„We all make mistakes - we fall in love with tenors and sopranoes even though tenors are as dumb as quarrelsome women, because high tones damage their brains.“

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„No, there's going to be no even tenor with me.“

—  Richard Halliburton American writer 1900 - 1939
Context: Dad, you hit the wrong target when you write that you wish I were at Princeton living "in the even tenor of my way." I hate that expression and as far as I am able I intend to avoid that condition. When impulse and spontaneity fail to make my "way" as uneven as possible then I shall sit up nights inventing means of making life as conglomerate and vivid as possible. Those who live in the even tenor of their way simply exist until death ends their monotonous tranquility. No, there's going to be no even tenor with me. The more uneven it is the happier I shall be. And when my time comes to die, I'll be able to die happy, for I will have done and seen and heard and experienced all the joy, pain, thrills—every emotion that any human ever had—and I'll be especially happy if I am spared a stupid, common death in bed. So, Dad, I'm afraid your wish will always come to naught, for my way is to be ever changing, but always swift, acute and leaping from peak to peak instead of following the rest of the herd, shackled in conventionalities, along the monotonous narrow path in the valley. The dead have reached perfection when it comes to even tenor! Letter to his parents from Paris (5 December 1919).


„A counter tenor is anyone who can count to ten.“

—  Denis Norden British comedy scriptwriter and television presenter 1922 - 2018

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„You women could make someone fall in love even with a lie.“

—  Georg Büchner German dramatist and writer of poetry and prose 1813 - 1837
Act I.

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„In sober state,
Through the sequestered vale of rural life,
The venerable patriarch guileless held
The tenor of his way.“

—  Beilby Porteus Bishop of Chester; Bishop of London 1731 - 1809
Line 108. Compare: "They kept the noiseless tenor of their way" (alternately quoted as "the even tenor of their way"), Thomas Gray, Elegy in a Country Churchyard, Stanza 19, line 4.

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„Women think of being a man as a gift. It is a duty. Even making love can be a duty. A man has always got to get it up, and love isn't always enough.“

—  Norman Mailer American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film maker, actor and political candidate 1923 - 2007
News summaries (31 December 1969)

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