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still small voice

One's conscience, as in I'd love to go but a still small voice tells me I really have to stay home and work. The term comes from the Bible (I Kings 19:12), where Elijah hears his own inner voice: “And after the earthquake a fire ... and after the fire a still small voice.”
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  • As a solo instrument in a concerto, its still small voice is heard above the din and thunder of the accompaniment.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • God is not in the earthquake, nor in the fire, but in the still small voice.

  • Something moved in Cally in this moment which might have been the still small voice, and her weakness grew apace.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • The still small voice is surely to be found there, if any where.

  • And them wimmen delegates would only have to 'yea' and 'nay' in a still small voice for the good of the same.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 5. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • A better one by far Mr. Waverley will always find in his own bosom, when he will give its still small voice leisure to be heard.

    A Logic Of Facts George Jacob Holyoake
  • This is the still small voice of philosophy, deeper and holier than the lightnings and earthquakes which have preceded it.

  • In the depth of his heart there was a still small voice which told him that, say what he might, he had acted cruelly.

    Boyhood in Norway Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
  • In these larger transactions the first great Hohenzollern does not seem to have been given to listening to the still small voice.

  • How can the still small voice of truth expect to get a hearing amid a bellowing Babel of its undistinguishable mimic?

    Ephemera Critica John Churton Collins

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