely pauses.
Pamela Meyer
I try as much as possible to take a moment every so often, pause, and enjoy the journey.
Tommaso Ciampa
Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
Guillaume Apollinaire
Time, which runs through the world like an endless tinsel thread, seemed to pass through the centre of this room and through the centre of these people and suddenly to pause and petrify, stiff, still and glittering… and the objects in the room drew a little closer together.
Robert Musil
I wasn’t afraid of treating Ebola patients in the isolation unit. That was the safest job. But seeing patients in the clinic, seeing patients in the emergency room, being in the community – those things gave me pause.
Kent Brantly
I was diagnosed with necrotizing chronic pancreatitis, and it definitely put a pause on live performances for a while.
It’s nice to have a pause to parent and to be more present at home, teaching them how to drive cars and navigate boys and all this sort of thing.
Diane Lane
Dance was something I’d just done at my youth club, and I used to teach dance when I was 14 to 19, 20 years old. I had my own dance group, and then I got more into the acting stuff, and I started doing things for TV. And then I put that on pause, because I really wanted to focus on my real passion, which is music.
Little Simz
I admit that when challenging times first surface, it’s not first instinct to do a happy dance. But when you take time to pause and add insight to injury, you will immediately start to feel empowered to make those majorly needed life shifts.
Karen Salmansohn
My advice today, to established acts and new-coming acts, is the same advice I’d give to myself: pause for a minute, and really think about ‘What is your goal? Where do you see yourself?’
Trent Reznor
I was always the kid at school who thought it was a good idea to set off the fire alarm. And much as I’m aware that that’s a trait which also propels other things which are good, I wish I could just pause and go, ‘Is this really what you want to do?’
James Corden
Another good rule for social media, I find, is to never type and post. Instead, be sure to type, pause, think, and then post.
Katie Piper
Silence is the pause in me when I am near to God.
Arvo Part
You tend to take your journey for granted after a while, but when I pause and look back, I feel blessed that I had so many opportunities.
Zeenat Aman
Whenever there was a pause on the ‘Hercules’ set, everybody whipped their Blackberries out of their skirts – ‘Are you texting the King of Thrace to tell them we’re on our way?’
Ian McShane
If we cannot come together to pause, to respect our dead and the heroic lives of meaning they led, then ours is truly a civilization lost.
Mark McKinnon
A seed, after all, is an embryo, a potential plant waiting for its moment to grow. It has what it needs to begin. But it can also put itself on pause. It can wait.
Robert Krulwich
Therefore, let us not despair, but instead, survey the position, consider carefully the action we must take, and then address ourselves to our common task in a mood of sober resolution and quiet confidence, without haste and without pause.
Arthur Henderson
The pause between the errors and trials of the day and the hopes of the night.
Herbert Hoover
Most whites live, grow, play, learn, love, work and die primarily in social and geographic racial segregation. Yet, our society does not teach us to see this as a loss. Pause for a moment and consider the magnitude of this message: We lose nothing of value by having no cross-racial relationships.
Robin DiAngelo
We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean ai

We’ve got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?
Lee Iacocca
There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to dance without cessation; and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration.
Lewis Carroll
Life would be indeed easier if the experimentalists would only pause for a little while!
Rudolph A. Marcus
I don’t want to put a pause on the rest of my life; I’m really enjoying getting older and the wisdom that comes from that.
Rosemarie DeWitt
However great may be the work for which we are responsible, we will always do well if we pause to spend time in sacred praise.
Charles Spurgeon
I think it’s handy for a dramatist of any sort, if I can call myself that, to make use of weddings and wakes, to make use of those moments and those rituals that cause us to pause and look back or look forward and understand that life has changed.
Alice McDermott
Part of the process of reading is constantly hitting the pause button, and now and then the rewind button, to ponder a word that’s been chosen by the author as exquisitely as the filmmaker chooses an image or a sound editor chooses a sonic clue – the tolling of a bell in the distance to evoke memory, for instance.
Steve Erickson
In principle. what is done is to take the nucleus out of a cell with a very fine micro-pipette or needle and introduce it into an egg. That had been done with amphibians a long time ago, and then there was a long pause of many years before people were clever enough to make that work in the sheep.
John Gurdon
The secret of it is to read what you’ve got in front of you. Don’t, if you suspect that something has a double meaning, don’t pause. Don’t put on a leery vocal expression if you know what I mean on radio. Don’t sort of do anything other than read it.
Humphrey Lyttelton
I think privacy is valuable. You don’t have to share everything, and it’s healthy to occasionally hit the pause button and ask yourself if you’re oversharing. But at the end of the day, if you’re not doing anything wrong, you don’t have anything to hide.
Ashton Kutcher
I did my 40 years in Washington, 40-plus, and it’s time to pause and reflect and think about what I’ve seen and done.
Dick Cheney
What we achieved was a nuclear pause, not a nuclear halt.
Jim Mattis
I can only speak for myself, but when I was growing up in Memphis – and having the Martin Luther King holiday and the moment of pause on April 4th – he was just a statue to me. I wanted to make him a little bit more real to me as a human being.
Katori Hall
My father’s body lies in a stone tomb high on a hill. People walk by, pause, think their own thoughts about him and move on, back to their own lives. I can never move on. He is everywhere.
Patti Davis
Never forget the power of silence, that massively disconcerting pause which goes on and on and may at last induce an opponent to babble and backtrack nervously.
Lance Morrow
It’s not so much knowing when to speak, when to pause.
Jack Benny
There was an existential moment – I don’t know if I want to call it crisis – when I turned 50 and I felt ‘this is interesting; how did this happen?’ It affected me in a way I wasn’t expecting. It made me pause for reflection.
Bill Bailey
Sometimes I have to pause to make the distinction between Ben the teenager and Ben the businessman.
Ben Casnocha
I want to stay in some era and remain there like a stupid idiot and see what happens when you try to pause time and not affect it. Not succeed. Not try to think ahead or think behind.
Ariel Pink
Thinking is the place where intelligent actions begin. We pause long enough to look more carefully at a situation, to see more of its character, to think about why it’s happening, to notice how it’s affecting us and others.
Margaret J. Wheatley
As the novelty of wearable tech gives way to necessity – and, later, as wearable tech becomes embedded tech – will we be deprived of the chance to pause, reflect, and engage in meaningful, substantive conversations? How will our inner lives and ties to those around us change?
Klaus Schwab
I kind of press pause when it’s a derby, and the season doesn’t matter to me anymore; it’s all about the derby.
Vincent Kompany
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Mark Twain
Whether it’s a double take or a spit take or an extra-long pause before a reaction or a line, I try to be as cognizant as possible about the technical end of it. So I think the physical stuff works easier for me than maybe for others who are more just going on instinct.
Neil Patrick Harris
All systems in Pakistan appear to be in a haste to achieve something, which can have both positive and negative implications. Let us take a pause and examine the two fundamental questions: One, are we promoting the rule of law and the Constitution? Two, are we strengthening or weakening the institutions?
Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
When you read about a car crash in which two or three youngsters are killed, do you pause to dwell on the amount of love and treasure and patience parents poured into bodies no longer suitable for open caskets?
Jim Bishop
We broke up in ’91, but we didn’t fade out, we didn’t burn ourselves out, we were on pause for 26 years. We stopped at the height, we were No. 1 and we just broke up.
DJ Yella
I think any time you have a show that, after you watch it, it sort of sits with you for a while, and you take pause and you talk about it, yeah, it affects your life.
Justin Hartley
Certain things happen in life that force you to take a pause and priorities are constantly changing. You’re meeting different people and things don’t always go as planned, but in the best way possible.
Whitney Port
No one hit home runs the way Babe did. They were something special. They were like homing pigeons. The ball would leave the bat, pause briefly, suddenly gain its bearings, then take off for the stands.
Lefty Gomez
I had a boom box with a dual cassette deck and a mic, so I used to make pause tapes. I think a lot of people started like that because it was all I had. I would just take rap records that I liked and just loop the beat by pressing pause and record and make, like, five minutes of these beats.
History is the heavy traffic that prevents us from cros

History is the heavy traffic that prevents us from crossing the road. We wait, more or less patiently, for it to pause, so that we can get to the liquor store or the laundromat or the burger bar.
Mal Peet
Obviously I am a photographer and I believe in my medium: I do think that powerful photographs can force change. It doesn’t take long to look and be engaged in a strong image whereas, with a story, you have to actually sit down and pause and be involved in it.
Lynsey Addario
As you talk to Heavenly Father and pour out your heart to Him, you will draw closer to Him. Then pause, stop, and listen to the feelings of your heart. Seek to understand the promptings of the Spirit. As you pray sincerely, you will come to feel Heavenly Father’s great love for you.
Margaret D. Nadauld
I think I had a kind of pause for insight in my 20s when I wasn’t in a relationship and my career wasn’t going the way I wanted it to go. I had time for reflection then.
Ray Liotta
In a world and a life that moves so fast, photography just makes the sound go out and it makes you stop and take a pause. Photography calms me.
Drew Barrymore
Please note when you watch a play, you can’t pause it and go to the loo or shout into the kitchen for a tea. Learned that the hard way.
Aisling Bea
The next time you see a spider web, please, pause and look a little closer. You’ll be seeing one of the most high-performance materials known to man.
Cheryl Hayashi