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Allen Ginsberg :
Downtown Manhattan, clear winter noon, and I've been up all night, talking, talking, reading the Kaddish aloud, listening to Ray Charles blues shout blind on the phonograph
[Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Kaddish, sct. 1, Kaddish and Other Poems (1960).]
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Henry David Thoreau :
A man's interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, November 22, 1858, to Daniel Ricketson, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 341, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
Oliver Goldsmith :
We had no revolutions to fear, nor fatigues to undergo; all our adventures were by the fireside, and all our migrations from the blue bed to the brown.
[Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright. The narrator (Dr. Charles Primrose), in The Vicar of Wakefield, ch. 1 (1766).]
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Henry David Thoreau :
He is perhaps the sanest man and has the fewest crotchets of any I chance to know; the same yesterday and to-morrow. Of yore we had sauntered and talked, and effectually put the world behind us; for he was pledged to no institution in it, freeborn, ingenuus. Whichever way we turned, it seemed that the heavens and the earth had met together, since he enhanced the beauty of the landscape. A blue-robed man, whose fittest roof is the overarching sky which reflects his serenity. I do not see how he can ever die; Nature cannot spare him.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, pp. 296-297, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
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James Weldon Johnson :
It is from the blues that all that may be called American music derives its most distinctive character.
[James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), U.S. author, poet. Black Manhattan, ch. 11 (1930).]
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Henry David Thoreau :
From the foundation of a wooden observatory ... we could see Monadnock, in simple grandeur, in the northwest, rising nearly a thousand feet higher, still the "far blue mountain," though with an altered profile. The first day the weather was so hazy that it was in vain we endeavored to unravel the obscurity. It was like looking into the sky again, and the patches of forest here and there seemed to flit like clouds over a lower heaven. As to voyagers of an aerial Polynesia, the earth seemed like a larger island in the ether; on every side, even as low as we, the sky shutting down, like an unfathomable deep, around it, a blue Pacific island, where who knows what islanders inhabit? and as we sail near its shores we see the waving of trees and hear the lowing of kine.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "A Walk to Wachusett" (1843), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 143, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe :
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).]
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Henry David Thoreau :
Compared with this simple, fibrous life, our civilized history appears the chronicle of debility, of fashion, and the arts of luxury. But the civilized man misses no real refinement in the poetry of the rudest era. It reminds him that civilization does but dress men. It makes shoes, but it does not toughen the soles of the feet. It makes cloth of finer texture, but it does not touch the skin. Inside the civilized man stands the savage still in the place of honor. We are those blue-eyed, yellow-haired Saxons, those slender, dark-haired Normans.
[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. 368, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
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Doris Lessing :
There arose, glimmering whitely over the harsh scrub and the stunted trees, a noble city, set foursquare and colonnaded along its falling flower-bordered terraces. There were splashing fountains, and the sound of flutes; and its citizens moved, grave and beautiful, black and white and brown together; and these groups of elders paused, and smiled with pleasure at the sight of the children—the blue-eyed, fair-skinned children of the North playing hand in hand with the bronze-skinned, dark-eyed children of the South. Yes, they smiled and approved these many-fathered children, running and playing among the flowers and the terraces, through the white pillars and tall trees of this fabulous and ancient city.
[Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Martha Quest, in Martha Quest, pt. 1, ch. 1, p. 11, Simon and Schuster (1952).]
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Irving Berlin :
Blue skies smiling at me Nothing but blue skies do I see.
[Irving Berlin (1888-1989), U.S. songwriter. "Blue Skies," Betsy, Irving Berlin Music Corp. (1927). Music composed by Ralph Rainger (1900-1942).]
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