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Quotes of the Day for 5 July 2004 – Noise

At yesterday's family festivities, the younger crowd was blasting away with minor explosives. As I compose this message, my neighbors are launching various explosives into the sky. I don't begrudge anyone their firecrackers, bottle rockets, and more dramatic pieces, but it does bring the theme of Noise to mind.

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The quotes:

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, 1688 - 1744

Noise, n. A stench in the ear. The chief product and authenticating sign of civilization.
     - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

Accustomed to the veneer of noise, to the shibboleths of promotion, public relations, and market research, society is suspicious of those who value silence.
     - John Lahr

He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
     - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, 1533 - 1592

Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
     - Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769 - 1821

Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she has laid an asteroid.
     - Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910


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