Insects are what neurosis would sound like, if neurosis could make a noise
with its nose. Martin Louis Amis The Information, pt.3.
New York is a jungle, they tell you.You could go further, and say that New
York is a jungle. New York is a jungle. Beneath the columns
of the old rain forest, made of melting macadam,
the mean Limpopo of swamped Ninth Avenue bears
an angry argosy of crocs and dragons, tiger
fish, noise machines, sweating rainmakers. Martin Louis Amis Money.
The Englishmay not likemusicbuttheyabsolutely love the noise it makes.
SirThomas Beecham Quoted in L Ayre
The Wit of Music (1930).
O come let us sing unto the L: let us make
a joyful noise to the rock
of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with
thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with
psalms. Psalms Bible (Old Testament) ORDPsalms 95:1^2.
He's one of those men who argues by increments of noiseso that as
you open your mouth he says another, cleverer, louder
thing. Dame A(ntonia) S(usan) ne e Drabble Byatt Possession, ch.15.
Secrets with girls, like loaded guns with boys, Are never valued
till they make a noise. George Crabbe Tales of the Hall,'The Maid's Story', l.84^5.
As virtuous men pass mildly away, And whisper to
their souls, to go, Whilst some of
their sad friends do say, The breath goes
now, and some say, no: 280 So let us melt, and
make no noise, No tear-floods, nor
sigh-tempests move; 'Twere profanation
of our joys To tell the laity
of our love. John Donne c.1595^1605 'A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning', collected in
Songs and Sonnets
throw myself down in my Chamber, and I call in, and invite God, and his
Angels thither, and when they are there, I neglect
God and his Angels, for the noise of a fly, for the rattling of
a coach, for the whining of a door. John Donne Sermon preached at the funeral of Sir William
Cockayne, 12 Dec.
Forasmuch as there isgreat noise in the city caused by hustling over large
balls, from which many evils may arise, which God
forbid, we command and forbid on behalf of the King,
on pain of imprisonment, such game to be used in the
city in future. Edward II Royal proclamation, banning football from the
streets of London.
It will be generally admitted that Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the
most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the
ear of man. E(dward) M(organ) Forster Howards End, ch.5.
In summertime in Bredon The bells they
sound so clear; Round both the
shires they ring them In steeples far and
near, A happy noise to
hear. A(lfred) E(dward) Housman A Shropshire Lad, no.21.
How on earth are the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Governor of the
Bank of Englandto be taken seriouslyagainst
that kind of background noise? It is rather like sending
your opening batsmen to the crease, only for them to
find, the moment the first balls are bowled, that their
bats have been broken before the game by the team
captain. Baron Howe Personal statement on his resignation, House of Commons,13 Nov.
Sweetly they slept On the blue fields
of heaven, and then there crept A little noiseless
noise among the leaves, Born of the very
sign that silence heaves. John Keats 'I Stood Tip-Toe upon a Little Hill', l.9^12.
loud noise at one end and no sense of responsibilityat the other. Ronald Arbuthnot Knox His definition of a
Nursed amid her noise, her crowds, her beloved smokewhat have I
been doing all my life, if I have not lent out my heart
with usury to such scenes? Charles Lamb Of London. Letter to Thomas Manning,15 Feb. Collected in E W Marrs Letters
of Charles and Mary Lamb, vol.2 (1975).
man hates to be moved to folly bya noise. Arabia Of the emotion arousedby the military trumpets.
TheMint, pt.3, ch.9.
Oh, no, the machine, the machine is necessary. A man comesintoagreat
hotelandsays,Iama messenger. Who is this man? He
disappears walking, there is no noise, nothing. Maybe he
will never come back, maybe he will never deliver the
message.But a man who rides up on a great machine, this
man is responsible, this man exists. He will be given
messages. Arthur Miller Rodolpho. A View From the Bridge, act1.
did but prompt the age to quit their clogs By the known rules
of ancient liberty, When strait a barbarous
noise environs me Of owls and
cuckoos, asses, apes and dogs. John Milton c.1646
'On the Detraction Which Follow'd Upon My Writing Certain Treatises'.
Lord Hailsham said the other day that the machinery of Government was
creaking. My Lords, it is not even moving sufficiently to emit a noise of
any kind. (Alexander) Victor Edward Paulet Montagu House of Lords, 20 Apr, shortly before disclaiming
It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles: the less
they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it
out. Alexander Pope Miscellanies,'Thoughts onVarious Subjects', vol.2.
Those that govern most make least noise. John Selden TableTalk
So all day long the noise of battle rolled Among the mountains
by the winter sea. Tennyson Idylls of the King,'The Passing of Arthur',
We need to
find God, and he cannot be found in noise and
restlessness.God is the friend of silence. See how naturetrees,
flowers, grassgrows in silence; see the stars, themoon and
thesun, how they move insilence We need silence to
be able to touch souls. Bojaxhiu A Gift for God,'Willing Slaves to theWill of God'.
Ambition, madam, is a great man's madness, That is not kept in
chains, and close-pent rooms, But in fair
lightsome lodgings, and isgirt With the wild noise
of prattling visitants, Which makes it
lunatic beyond all cure. John Webster The Duchess of Malfi, act1, sc.1.