Firework Quotes

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"You can look up at the stars and every night they're going to be in the same place, but you can launch a six inch shell and you don't really know what it's going to look like until it actually performs."
    - James Sousa

"We anoint their fuses with a tiny amount of fire, and they come alive, playing out their life span in a matter or seconds.  In those few seconds a crack in the universe is opened, giving us a glimpse of the energy locked within all matter."
    -Bob Weaver

"I often use the word "joy" when describing fireworks.  It is a considered word, deliberate in choice.  Not just amusement, entertainment, astonishment, but joy.  Our art makes us all into children again for a while.  We become one in our experience for the moment; lost in the sound and color and light. We see large forces, stronger than we could ever be, yet beautiful in their effects.  Sometimes violent, sometimes restrained.  Delicate beyond imagination at times, coarse and rude at others."
    -Bill Withrow

"It's all common sense, but unfortunately common sense isn't all that common."
    -a Fire Marshall, on the safe use of fireworks

"The day will be the most memorable in America.  I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade...bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward, forevermore."
    -John Adams, in a letter to his wife after the Continental Congress decided to proclaim the American colonies independent from Britain.

"Fireworks are an art form that uses the night sky as the canvas."
    -Larry Crump

"He who hath smelt the smoke is ne'er again free."
    -From the banner of the  American Fireworks News (AFN) newsletter


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