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  • I have known some grim bells, with not a single joyous note in the whole peal, so forced to hurry for a human festival, with their harshness made light of, as though the Bishop of Hereford had again been forced to dance in his boots by a merry highwayman.

  • Brief, on a flying night, / From the shaken tower / A flock of bells take flight, / And go with the hour.

  • There is something strangely determinate and fatal about a single shot in the night. It is as if someone had cried a message to you in one word, and would not repeat it.

  • Sound waves do not die out. They travel forever and forever. All our sentences are immortal. Our useless bleatings circle the universe for all eternity.

  • On his side of the bed Mr. Judson began to conduct a full-scale orchestra, and every instrument had sat out in the rain.

  • 'Sound' is a catch-all word which describes 'all that we hear,' in one lump, from music to noise. ... we consider the kingdom of our eyes far more complex, and would not dream of trying to sum it up in a word which would mean 'all that we see.'

  • ... the whistle of the old steam trains ... could conjure up visions of bleak distances with one solitary wail.