Quotations About / On: BLUE

  • 1.
    So it's true: Being without Being is blue.
    (William Gass (b. 1924), U.S. fictionist, essayist, philosopher. On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry, ch. 1, p. 12.)
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  • 2.
    The blue we bathe in is the blue we breathe. The blue we breathe, I fear, is what we want from life and only find in fiction. For the voyeur, fiction is what's called going all the way.
    (William Gass (b. 1924), U.S. fictionist, essayist, philosopher. On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry, ch. 4, p. 85.)
  • 3.
    Lifestyles and sex roles are passed from parents to children as inexorably as blue eyes or small feet.
    (Letty Cottin Pogrebin (b. 1939), U.S. journalist, author. "Down with Sexist Upbringing," The First Ms. Reader, ed. Francine Klagsbrun (1972).)
  • 4.
    Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.
    (Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970), U.S. rock musician. Quoted in Charles Shaar Murray, Crosstown Traffic, ch. 6 (1989).)
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  • 5.
    Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.
    (Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972), U.S. gospel singer, and Evan Mcloud Wylie. Movin' On Up, ch. 6, written with Evan McLoud Wylie (1966).)
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  • 6.
    Blues is to jazz what yeast is to bread—without it, it's flat.
    (Carmen McRae (b. 1922), U.S. jazz singer. Speech, July 2, 1980, Newport Jazz Festival, New York City. "Blues Is a Woman.")
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  • 7.
    Debussy—A pretty girl with one blue eye and one brown one.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in the Smart Set (May 1912). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 26, p. 141, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).)
  • 8.
    There is no blue without yellow and without orange.
    (Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), Dutch painter. Letter, June 1888. The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, vol. 3, no. B6 (1958).)
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  • 9.
    The blue and the gray. Let us march together beneath the star- spangled banner.
    (Laurence Stallings (1894-1968), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Judge William Pitman Priest (Charles Winniger), The Sun Shines Bright, as a former Confederate soldier, speaking at the encampment of the town's Union veterans (1953). Based on stories "The Sun Shines Bright," "The Mob from Massac," "The Lord Provides" by Irwin S. Cobb.)
  • 10.
    The sheen of ocean gleams on the blue fish-plate.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
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