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Quotations about Light
Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light? ~Maurice Freehill
Light can be gentle, dangerous, dreamlike, bare, living, dead, misty, clear, hot, dark, violet, springlike, falling, straight, sensual, limited, poisonous, calm and soft. ~Sven Nykvist
Someday perhaps the inner light will shine forth from us, and then we'll need no other light. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What is to give light must endure burning. ~Viktor Frankl
A sensitive plant in a garden grew,
And the young winds fed it with silver dew,
And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light,
and closed them beneath the kisses of night.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant," 1820
Love is not consolation. It is light. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
He had enjoyed the refreshing luxury of a bath in his dressing-room, and was now sitting, after a late breakfast, in the open gallery, flanking the dining-room and the lower morning-rooms, and looking on the garden. The long outer blinds had been drawn down between the columns to exclude the powerful sunbeams; but the effect of the light, although subdued, was glowing; and, to Lilian's eyes, her husband was glorified by an atmosphere of poetic brightness. ~J. Palgrave Simpson, For Ever and Never, 1884
In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't. ~Blaise Pascal
For light I go directly to the Source of light, not to any of the reflections. ~Peace Pilgrim
A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind. ~Annie Dillard
Joy requires one to be awake,
Adjusting the heart's ambience to bright.
Some prefer the dark, as is their right,
On grounds of agony, and to forsake
Not only bliss, but all that's blessed by light.
~Nicholas Gordon, poemsforfree.com
I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more. ~Henry Ward Beecher
Where there is sunshine the doctor starves. ~Flemish Proverb
Sun spreads through the treetops like an epidemic. ~Dave Bonta, from The Morning Porch blog at www.morningporch.com/post/96792742/orange-tabby
Light comes to us unexpectedly and obliquely. Perhaps it amuses the gods to try us. They want to see whether we are asleep. ~H.M. Tomlinson
Sunshine is my quest. ~Winston Churchill
Light, God's eldest daughter... ~Thomas Fuller
Alas! must it ever be so?
Do we stand in our own light, wherever we go,
And fight our own shadows forever?
~Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton
We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light. ~Earl Nightingale
Into my heart's night
Along a narrow way
I groped; and lo! the light,
An infinite land of day.
Sometimes just looking up and seeing the light is enough. ~Terri Guillemets
Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in. ~Alan Alda
Keep your flame lit, and you will never feel darkness. ~J. Parker
Perhaps some will say: where sunlight is wanting, there is a substitute for it in artificial light. Extraordinary inventions have indeed been made in this respect. In my boyhood I have seen in some households how late in the evening people lighted chips of wood at their stove and actually spun by such a wretched light. I saw also how they stuck on a holder well dried wood-shavings, which, on being lit at the top, burnt slowly on until they were entirely consumed. These people were content with the miserable light and spun away till 9 o'clock in the evening. Later on linseed-oil and tallow-candles came into general use as material for lighting family dwellings and work-shops. In course of time various burning and lighting materials were discovered and invented... the new materials giving a much brighter light. But whether the change has not injured the human frame and in particular the organs of sight... that is another question which, I fear, must be answered in the affirmative. ~Sebastian Kneipp, Thus Shalt Thou Live: Hints and Advice for the Healthy and the Sick on a Simple and Rational Mode of Life and a Natural Method of Cure, 1889, translated from the 19th German edition
What is true by lamplight is not always true by sunlight. ~Joseph Joubert
The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Your path is illuminated by the light
Yet darkness lets the stars shine bright.
There they stand, the innumerable stars, shining in order like a living hymn, written in light. ~N.P. Willis
No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it. ~Terry Pratchett
Auld Daddy Darkness...
See him in the corners hidin' frae the licht,
See him at the window gloomin' at the nicht...
The sun works in my veins like wine, like wine! ~Amy Levy, "A Minor Poet," c.1884
Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy. ~John Denver, "Sunshine on My Shoulders"
Nothing in the universe can travel at the speed of light, they say, forgetful of the shadow's speed. ~Howard Nemerov
We must therefore do all we can to live in a clear atmosphere and sunlight, eye and body will then be in a far better condition. But if people, especially town's people, will occupy rooms and workshops into which neither the rays of the sun nor even broad daylight can penetrate, how can they be expected to remain healthy and strong?... Man, it is true, can get accustomed to many things, especially to the requirements of fashion.... And yet... Will they not weaken their eyesight and even their bodies by working most of their time in such a self-procured twilight?... He who lives and moves in full daylight and brilliant sunshine will possess the soundest eye and the soundest body as far as light can influence them. ~Sebastian Kneipp, Thus Shalt Thou Live: Hints and Advice for the Healthy and the Sick on a Simple and Rational Mode of Life and a Natural Method of Cure, 1889, translated from the 19th German edition
This evening, I sat by an open window
and read till the light was gone and the book
was no more than a part of the darkness....
~Ted Kooser, from "A Happy Birthday"
I always know I'm talking to a gardener or a photographer if at any given time, they know where the light is. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, www.wildthymecreative.com
Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. ~Rabindranath Tagore
Where the sun does not go, there goes the doctor.... Watch for the sun, for life and health dwell in the sun's beams; and when it is shining, open every window in the house until it goes down again. ~"Take Sun Baths," Food, Home and Garden, November 1897, published by the Vegetarian Society of America (Philadelphia)
When my heart is heavy, the sun helps make it light. ~Terri Guillemets
The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. ~Matthew Arnold
The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light. ~Joseph Campbell
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That's how the light gets in.
Lighthouses are more helpful than churches. ~Benjamin Franklin
Now, if light exercises such a power over other created beings, why should it not also have a distinct influence on the human body and mind?... It may rightly be asserted that a clear atmosphere and sunlight are most powerful in producing a genial disposition in man and therefore have a vital influence on mind and body. ~Sebastian Kneipp, Thus Shalt Thou Live: Hints and Advice for the Healthy and the Sick on a Simple and Rational Mode of Life and a Natural Method of Cure, 1889, translated from the 19th German edition
And now in far quarters of the horizon
lighthouses are awake, sending messages —
invitations to the landlocked,
warnings to the experienced,
but to anyone returning from the planet ocean,
candles in the windows of a safe earth.
~Anne Stevenson, "North Sea Off Carnoustie"
In childhood 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, Mrs. Miniver, 1930s
Is there anything more loyal than the sun? ~Mary Oliver
The evening might have been ordered with the fireworks; it was cold, still, and starry, with a commendable absence of moon. And when the first rocket went up Mrs. Miniver felt the customary pricking in her throat and knew that once again the enchantment was going to work. Some things—conjurers, ventriloquists, pantomimes—she enjoyed vicariously, by watching the children's enjoyment; but 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
There was one bursting now, a delicate constellation of many-coloured stars which drifted down and lingered in the still air.... The final rocket went up, a really large one, a piece of reckless extravagance. Its sibilant uprush was impressive, dragonlike; it soared twice as high as any they had had before; and the moment it had burst, Mrs. Miniver remembered. "Brightness falls from the air"—that was it! The sparks from the rocket came pouring down the sky in a slow golden cascade, vanishing one by one into a lake of darkness.
Beauty is but a flower
Which wrinkles will devour;
Brightness falls from the air;
Queens have died young and fair;
Dust hath closed Helen's eye—
It was quite irrelevant, really, a lament by Nashe in time of pestilence, nothing to do with fireworks at all. But she knew that it was just what she had needed to round off the scene for her and to make its memory enduring. Words were the only net to catch a mood, the only sure weapon against oblivion. ~Jan Struther, Mrs. Miniver, 1930s
Nothing travels faster than light, with the possible exception of bad news, which follows its own rules. ~Douglas Adams
It's a cruel season that makes you get ready for bed while it's light out. ~Bill Watterson
What more pleasant sensation
than sunshine on skin,
Spirit and flesh drinking in the light
Of God and energy itself.
Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby. ~Ruth E. Renkel
He that has light within his own clear breast
May sit i' the centre, and enjoy bright day:
But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts
Benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
Himself his own dungeon.
Sunshine is Nature's hug and spirit breath to the earth. ~Terri Guillemets
God presents Himself in the light; He also conceals Himself by the light—just as we present ourselves in our garments and conceal ourselves by our garments. ~John Pulsford
The flowers that sleep by night, opened their gentle eyes and turned them to the day. The light, creation's mind, was everywhere, and all things owned its power. ~Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop
If there is one spot of sun spilling onto the floor, a cat will find it and soak it up. ~Jean Asper McIntosh
I'm not a doctor and I don't know the technical terminology, but I do know that sunshine activates our happiness glands. ~Terri Guillemets
I will love the light for it shows me the way. Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. ~Og Mandino
Though my soul may set in darkness,
It will rise in perfect light,
I have loved the stars too fondly
To be fearful of the night.
The stars are the street lights of eternity. ~Author Unknown
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. ~Kahlil Gibran
Wine is sunlight, held together by water. ~Galileo
The sun seems fascinated to get closer to this paradise landscape, and keeps dropping half inch by half inch in the west. Tenderly he flies to his lover, the Ocean, who twists in delight with his imminent arrival. "Patience, my love," the Sun whispers in long golden rays. "Soon I am yours." ~Edmond Manning, King Perry
Your life is something opaque, not transparent, as long as you look at it in an ordinary human way. But if you hold it up against the light of God's goodness, it shines and turns transparent, radiant and bright. And then you ask yourself in amazement: Is this really my own life I see before me? ~Albert Schweitzer
An age is called "dark," not because the light fails to shine but because people refuse to see it. ~James Michener
For sleep, one needs endless depths of blackness to sink into; daylight is too shallow, it will not cover one. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Sadness flies on the wings of the morning and out of the heart of darkness comes the light. ~Jean Giraudoux
How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself? There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light. ~Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams