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The Angel ended, and in Adam's ear
So charming left his voice, that he awhile
Thought him still speaking, still stood fix'd to hear.
- John Milton, Paradise Lost
(bk. VIII, l. 1)
The soft contralto notes of a woman's voice are born in the immediate region of the heart.
- Louis Charles Alfred de Musset
His voice was as intimate as the rustle of sheets.
- Dorothy Rothchild Parker (Mrs. Alan Campbell)
A Locanian having plucked all the feathers off from a nightingale and seeing what a little body it had, "surely," quoth he, "thou art all voice and nothing else." (Vox et praeterea nibil.)
- Plutarch, Laconic Apothegms,
credited to Lacon "Incert. XIII" by Lipsius
Reader, when that which thou lovedst has long vanished from the earth or from thy fancy, then will nevertheless the beloved voice come back, and bring with it all thy old tears, and the disconsolate heart which has shed them.
- Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)
Her voice was like the voice the stars
Had when they sang together.
- Dante Gabriel Rossetti,
The Blessed Damozel (st. 10)
The warder of the mind.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
A sweet voice, a little indistinct and muffled, which caresses and does not thrill; an utterance which glides on without emphasis, and lays stress on what is deeply felt.
- George Sand (pseudonym of Mme. Armandine Lucile Dupon Dudevant),
Handsome Lawrence (ch. III)
The voice is nothing but beaten air.
[Lat., Vox nihil aliud quam ictus aer.]
- Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
Naturalinum Quoestionum (bk. II)
I grant you, friends, if you should fright the ladies out of their wits, they would have no more discretion but to hang us; but I will aggravate my voice so that I will roar you as gently as any suckling dove; I will roar you an 'twere any nightingale.
- William Shakespeare,
A Midsummer Night's Dream
(Bottom at I, ii)
I thank you for your voices, thank you!
Your most sweet voices! Now you have left your voices,
I have no further with you.
- William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
(Third Citizen at II, iii)
Her voice was ever soft,
Gentle, and low, an excellent thing in woman.
- William Shakespeare, King Lear
(King Lear at V, iii)
And rolling far along the gloomy shores
The voice of days of old and days to be.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson,
The Passing of Arthur
He ceased; but still their trembling ears retained
The deep vibrations of his witching song.
- James Thomson (1), Castle of Indolence
(canto I, st. 20)
To a nice ear, the quality of a voice is singularly affecting. Its depth seems to be allied to feeling; at least, the contralto notes alone give an adequate sense of pathos. They are born near the heart.
- Henry Theodore Tuckerman
My voice stuck in my throat.
[Lat., Vox faucibus haesit.]
- Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
The Aeneid (II, 774)
Some glances of real beauty may be seen in their faces who dwell in true meekness. There is a harmony in the sound of that voice to which divine love gives utterance, and some appearance of right order in their temper and conduct whose passions are regulated.
- John Woolman
Two voices are there; one is of the sea,
One of the mountains: each a mighty Voice.
- William Wordsworth,
Thought of a Briton on the Subjugation of Switzerland
The voice is the flower of beauty.
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