Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
There are two kinds of light - the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.
In a profound sense every man has two halves to his being; he is not one person so much as two persons trying to act in unison. I believe that in the heart of each human being there is something which I can only describe as a "child of darkness" who is equal and complementary to the more obvious "child of light."
~Laurens van der Post
Moonlight is sculpture.
Firelight will not let you read fine stories but it's warm and you won't see the dust on the floor.
We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.
Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.
Lethargics are to be laid in the light, and exposed to the rays of the sun for the disease is gloom.
Live in rooms full of light.
We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.
You can't have a light without a dark to stick it in.
There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
The hero is the one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by. The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light.
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
~Anthony J. D'Angelo
A sensible man will remember that the eyes may be confused in two ways - by a change from light to darkness or from darkness to light; and he will recognize that the same thing happens to the soul.
When you possess light within, you see it externally.
You can owe nothing, if you give back its light to the sun.
Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.
~Norman B. Rice
How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!
The windows of my soul I throw
Wide open to the sun.
~John Greenleaf Whittier
The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.
Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...
~Susan Polis Shutz
From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that's been our unifying cry, "More light." Sunlight. Torchlight. Candlelight. Neon, incandescent lights that banish the darkness from our caves to illuminate our roads, the insides of our refrigerators. Big floods for the night games at Soldier's Field. Little tiny flashlights for those books we read under the covers when we're supposed to be asleep. Light is more than watts and footcandles. Light is metaphor. Light is knowledge, light is life, light is light.
~Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider
In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.
Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships.
A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home.
His high endeavors are an inward light
That makes the path before him always bright.
They may as well have called the sun a ball of flaming joy.
Light, when suddenly let in, dazzles and hurts and almost blinds us: but this soon passes away, and it seems to become the only element we can exist in.
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
In the beginning there was nothing. God said, "Let there be light!" And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.
Light is good from whatever lamp it shines.
Light can be gentle, dangerous, dreamlike, bare, living, dead, misty, clear, hot, dark, violet, springlike, falling, straight, sensual, limited, poisonous, calm and soft.
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.
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.
In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't.
For light I go directly to the Source of light, not to any of the reflections.
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.
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.
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.
Sunshine is my quest.
Light, God's eldest daughter...
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.
Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
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.
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.
Keep your flame lit, and you will never feel darkness.
What is true by lamplight is not always true by sunlight.
There they stand, the innumerable stars, shining in order like a living hymn, written in light.
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.
I'll tell you how the sun rose a ribbon at a time.
Auld Daddy Darkness...
See him in the corners hidin' frae the licht,
See him at the window gloomin' at the nicht...
No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.
Nothing in the universe can travel at the speed of light, they say, forgetful of the shadow's speed.
Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light.
The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.
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.
Nothing travels faster than light, with the possible exception of bad news, which follows its own rules.
It's a cruel season that makes you get ready for bed while it's light out.
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.
If there is one spot of sun spilling onto the floor, a cat will find it and soak it up.
~Jean Asper McIntosh
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.
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
Wine is sunlight, held together by water.
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?
An age is called "dark," not because the light fails to shine but because people refuse to see it.
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.
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