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Letter "A" » accents
«Accent your positive and delete your negative.»
«I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the word begin to move around. Stressed accents begin to invert. The word abandons its meaning like an overload which is too heavy and prevents dreaming. Then words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young. And the words wander away, looking in the nooks and crannies of vocabulary for new company, bad company.»
Author: Gaston Bachelard
, Bad Company
, move around
, nooks and crannies
«It takes more time and effort and delicacy to learn the silence of a people than to learn its sounds. Some people have a special gift for this. Perhaps this explains why some missionaries, notwithstanding their efforts, never come to speak properly, to communicate delicately through silences. Although they ''speak with the accent of natives'' they remain forever thousands of miles away. The learning of the grammar of silence is an art much more difficult to learn than the grammar of sounds.»
Author: Ivan Illich
, properly speaking
, The Silence
«No man can tell but he that loves his children, how many delicious accents make a man's heart dance in the pretty conversation of those dear pledges; their childishness, their stammering, their little angers, their innocence, their imperfections, their necessities, are so many little emanations of joy and comfort to him that delights in their persons and society.»
Author: Jeremy Taylor
«In Paris, one is always reminded of being a foreigner. If you park your car wrong, it is not the fact that it's on the sidewalk that matters, but the fact that you speak with an accent.»
«Follow your saint, follow with accents sweet; / Haste you, sad notes, fall at her flying feet.»
«If a person with a rural accent says 'I don't know much about politics,' zip your pocket»
«I have traveled more than any one else, and I have noticed that even the angels speak English with an accent»
«It comes to pass oft that a terrible oath, with a swaggering accent sharply twanged off, gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would have earned him.»
Author: William Shakespeare
, pass off
«How many ages henceShall this our lofty scene be acted overIn states unborn and accents yet unknown!»