Hear ye not the hum
Of mighty workings? [ Keats ]
I hear, but say nothing. [ Motto ]
He that speaks lavishly,
Shall hear as knavishly. [ Proverb ]
Neither hear nor tell secrets. [ Fuller ]
Ever absent, ever near;
Still I see thee, still I hear;
Yet I cannot reach thee, dear! [ Francis Kazinczy ]
Gently to hear, kindly to judge. [ William Shakespeare ]
Be swift to hear, slow to speak. [ Proverb ]
Hear first and speak afterwards. [ Spanish Proverb ]
Where did you get that pearly ear?
God spoke and it came out to hear. [ George MacDonald ]
No ear can hear nor tongue can tell
The tortures of that inward hell! [ Byron ]
'Tis sweet to hear of heroes dead,
To know them still alive,
But sweeter if we earn their bread,
And in us they survive. [ Thomson ]
A strong nor'wester's blowing. Bill!
Hark! don't yet hear it roar now?
Lord help 'em, how I pities them
Unhappy folks on shore now! [ William Pitt ]
What should we speak of
When we are old as you?
When we shall hear
The rain and wind beat dark December. [ William Shakespeare ]
Flowers preach to us if we will hear. [ Christina G. Rossetti ]
None so deaf as he who will not hear. [ Proverb ]
Every ass loves to hear himself bray. [ Proverb ]
He that would live in peace and rest
Must hear, and see, and say the best. [ Proverb ]
Hear the other party; hear both sides. [ Law Max ]
Must hear, and see, and speak the best. [ Proverb ]
Who is so deaf as he that will not hear? [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
Listeners never hear good of themselves. [ Spanish Proverb ]
I hear the howl of the wind that brings
The long drear storm on its heavy wings. [ William Cullen Bryant ]
I am never merry when I hear sweet music. [ William Shakespeare ]
No longer mourn for me when I am dead.
Than you shall hear the surly sullen bell
Give warning to the world that I am fled. [ William Shakespeare ]
None so deaf as those that will not hear. [ Mathew Henry ]
I know there are voices I do not hear,
And colors I do not see;
I know that the world has numberless doors
Of which I have not the key. [ Minot J. Savage ]
We hear the rain fall, but not the snow.
Bitter grief is loud, calm grief is silent. [ Auerbach ]
Few love to hear the sins they love to act. [ William Shakespeare ]
Dashing in big drops on the narrow pane,
And making mournful music for the mind,
While plays his interlude the wizzard wind,
I hear the singing of the frequent rain. [ William H. Burleigh ]
We cannot pass our guardian angel's bound,
Resign'd or sullen, he will hear our sighs. [ Keble ]
Hear how the birds, on every blooming spray,
With joyous musick wake the dawning day! [ Pope ]
Alas! today I would give everything
To see a friend's face, or hear a voice
That had the slightest tone of comfort in it. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]
What children hear at home soon flies abroad. [ Proverb ]
One eye-witness is better than ten hear-says. [ Proverb ]
Ay me! for aught that ever I could read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth. [ William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream ]
Far off I hear the crowing of the cocks.
And through the opening door that time unlocks
Feel the fresh breathing of Tomorrow creep. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]
Go into the country to hear what news in town. [ Proverb ]
In this world of dreams, I have chosen my part.
To sleep for a season and hear no word
Of true love's truth or of light love's art,
Only the song of a secret bird. [ Swinburne ]
There is ever a song somewhere, my dear,
Be the skies above or dark or fair,
There is ever a song that our hearts may hear -
There is ever a song somewhere, my dear -
There is ever a song somewhere. [ James Whitcomb Riley ]
Showed him the ocean, stretched in liquid light,
And he could hear its multitudinous roar,
Its plunge and hiss upon the pebbled shore. [ George Eliot ]
By force of potent spells, of bloody characters,
And conjurations, horrible to hear,
Call fiends and spectres from the yawning deep,
And set the ministers of hell at work. [ Rowe ]
Not to hear conscience is the way to silence it. [ Proverb ]
Did you ever before hear an ass play upon a lute? [ Proverb ]
Hear the mellow wedding bells.
What a world of happiness their harmony foretells
Through the balmy air of night
How they ring out their delight!
From the molten golden notes,
And all in tune
What a liquid ditty floats
To the turtle-dove that listen? while she gloats
On the moon! [ Poe ]
And none speaks false, when there is none to hear. [ Beattie ]
Listen at a hole, and ye'll hear news o' yoursel'. [ Scotch Proverb ]
But words are words; I never yet did hear
That the bruised heart was pierced through the ear. [ William Shakespeare, Othello, Act I. Sc. 3 ]
Believing hear, what you deserve to hear.
Your birthday as my own to me is dear.
Blest and distinguish'd days! which we should prize
The first, the kindest bounty of the skies.
But yours gives most; for mine did only lend,
Me to the world; yours gave to me a friend. [ Martial ]
It is safer to hear and take counsel than to give it. [ Proverb ]
Lidford Jaw; first hang and draw, then hear the cause. [ Proverb ]
Listen at the hole and you will hear news of yourself. [ Proverb ]
Hear me for my cause, and be silent that you may hear. [ William Shakespeare ]
We often hear bursts of laughter that sound like sobs. [ De Finod ]
When a man is happy he does not hear the clock strike. [ German Proverb ]
Men may blush to hear what they were not ashamed to act. [ Proverb ]
Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason. [ Fielding ]
Blessed are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it. [ Bible ]
Let us be silent, so we may hear the whisper of the gods. [ Emerson ]
I cannot hear what you say for listening to what you are. [ Emerson ]
I do not hear that a bribe on both sides is out of fashion. [ Proverb ]
I hear the wind among the trees playing celestial symphonies. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]
If madness were pain, you would hear outcries in every house. [ Proverb ]
If you will not hear reason, she will surely rap your knuckles. [ Poor Richard ]
He's like a bagpipe, you never hear him till his belly is full. [ Proverb ]
Some had rather guess at much, than take pains to hear a little. [ Proverb ]
By silence, I hear other men's imperfections and conceal my own. [ Zeno ]
Maidens shoud be mild and meek, quick to hear and slow to speak. [ Proverb ]
One man's word is no man's word; we should quietly hear both sides. [ Goethe ]
Oh, how sweet it is to hear our own conviction from another's lips! [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]
I never hear of a great man, that I do not inquire who was his mother. [ J. Adams ]
If you hear a wise sentence or an apt phrase, commit it to your memory. [ Sir Henry Sidney ]
All truths are not to be uttered; still it is always good to hear them. [ Mme. du Deffand ]
He that speaks the thing he should not shall hear the thing he would not. [ Proverb ]
Listen to yourself, and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God. [ Maya Angelou ]
I am satisfied that we are less convinced by what we hear than by what we see. [ Herodotus ]
The more anyone speaks of himself the less he likes to hear another talked of. [ Lavater ]
I have a very poor opinion of a man who talks to men what women should not hear. [ Richardson ]
If you listen to David's harp, you shall hear as many hearse-like airs as carols. [ Bacon ]
Men love to hear of their power, but have an extreme disrelish to be told their duty. [ Burke ]
Ten Things To Do.
Do good to all.
Speak evil of none.
Hear and know the facts before judging.
Think before speaking.
Hold an angry tongue.
Be kind to the distressed.
Ask pardon for all wrongs.
Be patient toward everybody.
Stop the ears to a tale-bearer.
Disbelieve most of the ill reports concerning friends, neighbors, and people in general.
The garrulous sea is talking to the shore; let us go down and hear the graybeard's speech. [ Alexander Smith ]
Shake a Liecestershire man by the collar, and you shall hear the beans rattle in his belly. [ Proverb ]
Books are men of higher stature, and the only men that speak aloud for future times to hear. [ Mrs. Browning ]
Some people's hearts are shrunk in them, like dried nuts. You can hear 'em rattle as they walk. [ Douglas Jerrold ]
Take note of what you see, give heed to what you hear, and be silent. Judge little, inquire much. [ Platen ]
There is more or less sorrow in the word goodbye, and yet how we like to hear some people say it. [ Emerson ]
The angel of Death has been abroad throughout the land; you may almost hear the beating of his wings. [ John Bright ]
We need only obey. There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening we shall hear the right word. [ Emerson ]
A gentleman that loves to hear himself talk will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month. [ William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet ]
The public wishes itself to be managed like a woman; one must say nothing to it except what it likes to hear. [ Goethe ]
Amongst such as out of cunning hear all and talk little, be sure to talk less; or if you must talk, say little. [ La Bruyere ]
Two may talk and one may hear, but three cannot take part in a conversation of the most sincere and searching sort. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
Four things belong to a judge: to hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly, and to decide impartially. [ Socrates ]
Man is nothing but insincerity, falsehood, and hypocrisy. He does not like to hear the truth, and he shuns telling it. [ Pascal ]
It is only before those who are glad to hear it, and anxious to spread it, that we find it easy to speak ill of others. [ J. Petit-Senn ]
Neither borrow money of a neighbour nor a friend, but of a stranger, where, paying for it, thou shalt hear no more of it. [ Lord Burleigh ]
Any style is good if you have something you have a call to say, and men ought to hear; and no style is good if you haven't. [ Thomas Hughes, The Art of Authorship, 1891 ]
Avoid an inquisitive person, for he is sure to be a gossip; ears always open to hear will not keep faithfully what is intrusted to them. [ Horace ]
The nearer I approach the end, the plainer I hear around me the immortal symphonies of the worlds which invite me. It is marvelous, yet simple. [ Victor Hugo ]
Never hold any one by the button or the hand in order to be heard out; for if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue. [ Chesterfield ]
Do we not hear voices, gentle and great, and some of them like the voices of departed friends - do we not hear them saying to us,
Come up hither? [ Wm. Mountford ]
Much complaining I often hear raised against the proud bearing of the great. The pride of the great will disappear as soon as we cease our cringing. [ Körner ]
Go on, spare no invectives, but open the spout of your eloquence, and see with what a calm, connubial resignation I will both hear and bow to the chastisement. [ Colley Cibber ]
When you hear that your neighbour has picked up a purse of gold in the street, never run out into the same street, looking about you, in order to pick up such another. [ Goldsmith ]
There is but one thing necessary to keep the possession of true glory, which is to hear the opposers of it with patience, and preserve the virtue by which it was acquired. [ Steele ]
No one loves to tell of scandal except to him who loves to hear it. Learn, then, to rebuke and check the detracting tongue by showing that you do not listen to it with pleasure. [ St. Jerome ]
Everything dies, and on this spring morning, if I lay my ear to the ground, I seem to hear from every point of the compass the heavy step of men who carry a corpse to its burial. [ Madame de Gasparin ]
No one can take less pains than to hold his tongue. Hear much, and speak little; for the tongue is the instrument of the greatest good and greatest evil that is done in the world. [ Sir Walter Raleigh ]
Our very best friends have a tincture of jealousy even in their friendship; and when they hear us praised by others, will ascribe it to sinister and interested motives if they can. [ Colton ]
Our admiration of a famous man lessens upon our nearer acquaintance with him; and we seldom hear of a celebrated person without a catalogue of some notorious weaknesses and infirmities. [ Addison ]
Learn, O student, the true wisdom. See yon bush aflame with roses, like the burning bush of Moses. Listen, and thou shalt hear, if thy soul be not deaf, how from out it, soft and clear, speaks to thee the Lord Almighty. [ Hafiz ]
There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master. [ Bible ]
The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years. To hear them talk one would imagine they were in their first childhood. As far as civilization goes they are in their second. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]
If you should take the human heart and listen to it, it would be like listening to a sea-shell; you would hear in it the hollow murmur of the infinite ocean to which it belongs, from which it draws its profoundest inspiration, and for which it yearns. [ Chapin ]
I may grieve with the smart of an evil as soon as I feel it, but I will not smart with the grief of an evil as soon as I hear of it. My evil, when it Cometh, may make my grief too great; why, then, should my grief, before it comes, make my evil greater? [ Arthur Warwick ]
There are times in the history of men and nations, when they stand so near the vale that separates mortals from the immortals, time from eternity, and men from their God. that they can almost hear the beatings, and feel the pulsations of the heart of the Infinite. [ James A. Garfield ]
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and scarcely in that; for it is true, we may give advice, but we cannot give conduct. Remember this; they that will not be counseled cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you over your knuckles. [ Benjamin Franklin ]
If one could look a while through the chinks of heaven's door, and see the beauty and bliss of paradise; if he could but lay his ear to heaven, and hear the ravishing music of those seraphic spirits, and the anthems of praise which they sing, how would his soul be exhilarated and transported with joy. [ Watson ]
Did you ever hear of a man who had striven all his life faithfully and singly towards an object, and in no measure obtained it? If a man constantly aspires, is he not elevated? Did ever a man try heroism, magnanimity, truth, sincerity, and find that there was no advantage in them, - that it was a vain endeavor? [ Thoreau ]
If you love music, hear it; go to operas, concerts, and pay fiddlers to play to you. But I insist upon your neither piping nor fiddling yourself; it puts a gentleman in a very frivolous, contemptible light; brings him into a great deal of bad company, and takes up a great deal of time which might be much better employed. [ Chesterfield ]
At almost every step in life we meet with young men from whom we anticipate wonderful things, but of whom, after careful inquiry, we never hear another word. Like certain chintzes, calicoes, and ginghams, they show finely on their first newness, but cannot stand the sun and rain, and assume a very sober aspect after washing day. [ Hawthorne ]
In Goethe's drama, Iphigenia defends her chastity, ascribing her firmness to the gods.
No god hath said this: thine own heart hath spoken, answered Thoas, the king.
They only speak to us through our heart, she replies.
Have not I the right to hear them too? he rejoins.
Thy storm of passion drowns the gentle whisper, adds the maiden, and closes all debate. [ Bartol ]
How absolute and omnipotent is the silence of night! And yet the stillness seems almost audible! From all the measureless depths of air around us comes a half-sound, a half-whisper, as if we could hear the crumbling and falling away of earth and all created things, in the great miracle of nature, decay and reproduction, ever beginning, never ending, - the gradual lapse and running of the sand in the great hour-glass of Time. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]
After all there is a weariness that cannot be prevented. It will come on. The work brings it on. The cross brings it on. Sometimes the very walk with God brings it on, for the flesh is weak; and at such moments we hear softer and sweeter than it ever floated in the wondrous air of Mendelssohn,
O rest in the Lord, for it has the sound of an immortal requiem:
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, for they rest from their labors. [ James Hamilton ]
Paraphernalia, Trappings or Regalia? We often hear paraphernalia used in the sense of trappings or regalia; as,
The Grand Marshal was conspicuous in his gorgeous paraphernalia The word is derived from the Greek, and is strictly a law term, meaning whatever the wife brings with her at marriage, in addition to her dower, such as her dresses and her jewels. Hence the evident absurdity of the use of paraphernalia in the sentence cited. [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]
Have you ever rightly considered what the mere ability to read means? That it is the key which admits us to the whole world of thought and fancy and imagination? to the company of saint and sage, of the wisest and the wittiest at their wisest and wittiest moment? That it enables us to see with the keenest eyes, hear with the finest ears, and listen to the sweetest voices of all time? More than that, it annihilates time and space for us. [ Lowell ]
The names of great painters are like passing-bells: in the name of Velasquez you hear sounded the fall of Spain; in the name of Titian, that of Venice; in the name of Leonardo, that of Milan; in the name of Raphael, that of Rome. And there is profound justice in this, for in proportion to the nobleness of the power is the guilt of its use for purposes vain or vile; and hitherto the greater the art, the more surely has it been used, and used solely, for the decoration of pride or the provoking of sensuality. [ Ruskin ]
Those who worship gold in a world so corrupt as this we live in have at least one thing to plead in defense of their idolatry - the power of their idol. It is true that, like other idols, it can neither move, see, hear, feel, nor understand; but, unlike other idols, it has often communicated all these powers to those who had them not, and annihilated them in those who had. This idol can boast of two peculiarities; it is worshipped in all climates, without a single temple, and by all classes, without a single hypocrite. [ Colton ]