Quarter Bells

Quarter bells are the bells that the clock mechanism strikes on each passing quarter of the hour. Often, as in the case of Big Ben, a different tune is played for each quarter. This enables people to be able to tell the time, without actually having to be within sight of the clock face.


Famous quotes containing the words quarter and/or bells:

    I have started to say
    “A quarter of a century”
    Or “thirty years back”
    About my own life.
    Philip Larkin (1922–1986)

    For mankind, speech with a capital S is especially meaningful and committing, more than the content communicated. The outcry of the newborn and the sound of the bells are fraught with mystery more than the baby’s woeful face or the venerable tower.
    Paul Goodman (1911–1972)