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She has the sort of voice that looks as good when it gets up in the morning as it does when heard under ideal conditions. ~ Philip Kennicott
Opera aria "Una Voce Poco Fa" (A voice a little while ago) from The Barber of Seville

A voice a little while ago still in my heart is singing ~ Cesare Sterbini, lyrics of aria "Una voce poco fa" from The Barber of Seville

Voice is the sound made by a human being using the vocal folds for talking, singing, laughing, crying, screaming, and other controlled sounds emanating from the mouth.


  • The devil hath not, in all his quiver's choice,
    An arrow for the heart like a sweet voice.
  • His voice no touch of harmony admits,
    Irregularly deep, and shrill by fits.
    The two extremes appear like man and wife
    Coupled together for the sake of strife.
  • If there was a lot of emotion in my voice today, it's because we've all been waiting for this day for a long time. It felt so great, … the people at this company are doing the best work of their lives, the best work that Apple has ever done.
  • 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.
  • ...the works of artists in clay, marble, and iron, and on canvas are enduring, and eagerly sought for. But the most wonderful of all, the power of the human voice, goes to the winds and is lost forever.
  • A voice, a little while ago / still in my heart is singing, / my heart has been wounded / by the song of Lindoro (tr. from Italian "Una voce poco fa / qui nel cor mi risuonò; /il mio cor ferito è già,/e Lindor fu che il piagò.")
    • Cesare Sterbini, libretto of Rossini opera "The Barber of Seville'", aria "Una voce poco fa."
  • He ceased; but still their trembling ears retained
    The deep vibrations of his witching song.
  • Vox faucibus hæsit.
    • My voice stuck in my throat.
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), II. 774; III. 48; IV. 280.


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  • A still, small voice.
  • Vōx clāmantis in dēsertō.
  • The voice of one crying out in the desert.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 840-41.
  • Her voice changed like a bird's:
    There grew more of the music, and less of the words.
  • He ceased: but left so charming on their ear
    His voice, that listening still they seemed to hear.
    • Homer, The Odyssey, Book II, line 414. Pope's translation.
  • The voice so sweet, the words so fair,
    As some soft chime had stroked the air;
    And though the sound had parted thence,
    Still left an echo in the sense.
  • Oh, there is something in that voice that reaches
    The innermost recesses of my spirit!
  • Her silver voice
    Is the rich music of a summer bird,
    Heard in the still night, with its passionate cadence.
  • How sweetly sounds the voice of a good woman!
    It is so seldom heard that, when it speaks,
    It ravishes all senses.
  • 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 præterea nihil).
    • Plutarch, Laconic Apothegms. Credited to Lacon Incert, XIII, by Lipsius.
  • Her voice was like the voice the stars
    Had when they sang together.
  • A sweet voice, a little indistinct and muffled, which caresses and does not thrill; an utterance which glides on without emphasis, and lays stress only on what is deeply felt.
  • Vox nihil aliud quam ictus aer.
    • The voice is nothing but beaten air.
    • Seneca the Younger, Naturalinum Quæstionum, Book II. 29.
  • And rolling far along the gloomy shores
    The voice of days of old and days to be.
  • Two voices are there; one is of the sea,
    One of the mountains: each a mighty Voice.

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