The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time (2005)
My people too were scared with eerie sounds, A footstep, a low throbbing in the walls, A noise of falling weights that never fell, Weird whispers, bells that rang without a hand, Door-handles turn'd when none was at the door, And bolted doors that open'd of themselves; And one betwixt the dark and light had seen Her, bending by the cradle of her babe.Alfred Tennyson, The Ring.
Oh, it was awful, and I vowed to myself I would never, ever push myself to the edge that much again. It was really frightening. Because absolutely everything seemed to be impossible to deal with, just little things became major - noise, if someone had a radio on, or even the sound of traffic, or being in someone's company for longer than 10 minutes - I started to find it all too much.elaine paige
In anything fit to be called by the name of reading, the process itself should be absorbing and voluptuous; we should gloat over a book, be rapt clean out of ourselves, and rise from the perusal, our mind filled with the busiest, kaleidoscopic dance of images, incapable of sleep or of continuous thought. The words, if the book be eloquent, should run thenceforward in our ears like the noise of breakers, and the story, if it be a story, repeat itself in a thousand coloured pictures to the eye.Robert Louis Stevenson
How on earth are the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Governor of the Bank of England?to 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
When winds are raging o'er the upper oceanAnd billows wild contend with angry roar,'T is said, far down beneath the wild commotionThat peaceful stillness reigneth evermore.Far, far beneath, the noise of tempests diethAnd silver waves chime ever peacefully,And no rude storm, how fierce soe'er it flyethDisturbs the Sabbath of that deeper sea.harriet beecher stowe
Take thou of me, sweet pillowes, sweetest bed; A chamber deafe of noise, and blind of light, A rosie garland and a weary hed.Sir Philip Sidney, Astrophel and Stella, Stanza 39.
Pure mathematics , being mere tautology, and pure physics , being mere fact, could not have engendered them; for creatures to live, must sense the useful and the good; and engines to run must have energy available as work:;: and both, to endure, must regulate themselves. So it is to Thermodynamics and to its brother ?p log p , called Information theory, that we look for the distinctions between work and energy and between signal and noise.Warren S. McCulloch (1961) in: Pask An approach to Cybernetics. Preface. p.7
I never hear parents exclaim impatiently, "Children, you must not make so much noise," that I do not think how soon the time may come when, beside the vacant seat, those parents would give all the world, could they hear once more the ringing laughter which once so disturbed them.Abbott Eliot Kittredge, p. 51. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Man is a great blunderer going about in the woods, and there is no other except the bear makes so much noise.Mary Austin, The Land of Little Rain (1903), p. 60.
Feet that make no noise; eyes that can see in the dark; ears that can hear the winds in their lairs, and sharp white teeth, all these things are the marks of our brothers except Tabaqui the Jackal and the Hyaena whom we hate.Kipling, Rudyard (1894), The Jungle Book, Macmillan Publishers
In peace and honour rest you here, my sons; Rome's readiest champions, repose you here in rest, Secure from worldly chances and mishaps! Here lurks no treason, here no envy swells, Here grow no damned drugs, here are no storms, No noise, but silence and eternal sleep: In peace and honour rest you here, my sons!Titus Andronicus, scene i
[Philosophers] are not honest enough in their work, although they make a lot of virtuous noise when the problem of truthfulness is touched even remotely. They all pose as if they had discovered and reached their real opinions through the self-development of a cold, pure, divinely unconcerned dialectic...; while at bottom it is an assumption, a hunch, indeed a kind of “inspiration” most often a desire of the heart that has been filtered and made abstract that they defend with reasons they have sought after the fact.Friedrich Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil, Part One: On the Prejudices of Philosophers, §5
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