It had been gradually getting overcast, and now the sky was dark and lowering, save where the glory of the departing sun piled up masses of gold and burning fire, decaying embers of which gleamed here and there through the black veil, and shone redly down upon the earth. The wind began to moan in hollow murmurs, as the sun went down, carrying glad day elsewhere; and a train of dull clouds coming up against it, menaced thunder and lightning. Large drops of rain soon began to fall, and, as the storm-clouds came sailing onward, others supplied the void they left behind and spread over all the sky. Then was heard the low rumbling of distant thunder, then the lightning quivered, and then the darkness of an hour seemed to have gathered in an instant. ~Charles Dickens, Old Curiosity Shop
Clouds are like boogers hanging on the nostrils of the moon. ~Robin Williams
A cloud lay cradled near the setting sun;
A gleam of crimson tinged its braided snow;…
Tranquil its spirit seemed and floated slow;
Even in its very motion there was rest…
I saw two clouds at morning
Tinged by the rising sun,
And in the dawn they floated on
And mingled into one.
~John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
When you reduce life to black and white, you never see rainbows. ~Rachel Houston
Look at the rainbow, and praise him who made it; it is exceedingly beautiful in its brightness. It encircles the sky with its glorious arc; the hands of the Most High have stretched it out. ~Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha) 43:11-12
The white light streams down to be broken up by those human prisms into all the colors of the rainbow. Take your own color in the pattern and be just that. ~Charles R. Brown
The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead station. ~William Gibson
How bravely Autumn paints upon the sky
The gorgeous fame of Summer which is fled!
Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars. ~Henry Van Dyke
How oft,?be witness, Guardian of our days!…
The sky besprinkled o’er with rainbow hues,
As if angelic wings had wanton’d there;…
~Robert Montgomery, “Death,” A Universal Prayer; Death; A Vision of Heaven; and A Vision of Hell; &c. &c., 1829TPVgb, QE2
The moon is nothing but a circumambulating aphrodisiac divinely subsidized to provoke the world into a rising birth-rate. ~Christopher Fry
The night sky is a miracle of infinitude. ~Terri Guillemets
My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky…
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. ~Edward Abbey
I suppose there were moonless nights and dark ones with but a silver shaving and pale stars in the sky, but I remember them all as flooded with the rich indolence of a full moon. ~Willa Sibert Cather
Without a wish, without a will,
I stood upon that silent hill
And stared into the sky until
My eyes were blind with stars and still
I stared into the sky.
Gray skies are just clouds passing over. ~Author Unknown
That rises upward always higher,
And onward drags a laboring breast,
And topples round the dreary west,
A looming bastion fringed with fire.
That arc of light, born of the shower and colored by the sun, which spans the heavens! ~Jean Charles Prince (rainbow)
No sight is more provocative of awe than is the night sky. ~Llewelyn Powys, quoted in Highs by Alex J. Packer
Don’t let one cloud obliterate the whole sky. ~Anais Nin
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. ~Rabindranath Tagore
The man who has seen the rising moon break out of the clouds at midnight has been present like an archangel at the creation of light and of the world. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Florence could not read, or rest a moment. She paced her own room, opened the door and paced the staircase-gallery outside…[S]he… paced the staircase-gallery outside, looked out of the window on the night, listened to the wind blowing and the rain falling, sat down and watched the faces in the fire, got up and watched the moon flying like a storm-driven ship through the sea of clouds. ~Charles Dickens, Dombey and SonTPV reprinted version
Was I deceiv’d, or did a sable cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night?
Ye clouds, that are the ornament of heaven,
Who give to it its gayest shadowings
And its most awful glories; ye who roll
In the dark tempest, or at dewy evening
Bow low in tenderest beauty; – ye are to us
A volume full of wisdom.
~James Gates Percival
Have you ever, looking up, seen a cloud like to a Centaur, a Part, or a Wolf, or a Bull? ~Aristophanes
Only from the heart can you touch the sky. ~Rumi
No one sees what is before his feet: they scan the tracks of heaven. ~Marcus Tullius Cicero
When thou dost shine, darkness looks white and fair,
Forms turn to music, clouds to smiles and air;
Rain gently spends his honey-drops, and pours
Balm on the cleft earth, milk on grass and flowers.
Bright pledge of peace and sunshine!
~Henry Vaughan (rainbow)
You can’t save a cloud like you can save a leaf or a flower or a rock… clouds are now. ~Terri Guillemets
O, beautiful rainbow; – all woven of light!
There’s not in thy tissue, one shadow of night;
Heaven surely is open when thou dost appear,
And, bending above thee, the angels draw near,
And sing, – "The rainbow! the rainbow!
The smile of God is here."
~Sarah Josepha Hale
The cloudlets are lazily sailing
O’er the blue Atlantic sea.
We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon. ~Konrad Adenauer
Metaphor for the night sky: A trillion asterisks and no explanations. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
Even on cloudy days the sun waits to break through. ~Daniel, @blindedpoettwitter bio
So sinks the day-star in the ocean bed,
And yet anon repairs his drooping head,
And tricks his beams, and with new-spangled ore,
Flames in the forehead of the morning sky.
Artists can color the sky red because they know it’s blue. Those of us who aren’t artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we’re stupid. ~Jules Feiffer
If I traveled to the end of the rainbow
As Dame Fortune did intend,
Murphy would be there to tell me
The pot’s at the other end.
The sky is the part of creation in which nature has done for the sake of pleasing man. ~John Ruskin
So shines the setting sun on adverse skies, and paints a rainbow on the storm. ~Isaac Watts
And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. ~G.K. Chesterton
The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Now, if God made the clouds so beautiful, did He not mean us to gave upon them and be thankful for them? ~Alfred Rowlandqtd in Cyclopaedia of Nature Teachings, 1892, TPVgb reprinted, Qe2
[N]ow and then an ominous black cloud had blotted-out the sun from our sight, and poured down a deluge till it had spent itself, and then had left the sky glaringly bright and blue… ~Alfred Rowlandqtd in Cyclopaedia of Nature Teachings, 1892, TPVgb reprinted, Qe2
In the sky
an infinitude of hope,
a canvas of glory
all possibilities mine.
When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky. ~Buddha
Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine. ~Buddha
You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds. ~Henry David Thoreau
Clouds on clouds, in volumes driven,
Curtain round the vault of heaven.
~Thomas Love Peacock
See yonder little cloud, that, borne aloft
So tenderly by the wind, floats fast away
Over the snowy peaks!
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The offing was barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil water-way leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed somber under an overcast sky…. ~Joseph Conrad
There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul. ~Victor Hugo
As on the driving cloud the shiny Bow,
That gracious thing made up of tears and light…
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge (rainbow)
Look up! What is that apparition of dazzling brightness rising softly upon the blue sky from behind those tall and massive elms? If you saw it for the first time in your life, you would say it must be some celestial visitant. Is it light itself from heaven taking shape, and just softened and subdued to teh endurance of a mortal vision? It is nothing but a cloud!?mere vapour that the unseen wind moves and moulds, and that the sun shines on for a little time. ~William Smith, Gravenhurst, or Thoughts on Good and Evil, 1862TPVgb, Qe2
Triumphal arch, that fill’st the sky
When storms prepare to part,
I ask not proud Philosophy
To teach me what thou art.
~Thomas Campbell (rainbow)
If the skies fall, one may hope to catch larks. ~Francois Rabelais
God’s illumined promise. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (rainbow)
Were I a cloud I’d gather
My skirts up in the air,
And fly well know whither,
And rest I well know where.
~Robert Seymour Bridges
I get so excited over sunsets and rainbows etc, when you see them it’s like you can shut out the real world and envelop yourself in a beauty that almost makes it feel like fantasy. ~Mrs. Ron Harris2011mail
A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. ~William Arthur Ward
It’s like being hit up the arse by a rainbow. ~Rod Eddington, about being lucky
The clouds were drifting over the moon at their giddiest speed, at one time wholly obscuring her, at another, suffering her to burst forth in full splendor and shed her light on all the objects around; anon, driving over her again, with increased velocity, and shrouding everything in darkness. ~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
A sky as pure as water bathed the stars and brought them out. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Thank God, all you who have a spark of rational piety in your hearts, for the glorious commonplace of earth and sky,?for this cloud-embosomed planet in which you pass your lives. ~William Smith, Gravenhurst, or Thoughts on Good and Evil, 1862TPVgb, Qe2
Rainbows apologize for angry skies. ~Sylvia Voirol
We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness. ~Author Unknown
Louder and louder the deep thunder rolled, as through the myriad halls of some vast temple in the sky; fiercer and brighter came the lightning; more and more heavily the rain poured down. The eye, partaking of the quickness of the flashing light, saw in its every gleam a multitude of objects which it could not see at steady noon in fifty times that period…. in a trembling, vivid, flickering instant, everything was clear and plain: then came a flash of red into the yellow light; a change to blue; a brightness so intense that there was nothing else but light; and then the deepest and profoundest darkness. ~Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit, Chapter XLII
When I do not walk in the clouds I walk as though I were lost. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
God loves an idle rainbow, no less than laboring seas. ~Ralph Hodgson
O it is pleasant, with a heart at ease,
Just after sunset, or by moonlight skies,
To make the shifting clouds be what you please.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge
To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie –
True Poems flee.
Heaven’s ebon vault,
Studded with stars unutterably bright,
Through which the moon’s unclouded grandeur rolls,
Seems like a canopy which love has spread
To curtain her sleeping world.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley
We have not the reverent feeling for the rainbow that a savage has, because we know how it is made. We have lost as much as we gained by prying into that matter. ~Mark Twain
Nor the feathery curtains stretching o’er the sun’s bright couch ~Percy Bysshe Shelley (clouds)
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills…
The sky was clear – remarkably clear – and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body, timed by a common pulse. ~Thomas Hardy
Dark clouds may hang on me sometimes, but I’ll work it out… ~Dave Matthews, "Dancing Nancies"
The hooded clouds, like friars,
Tell their beads in drops of rain.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The sky, a perfect empty canvas, offers clouds nonetheless. They shift and drift and beg interpretation… such is the nature of art. ~Jeb Dickerson, www.howtomatter.com2009 twitter.com/JebDickerson/status/1614151026
Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams. ~Hosea Ballou