When you’re given the gift of truth, you spend a lot of time trying to tone it down because it is already offensive enough. - Shannon L. Alder
One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed. - Friedrich Nietzsche
From key signature to coda, from downbeat to the sound of life's final fermata, our pasts set the tone for all that was, that is, and that ever would be. - Jamie A. Hughes
(Uncle) would remark that it was impossible to get by without such a (portentous and whimsical) tone when speaking of many things of this world, and especially of the things not entirely of this world. - Vladimir Odoevsky
To feel "fit as a fiddle" you must tone down your middle.
Normally, children learn to gauge rather accurately from the tone of their parent's voice how seriously to take his threats. Of course, they sometimes misjudge and pay the penalty.
Love tone, rhythm, lyrical or melodic structure from heart to love! is the interlude of true love. - Auliq Ice
you are a ring tone on the phone I didn’t answer - John Geddes
Real data is messy. ...It's all very noisy out there. Very hard to spot the tune. Like a piano in the next room, it's playing your song, but unfortunately it's out of whack, some of the strings are missing, and the pianist is tone deaf and drunk- I mean, the noise! Impossible! - Tom Stoppard
One can always point to a time, a choice, an act that set the tone for a life and changed a personal destiny.
Don't you think, that there are very few men who know, without raising their voice or changing their tone, to say...what has to be said? - Colette
Though a lifetime of listening to the music of the world has passed, even now the tone of the rain on the roof of my home is the sweetest sound I have ever heard. - Kensi Brianne Smith
Mia: I was sixteen when I first realized my mom was more concerned about my appearance than I was… I’ll be talking to my mom and realize she hasn’t heard a word because she’s studying my face to see if the foundation I’m using is a good match for my skin tone. - Mia Fontaine
It is very good, Wisehammer, it's very well written, but it's too-too-political. It will be considered provocative.""You don't want me to say it.""Not tonight. We have many people against us.""I could tone it down. I could omit 'We left our country for our country's good.'""That's the best line. - Timberlake Wertenbaker
Miss Austen’s novels … seem to me vulgar in tone, sterile in artistic invention, imprisoned in the wretched conventions of English society, without genius, wit, or knowledge of the world. Never was life so pinched and narrow. The one problem in the mind of the writer … is marriageableness. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone. "It means just what I choose it to mean - neither more or less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master - that's all." - Lewis Carroll
She's as common as pig tracks. Just her being here lowers the tone of the entire city. - Katie Crouch and Grady Hendrix, The White Glove War
Dan P. McAdams argues that children develop a narrative tone which influences their stories for the rest of their lives. Children gradually adopt an enduring assumption that everything will turn out well, or badly, depending on their childhood. - David Brooks
I hate what you represent."... "Power without conviction." Isana replied, her tone lifeless, matter of fact. "Ambition without conscience. Decent folk suffer at the hands of those like you. - Jim Butcher
Music does not replace words, it gives tone to the words - Elie Wiesel
There should be no separation between spontaneous work with an emotional tone and work directed by the intellect. Both are supplementary to each other and must be regarded as intimately connected. Discipline and freedom are thus to be seen as elements of equal weight, each partaking of the other. - Armin Hofmann
Jinx, I know you just lost your grandfather, but you straighten out your tone right now or I will smack you one! - Kathy Bryson, Fighting Mad
Jonah shifts to lean back a little farther, moaning as he does. Holy heck, my leg hurts, he says, still with that strained, forced lightness.Again, Hallelujah mimics his tone. ‘Holy heck’? That’s cutting it close.I have a gash in my leg the size of the Mississippi. I can say whatever I want. - Kathryn Holmes
We are not won by arguments that we can analyze but by tone and temper, by the manner which is the man himself. - Samuel Butler
Beautiful tone, beautiful heart. - Shinichi Suzuki
A lady came up to me on the street and pointed to my suede jacket. "You know a cow was murdered for that jacket?" she sneered. I replied in a psychotic tone, "I didn't know there were any witnesses. Now I'll have to kill you too."
The atmosphere sets the tone for what is to take place in that space at that time. Your attitude impacts the atmosphere. How is your current attitude affecting the atmosphere and your desired outcome? - Bobby F. Kimbrough Jr.
I grew up in an era that was a golden age of the blockbuster, when something we might call a family film could have universal appeal. That's something I want to see again. In terms of the tone of the film, it looks at where we are as a people and has a universality about human experience. - Christopher J. Nolan
It is easy to hurt people when we do not filter our thoughts, when we do not choose our words, when we do not control the tone of voice and the body language. - Saif Samir
When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less. - Lewis Carroll
Walking away from bad situations and negative people sets a healthier tone for the rest of your life. It also gives those who do not know any better the opportunity to self-correct. - Gary Hopkins
What-what do you want?" Annabeth asked, trying to maintain a tone of confidence.The voice cackled maliciously.'To curse you, of course! To destroy you thousand times in the name of Mother Night!'"Only a thousand times?" Percy murmured. "Oh, good...I thought we were in trouble. - Rick Riordan
I don't much like assuming the tone of a moralist. But the danger of baobabs is so little recognized, and the risks run by anyone who might get lost on an asteroid are so considerable, that for once I am making an exception to my habitual reserve. - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
From the persistence of noise comes the insistence of rage. From the emergence of tone comes the divergence of thought. From the enlightenment of music comes the wisdom of... silence.
Grammar and logic free language from being at the mercy of the tone of voice. Grammar protects us against misunderstanding the sound of an uttered name; logic protects us against what we say having double meaning.
To the body and mind which have been cramped by noxious work or company, nature is medicinal and restores their tone. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The most disappointing part of real life is there's no soundtrack.I think life would be far more wonderful if a corresponding song played during key moments to expressed the tone & feeling of the situation. - Trevor Driggers
Don't look at me in that tone of voice. - Dorothy Parker
Four years after my father's death, when the subject of parents came up in conversation i would relate the information in a flat, matter-of-fact tone eager to detect in my listener the flinch of grief that eluded me. - Alison Bechdel
From childhood's hour I have not been. As others were, I have not seen. As others saw, I could not awaken. My heart to joy at the same tone. And all I loved, I loved alone. - Edgar Allan Poe
, But the streets need cleaning, brother," Gromph said. "That is why the gods gave us magic, brother," Jarlaxle replied in the same smug tone. "To perform the mundane tasks of life. - R.A. Salvatore