Evaluate one’s tone, demeanor and words and you shall know their character.
When a man has a gift in speaking the truth, brute aggression is no longer his security blanket for approval. He, on the contrary, spends most of his energy trying to tone it down because his very nature is already offensive enough.
Your volume speaks volumes. Be aware of your dynamics, your tones as well as the loudness and softness of your voice on the phone and in person.
I do believe that during the Bush-Cheney administration, that Vice President Cheney set a tone and an attitude for the CIA.
One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.
If you don't set the tone for the day, the devil will set it for you.
The quietness of his tone italicized the malice of his reply.
Throughout his career, W.G. Sebald wrote poems that were strikingly similar to his prose. His tone, in both genres, was always understated but possessed of a mournful grandeur.
The higher the moral tone, the more suspect the speaker.