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Quotations About / On: SKY

  • 31.
    The gates of Hell are open night and day;
    Smooth the descent, and easy is the way:
    But, to return, and view the cheerful skies;
    In this, the task and mighty labour lies.
    (Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. the Sibyl of Cumae, in Aeneid, bk. 6, l. 126-9, trans. by John Dryden. Spoken to Aeneas, in his quest to find his father.)
  • 32.
    Although sleep pressed upon my closing eyelids, and the moon, on her horses, blushed in the middle of the sky, nevertheless I could not leave off watching your play; there was too much fire in your two voices.
    (Propertius Sextus (c. 50-16 B.C.), Roman elegist. Oxford Classical Text, I.10. 7-10.)
  • 33.
    Cows sometimes wear an expression resembling wonderment arrested on its way to becoming a question. In the eye of superior intelligence, on the other hand, lies the nil admirari spread out like the monotony of a cloudless sky.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 692, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Wanderer and His Shadow, aphorism 313, "The Monotony of the Wise Man," (1880). The Latin expression nil admirari ("to wonder at nothing") is an allusion to Horace, Epistles 1.6.1.)
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  • 34.
    Oh, Scott, for people like you and me the world can be a wonderful place. The sky's as blue as it is for the giants, the friends are as warm.
    (Richard Matheson (b. 1926). Jack Arnold. Clarice Bruce (April Kent), The Incredible Shrinking Man, Clarice, a midget, is trying to reconcile Scott to his new height (1957).)
  • 35.
    Are we not madder than those first inhabitants of the plain of Sennar? We know that the distance separating the earth from the sky is infinite, and yet we do not stop building our tower.
    (Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). On the Interpretation of Nature, ch. 4 (1753).)
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  • 36.
    If Nature here wishes to make a mountain, she runs a range for five hundred miles; if a plain, she levels eighty; if a rock, she tilts five thousand feet of strata on end; our skies are higher and more intensely blue; our waves larger than others; our rivers fiercer. There is nothing measured, small nor petty in South Africa.
    (Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), South African writer, feminist. Thoughts on South Africa, ch. 1 (1892).)
  • 37.
    Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from.
    (Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. New York Times (July 21, 1969). On the first moon-landing.)
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  • 38.
    Until the sky is the limit [for women], as it is for men, men as well as women will suffer, because all society is affected when half of it is denied equal opportunity for full development.
    (Mary Barnett Gilson (1877-?), U.S. factory personnel manager, economist, and educator. What's Past is Prologue, ch. 26 (1940).)
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  • 39.
    So there he is at last. Man on the moon. The poor magnificent bungler! He can't even get to the office without undergoing the agonies of the damned, but give him a little metal, a few chemicals, some wire and twenty or thirty billion dollars and, vroom! there he is, up on a rock a quarter of a million miles up in the sky.
    (Russell Baker (b. 1925), U.S. journalist. New York Times (July 21, 1969).)
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  • 40.
    I was the shadow of the waxwing slain
    By the false azure in the windowpane;
    I was the smudge of ashen fluff—and I
    Lived on, flew on, in the reflected sky.
    (Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Pale Fire (1962). The beginning of the poem.)
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