Tone Quotes

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Criss Jami
“When a man has a gift in speaking the truth, brute aggression is no longer his security blanket for approval. He, on the contrary, spends most of his energy trying to tone it down because his very nature is already offensive enough.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Germany Kent
“Your Monday morning thoughts set the tone for your whole week. See yourself getting stronger, and living a fulfilling, happier & healthier life.”
Germany Kent
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Christine Feehan
“When Jackson used that particular tone of voice, men died, pure and simple.”
Christine Feehan, Safe Harbor

“You are a valuable instrument in the orchestration of your own world, and the overall harmony of the universe. Always be in command of your music. Only you can control and shape its tone. If life throws you a few bad notes or vibrations, don't let them interrupt or alter your song.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Jonathan Price
“Tone is the hardest part of saying no.”
Jonathan Price, Put That in Writing

Manprit Kaur
“The weight of your words is more important than the volume of your voice!”
Manprit Kaur

Dan Brown
“emotionless tone hurting as much as the news”
Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

Tom Hiddleston
“Before I start a film or a play, I try to build a world in my mind. An imaginative world which the character lives in; and I create that with novels, with painting, with music, with films. I try and understand tone. Tone is so important. Is this a thriller, is this a Gothic romance, is this an action film, is this a love story? Then, once I understand that, I just jump into it. This might be like an incomplete way of describing it, but it's like I build a swimming pool, then I just dive in. Do you know what I mean?”
Tom Hiddleston

“Vocabulary for aggravation is large. Vocabulary for transcendence is elusive.”
Jennifer Senior, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

Roberto Bolaño
“The first conversation began awkwardly, although Espinoza had been expecting Pelletier's call, as if both men found it difficult to say what sooner or later the would have to say. The first twenty minutes were tragic in tone, with the word fate used ten times and the word friendship twenty-four times. Liz Norton's name was spoken fifty times, nine of them in vain. The word Paris was said seven times, Madrid, eight. The word love was spoken twice, once by each man. The word horror was spoken six times and the word happiness once (by Espinoza). The word solution was said twelve times. The word solipsism seven times. The world euphemism ten times. The word category, in the singular and the plural, nine times. The word structuralism once (Pelletier). The term American literature three times. The words dinner or eating or breakfast or sandwich nineteen times. The words eyes or hands or hair fourteen times. The the conversation proceeded more smoothly.”
Roberto Bolaño, 2666

Michael Finkel
“His chief form of entertainment was reading. The last moments he was in a cabin were usually spent scanning bookshelves and nightstands. The life inside a book always felt welcoming to Knight. It pressed no demands on him, while the world of actual human interactions was so complex. Conversations between people can move like tennis games, swift and unpredictable. There are constant subtle visual and verbal cues, there's innuendo, sarcasm, body language, tone. Everyone occasionally fumbles an encounter, a victim of social clumsiness. It's part of being human.
To Knight, it all felt impossible. His engagement with the written word might have been the closest he could come to genuine human encounters. The stretch of days between thieving raids allowed him to tumble into the pages, and if he felt transported he could float in bookworld, undisturbed, for as long as he pleased.”
Michael Finkel, The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

Peter Høeg
“There is a pleasant firmness of tone when one is in harmony with oneself. Even when it's a weak ethic one is resonating with.”
Peter Høeg, The Quiet Girl

Israelmore Ayivor
“March out of the common line; make bold steps ahead and dance to the tune of a sweeter, better and nicer tone of your own music. March out of the tiny box!”
Israelmore Ayivor, Daily Drive 365

Ngina Otiende
“God created a woman to be the keeper of her home. She sets the tone, and where her mind and heart goes, her home and marriage tend to follow.”
Ngina Otiende, The Wedding Night: Embracing Sexual Intimacy as New Bride

Ana Claudia Antunes
“Well, there would be no sound
if we shout on the background.”
Ana Claudia Antunes, The Tao of Physical and Spiritual

“People can be reassured by a tone of voice. By a touch. A gesture. Even if the voice and gestures are false, the innocent person meets the liar halfway to complete the lie. It's a partnership.”
Jody Shields, The Winter Station

Lorrie Moore
“That's not the one you were thinking of?"

"No." There was accusation in her voice. "Mine was different,”
Lorrie Moore, Like Life
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Indu Muralidharan
“Voices have a language of their own and communicate much more than the words that they say.”
Indu Muralidharan, The Reengineers

Barbara W. Tuchman
“His only weakness was the habit of prophesying war within the next fortnight. George Bernard Shaw”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

Loren Weisman
“Your volume speaks volumes. Be aware of your dynamics, your tones as well as the loudness and softness of your voice on the phone and in person.”
Loren Weisman

Sonali Dev
“His voice was the sound of gravel crunching underfoot when you went in search of gravestones.”
Sonali Dev, A Change of Heart

Greg Cootsona
“CS Lewis's humor supported his exposition but never dominated or diminished it.”
Greg Cootsona

Enock Maregesi
“Unapofikia hatua ya kuwa na kila kitu katika maisha, unapokuwa umefanya kila kitu ulichotamani kufanya katika maisha, unakuwa na bahari nzima ndani ya tone ambalo ni wewe. Unaridhika. Wewe si tone tena ndani ya bahari, wewe ni bahari ndani ya tone. Kinachobaki baada ya hapo ni kusaidia jamii iliyosaidia kukulea ulipokuwa mdogo, kuacha alama katika dunia kabla na baada ya wewe kuondoka, bila kujali watu watasema nini juu ya maisha yako.”
Enock Maregesi

“What can we do?" It's not dismissive or resigned. He really wants to know.”
Ron Suskind, The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism

Jonathan Renshaw
“You!' Skeet bellowed.
When uttered with just the right tone, this is the universal name for any boy. Accordingly, all heads snapped towards the angry master.”
Jonathan Renshaw, Dawn of Wonder

Wioletta Greg
“We walked in silence towards Swinica, beyond which the road, worn by long-distance lorries, twisted and turned; we walked slowly, like one walks after midnight Mass, like my father coming home on Sunday from a fishing trip or from a little game of poker, like the curate after administering extreme unction, like my grandmother returning from the fields dragging a pram, in which instead of her first-born, prematurely dead daughter, there lay a bunch of ripe poppy heads covered with a kerchief.”
Wioletta Greg, Swallowing Mercury

Rick Perlstein
“Must, never, must avoid, must guard: the minatory commands came the eleven times (from the departing Eisenhower). In contrast, Kennedy's rhetoric on January 20 with a cascade of permissions: the word "let" rang out 14 times.”
Rick Perlstein, Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus

Enock Maregesi
“Kila mtu kabla ya kuzaliwa alipewa na Mwenyezi Mungu unabii na nyota ya ufalme. Una bahari ya fursa ya kuwa kitu chochote unachotaka kuwa katika dunia hii. Kama unataka furaha, furaha iko ndani yako. Kama unataka utajiri, utajiri uko ndani yako. Kama unataka amani, amani iko ndani yako. Kama wewe ni tone na fursa ni bahari, wewe ni bahari ndani ya tone.”
Enock Maregesi

Thornton Wilder
“The great law of art is uniformity of tone; since it cannot record all experience, its fidelity to its chosen fragment of experience implies its consciousness of all experience as a similar though more variegated uniformity of tone. (To intrude into a work an unrelated tone is to imply that one is incorporating the ‘all,’ a presumption that speaks volumes on the author’s inability to grasp experience’s multiplicity.) Here lies the greatness of Jane Austen: her perfection in the small implies her comprehension of the large.”
Thornton Wilder, The Journals of Thornton Wilder, 1939-1961

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