ANONYMOUS

VESUVIO’S ERUPTION

In addition to any practical reasons, some masters sensed, to varying degrees, that this technique
was the most fitting for portraying an eruption’s ceremonial mystery.

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PLINY

Mother Nature is punishing us

For our greed and selfishness. We torture her at all hours by iron and wood, fire and stone. We dig her up and dump her in the sea. We sink mine shafts into her and drag out her entrails – and all for a jewel to wear on a pretty finer. Who can blame her if she occasionally quivers with anger?

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ROBERT HARRIS, POMPEII

To be Brave

To be brave, by definition, one has first to be afraid.

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DEBORAH DAVIS

A VESUVIUS

If there was a volcano under their feet, a Vesuvius that could erupt and bury this modern-day Pompeii at any moment, the best thing to do was dance on it

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FRIEDRICH NIETZSCH

Live dangerously

Live dangerously. Build your cities on the slopes of Vesuvius.

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JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

Buried Pompeii and Herculaneum.

No catastrophe has ever yielded so much pleasure to the rest of humanity as that which buried Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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ENCYLOPAEDIA OF VOLCANOES

The human body

The human body cannot survive being in temperatures over 200 degrees centigrade for more than a few moments, especially in the fast moving current of a surge. Trying to breathe in the
dense cloud of hot ash in the absence of oxygen would lead to unconsciousness in a few breaths, as well as causing severe burns to the respiratory tract… On the other hand, survival is possible in
the more distal parts of a surge if there is adequate shelter to protect against the surge flow and its high temperature, as well as the missiles (rocks, building materials) entrained in the moving
cloud of material

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PLINY THE YOUNGER

In the darkness

“In the darkness you could hear the crying of women, the wailing of infants, and the shouting of men. Some prayed for help. Others wished for death. But still more imagined that there were no
Gods left, and that the universe was plunged into eternal darkness.”

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LUCIANO DE CRESCENZO

A concept of Naples

I have a concept of Naples that is not so much of a city, per se, but rather an ingredient of the
human spirit that I detect in everyone, Neapolitan or not.

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LILIAN WHITING

Naples is simply...fascinating

Rome is stately and impressive; Florence is all beauty and enchantment; Genoa is picturesque;
Venice is a dream city; but Naples is simply — fascinating.

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JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

See Naples and die!

I won’t say another word about the beauties of the city and its situation, which have been described and praised often. As they say here, “Vedi Napoli e poi muori! — See Naples and die!” One
can’t blame the Neapolitan for never wanting to leave his city, nor its poets singing its praises in
lofty hyperboles: it would be wonderful even if a few more Vesuviuses were to rise in the neighbourhood.

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MARTIN FARQUHAR TUPPER

Naples sitteth by the sea

Naples sitteth by the sea, keystone of an arch of azure.

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MADAME DE STAEL

Bay of Naples

If it were not for respect for human opinions, I would not open my window to see the Bay of
Naples for the first time, whilst I would go five hundred leagues to talk with a man of genius
whom I had not seen.

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WERNER HERZOG

Vesuvius next to Naples

However, there are a couple of volcanoes very close nearby, like Vesuvius in Italy
right next to Naples.

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ALEXANDRE DUMAS

Naples is the flower of paradise

Naples is the flower of paradise. The last adventure of my life.

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HERMAN MELVILL

Give me a condor’s quill!

Give me a condor’s quill! Give me Vesuvius crater for an inkstand!

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LIBERO BOVIO

Even the Melancholy

Everything is blue in Naples. Even the melancholy is blue.

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JULIUS CAESAR

Our men must win

Our men must win or die. Pompey’s men have… other options.

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PLINY THE YOUNGER

Afraid of death

There were some so afraid of death that they prayed for death.

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JOELY SUE BURKHART

Always been my domain

Mount Vesuvius has always been my domain. The hottest hells of the earth cannot touch our kind. Know true darkness by how it embraces your fire, your blood, or both, and beware the bright light of day. “Thank you, Father.”

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ANONYMOUS

Leave Naples as a virgin

If I leave Naples as a virgin I will remain virgin forever.

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PICASSO

Art is Dangerous

Art is Dangerous

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STEVEN MAGEE

Where will the lava go?

Where will the lava go?

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WERNER HERZOG

Earth consists of magma

Of course the entire planet Earth consists of magma under us, and only the very inner-core is different

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HENRI MATISSE

Finding the blue

One square centimeter of blue is not as blue as a square meter of the same blue.

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MILES DAVIS

A kind of Blue

A kind of Blue

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MILES DAVIS

So What?

So What?

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KATE BUSH

LOOKING AT BLUE

I spend a lot of my time looking at blue; The colour of my room and my mood.

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PAUL GAUGUIN

Make it blue

If you see a tree as blue, then make it blue.

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PETRA HERMANS

Blue was never

Blue was never so beautiful blue.

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STEVEN TYLER

Closest color to truth

Blue is the closest color to truth

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ANONYMOUS

Don’t worry

Don’t worry, be blue!

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ANONYMOUS

Cool blue on the outside

Cool blue on the outside, fiery red on the inside.

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E.M FORSTER

Death destroys a man

Death destroys a man: the idea of death saves him.

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