Spring break officially opens the beach season, and the warm sun, pristine sand and azure ocean beckon students, families and friends alike for this exciting annual rite of passage.
A novel is a mirror carried along a high road. At one moment it reflects to your vision the azure skies at another the mire of the puddles at your feet.
Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle) -- Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black) (translated by C.K. Scott-Moncrieff)
...the rarest, those streaked with azure and the deepest crimson, flutter away beyond my reach.
Logan Pearsall Smith
’Tis distance lends enchantment to the view, and robes the mountain in its azure hue.
A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.
Henry David Thoreau
I’ve always esteemed the dark stone inlay, not the painted blue surround that one sees so clearly from the sky when landing in most any American city, the azure rectangles and circles beside the dotted houses.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
True, the colors seemed brighter than in England, the sky more vivid, an azure blue that just disappeared and grew deeper and deeper to infinity.
Jojo Moyes -- Me Before You
He was splendid in an azure-blue coat, heavily laced with gold, buttoned with silver, and with rose silk cuffs that turned back almost to the elbow.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
The sky is azure blue with puffy white clouds.
Suzanne Collins -- Catching Fire
The sky was a satin azure, dimmed slightly by the haze, the air cool and light with a meandering breeze.
Warren St. John -- Outcasts United
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The sun grew very white and warm in the clear, azure sky.
Rudolfo Anaya -- Bless Me, Ultima
"A huge human foot d’or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel."
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Cask of Amontillado
He was silent for a while, then chanted softly: O liquid temptress ’neath the azure sky, Your gilded expanse calls me, calls me.
Christopher Paolini -- Eragon
There was a rippling image of an island set under cloudless azure skies.
Micheal Scott -- The Alchemyst
A shimmering azure field had descended over the Fowl estate.
Eoin Colfer -- Artemis Fowl
They sailed; Edmond was again cleaving the azure sea which had been the first horizon of his youth, and which he had so often dreamed of in prison.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
Even for western Kansas, renowned for the longevity of its Indian summers, the current sample seemed far-fetched-dry air, bold sun, azure sky.
Truman Capote -- In Cold Blood
And as I looking come among them, I saw upon a yellow purse azure that had the face and bearing of a lion.
Dante Alighieri -- Dante’s Inferno
Look, there is no giant, nor knight, nor cats, nor arms, nor shields quartered or whole, nor vair azure or bedevilled.
Miguel de Cervantes -- Don Quixote
His wound twinged as Saphira lifted her azure wings, then drove them down and jumped forward, gaining speed and altitude each second.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
All the hairdressers’ shops, hoping for powder and the return of the royal bird, were besmeared with azure and decked with fleurs-de-lys.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
Simon saw a piece of azure ocean, the corner of a satin dress that belled out as its wearer spun, a glimpse of Magnus’s face, a boy with blue eyes—and then Azazel opened his arms and the circle of images vanished into his body, like a stray piece of trash sucked into the fuselage of a jet plane.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Lost Souls
"Ah, noble ship," the angel seemed to say, "beat on, beat on, thou noble ship, and bear a hardy helm; for lo! the sun is breaking through; the clouds are rolling off—serenest azure is at hand."
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
One is a sharp mountain piercing the sky, with stormcloud round the peak dissolving never, not in the brightest summer, to show heaven’s azure there, nor in the fall.
Homer -- The Odyssey
The sky above turned slowly from azure to the delicate blue-green of a robin’s egg, and the unearthly stillness of rural twilight came stealthily down about her.
Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
And, at the far end of the shed, Billy saw pink arches with azure draperies hanging between them, and an enormous clock, and two golden thrones, and a bucket and a mop.
Kurt Vonnegut -- Slaughterhouse-Five
The first showed Zachary standing knee-deep in azure water on a beach dotted with whitewashed houses.
Dan Brown -- The Lost Symbol
The silk pavilions of famous people, pitched on every side, were azure and green and saffron and chequered.
T. H. White -- The Once and Future King
For Zeus, the son of Kronos, benched in the azure up there where he dwells, will heave his shield of storm against them all in rage at their bad faith!
Homer -- The Iliad
The spice-blue overcast on his eyes made the sky appear dark, a richly filtered azure against which a distant rhythmic flashing stood out in sharp contrast.
Frank Herbert -- Dune
Magnus raised his hands, his fingers shining with individual azure flames.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Glass
Three days later, early on a Wednesday morning, Cedric rises, dresses, and watches the sky sift from azure to pink to orange outside his ninth-floor window.
Ron Suskind -- A Hope in the Unseen
But, always, the envious cloud strives to gather again across the streak of celestial azure.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The House of the Seven Gables
Above our heads is a double ogive vault, panelled with wood carving, painted azure, and sown with golden fleurs-de-lis; beneath our feet a pavement of black and white marble, alternating.
Victor Hugo -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
And yet it has not the blue devils, but the blue angels in it, in the azure tint of its waters.
Henry David Thoreau -- Walden
He allowed them to glow and fade, hue after hue: sunrise gold, the russet and green of apple orchards, azure of waves, the grey-fringed fleece of clouds.
James Joyce -- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Glad to be free of all the commotion that had surrounded Elva, he gazed up at the clear azure sky and rolled his shoulders, already tired from the events of the day.
Christopher Paolini -- Brisingr
And among the oaks the bluebells stood in pools of azure, under the new green hazels, upon a pale fawn floor of oak-leaves.
D.H. Lawrence -- Sons and Lovers
They raked over the ash, pushed in kindling wood, and soon there rose from beside the bed of pipe-clay an answering column of bluish-grey, a misty spear stabbing the azure sky.
James Vance Marshall -- Walkabout
Mary Chivers’s mighty feats of athleticism could not have been performed with the twenty-inch waist that May Archer’s azure sash so easily spanned.
Edith Wharton -- The Age of Innocence
His spear—to equal which the tallest pine Hewn on Norwegian hills, to be the mast Of some great ammiral, were but a wand— He walked with, to support uneasy steps Over the burning marl, not like those steps On Heaven’s azure; and the torrid clime Smote on him sore besides, vaulted with fire.
John Milton -- Paradise Lost
The atmosphere beneath is languorous, and is so tinged with azure that what artists call the middle distance partakes also of that hue, while the horizon beyond is of the deepest ultramarine.
Thomas Hardy -- Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Finally they stood by the lighthouse, exhausted, surrounded by water on three sides, pale green in the harbor, azure behind.
Jhumpa Lahiri -- The Namesake
Instead of attending to mass, she looked at the pious vignettes with their azure borders in her book, and she loved the sick lamb, the sacred heart pierced with sharp arrows, or the poor Jesus sinking beneath the cross he carries.
Gustave Flaubert -- Madame Bovary
…a Don Quixote of eighteen; a Don Quixote without his corselet, without his coat of mail, without his cuisses; a Don Quixote clothed in a woolen doublet, the blue color of which had faded into a nameless shade between lees of wine and a heavenly azure; face long and brown; high cheek bones, a sign of sagacity; the maxillary muscles enormously developed, an infallible sign by which a Gascon may always be detected, even without his cap—and our young man wore a cap set off with a sort of…
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
I remember her appearance at the moment — it was very graceful and very striking: she wore a morning robe of sky-blue crape; a gauzy azure scarf was twisted in her hair.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
From her feet the ground sloped sharply into view, and violets ran down in rivulets and streams and cataracts, irrigating the hillside with blue, eddying round the tree stems collecting into pools in the hollows, covering the grass with spots of azure foam.
E.M. Forster -- A Room With A View
Thus the tempest rocked the virgin,256 And the billows drove the maiden, O’er the ocean’s azure surface, On the crest of foaming billows, Till the wind that blew around her, And the sea woke life within her.’
Joseph Campbell -- The Hero With a Thousand Faces
There our nets brought up some fine fish samples: dolphinfish with azure fins, gold tails, and flesh that’s unrivaled in the entire world, wrasse from the genus Hologymnosus that were nearly denuded of scales but exquisite in flavor, knifejaws with bony beaks, yellowish albacore that were as tasty as bonito, all fish worth classifying in the ship’s pantry.
Jules Verne -- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Then came there by them a knight with a bended shield of azure, whose name was Epinogris, and he came toward them a great wallop.