Quotations About / On: RED

  • 41.
    I invented the colors of the vowels!—A black, E white, I red, O blue, U green—I made rules for the form and movement of each consonant, and, and with instinctive rhythms, I flattered myself that I had created a poetic language accessible, some day, to all the senses.
    (Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet. repr. In Collected Poems, ed. Oliver Bernard (1962). Une Saison en Enfer, "Délires II: Alchimie du Verbe," (1874). Rimbaud had already expressed the notion of the vowels possessing particular colors in the poem "Voyelles," 1871.)
  • 42.
    The radiance was that of the full, setting, and blood-red moon, which now shone vividly through that once barely- discernible fissure,... extending from the roof of the building, in a zigzag direction, to the base. While I gazed, this fissure rapidly widened.
    (Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The narrator, in "The Fall of the House of Usher," Burton's Gentleman's Magazine (1839). A metaphor for the defloration of the deceased Madeline Usher.)
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  • 43.
    The prince had provided all the appliances of pleasure ...: buffoons,... improvisatori,... ballet-dancers,... musicians,... Beauty,... wine. All these and security were within. Without was the "Red Death."
    (Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. "The Masque of the Red Death," Graham's Magazine (1842). Illusions mobilized to oppose the death instinct.)
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  • 44.
    The remnant of Indians thereabout—all but exterminated in their recent and final war with regular white troops, a war waged by the Red Men for their native soil and natural rights—had been coerced into the occupancy of wilds not far beyond the Mississippi.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. "John Marr." John Marr (1888), p. 162, Collected Poems of Herman Melville, ed. Howard P. Vincent (1947).)
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  • 45.
    All the hills blush; I think that autumn must be the best season to journey over even the Green Mountains. You frequently exclaim to yourself, What red maples!
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "A Yankee in Canada" (1853), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 6, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
  • 46.
    The white man's mullein soon reigned in Indian corn-fields, and sweet-scented English grasses clothed the new soil. Where, then, could the red man set his foot?
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 52, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 47.
    You say, 'I love the rain.'
    But when it starts raining, you raise
    your umbrella over your head.

    You say, 'I love the Sun.'
    But when it spreads its rays, you start
    looking for shade.

    You say, 'I love the storm.'
    But when it starts blowing, closing doors and
    windows you alone get seated.

    You say, 'I love all men.'
    But when a poor man comes at your door in danger,
    in anger and in scorn your face turns red.
    (Taken from the poem 'Hypocrisy' belonging to his book 'Tumi Bolo Tumi Bristi Valobaso'.)
    More quotations from: Sayeed Abubakar
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