Noise Quotes

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Fernando Pessoa
“My soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments, what fiddlestrings and harps, drums and tamboura I sound and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony.”
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Arthur Schopenhauer
“I have long held the opinion that the amount of noise that anyone can bear undisturbed stands in inverse proportion to his mental capacity and therefore be regarded as a pretty fair measure of it.”
Arthur Schopenhauer

Terry Pratchett
“OH, THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING IN THE STOCKING THAT MAKES A NOISE, said Death. OTHERWISE, WHAT IS 4:30 A.M. FOR?”
Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

H. Beam Piper
“I like it where it gets dark at night, and if you want noise, you have to make it yourself.”
H. Beam Piper, Fuzzies and Other People

Steve Maraboli
“It has been noted that actions speak louder than words. Truth is, I have found that during many situations in life, words are just noise... and actions are the ONLY things that speak.”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Wallace Stegner
“[The modern age] knows nothing about isolation and nothing about silence. In our quietest and loneliest hour the automatic ice-maker in the refrigerator will cluck and drop an ice cube, the automatic dishwasher will sigh through its changes, a plane will drone over, the nearest freeway will vibrate the air. Red and white lights will pass in the sky, lights will shine along highways and glance off windows. There is always a radio that can be turned to some all-night station, or a television set to turn artificial moonlight into the flickering images of the late show. We can put on a turntable whatever consolation we most respond to, Mozart or Copland or the Grateful Dead.”
Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

Jean Arp
“Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation...tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation.”
Jean Arp

“Some have given up the expectation of meeting genuine, ‘heartfelt’ people and prefer to retire to a mute world, where fish, at least, give a feeling of recognition. In the wake of the unbearable sterile daily noise, their life has turned into a fluid universe of silence, dream, and stillness and their compass has come to be a space beyond fear, deception, and betrayal. Fish never disappoint. (Fish for silence)”
Erik Pevernagie

Wilkie Collins
“I sadly want a reform in the construction of children. Nature's only idea seems to be to make them machines for the production of incessant noise.”
Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

K.C. Cole
“One person's data is another person's noise.”
K.C. Cole

Sarah Orne Jewett
“It was mortifying to find how strong the habit of idle speech may become in one’s self. One need not always be saying something in this noisy world.”
Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories

Daphne du Maurier
“Living as we do in an age of noise and bluster, success is now measured accordingly. We must all be seen, and heard, and on the air.”
Daphne du Maurier, The "Rebecca" Notebook: And Other Memories

“OY! Stop playing around and lets cook already!"
*smack*
J-just now, that made a really loud noise.."
Do you wanna hear it again?"
N-no, you'll just hit me again!"
Kyo and Tohru”
Natsuki Takaya, Fruits Basket, Vol. 10

T.F. Hodge
“Divide the constant tide and random noisiness of energetic flow, with conscious recurring moments of empty mind, solitude, gratitude and deep...slow...breathing. Of this, the natural law of self-preservation demands.”
T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

Erin Entrada Kelly
“People don't want to listen to their thoughts, so they fill the world with noise.”
Erin Entrada Kelly, Hello, Universe

Bridget Asher
“It was strange how loud the world was when you weren't filling it up with your own noise.”
Bridget Asher, The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted

Melissa Etheridge
“I'm so cool that the kids come to my bedroom and go, 'Mom! Turn the music down!”
Melissa Etheridge

Aleister Crowley
“So nobody must be allowed to think at all. Down with the public schools! Children must be drilled mentally by quarter-educated herdsmen, whose wages would stop at the first sign of disagreement with the bosses. For the rest, deafen the whole world with senseless clamour. Mechanize everything! Give nobody a chance to think. Standardize "amusement." The louder and more cacophonous, the better! Brief intervals between one din and the next can be filled with appeals, repeated 'till hypnotic power gives them the force of orders, to buy this or that product of the "Business men" who are the real power in the State. Men who betray their country as obvious routine.

The history of the past thirty years is eloquent enough, one would think. What these sodden imbeciles never realize is that a living organism must adapt itself intelligently to its environment, or go under at the first serious change of circumstance.”
Aleister Crowley, Magick Without Tears

Meg Cabot
“Loud ringing noises, I've discovered, upset Mr.Peepers.”
Meg Cabot, The Boy Next Door

Dejan Stojanovic
“When there is noise and crowds, there is trouble;
When everything is silent and perfect,
There is just perfection and nothing
To fill the air.”
Dejan Stojanovic

Jacques Attali
“A network can be destroyed by noises that attack and transform it, if the codes in place are unable to normalize and repress them. Although the new order is not contained in the structure of the old, it is nonetheless not a product of chance. It is created by the substitution of new differences for the old differences. Noise is the source of these mutations in the structuring codes. For despite the death it contains, noise carries order within itself; it carries new information. This may seem strange. But noise does in fact create a meaning: first, because the interruption of a message signifies the interdiction of the transmitted meaning, signifies censorship and rarity; and second, because the very absence of meaning in pure noise or in the meaningless repetition of a message, by unchanneling auditory sensations, frees the listener’s imagination. The absence of meaning is in this case the presence of all meanings, absolute ambiguity, a construction outside meaning. The presence of noise makes sense, makes meaning. It makes possible the creation of a new order on another level of organization, of a new code in another network.”
Jacques Attali, Noise: The Political Economy of Music
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Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam
“Dead voices, lost sounds, forgotten noises, vibrations lockstepping into the abyss and now too distant ever to be recaptured!...What sort of arrows would be able to transfix such birds?”
Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, Tomorrow's Eve

“There is nothing more harrowing than a deadly hush with the feel of a great noise around it”
Jessie Douglas Kerruish, The Undying Monster: A Tale of the Fifth Dimension

“No man should live where he can hear his neighbor's dog bark.”
Nathaniel Macon

Jane Austen
“Every body has their taste in noises as well as other matters; and sounds are quite innoxious, or most distressing, by their sort rather than their quantity.”
Jane Austen, Persuasion

“The hammer never complains of the noise.”
Marty Rubin

“Neighbours complaining about someone’s dog making an awful racket. You could hardly blame the poor beast, its owner had died in her bed at least a fortnight before and there hadn’t been much left of the old girl worth eating.”
James Oswald, Natural Causes

Jayita Bhattacharjee
“You walk away from the unneeded noise to plunge into the unwavering wisdom. Walking away from what seems to be life walks you in to the beat of it.”
Jayita Bhattacharjee

Christopher Moore
“The noise was like, well, it was like a thousand vampire cats clawing on Plexiglas—it made their teeth hurt.”
Christopher Moore, Bite Me

Alain Bremond-Torrent
“Feedbacks feed feedbacks.”
Alain Bremond-Torrent, running is flying intermittently

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