„What matters deafness of the ear, when the mind hears? The one true deafness, the incurable deafness, is that of the mind.“
— Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885
„Do deaf people have alarm clocks? I asked a deaf guy that one time, the sumbitch just stared at me.“
— Larry the Cable Guy American stand-up comedian, actor, country music artist, voice artist 1963
„On the one hand it is inexorable to the cries and lamentations of the prisoners; on the other it is deaf, deaf as an adder, to the clamors of the populace.“
— John Adams 2nd President of the United States 1735 - 1826
Context: The law no passion can disturb. 'Tis void of desire and fear, lust and anger. 'Tis mens sine affectu, written reason, retaining some measure of the divine perfection. It does not enjoin that which pleases a weak, frail man, but, without any regard to persons, commands that which is good and punishes evil in all, whether rich or poor, high or low. 'Tis deaf, inexorable, inflexible. On the one hand it is inexorable to the cries and lamentations of the prisoners; on the other it is deaf, deaf as an adder, to the clamors of the populace.
„It has been well remarked of the poems of Hafiz, that their refreshing influence does not depend so much on the sense of the words as on the tone of mind produced in the reader.“
— Ernst, Baron von Feuchtersleben Austrian psychiatrist, poet and philosopher 1806 - 1849
„How lasting the impact of social media will have is yet to be determined, but one thing for sure, it has turned the chain of influence upside down. Today the reader, the lowly reader, that presumably passive consumer of all the great insight handed down by the reporter, confirmed by the analyst, attested to by the reference customer—this reader, I say, has now become the writer! Except it is not a reader/writer. It is reader/writers at large, many readers, the wisdom (or madness) of crowds. We have embarked upon the world's largest and longest cocktail party, and every issue imaginable is up for grabs.“
— Geoffrey Moore American business writer 1946
Paul Gillin, Geoffrey A. Moore (2009), The New Influencers: A Marketer's Guide to the New Social Media. p. vii
— Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh member of the British Royal Family, consort to Queen Elizabeth II 1921
On a visit to the new National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff, said to a group of deaf children standing next to a Jamaican steel drum band, as quoted in "Deaf insulted by duke's remark" BBC News (27 May 1999) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/354666.stm
„Rap — so many words, so little said. What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there. All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they're happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can't tell one note from another.“
— Keith Richards British rock musician, member of The Rolling Stones 1943
Reported in Jon Blistein, " Keith Richards: Rap Is for 'Tone-Deaf People' http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/keith-richards-rap-is-for-tone-deaf-people-20150903", Rolling Stone (September 3, 2015).
— Aurelius Augustinus early Christian theologian and philosopher 354 - 430
Attributed to St. Augustine in The Repentance of Robert Greene, Master of Arts http://www.oxford-shakespeare.com/Greene/Repentance_Robert_Greene.pdf (1592) by Robert Greene.
„Never explain- your reader is as smart as you. Your reader is not just any reader, but is the rare one with ears in his head.“
— Basil Bunting Poet 1900 - 1985
I SUGGEST Advice to Young Poets Basili Bunting Poetry Archive, Durham University Library 190
„Of the three primary colors, the three binary ones are formed. If you add to one of these the primary tone that is its opposite, it cancels it out. This means that you produce the required half-tone. Therefore, adding black is not adding a half-tone, it is soiling the tone whose true half-tone resides in this opposite me have just described. Hence the green shadows found in red. The heads of the two little peasants. The yellow one had purple shadows; the redder and more sanguine one had green ones.“
— Paul Signac French painter 1863 - 1935
Quoted by Maria Buszek, online - note 19 http://mariabuszek.com/mariabuszek/kcai/Expressionism/Readings/SignacDelaNeo.pdf The notebook where this sentence appears was only published, in facsimile, in 1913 by . Signac therefore must have consulted it at the Conde Museum, in Chantilly. This Moroccan travel document was bought at the Delacroix sale by the painter Dauzats for the Duc of Aumale.
„There are great numbers of people to whom the act of reading a book — any sort of book — is wondrous; they speak of the reader in the tone of warm approbation which they use otherwise when referring to pregnant women, or the newly dead.“
— Robertson Davies Canadian journalist, playwright, professor, critic, and novelist 1913 - 1995
„People are going deaf because music is played louder and louder, but because they're going deaf, it has to be played louder still.“
— Milan Kundera Czech author of Czech and French literature 1929
„Pedants and snobs are fond of declaring that only accomplished French speakers can catch Proust's tone. That might be so, but the tone is only one of the things to be caught.“
— Clive James Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist 1939
'Marcel Proust', p. 579