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Quotations About / On: SKY

  • 41.
    I had such a wonderful feeling last night, walking beneath the dark sky while cannon boomed on my right and guns on my left ... the feeling that I could change the world only by being there.
    (Viorica Butnariu, Rumanian student at Bucharest University. letter, Dec. 23, 1989, to American friend. Observer (London, Dec. 31, 1989). On the Rumanian revolution.)
  • 42.
    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).)
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  • 43.
    A field of water betrays the spirit that is in the air. It is continually receiving new life and motion from above. It is intermediate in its nature between land and sky.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 209, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
  • 44.
    When delicate and feeling souls are separated, there is not a feature in the sky, not a movement of the elements, not an aspiration of the breeze, but hints some cause for a lover's apprehension.
    (Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Faulkland, in The Rivals, act 2, sc. 1.)
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  • 45.
    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).)
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  • 46.
    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).)
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  • 47.
    Cowardice shuts the eyes till the sky is not larger than a calf-skin: shuts the eyes so that we cannot see the horse that is running away with us; worse, shuts the eyes of the mind and chills the heart.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Courage," Society and Solitude (1870).)
  • 48.
    Woman, nude, is the blue sky. Clouds and garments are an obstacle to contemplation. Beauty and infinity would be gazed upon unveiled.
    (Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).)
  • 49.
    The greatest step forward would be to see that everything factual is already theory. The blueness of the sky reveals the basic law of chromatics. Don't look for anything behind the phenomena, they themselves are the doctrine.
    (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).)
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  • 50.
    The shallowest still water is unfathomable. Wherever the trees and skies are reflected, there is more than Atlantic depth, and no danger of fancy running aground.
    (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. 47, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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