"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."
"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."
"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."
"It's all common sense, but unfortunately common sense
isn't all that common."
"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 festival...it 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."
"Fireworks are an art form that uses the
night sky as the canvas."
"He who hath smelt the smoke is ne'er again