45476. “I catch sight of Luis with one of my bandannas on his head and my gut tightens. I yank it off him. “Don’t ever touch this, Luis.” “Why not?” he asks, his deep brown eyes all innocent. To Luis, it’s a bandanna. To me, it’s a symbol of what is and will never be. How the hell am I supposed to explain it to an eleven-year-old kid? He knows what I am. It’s no secret the bandanna has the Latino Blood colors on it. Payback and revenge got me in and now there’s no way out. But I’ll die before I let one of my brothers get sucked in. I ball the bandanna in my fist. “Luis, don’t touch my shit. Especially my Blood stuff.” “I like red and black.” That’s the last thing I need to hear. “If I ever catch you wearin’ it again, you’ll be sportin’ black and blue,” I tell him. “Got it, little brother?” He shrugs. “Yeah. I got it.” ― Simone Elkeles, Perfect Chemistry
45475. “RED Here’s the red The red of love The fire that burns Within my soul The reddest red I’ve ever known The flame untouched Ignited coal Here’s the red The red of pain That stinging pain No one must know The deepest red I’ve ever felt The emptiness The mourning soul Here’s the red The red I knew That exalted fire That once ignited you The reddest red I ever knew… The deepest red I ever knew…” ― Trisha North, Safe: The Places I Go in My Head to Feel Acceptance & Peace
45449. “I wrote a song called ‘Red’ and thinking about what that song means to me and all the different emotions on this album they’re all pretty much about the tumultuous, crazy, insane, intense, semi-toxic relationships I’ve experienced in the last two years. All those emotions fanning from intense love, intense frustration, intense jealousy, confusion, all of that in my mind, all those emotions are red. There’s nothing in between, there’s nothing beige about those feelings and so I called my record that.” ― Taylor Swift
45441 “I had never wondered where he slept, but now I half expected a dark cavern with a bloodied altar for a bed. Instead it was a crimson mirror of my room: red-and-black tapestries instead of pale wallpaper; red-and-gold damask bed curtains instead of lace; and supporting the canopy were not caryatids but eagles, cast from a slick black metal that glittered in the candlelight. All around the edges of the room burned row upon row of candles, casting golden light in every direction so that shadow barely existed.” ― Rosamund Hodge, Cruel Beauty
45438. “As she felt his fangs against her neck, she was in another world. There was screaming. A woman was somewhere in agony. Everything was black, and the tormented scream was overwhelming, echoing through the emptiness. After the screaming subsided, there was panting, loud and steady, and it wasn’t as dark anymore. There was a room visible now, in a reddish light. A pale man with black hair hovered over a woman dressed in white. She lay on a bed, looking disheveled and sweaty. Her brown-black hair clung to her wet forehead and shoulders. She was covered in blood. The man sat next to her, and held her close to him. He stroked her hair as her chest heaved desperately. “I love you, my dearest Katerina,” he said, cradling her in his strong arms. “Soon, we’ll be together forever.” Everything faded to black once more, and the woman stopped breathing. All was silent and still.” ― Dawn Bonney-Heath, Crimson
45436. “Let me take a little second to tell you as we see a prophecy that came true You see we need to believe that He literally bled through The clothes on His back His sweat the day was just like crimson rain Crimson stains tide bounty and the devil can’t wash these stains away Who’s He you ask, He’s a friend of me Cause my inability He was sent for me I hear birds and trees they’re all telling me It’s a good thing He won Gethsemane Cause this enemy is too much for me And this flesh and world is triple teaming me It seems to be the very end I scream please oh please pass this cup from me! The thing is it did pass And it passes every day He took my cup from me and gracefully He drank the grave And I don’t mean to speak of blasphemy when I say But I am speaking of the day when my God passed away, Okay? No wait wait wait no that’s not it no that’s not all I don’t wanna leave you hanging This stories banging Against my throat and against these walls It can’t be contained no it won’t stay in here it will thrive Cause stories just don’t die when the dead come alive” ― Tyler Joseph
45434. “His room was a sickly dual-tone of crimson and charcoal, like an Untitled Rothko, the colours bleeding into each other horribly and then rather serenely. The overall effect was overwhelmingly unapologetic but it grew on you like a wart on your nose you didn’t realise it was a part of your identity until one day it simply was. His room was his identity. Fiercely bold, avant-garde but never monotonous. He was red, he was black, he was bored, and he was fire. At least to me he seemed like fire. A tornado of fire that burned all in its wake leaving only the wretched brightness of annihilation. His room was where he charmed and disarmed us. We were his playthings. Nobody plays with fire and leaves unscarred. The fire soon seeps into chard and soot. The colours of his soul, his aura, and probably his heart if he didn’t stop smoking.” ― Moonshine Noire
45425. “It cleaves our hearts apart but it stitches them back together just as easily. It is the language of the eyes for they speak it more eloquently than words will ever do. You fall in it and it may heave you higher than the seventh sky. Nothing makes sense without it despite its senselessnness. It comes in different shades and colors and if you’re fortunate yours would be that of blood but it won’t have you bleeding. You’re a fool for trying to eschew its hold for it is everywhere but if you don’t you may wind-up feeling like a fool. Good luck” ― Ahmed Ghrib
45424. “I catch sight of Luis with one of my bandannas on his head and my gut tightens. I yank it off him. “Don’t ever touch this, Luis.” “Why not?” he asks, his deep brown eyes all innocent. To Luis, it’s a bandanna. To me, it’s a symbol of what is and will never be. How the hell am I supposed to explain it to an eleven-year-old kid? He knows what I am. It’s no secret the bandanna has the Latino Blood colors on it. Payback and revenge got me in and now there’s no way out. But I’ll die before I let one of my brothers get sucked in. I ball the bandanna in my fist. “Luis, don’t touch my shit. Especially my Blood stuff.” “I like red and black.” That’s the last thing I need to hear. “If I ever catch you wearin’ it again, you’ll be sportin’ black and blue,” I tell him. “Got it, little brother?” He shrugs. “Yeah. I got it.” ― Simone Elkeles, Perfect Chemistry
45411. “I want to make a heart in red flowers with blue flowers around it.” “Okeydokey. So, let’s look for red flowers and blue flowers.” We flipped, she picked blue violas (“painted porcelain” they were called, a pale blue with darker blue edges, very pretty,) and something called a “chocolate cosmos,” which was more burgundy than red, but still, it’s her garden. “Are they actually chocolate?” asked Clare, who had come back for a snack for herself and a rawhide chewy for Frank. “No, but it says here that they smell of chocolate.” “Hmm.” She’d fallen for that one before.” ― Abbi Waxman, The Garden of Small Beginnings
45405. “Impressive stands of flowers, bigger than anything she had ever seen, lined the track. Red as blood and clustered around a stem taller than even the captain astride his fine horse. “What are they?” “The flame lily. Doryanthes excelsa. It derives from two Greek words- dory, meaning spear, and anthos, meaning flower.” He pored over the notebook again. “A truly iconic plant, indigenous to the Sydney area. The botanic name, Doryanthes, refers to the beacon-like flower heads that stand out in the bush.” ― Tea Cooper, The Woman in the Green Dress
45398. “A woman I didn’t recognize tapped my arm. She was elderly, but still stood tall, her dark eyes bright with sadness. She wore a black brocade gown edged with red. She held out a bouquet of red carnations and white narcissus. She stepped forward and placed the flowers on Bartolomeo’s headstone, then stepped back and slipped into the crowd so fast I could not see where she went. I stared down at the flowers. Narcissus was a common spring flower at funerals, but red carnations meant only love, deep abiding love. I had never seen her before. Who was she?” ― Crystal King, The Chef’s Secret
45397. “After a couple of days, James spotted something strange about the food they were eating. “It’s an odd thing,” he remarked to Jumbo, “but every single meal seems to contain at least one dish that’s red, green and white. Yesterday it was that wonderful salad- tomatoes, basil and that white mozzarella stuff. Today it was some sort of herby green paste on white pasta, with tomatoes on the side.” Jumbo screwed up his face. “What’s so odd about that?” “They’re the colors of the Italian flag.” “So they are.” Jumbo thought some more. “Probably a coincidence, though. After all, they eat a lot of tomatoes, so the red’s there from the start.” “Probably,” James agreed. But later that afternoon he made an excuse to drop by the kitchen, and peer over Livia’s shoulder at what she was preparing for dinner. “What are these?” he asked casually. “Pomodori ripieni con formaggio caprino ed erba cipollina,” she said tersely. “Tomatoes stuffed with goat’s cheese and chives.” Ignoring the fact that his mouth was watering, he said, “They’re the same colors as your flag.” Livia affected to notice this for the first time. “So they are. How strange.” “As one of the dishes at lunch. In fact, every meal you’ve cooked us has had something similar.” ― Anthony Capella, The Wedding Officer: A Novel of Culinary Seduction
45379. “Scientists from Plymouth University and Durham University found that red also boosted the football players’ confidence, where the 68 top English teams from 1946 to 2013 won more games than they lost when they wore this winning color. Famed golf star Tiger Woods, who has won many games and golf championships wearing a red shirt, missed the cut at the May 2019 PGA Championship. Unsurprisingly, he was wearing a black shirt that day.” ― Cary G. Weldy, The Power of Tattoos: Twelve Hidden Energy Secrets of Body Art Every Tattoo Enthusiast Should Know