► adjective (quieter, quietest)
1. making little or no noise: the car has a quiet, economical engine | I was as quiet as I could be, but he knew I was there.
(of a place, period of time, or situation) without much activity, disturbance, or excitement: the street below was quiet, little traffic braving the snow.
■ without being disturbed or interrupted: all he wanted was a quiet drink.
2. carried out
discreetly, secretly, or with moderation: we wanted a quiet wedding | I’ll have a quiet word with him.
■ (of a person) tranquil and reserved by nature: his quiet, middle-aged parents.
■ expressed in a restrained or understated way: Molly spoke with quiet confidence.
Oxford English Dictionary
Given the choice of the screaming router or the gentle swish of a moulding plane I’d opt for the old piece of beech. That doesn’t mean that I’m committed to a style of woodworking that requires breeches and frilly sleeves; I just like peace and quiet.
By the same token you’re unlikely to find me chopping out a housing with a 2″ firmer chisel (though I do have one if it’s the only alternative). The relative quiet of a large brace and bit is more conducive to inner (and outer) peace.
This doesn’t preclude power tools. Though there’s nothing as disruptive to a gentle afternoon’s woodwork as the cries that accompany a table saw accident.