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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

I've been with the painters of rainbows,
Who ply their bright trade in the skies
With fleecy white cloudlets for brushes
And the souls of the flowers for dyes.
~George M. P. Baird, "The Theft of Thistledown: A Faery Interlude," 1915

Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow. ~Douglas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I'd Like to Give to You

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky...
~William Wordsworth

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

Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray. ~Lord Byron

God's glowing covenant. ~Hosea Ballou

O Hope, divinest gift!
Thy token, deluge-won,
Is woven of the dews of earth,
Its hues are of the sun;—
'Tis spread before me now,
O'er-arching wintry skies;—
Hail, beauteous Rainbow! thou art come
To gladden weeping eyes...
~Caroline E. Richardson, "After Parting," c.1832

Don't miss all the beautiful colors of the rainbow looking for that pot of gold. ~Author Unknown

Rainbows apologize for angry skies. ~Sylvia Voirol

When you reduce life to black and white, you never see rainbows. ~Rachel Houston

The smiling daughter of the storm. ~Charles Caleb Colton

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 Harris

The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched. ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden

God loves an idle rainbow, no less than laboring seas. ~Ralph Hodgson

When the lamp is shattered
The light in the dust lies dead —
When the cloud is scattered
The rainbow's glory is shed....
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

What skilful limner e'er would choose
To paint the rainbow's varying hues,
Unless to mortal it were given
To dip his brush in dyes of heaven?
~Walter Scott

Friendship is like a rainbow between two hearts. ~Author unknown

Philosophy will clip an angel's wings,
Conquer all mysteries by rule and line,
Empty the haunted air, and gnomed mine -
Unweave a rainbow.
~John Keats, "Lamia," 1819

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

Mild arch of promise! on the evening sky
Thou shinest fair with many a lovely ray,
Each in the other melting.
~Robert Southey

God's illumined promise. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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., 1829

The day, though still raining softly, got very wonderful as we rode on: the sun kept shining faintly through the thin clouds and seemed always ready to break out, and the whole sky was suffused with the light of it, as you may have seen it in a stormy sunset in England, only this lasted for hours instead of a few minutes: two wonderful rainbows came out as we rode; the second one of which was beyond everything of the sort I ever saw... ~William Morris, 1871 July 31st, A Journal of Travel in Iceland

As on the driving cloud the shiny Bow,
That gracious thing made up of tears and light...
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

Walk on a rainbow trail
walk on a trail of song
and all about you will be beauty.
There is a way out of every dark mist
over a rainbow trail.
~Robert Motherwell

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

Not in the time of pleasure
      Hope doth set her bow;
But in the sky of sorrow,
      Over the vale of woe.
Through gloom and shadow look we
      On beyond the years:
The soul would have no rainbow
      Had the eyes no tears.
~John Vance Cheney, "Tears," 1892

A rainbow appeared
in a sudden squall
and big fat rain drops
started to fall.
~Derek Jarman (1942–1994), "Iridescence," Chroma: A Book of Colour — June '93, 1994

We have not the reverent feeling for the rainbow that the savage has, because we know how it is made. We have lost as much as we gained by prying into that matter. ~Mark Twain

The rainbow bursts like magic on mine eyes!
In hues of ancient promise there imprest...
~Charles Tennyson Turner

That arc of light, born of the shower and colored by the sun, which spans the heavens! ~Jean Charles Prince

The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you do the work. ~Author Unknown

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

Many things happen rain or shine, but rainbows are so special they happen rain AND shine! ~Terri Guillemets

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.
~Bert Whitney

It's like being hit up the arse by a rainbow. ~Rod Eddington, about being lucky

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 sure tie
Of thy Lord's hand, the object of His eye!
When I behold thee, though my light be dim,
Distinct, and low, I can in thine see Him
Who looks upon thee from His glorious throne,
And minds the covenant between all and One.
~Henry Vaughan

'Tis sweet to listen as the night winds creep
From leaf to leaf; 'tis sweet to view on high
The rainbow, based on ocean, span the sky.
~Lord Byron

Beautiful rainbows and life water
come from a dark rain cloud —
What gifts can you bring the world
even in your times of darkness?
~Terri Guillemets

The best way to live your life is to go to the other side of the rainbow young, but at a very old age. ~Craig D. Slovak

I'll dip my brush into the sunrise, and the sunset, and the rainbow. ~Rudolf Besier, The Barretts of Wimpole Street: A Comedy in Three Acts, 1930 (Robert Browning to Elizabeth Barrett)

Mark how the forest now hath doffed its green,
And Nature dons her cloak of many hues;
Now reigns the holy beauty of Decay!
How calmly sleeps the lake: the coloured woods
Reflected on its face in thousand tints...
Like rainbows wreck'd, all the gay woods do sing...
~James Rigg, "The Poet's Ramble in October," Wild Flower Lyrics and Other Poems, 1897

Leroy bet me I couldn't find a pot of gold at the end, and I told him that was a stupid bet because the rainbow was enough. ~Rita Mae Brown

May I never miss a sunset or a rainbow because I am looking down. ~Sara June Parker

No vision and you perish;
No ideal, and you're lost;
Your heart must ever cherish
Some faith at any cost.
Some hope, some dream to cling to,
Some rainbow in the sky,
Some melody to sing to,
Some service that is high.
~Harriet Du Autermont

Don't forget that your spirit-twinkle makes life's rainbow shine bright. ~Terri Guillemets

May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
~Irish Blessing

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
~Irish Blessing

Let no one who loves be unhappy... even love unreturned has its rainbow.& ~James Matthew Barrie

Such a beautiful world God gave to us,
      With its sunshine, its trees and flowers;
      And fleecy white clouds and the skies of blue,
      Its rainbows and April showers!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham (1880–1971), "Such a Beautiful World"

If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why oh why can't I?  ~E.Y. Harburg

The flower offered of itself
And eloquently spoke
Of Gods
In languages of rainbows
And secret silence...
~Phillip Pulfrey, from Love, Abstraction and other Speculations,

...after-storm birds singing the color into rainbows... ~Terri Guillemets

I know that if odour were visible, as colour is,
I'd see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.
~Robert Bridges, "Testament of Beauty"

In youth, we clothe ourselves with rainbows, and go as brave as the zodiac. In age, we put out another sort of perspiration,—gout, fever, rheumatism, caprice, doubt, fretting, and avarice. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), "Fate," The Conduct of Life

The sky it cries
And the sun pats it dry
With a rainbow up on high.
~Terri Guillemets

Life is not always fair. Sometimes you get a splinter sliding down a rainbow. ~Terri Guillemets

Riding on gardenias embracing rainbows... ~Claudia Adrienne Grandi, 1974

A happy childhood can't be cured. Mine'll hang around my neck like a rainbow... ~Hortense Calisher, Queenie, 1971

Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away. ~Carl Sandburg, Poetry Considered

I can only eat glitter and rainbows. Darn my sensitive stomach! ~Bob Shea, Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great, 2013

Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them. ~John Shirley

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