everything that is above the surface of the Earth
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The Sky is the portion of outer space or the atmosphere visible from a position within a world.
- Our bugles sang truce, for the night-cloud had lower'd,
And the sentinel stars set their watch in the sky.
- Thomas Campbell, The Soldier's Dream.
- I tell you naught for your comfort,
Yea, naught for your desire,
Save that the sky grows darker yet
And the sea rises higher.
- G. K. Chesterton, in The Ballad of the White Horse (1911) Book I : The Vision of the King
- Look up to the sky
You'll never find rainbows
If you're looking down.
- Charlie Chaplin, "Swing High Little Girl", opening song written and sung by Chaplin for the 1969 re-release of The Circus (1928) - Full text online
- The sky is low, the clouds are mean
- Emily Dickinson, title of poem.
- The mountain at a given distance
In amber lies;
Approached, the amber flits a little,—
And that's the skies!
- Emily Dickinson, Poems, XIX, Second Series (Ed. 1891).
- I talk to God, but the sky is empty.
- Sylvia Plath, Unabridged Journals.
- So whoever God wants to guide - He expands his breast to [contain] Islam; and whoever He wants to misguide - He makes his breast tight and constricted as though he were climbing into the sky. Thus does God place defilement upon those who do not believe.
- Qur'an, 6:125
- When the sun is overthrown, and when the stars fall, and when the hills are moved, and when the camels big with young are abandoned, and when the wild beasts are herded together, and when the seas rise, and when souls are reunited, and when the girl-child that was buried alive is asked: For what sin she was slain, and when the pages are laid open, and when the sky is torn away, and when hell is lighted, and when the Garden is brought nigh, (then) every soul will know what it hath made ready.
- Qur'an, 81:1 - 81:14
- And over all the sky — the sky! far, far out of reach,
studded, breaking out, the eternal stars.
- Walt Whitman, Bivouac on a Mountain Side.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 713-14.
- And they were canopied by the blue sky,
So cloudless, clear, and purely beautiful,
That God alone was to be seen in Heaven.
- Lord Byron, The Dream, Stanza 4.
- "Darkly, deeply, beautifully blue,"
As some one somewhere sings about the sky.
- Lord Byron, Don Juan (1818-24), Canto IV, Stanza 110.
- Arrestment, sudden really as a bolt out of the blue has hit strange victims.
- Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution, A History (1837), Volume III, p. 347.
- How bravely Autumn paints upon the sky
The gorgeous fame of Summer which is fled!
- Thomas Hood, written in a Volume of Shakspeare.
- Bolt from the blue.
- Horace, Ode. I. 34.
- The sky
is that beautiful old parchment
in which the sun
and the moon
keep their diary.
- Alfred Kreymborg, Old Manuscript.
- When it is evening, ye say it will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
- Matthew, XVI. 2.
- The planets in their station list'ning stood.
- John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667; 1674), Book VII, line 563.
- When children from other countries are telling us that we've made them fear the sky, it might be time to ask some hard questions.
- John Oliver (comedian) Last Week Tonight Ep. 19 Drones as quoted by 
- And that inverted Bowl they call the Sky,
Whereunder crawling coop'd we live and die,
Lift not your hands to it for help—for it
As impotently moves as you or I.
- Omar Khayyam, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (1120), FitzGerald's translation, Stanza 72.
- From hyperborean skies,
Embodied dark, what clouds of vandals rise.
- Alexander Pope, Dunciad, III, line 85.
- A sky full of silent suns.
- Jean Paul (Richter), Flower, Fruit, and Thorn Pieces, Chapter II.
- Sometimes gentle, sometimes capricious, sometimes awful, never the same for two moments together; almost human in its passions, almost spiritual in its tenderness, almost Divine in its infinity.
- John Ruskin, The True and Beautiful, The Sky.
- The moon has set
In a bank of jet
That fringes the Western sky,
The pleiads seven
Have sunk from heaven
And the midnight hurries by;
My hopes are flown
And, alas! alone
On my weary couch I lie.
- Sappho, Fragment, J.S. Easby-Smith's translation.
- This majestical roof fretted with golden fire.
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Act II, scene 2, line 312.
- 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, Queen Mab (1813), Part IV.
- Redeo ad illes qui aiunt: quid si cœlum ruat?
- I go back to those who say: what if the heavens fall?
- Terence, Heauton timoroumenos, IV. 3. 41.
- Of evening tinct,
The purple-streaming Amethyst is thine.
- James Thomson, The Seasons, Summer (1727), line 150.
- Non alias cælo ceciderunt plura sereno.
- Never till then so many thunderbolts from cloudless skies. (Bolt from the blue).
- Virgil, Georgics (c. 29 BC), I. 487.
- Green calm below, blue quietness above.
- John Greenleaf Whittier, The Pennsylvania Pilgrim, Stanza 113.
- The soft blue sky did never melt
Into his heart; he never felt
The witching of the soft blue sky!
- William Wordsworth, Peter Bell, Part I, Stanza 15.