front endpaper to A Blue Thread Runs Through It
"...the oldest languages had no name for the color blue."
"...and man learned to name the blueness--indigo blue, comet blue, azure blue, periwinkle, aqua, turquoise."
"But blue remains the most enigmatic and contradictory of colors."
"We say blue stands for calmness, serenity and openness, but if we are sad, we have the blues."
"A blue flame often burns the hottest..."