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Quotes of the Day for 30 May 2003 – Voice

Melvin Jerome Blank was born at San Francisco on this day in 1908, and grew up in Portland, Oregon. In high school he entertained his friends with jokes featuring multiple accents he picked up from his neighbors, and changed his last name to Blanc. Right out of high school he performed on a radio show called "The Hoot Owls," but when movies added sound, he headed for Hollywood. It took a few years, but he did the voice of a drunken bull in the 1937 Looney Tunes short "Picador Porky." The actor voicing Porky Pig actually stuttered, when Blanc took over the role he took over the stutter as well. From there he moved on to Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Pie, Sylvester, Speedy Gonzalez, Pepe Le Pew, Tasmanian Devil, Foghorn Leghorn, and Yosemite Sam. In memory of Mel Blanc, the "Man of a Thousand Voices," here are a few quotes on Voice.

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The quotes:

A loud voice cannot compete with a clear voice, even if it's a whisper.
     - Barry Neil Kaufman

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with the shades of deeper meaning.
     - Bertha Flowers

Eloquence lies as much in the tone of the voice, in the eyes, and in the speaker's manner, as in his choice of words.
     - Francois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, 1613 - 1680

The voice is a second face.
     - Gerard Bauer

A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.
     - Margaret Atwood

We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another - until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices.
     - Richard M. Nixon

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