— Samuel Beckett Irish novelist, playwright, and poet 1906 - 1989
— Étienne Bonnot de Condillac French academic 1715 - 1780
As quoted in David Booth, The principles of English composition (1831), p. 8.
— Marvin Minsky American cognitive scientist 1927 - 2016
Context: Concrete concepts are not necessarily the simplest ones. A novice best remembers "being at" a concert. The amateur remembers more of what it "sounded like." Only the professional remembers the music itself, timbres, tones and textures.
„We say: he has no talent, only tone. But tone is precisely what cannot be invented—we’re born with it. Tone is an inherited grace, the privilege some of us have of making our organic pulsations felt—tone is more than talent, it is its essence.“
— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
„Therefore we well observe that the title of perfect cadence is attached only to a dominant that progresses to the main tone, because this dominant, which is naturally contained within the harmony of the main tone, seems, when it progresses to it, to return as if to its source.“
— Jean-Philippe Rameau French composer and music theorist of the Baroque era 1683 - 1764
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1726). Nouveau système de musique théorique, p. 59. Paris.
„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.
— Arnold Schoenberg Austrian-American composer 1874 - 1951
Stuckenschmidt, Hans Heinz. 1977, in Schoenberg: His Life, World and Work; translated from the German by Humphrey Searle. p. 349.
„The truth is a snare: you cannot have it, without being caught. You cannot have the truth in such a way that you catch it, but only in such a way that it catches you.“
— Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855
„Graphic work as the expressive movement of the hand holding the recording pencil.... is so fundamentally different from dealing with tone and color that one can use this technique quite well in the dark, even in the blackest night. On the other hand, tone (movement from light to dark) presupposes some light, and color presupposes a great deal of light.“
— Paul Klee German Swiss painter 1879 - 1940
Quote (1912), # 928, in The Diaries of Paul Klee, translation: Pierre B. Schneider, R. Y. Zachary and Max Knight; publisher, University of California Press, 1964
„She said, "We're detectives" in the tone of voice that someone might say, "Making you happy isn't making me happy"“
— Daniel Handler American novelist, children's writer, creator of Lemony Snicket 1970
„Rights are always asserted in a tone of contention; and when this tone is adopted, it must rely upon force in the background, or else it will be laughed at.“
— Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943
Context: The notion of rights is linked with the notion of sharing out, of exchange, of measured quantity. It has a commercial flavor, essentially evocative of legal claims and arguments. Rights are always asserted in a tone of contention; and when this tone is adopted, it must rely upon force in the background, or else it will be laughed at. p. 61