Quotations About / On: BLUE
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.)
For picturesque shapes in the sky, you need clouds, not just blue
Mother Earth has knitted strong knots in the faithful blue forget me nots.
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.)
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).)
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).)
Blues is to jazz what yeast is to breadwithout 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.")
DebussyA 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).)
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).)
The sheen of ocean gleams on the blue fish-plate.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)