Quotations About / On:
The stars are scattered all over the sky like shimmering tears, there must be great pain in the eye from which they trickled.
(Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act IV (1835).)
Manhattan has no choice but the skyward extrusion of the Grid itself; only the Skyscraper offers business the wide-open spaces of a man-made Wild West, a frontier in the sky.
(Rem Koolhaas (b. 1944), Dutch architect. Delirious New York, "The Double Life of Utopia: The Skyscraper," p. 72, Oxford University Press (1978).)
Bible worship, though at its best it may achieve sublimity by keeping its head in the skies, may also make itself both ridiculous and dangerous by having its feet off the ground.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. First published as The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God (1932). The Black Girl in Search of God, preface, The Black Girl in Search of God and Some Lesser Tales, Constable (1948).)
You don't need to pray to God any more when there are storms in the sky, but you do have to be insured.
(Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German dramatist, poet. Pelagea Vlasova, in The Mother, sc. 10.)
Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.
(John Updike (b. 1932), U.S. author, critic. Self-Consciousness: Memoirs, ch. 1 (1989).)
So as to comprehend that the sky is blue everywhere one doesn't need to travel around the world.
(Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).)
Let me look into a human eye; it is better than to gaze into sea or sky; better than to gaze upon God.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Captain Ahab, in Moby-Dick, ch. 132 (1851).)
Who has not seen in imagination, when looking into the sunset sky, the gardens of the Hesperides, and the foundation of all those fables?
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Walking" (1862), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 219, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Teaching is the perpetual end and office of all things. Teaching, instruction is the main design that shines through the sky and earth.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Quoted in Robert D. Richardson, Jr., Emerson: The Mind on Fire, ch. 25 (1995).)
Nothing can be colder than his head, when the lightnings of his imagination are playing in the sky.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Plato; or, the Philosopher," Representative Men (1850).)