Top 212 Ear Quotes

Here we have the best Ear Quotes from famous authors such as Jacki Weaver, Louis Tomlinson, Alex Borstein, Colm Wilkinson, Martin Cooper. Find the perfect quotation from our collection.

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In Australia, I grew up watching ‘The Mickey Mouse Club,’ my son grew up watching ‘Sesame Street,’ my grandson‘s growing up watching ‘Dora The Explorer.’ So we are sort of saturated with American culture from the day we’re born, and to those of those who do have an ear for it, it’s second nature.

I am going slightly deaf in my right ear. It’s tinnitus… something like that.

I grew up with a grandmother from another country and having a different language in my house. That gave me an ear for accents.

You see some people on stage today, and they have these huge ear monitors.

We did envision that some day the phone would be so small that you could hang it on your ear or even have it embedded under your skin.

Music is the same to me as it was to Goethe – a pleasant noise. I am an eye man, not an ear man.

Fritz Lang
Grooming-wise, it is now a constant battle as I progressively turn into my father. I have to keep on top of ear and nose hairthings you never believe will happen to you. Suddenly I have a shaving brush in my ear and I don’t know where it’s come from, and the more hair I take the out, the more it surges back.

My father had a varied ear, from Hank Williams to Ravel.

Madeleine Peyroux
Attempts to put my poems to music have had disastrous results in all cases. And the poem, if it’s written with the ear, already has been set to its own verbal music as it was composed.

I learned quickly in the NBA that you keep one eye open at all times and one ear closed. You can’t react to everything you hear or see.

I never really trained to be a musician, but I’ve been playing guitar since I was around, like, 13 years old. For me, the guitar has always been the instrument that I’ve played. I play a little piano. I taught myself everything by ear. I don’t read music at all, which has not really been a hindrance.

I can’t read a note of music. I just do it all from ear.

Jane Horrocks
I’ll never forget my mom coming into the room middle of the night with YouTube videos of hypnotizing people saying, ‘You’re happy, you’re going to be okay,’ and she just played it in my ear as I slept.

I can’t cut off an ear everyday. Do the Van Gogh here and the Mozart there. Anyway it’s exhausting enough always having to check up on what one is really doing!.

Martin Kippenberger
There are accents in the eye which are not on the tongue, and more tales come from pale lips than can enter an ear. It is both the grandeur and the pain of the remoter moods that they avoid the pathway of sound.

Richard Hugo taught me that anyone with a desire to write, an ear for language and a bit of imagination could become a writer. He also, in a way, gave me permission to write about northern Montana.

James Welch
The Wonderful pistachios campaign is a great example – I don’t involve myself with a project I don’t feel passionate about. I could talk your ear off about internal statistics for WWE and what we have planned for the future. Why do I know that stuff? Because I like to do all that stuff.

I just tell you what I feel. I go out there, you put a quarter on my tongue, twist my ear and I’ll spit out some hit for you.

One of the things that the Grateful Dead did, way back when, was we spent a lot of time just turning each other on to music. If somebody was listening to something that really caught their ear, they’d make sure that everybody else in the band heard it, and that came home for us in innumerable ways.

I’m trying to get under people’s skin in a way. I don’t like films that go in one ear and out the other.

I’ve got four piercings in my left, so we’ve dubbed my right one the ‘period drama ear.’ I have to be filmed from that side when I do emotional close-ups in ‘Downton.’

The house I’ve bought in London, the holidays, everything has been bought from making people laugh, and if you’d said to me when I was 14 that’s how I was going to make my living, I would have smiled from ear to ear.

Nevertheless the passions, whether violent or not, should never be so expressed as to reach the point of causing disgust; and music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.

If you are not diverse and you are not listening to all voices and have your ear to the ground, you’re not going to make the best decisions.

When things are difficult, awful, stressful, the thing that always gets you through is a sense of humour. I don’t mean – well, maybe I do – laugh at the hangman as he puts the noose around your neck. But an eye, an ear, for the ridiculous, the absurd in life, can get you through a lot.

It is not the voice that commands the story; it is the ear.

I love radio – its immediacy and especially its intimacy… it is part of your life, whispering into your ear. You can’t see it, but equally importantly it can’t see you.

The piano is an instrument I’ve always loved and so I taught myself. As a rapper, who wants to produce more, being able to play by ear helps a lot because I know where I want an instrument to turn or how I want it to sound without having to do too much work.

When you listen to stereo on your home system, your both ears hear both speakers. Turn on the left speaker sometime and notice you’re hearing it also in your right ear.

Woody Norris
I have a good ear for music.

Loquacity storms the ear, but modesty takes the heart.

Robert South
For me personally, I was just worried that transitioning from a podcast, which is a very intimate sort of experience – people tell me they listen to my podcast while they’re at the gym or on road trips, so you’re in someone‘s ear – to being on television – that’s a lot of space to fill.

You can’t go to the store and buy a good ear and rhythm.

Les Paul
Writing poetry makes you intensely conscious of how words sound, both aloud and inside the head of the reader. You learn the weight of words and how they sound to the ear.

I’m a pretty private person, so I’d like to say I’m a good ear and that I keep my mouth shut.

James Badge Dale
I feel that my ear candy is a little different from the ear candy most people are receiving right now.

Bubba Sparxxx
The ear is the only true writer and the only true reader.

I grew up with my parents always listening to rock music. My dad wanted me to play guitar, but I always had more of an ear for drums. He really wanted me to be a guitar player, like him.

Language in fiction is made up of equal parts meaning and music. The sentences should have rhythm and cadence, they should engage and delight the inner ear.

I don’t know what caused my tinnitus, but I started to become aware of a very low ringing noise in my right ear, which is now constantly there.

I could never overstate the importance of a musician’s need to develop his or her ear. Actually, I believe that developing a good ‘inner ear’ – the art of being able to decipher musical components solely through listening – is the most important element in becoming a good musician.

For like a year, even after I retired, my ear would just bleed. There was just some scar tissue on it that tore open so many times that it just started bleeding all the time. It’s rough on the wife, she has to keep washing the sheets again and again.

Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.

John C Crosby
Do not meet or overtake a patient who is moving about in order to speak to him or to give him any message or letter. You might just as well give him a box on the ear. I have seen a patient fall flat on the ground who was standing when his nurse came into the room.

You know, I started in movies a long time ago, and once in awhile I’m taken aback. Sometimes one of my things will come on – they use my things as background music all the time, in somebody else’s arrangements and It catches my ear.

My mom dragged me by my ear to Catholic school because I was a cutup and thought I needed to see the nuns.

Ed Henry
I have a good ear for languages.

You cannot raise the standard against oppression, or leap into the breach to relieve injustice, and still keep an open mind to every disconcerting fact, or an open ear to the cold voice of doubt.

Learned Hand
Read and write with a sensitive ear. The craft of writing is very important. Practice the craft.

I love arranging the words and having them fall on the ear the right way, and you know you’re not quite there, and you’re redoing it and redoing it, and there’s a wonderful thrill to it. But it is hard. It’s a job of tremendous anxiety for me.

Music makes us want to live. You don’t know how many times people have told me that they’d been down and depressed and just wanted to die. But then a special song caught their ear and that helped give them renewed strength. That’s the power music has.

I ain’t the same person I was when I bit that guy‘s ear off.

The one thing I do have is good ears. I don’t mean perfect pitch, but ears for picking things up. I developed my ear through piano theory, but I never had a guitar lesson in my life, except from Eric Clapton off of records.

The main thing about being a producer and not a beatmaker, the difference is the ear.

I know that millions of Americans from all walks of life agree with me that leadership does not mean putting the ear to the ground to follow public opinion, but to have the vision of what is necessary and the courage to make it possible.

Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination – everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell.

People have said things about me, and wrote and criticized me about things in the past, but it goes in one ear and out the other.

The bohar snapper – they have these huge canines. I got bit by one. One took a chunk out of my ear – they are much scarier than the sharks.

When I attained my seventh year, my father, whose ear was unmusical but who was nevertheless passionately fond of music, gave me my elementary lessons on the violin; in a very few months, I was able to play all manner of compositions at sight.

Niccolo Paganini
I am not musically educated yet. I don’t read – I make my own language that works for myself. But I play by ear.

I think, in a world of mouths, I want to be an ear.

I don’t really listen to contemporary R&B with an ear for hearing my influence. Music is a spirit unto itself, and all of us musicians influence each other all along the chain.

Maurice White
I looked, and saw that Bob had entirely lost his left ear, and a large piece from his left cheek. His right eye was a little discoloured, and the blood flowed profusely from his wounds.

Augustus Baldwin Longstreet
Usually a poem takes shape accoustically – a line or a pair of lines will repeat itself in my ear.

Thomas Lynch
My mom played 12-string and sang, and my dad could play pretty much any wind instrument and had a great ear for harmony. Soon enough, my sister and I got into music because we were always around it, and people were always listening to it.

It was frustrating that young people, through no fault of their own, were listening to terrible $2 ear buds. You can’t get good sound out of those.

Young people have decided they like to listen to music in a certain way, through ear buds, and that’s fine with me as long as it doesn’t bother them that they’re not hearing 90 percent of the music that way.

I did ‘Christmas Carol‘ off and on through my teenage years, so I always had that dialect and that sound in my ear, which was so helpful. It became second nature.

I used to live in New York, and I have friends that work in the fashion world, and I feel like I had an ear to the ground there.

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

I wanted to find raw talent and help build it from scratch. I wanted to build from rags to riches. That’s the way Ear Drummers did it. We took over the music industry from my mom’s basement. That’s why my first album is going to be called ‘Made It Out the Basement.’

Growing up, I can remember singing along with my ma all of the time. I wouldn’t say she necessarily ‘taught’ me how to sing, but she was definitely the first person to inspire me to sing and the first to intrigue me vocally. I’ve always had a natural ear for music, though.

Elliott Yamin
Just sitting on the bed watching TV. And they said someone with a left inner ear infection, ear pops up, whoa! And uh, yeah, that’s me. And you know, they just prayed that it be healed and it sure was. It went away and that was that. And I knew I was healed. What are the chances, eh? That was the Lord working!

I grew up playing about 15 instruments and the way that I was able to accomplish that was by cutting my classes, hanging out in the band room all day, and going from one instrument to the next to the next, until I learned how to play everything by ear.

It is only when the whole heart is gripped with the passion of prayer that the life-giving fire descends, for none but the earnest man gets access to the ear of God.

One of the hardest things for me to do is watch myself. The first time I see it, I am obsessed with my left ear or my right ear or some other physical attribute, or the fact that I’m 60 or whatever shallow ego thought is running through my head. I’m just destroyed that I’m not Cary Grant or whatever.

If the nose has become a deeply disillusioned and grief-stricken organ in the modern world, then what of the ear? The poor little ear – such an innocent, intelligent and sensitive creature; in these times of such flagrant sonic brutality, the sense within the ear has much to contend with.

The eye is a very quick instrument, much quicker than the ear. The eye gets it immediately.

There was this discussion to know how long the human ear was really receptive to the music. A 74 minute CD is too long. We thought about making two CDs, 35 minutes each… But the songs need to breathe.

Ed O’Brien
The more of my readers I encounter who say, often apologetically, that they are actually listeners, the more I write for the ear rather than the eye. Small things like identifying speakers in dialogue rather than relying on paragraphing to mark the shifts.

I like to put something on and want to listen to it again once I get done listening to it, not feel like I need an ear break.

The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar and is shocked by the unexpected; the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition.

This thing comes to me, not by the hearing of the ear, but by my own personal experience: I know of a surety that Jesus manifests Himself unto His people as He doth not unto the world.

When hearing aids were first mentioned, I pictured myself as that old geezer at the back of the church with the whistling ear trumpet, but you can’t see these Phonak hearing aids, and people don’t realise you’ve got them in.

I find that classical music helps put me in a place that is very calming and allows me to express emotion through my body. I played clarinet as a child, so I guess I have a bit of a musical ear.

Nonfiction speaks to the head. Fiction speaks to the heart. Poetry speaks to the soul. It’s the essence of beauty. The essence of pain. It pleases the eye and the ear.

Ellen Hopkins
I always used to listen to quite a bit of classical music because my dad liked it, and if you’ve got any ear for music at all you have to enjoy Mozart.

Anything that catches my ear, I’m into. Things that are different, that change what you’re listening to.

I wonder if anyone else has an ear so tuned and sharpened as I have, to detect the music, not of the spheres, but of earth, subtleties of major and minor chord that the wind strikes upon the tree branches. Have you ever heard the earth breathe?

Kate Chopin
It’s very important to listen when someone is speaking up. I always keep my ear to the ground.

If you watch wrestling like I do, you watch for the wrestling. There’s so much talking. There’s some ‘twit’ back there with a pencil behind his ear writing down all these things for wrestlers to say.

As a writer, my main objective is to tell the story urgently – as if whispering it into one ear – and to know the characters intimately.

It’s easy to get next to music theory, especially between your peers and music classes and so forth. You just pay attention. I had a good ear, so I realized that printed music was just about reminding you what to play.

I find this mortifying to admit, but I have one of those balls that helps my posture. They’re hard to sit on, so it stops me from sitting too long… I also wear a pair of 3M(TM) PELTOR(TM) Optime(TM) II Ear Muffs. They’re the same ones that people wear on the tarmac among the planes – noise blockers.

I just got an ear for the kind of things I like.

I’ve always considered transcribing to be an invaluable tool in the development of one’s musical ear and, over the years, I have spent countless glorious hours transcribing different kinds of music, either guitar-oriented or not.

Very few of the men whose names have become great in the early pioneering of jazz and of swing were trained in music at all. They were born musicians: they felt their music and played by ear and memory. That was the way it was with the great Dixieland Five.

With a bad script and even the best cast, the most you can hope for is to turn a sow‘s ear into a silk purse.

I have found life an enjoyable, enchanting, active, and sometime terrifying experience, and I’ve enjoyed it completely. A lament in one ear, maybe, but always a song in the other.

Sean O’Casey
I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They’ve experienced pain and bought jewelry.

Pneumococcal disease is a real threat. Pneumococcal disease is a bacterial infection that causes anything from middle ear infection to pneumonia to meningitis. Children are particularly vulnerable to it, but adults can get pneumococcal disease themselves.

You just need the ear. But the ear is something, I guess, that you can’t buy. And I can’t play the piano fluently, but I feel like my ear is my strong point.

I sometimes clean my ears up to five times a day. Even having buds in the same room makes me want to have a go. When I’m in India, the cheap ones freak me out because I worry they’ll drop off inside my ear. In the U.K., I like Johnson‘s.

Children don’t need much advice but they really do need to be listened to and not just with half an ear.

It’s quite hard to have your mom as a teacher – it’s like, she’s not necessarily a ‘real teacher’ for me. But she’d always teach me to really hear the music, and develop my ear, and to try and hear the harmonics of the piano.

The fact that I wasn’t expected to read music at all and was absorbing everything by ear… it had a huge affect on the kind of musician that I became.

The ear will surrender even at those times when the eye wants to close, when the eye doesn’t want to watch.

One disadvantage of being a hog is that at any moment some blundering fool may try to make a silk purse out of your wife’s ear.

J B Morton
My parents have a brilliant ear for languages and mimicry and accents, which I think I’ve inherited – that I can listen to things and pick them up.

I don’t go around, the way many musicians do, with earbuds in my ear listening to my iPod all day and just sticking my head in the music all the time.

I kind of always thought that I had a good ear for melodies. I think in terms of melody. I can just be walking and I’ll hear a melody.

What can I say? I’m just a relevant dude. It’s just natural. My hunger‘s still there. I still keep my ear to the streets. I record every song like it’s my last. I just love music. I’m blessed.

What comprises good performance? The ability through singing or playing to make the ear conscious of the true content and affect of a composition.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
I read everything aloud, novels as well as picture books. I believe the eye and ear are different listeners. So as writers, we have to please both.

I had terrible ear problems and asthma and allergies. I spent quite a bit of time in hospital up to the age of eight so was not – am still not – extraordinarily intelligent.

There is something mean in human nature that prefers to think evil, that gives a willing ear and a ready welcome to calumny, a sort of jealousy of goodness and greatness and things of good report.

God is not troubled by one who is conservative or liberal, and He certainly never inclines His ear toward a donkey or an elephant.

My fans, they know my dad as Guitar Guy or whatever, and he’s kind of just this shredder that plays on my records sometimes. But they don’t know his ear and how rich his harmonic scope is.

When a book is alive, really alive, you feel it. You put it to your ear here, and you feel it breathe, sometimes laugh, sometimes cry, just like a person, a little person.

When I work with new girls, I talk their ear off and try to make them as comfortable as possible because I remember what it was like when I first started.

Alyssa Sutherland
I have always felt a special affinity with V. S. Pritchett. He worked from the ear, primarily, as I do, and he was an all-rounder, writing short stories, novels, memoir, travelogue, critical biography. He lived to be almost 100, and he never stopped, and his work is unified by a great generosity of spirit.

Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.

Thomas Beecham
One year, I was a patron of a new opera. It was, to put it kindly, unpleasant to the ear. The friends I went with hated it. Keeping quiet about my contribution, I was outed when one of them, reading the program at the restaurant during dinner, saw my name.

I may have been through the pain of childbirth three times, but I’m incredibly nervous about having my upper ear pierced.

I became quite taken over by Johnson’s personality at some points while writing the biography, and since I went straight on to The Closed Circle afterwards, I did sometimes feel I could hear him whispering in my ear while I was working on it.

My mom is still whispering in my ear, ‘Look as good as you can.’ She taught me that being the best you can be in your appearance as well as your intellect was primary.

Heaven finds an ear when sinners find a tongue.

Francis Quarles
Van Gogh cut off his ear for his art. I’m not tryin’ to cut off my ear. I’m not humiliating myself.

Homer’s whole language, the language in which he lived, the language that he breathed, because he never saw it, or certainly those who formed his tradition never saw it, in characters on the pages. It was all on the tongue and in the ear.

By the visual pattern, but mostly I’m guided entirely by my ear, what I hear.

My mother played guitar by ear, and all of us sang except my father, bless his heart.

Tesla is changing the paradigm. We’re going to turn the world on its ear and create high demand through design.

Franz von Holzhausen
When I’m scoring something like a string quartet, it’s all notated music, so it’s meticulously written in the score, which is very different than doing things by ear.

That’s the way I always listened to music. I’d listen and copy it. I play by ear so that’s easier than reading.

Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.

Anne Sexton
The Gaelic language itself depends very much on ear and rhythm, and when those who are thinking in Gaelic speak in English, they get the same rhythm.

Rihanna‘s voice is just delicious for your ear. Sinatra had the same thing; anything he sang sounded pleasing to most people.

I have as many pictures of my vocal cords as I do of my children. I have a great ear, nose and throat doctor, and we look at them – if there’s some redness, maybe I’ll take a little time off.

We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting.

Because these show are live, script pages are being switched during the program and new commercial teases might be yelled in your ear with just enough time to scribble them on scrap paper before reading them.

It is my responsibility to always have my ear to the ground on issues affecting the people of our district, and whether it’s supporting the veterans of Michigan‘s 8th district or anyone else, I will always do my best to listen and follow through on the needs of folks here.

My hearing has suffered seriously; just now I am obliged to have the assistance of an ear trumpet. Think of that, my beauty! – There ‘s a state for your old Lover to be in! – No more tender whisperings! Imagine sweet confessions to be made through an ear trumpet!

Samuel Lover
Whatever sounds best to the ear, to the whole team of people who are producing the song, is what works eventually.

I got some media coverage for using the tail, the ear, the oink.

When I grew up, a director was Cecil B DeMille, a guy sitting down with a megaphone speaking. He was the voice of God, the image of God. When I went to start making docs, I quickly turned the megaphone to my ear not to my mouth. It’s more about funneling in the words and listening as doc filmmaker.

I have no tattoos at all – it was a huge undertaking for me in the ’80s to let my parents know I was piercing my ear when I did ‘L.A. Law.’

If you wish to spare yourself and your venerable family, give heed to my advice with the ear of intelligence. If you do not, you will see what God has willed.

Hulagu Khan
I’m kind of the town pump. I think I have a pretty good ear for what sounds good in this style.

I have the worst ear for criticism; even when I have created a stage set I like, I always hear the woman in the back of the dress circle who says she doesn’t like blue.

Cecil Beaton
Flaubert called himself a human pen; I would say that I am a human ear. When I walk down the street and catch words, phrases, and exclamations, I always think – how many novels disappear without a trace! Disappear into darkness.

I ask you: turn a deaf ear to the special interests. Let politics stand down for a while. don’t waste anytime thinking about future elections until we’ve done our jobs here.

I’ve grown up with a piano in the house, and that’s where I started to be able to learn things by ear. Guitar kind of happened, and I was using it just for writing at first. Then, I was writing so much that I began to realise that I knew how to play, and that’s when I started getting nerdy about it.

Eloquent speech is not from lip to ear, but rather from heart to heart.

I feel it’s our responsibility to keep our ear tuned to public discourse. There’s a lot of noise out there, and our responsibility is to pick up on the themes and issues that work their way through all of society.

Everyone tells me to play as long as you can. Sometimes, it goes in one ear and out the other.

Gary Speed
I think you’ll always be able to do what your ear tells you.

I mostly play my dynasty or against someone in the hotel. I don’t really like online games. I can’t stand people yelling in my ear over a headset. I’d rather just play someone like Dwight Howard out in Orlando or people back home. For games like that, it’s cool, but just signing on and playing random people, I hate it.

Despair is a cop-out, the ultimate abdication of all responsibility, in which people feel justified in their feelings of impotence. But if, on the other hand, you feel that your work in the world does make a difference and that you do have the power to change things, the nay-sayers will turn a deaf ear.

I love playing the piano. I have one in my apartment, and I learnt by ear. I sing a lot of Coldplay, but do my own stuff too.

Christopher Egan
If you listen to the radio, and something beats you into surrender, like ‘REO Speedwagon’, and you really hate them, there’s ‘You Can Go Your Own Way’ in your ear all day, and that’s what makes a good song.

When I was 8 years old I became a mute and was a mute until I was 13, and I thought of my whole body as an ear, so I can go into a crowd and sit still and absorb all sound. That talent or ability has lasted and served me until today.

My sisters play ball. My older brother, he’s in my ear. My younger brother, he’s in my ear. Critiquing me on my game. That’s who I mostly pay attention to.

She may hide it, but Clinton is a policy nerd. Ask about microfinance, and she’ll talk your ear off. Mention early childhood interventions, and she will gush about obscure details of a home visitation experiment in Elmira, N.Y., that dramatically improved child outcomes.

Sports and fashion move so fast that I can’t possibly keep my ear to the ground. For one thing, my ear trumpet gets in the way.

I have had an actor squeeze himself up against me during a shot in a song and whisper in my ear that he was so glad that I was in the film with him. When I threw him off me and refused to speak to him again, he made my experience miserable.

I think statistics go in one ear and out the other. All of us respond to stories more than numbers.

My English is good because I have a good ear.

I was surprised when they sent me to Hollywood, Then I thought as soon as they discovered my 14 fathom greenness, I’d be out on my ear. But everything kept going.

I never had plastic surgery. I had a nose procedure done because I had to. I had no cartilage in my nose; I have a piece of cartilage from my ear put into my nose. I had a medical procedure done. I have no plastic in my nose.

Tamar Braxton
He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.

Billy Wilder
At a meet and greet in a nightclub in Texas, a girl who looked about 15 years old gave me a VHS copy of ‘Adventures in Babysitting,’ and she whispered in my ear that it’s really just home movie footage of her dad practicing judo.

Beethoven‘s Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man.

The best way to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear is to begin with a silk sow. The same is true of money.

I had no idea that I was ever getting into music. I did not prepare for a music career, and here I’ve found, out of pure luck, that I did have, not only a talent and an ear, but a passion for music. And I have it to this day.

The talent of a true writer and poet is in the ear.

I like to say that the greatest handicap of deafness does not lie in the ear, it lies in the mind. I hope that through my example, such as my role on ‘The West Wing,’ I can help change attitudes on deafness and prove we can really do everything… except hear.

To my ear, the term ‘comic novelist‘ is as redundant and off-putting as the term ‘literary novelist’.

A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.

Choose a wife rather by your ear than your eye.

Engaging in a sycophantic way with any politician in the short term is tempting. It offers the lure of access and the promise of influence. But ultimately, it can lead to misreading the environment, giving too much of an ear to the politician’s circle, and confining your audience to partisans.

I work hard not to be pigeonholed. And I can’t understand how you can work on jobs back-to-back all year, with cameras in your face, contestants to look after and someone screaming in your ear, and still expect to remember the price of a pint of milk.

Liza Tarbuck
Thankfully, I have got the ear to select music, which I think I have inherited that from my father. That matters a lot, when you are recording a song.

It has always been my practice to cast a long paragraph in a single mould, to try it by my ear, to deposit it in my memory, but to suspend the action of the pen till I had given the last polish to my work.

I have OCD and, literally, walking on the left, needing things to be in even numbers with few exceptions. One and seven, any number that ends in seven, that’s all me. All the tics like the pulling of the ear and scratching of the palms, all me.

We sometimes laugh from ear to ear, but it would be impossible for a smile to be wider than the distance between our eyes.

Malcolm de Chazal
When I think about the person who’s been most in my ear, it’s Joe Dumars.

My father was a jazz tenor sax player. He played in a lot of big bands. So I had that sound around me all the time. The first record that really caught my ear was Clifford Brown‘s ‘Brownie Eyes.’ I grew up listening to John Coltrane and Illinois Jacquet. This is where I come from… I love improvisational music.

Bands rise and surface in the British press so regularly that, for the most part, unless something really catches my ear, I feel like, ‘Oh, if they’re still around in two years, I’ll see what they’re up to.’

I don’t know whether other asthma sufferers find this, but I’ve noticed that even when I’ve got my asthma under control, I often develop another problem such as an ear, chest or sinus infection and sometimes even joint pains.

To become a singer requires work, work, and again, work! It need not be in any special corner of the earth; there is no one spot that will do more for you than other places. It doesn’t matter so much where you are if you have intelligence and a good ear.

Enrico Caruso
I love music, and I got an ear for it.

I never developed hard cartilage in my ears because I played with them since I was a baby. I can fold my ear entirely inside out, and I can put the whole thing inside itself.

Although I’m deaf in only my left ear, when there is noise all around, I’m unable to distinguish sounds and can’t hear anything.

I had no idea what awaited me when I took a job with CBS Records, and it was a total surprise to find I had a gift and an ear for music.

The more people who come from musical backgrounds and go into promotion, production, songwriting, A&R, plus get their business head together, the better. They’ll not only understand the business aspect, they’ll also have a true passion and ear for how quality is represented musically.

Harvey Mason Jr
If I get a bit big-headed, I get a good clip round the ear from my family and friends. I’m still the same person.

FIFA is a vuvuzela. It’s in your ear, but you don’t want to hear it, and then eventually it goes away.

Mike Tyson notoriously looked for a way out against Evander Holyfield when it was clear Holyfield had his number. Suddenly, Tyson’s cowardice in gnawing off Holyfield’s ear overshadowed nearly everything he had accomplished as a fighter.

I love horns, and the bigger the band, the better it sounds to my ear.

Irish poetry has lost the ready ear and the comforts of recognition. But we must go on. We must be true to our own minds.

Austin Clarke
You make mistakes at the results end of football and you can be out on your ear pretty quickly.

I started playing in the band and learned to play piano by ear.

Elvis came along when I was 10. My father gave me a bass ukulele. I taught myself how to play from a book to play some chords, so I was laying down ‘Hound Dog‘ and things like that when I was 10 years old in 1955. That’s the way I was. My ear was glued to the radio. I knew right then what I wanted to do.

I feel like alternative piercings in the ear is this untapped way to festoon yourself. Not many people understand this, but it hurts so good. It’s like getting dental work done. It hurts in the right way.

If you have a good ear for dialogue, you just can’t help thinking about the way people talk. You’re drawn to it. And the obsessive interest in it forces you to develop it. You almost can’t help yourself.

Robert Towne
I am oftentimes the ear for some people that I know and love. Which I like being. I don’t know if I’d like being a marriage counselor, though, because that’s too deep for me.

Great music is in the ear of the beholder.

Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power.

Because, in opera, I have to sing for people that are very far from me, instead of, when I sing a song, I try to imagine to sing like in an ear of a child.

I always communicate musically. I want my band not only to learn the form and feel of the song by ear, like I do, but also have the freedom to contribute.

Joey Alexander
As Christians, we are responsible for our fellow brothers and sisters suffering and fighting for the basic resources we all need to survive. To deny this is to turn a deaf ear to God’s teachings.

To sing a song is like whispering to a child’s ear. It is an art heavily relying on improvisation.