Quiet, Quite, Quietism

‘Our continuing inability to distinguish between the “modern” and the “Western” is surely the cause of some of our grief. If we could only accept that a great deal of modern Western culture is no longer the property of the West but a universal, critical way of thinking which belongs to all rational, civilized human beings, we would not quite suffer as much.” —India Unbound by Gurucharan Das

Quiet means silence, no sound, not noisy, not loud. An adjective, its superlatives are quiet, quieter, and quietest.

The opposite of quiet is disquiet.

“Around the world, spiritual journeys take many forms. They can be to a river, a mountain, a mosque, a cathedral, a wall, or simply to a quiet place in our hearts.” National Geographic’s Special Edition on Earth’s Holiest Places: Sacred Journeys

Children, please keep quiet, says the teacher!

Another meaning of quiet refers to without excitement, activity, interruption (After a hectic schedule after schedule in politics, former Prime Minister LK Advani is leading a quiet life.); gentle disposition (Queen Elizabeth has a quite disposition).

Quiet as a noun refers to state of quietness, tranquility.

I like the quiet of the countryside.

Quiet as a verb refers to making or becoming quiet: it is quiet a frightened horse.

Rani Khola and Ray Khola are two streams that gush down from the upper reaches of Sikkim adding natural background music to the quiet vicinities of Gangtok.

As quiet as a mouse means making very little sound: he entered into the house as quite as a mouse and…

Derivatives of quiet: quietly, quietness, quieten (verb: become less noisy, quieten a screaming baby, quieten also refers to calm, quieten somebody’s fears), quietude (noun, stillness or calm).

Quietism is a form of religious devotion based on calm and passive acceptance of life, and abandonment of desires.

Quietist is the one who practices quietism.

Quite is an adverb which means to some extent, not very, fairly: quite big, quite small, quite interesting, quiet awful, etc.

Quite is used with adjectives or adverbs referring to a gradable quality, acts as intensifier of strengths and weakness.

Quiet is also used an absolute measure such as completely, entirely, wholly. Example:
The bottle is quiet empty.

Ram is quite unique.

In spite of having dinner an hour ago, he is not sure whether he is quite full or not.

Quite a lot, quiet a few, quite the rage (extremely popular – denim trousers have been quite the rage for a long time.) are the idioms.

Quietly, one can choose a path in life that fills with quite quietism.