The acme of judicial distinction means the ability to look a lawyer straight in the eyes for two hours and not hear a damned word he says.
In societies with fewer opportunities for amusement, it was also easier to tell a mere wish from a real desire. If, in order to hear some music, a man has to wait for six months and then walk twenty miles, it is easy to tell whether the words, "I should like to hear some music," mean what they appear to mean, or merely, "At this moment I should like to forget myself." When all he has to do is press a switch, it is more difficult. He may easily come to believe that wishes can come true.wystan hugh auden
I am afraid I am not in the flight for “aerial navigation”. I was greatly interested in your work with kites; but I have not the smallest molecule of faith in aerial navigation other than ballooning or of expectation of good results from any of the trials we hear of. So you will understand that I would not care to be a member of the aëronautical Society.william thomson
Self-censorship as a result of intimidation or social pressures, sometimes referred to as “political correctness”, constitutes a serious obstacle to the proper functioning of democracy. It is important to hear the views of all persons,including the “silent majority”, and to give heed to the weaker voices.Interim report of the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred Maurice de Zayas 
How culpable was he That last night when he broke Our tribe's complicity? 'Now you're supposed to be An educated man,' I hear him say.'Puzzle me The right answer to that one.'1979 Field Work,'Casualty'. On a man killedbreaking the curfew.
'Come all to church, good people,' Oh, noisy bells, be dumb; I hear you, I will come.1896 A Shropshire Lad, no.21.
4. Never look encouragingly at the brass, except with a short glance to give an important cue.5. But never let the horns and woodwinds out of your sight: if you can hear them at all they are still too strong. [emphasis added]Recollections and Reflections (second edition: 1953), "Ten Golden Rules: for the album of a young conductor", p. 38. Widely circulated in paraphrase:Never look at the Trombones, you'll only encourage them.
Rather than reacting to every risk we hear and see, we should make an effort to discern which ones we can do something about.Ben Carson, Take The Risk (p. 58)
Self-censorship as a result of intimidation or social pressures, sometimes referred to as “political correctness”, constitutes a serious obstacle to the proper functioning of democracy. It is important to hear the views of all persons,including the “silent majority”, and to give heed to the weaker voices.alfred de zayas
Ever absent, ever near. Still I see thee, still I hear. Yet I cannot reach thee, dear!Francis Kazinczy, Separation.
I love to hear thine earnest voice, Wherever thou art hid. * * Thou say'st an undisputed thing In such a solemn way.Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., To an Insect.
"The medieval musician ... did not hear a triad as a triad ... a textbook definition of tonal coherence is not the same as the phenomenon of tonal cognition as experiences."Richard Norton (1984). Tonality in Western Culture, p.125. University Park and London: The Pennsylvania State University Press.
There are times in the history of men and nations, when they stand so near the vail that separates mortals from the immortals, time from eternity, and men from their God, that they can almost hear the beatings, and feel the pulsations, of the heart of the Infinite.James A. Garfield, p. 310. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Every time the Secretary of Defense tries to get a hand on his many intelligence programs, we hear warnings about the dire consequences to liberty. When you look behind those warnings, what you really see is the CIA trying to preserve its perks.Mark Riebling, "Rumsfeld's New Spy Unit," Broadcast on National Public Radio (October 31, 2002). Full transcript online
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