Blue eyes

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But my deepest and most secret love belongs to the fair-haired and the blue-eyed. ~ Thomas Mann

Blue eyes, also called fair eyes or grey eyes in older literature, is a human eye colour. Unlike brown or black eyes, blue eyes are caused by low amounts of melanin in the stroma of the iris, as with green eyes.

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He was eighty years old now, with a bloom on his cheeks like an autumn pippin and two limpid blue eyes that looked straight into yours and, if you had any reverence at all, made the tears well involuntarily at the sight of such gentle beauty. ~ Compton Mackenzie
  • He was eighty years old now, with a bloom on his cheeks like an autumn pippin and two limpid blue eyes that looked straight into yours and, if you had any reverence at all, made the tears well involuntarily at the sight of such gentle beauty.
  • The heroine of almost every fairy tale in the world is blue-eyed, as a sign that she is the true, good, and lovable maiden who is the object and reward of the quest and labour of the prince.
  • Conan's eyes blazed and he started as if stung; the guards tensed, grasping their bills, then relaxed as he dropped his head suddenly, as if in sullen resignation, and not even Demetrio could tell that he was watching them from under his heavy black brows, with eyes that were slits of blue bale-fire.
  • Her eyes were likewise neither wholly blue nor wholly grey, but of shifting colors and dancing lights and clouds of colors he could not define.
    • Robert E. Howard, "The Frost-Giant's Daughter" (1953)
  • Those blue, blue eyes, icy blue, looking back at me, They're pretty powerful, you know, those eyes, pretty beautiful, too.
  • Those big blue eyes were swimming, and he was afraid that if the first tear fell, he would break and carry her off anywhere she wanted to go.
  • The eyes are crystal blue, I immediately crave, a shade that makes my heart beat a little bit faster, almost as if I recognize it...It's the most perfect blue I've ever seen. Even from this distance, his eyes are simply remarkable.”

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  • Asclēpias, child of passion, bright eyes like the calm sea’s blue,
    You lure to sail for Cythēra whoever looks on you.
    • Meleager of Gadara. Anth. Pal. v. 156. "The Siren".
      Translated by F. L. Lucas, Greek Poetry for Everyman (1951), p. 352
  • His rode was reed, his eyen greye as goos;
  • Her eyen gray and stepe
    Causeth myne hert to lepe;
    • John Skelton, "The Commendacions of maystres Jane Scrope",
      The Boke of Phyllyp Sparrowe (1545)
  • Her eyes, faire eyes, like to the purest lights
    That animate the Sunne, or cheere the day,
    In whom the shining Sun-beames brightly play
    Whiles fancie dooth on them divine delights.
  • Her eyes are Saphires set in snow,
    Refining heaven by everie winke;
    The Gods doo feare when as they glow,
    And I doo tremble when I thinke.
      Heigh ho, would she were mine.
    • Thomas Lodge, Rosalynde (2nd ed., 1592)
    • For "Refining", some editions give "Resembling"
  • Betwixt two ridges of ploughed land sat Wat,
    Whose body, pressed to th’earth, lay close and squat.
    His nose upon his two fore-feet close lies,
    Glaring obliquely with his great grey eyes.
  • Here’s to the girl with a pair of blue eyes,
      And here’s to the nymph with but one, sir.
  • Blue! ’Tis the life of heaven,—the domain
      Of Cynthia,—the wide palace of the sun,—
    The tent of Hesperus, and all his train,—
      The bosom of clouds, gold, gray, and dun.
    Blue! ’Tis the life of waters—ocean
      And all its vassal streams: pools numberless
    May rage, and foam, and fret, but never can
      Subside, if not to dark-blue nativeness.
    Blue! Gentle cousin of the forest-green,
      Married to green in all the sweetest flowers—
    Forget-me-not,—the blue-bell,—and, that queen
      Of secrecy, the violet: what strange powers
    Hast thou, as a mere shadow! But how great,
      When in an Eye thou art alive with fate!
    • John Keats, Answer to a Sonnet Ending Thus—
        "Dark eyes are dearer far
        Than those that made the hyacinthine bell."
      By J. H. Reynolds.
  • Like violets pale i’ the Spring o’ the year
      Came my Love’s sad eyes to my youth;
    Wan and dim with many a tear,
      But the sweeter for that in sooth:
            Wet and dim,
            Tender and true,
            Violet eyes
            Of the sweetest blue.
    Like pansies dark i’ the June o’ the year
      Grow my Love’s glad eyes to my prime;
    Rich with the purple splendour clear
      Of their thoughtful bliss sublime:
            Deep and dark,
            Solemn and true,
            Pansy eyes
            Of the noblest blue.
    • James Thomson ("Bysshe Vanolis"), "Sunday up the River: an Idyll of Cockaigne", no. 9
    • Fraser's Magazine (October 1869)
  • The dropping grey-beard with the cold blue eye,
  • No light, no light in the blue Polish eye.
    • Anthony Hecht, "More Light! More Light!"
    • Collected Earlier Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 1990)
  • No one knows what it's like
    To be the bad man
    To be the sad man
    Behind blue eyes
    • The Who, Lyrics from Behind Blue Eyes

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