Quotes about Seeing Shapes in Clouds

Sometimes we see a cloud that’s dragonish;
A vapour sometime like a bear or lion,
A tower’d citadel, a pendent rock,
A forked mountain, or blue promontory
With trees upon’t, that nod unto the world,
And mock our eyes with air…
~William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, c.1606 [IV, 14]

I love that no two cloud formations, since time began, have ever been the same. Each moment in time has created its own unique fingerprint. ~Keith Wynn, 2017, @keithawynn

The sky, a perfect empty canvas, offers clouds nonetheless. They shift and drift and beg interpretation… such is the nature of art. ~Jeb Dickerson, 2009

Thick, threatening clouds, assembling soon,
Their dragon wings displayed;
Eclipsed the slow retiring moon,
And quenched the stars in shade.
~James Montgomery, “The Vigil of St. Mark,” 1806

On the horizon a cloud of a peculiar shape may be seen banking itself up like a huge puff of steam. The thunder-cloud is a dense black, and forms overhead. If you watch it, you can see it growing like an army preparing for battle. ~William S. Walsh, “Lightning,” A Handy Book of Curious Information, 1913

Thick clouds, shaped like piles of cannon balls, have slowly peered up from behind the horizon, and rolled themselves hither and thither, spreading and gathering as they went. ~Caroline M. Kirkland, “June Twenty-Ninth, Eighteen Fifty-Nine,” 1859

The moon hung low in the sky like a yellow skull. From time to time a huge misshapen cloud stretched a long arm across and hid it. ~Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1890

Here stretched, the pleasant turf I press,
In luxury of idleness;
Sun-streaks, and glancing wings, and sky
Spotted with cloud-shapes, charm my eye…
~Alfred B. Street, “A Forest Walk,” 1839

Do you see yonder cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel?… Methinks it is like a weasel… Or like a whale. ~William Shakespeare, Hamlet, c.1599 [III, 2]