A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.
— Henry David Thoreau

A novel is a mirror carried along a high road. At one moment it reflects to your vision the azure skies at another the mire of the puddles at your feet. And the man who carries this mirror in his pack will be accused by you of being immoral! His mirror shews the mire, and you blame the mirror! Rather blame that high road upon which the puddle lies, still more the inspector of roads who allows the water to gather and the puddle to form.
Stendhal (MarieHenri Beyle) azure quote

The purity men love is like the mists which envelope the earth, and not like the azure ether beyond.
— Henry David Thoreau

More varied than any landscape was the landscape in the sky, with islands of gold and silver, peninsulas of apricot and rose against a background of many shades of turquoise and azure.
— Cecil Beaton

Tis distance lends enchantment to the view, and robes the mountain in its azure hue.
— azure quotation by Thomas Campbell