"Fireworks had for her a direct and magical appeal. Their attraction was more complex than that of any other form of art. They had pattern and sequence, colour and sound, brilliance and mobility; they had suspense, surprise, and a faint hint of danger; above all, they had the supreme quality of transience, which puts the keenest edge on beauty and makes it touch some spring in the heart which more enduring excellences cannot reach." (Jan Struther, Mrs. Miniver, 1930s )
"The daylight always fails too soon—except when there are going to be fireworks; and then the sun dawdles intolerably on the threshold like a tedious guest."
(Jan Struther, 1930s )
HAPPY 4th of JULY
"America celebrates her independence every July 4,
with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees,
the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness."