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Noise

  • His wife had once shown him a bit in the Mail that said whistling was the sign of an empty mind. But it hadn't cured him.

  • ... noise is a pollution.

  • The world is afraid of silence. Radios blare. Televisions are never turned off. The stereo is on at top volume. The voice speaks whether or not it has something to say.

  • We like no noise unless we make it ourselves.

    • Madame de Sévigné,
    • 1674, Letters of Madame de Sévigné to Her Daughter and Her Friends, vol. 2 ()
  • If there is whistling in the great beyond, I'll kill myself.

  • It is not often given in a noisy world to come to the places of great grief and silence.

  • ... if we don't sit down and shut up once in a while we'll lose our minds even earlier than we had expected. Noise is an imposition on sanity, and we live in very noisy times.

  • ... jukeboxes, radio and television, going from dawn to dusk, help spread the poison of synthetic, artificial, rhythmical noise.

    • Maria Trapp,
    • with Ruth T. Murdoch, A Family on Wheels ()
  • Songs are usually unfit for whistling — indeed, whistling (except to the person doing it) is unbearable ...

  • ... they say you cannot make a noise to annoy yourself ...