„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, 'Marcel Proust', p. 579
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Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator ... 1939
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—  Étienne Bonnot de Condillac French academic 1715 - 1780
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„Only the professional remembers the music itself, timbres, tones and textures.“

—  Marvin Minsky American cognitive scientist 1927 - 2016
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—  Robertson Davies Canadian journalist, playwright, professor, critic, and novelist 1913 - 1995

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—  Paul Signac French painter 1863 - 1935
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„My works are 12-tone compositions, not 12-tone compositions“

—  Arnold Schoenberg Austrian-American composer 1874 - 1951
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„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

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