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Darkness Quotes

Best Darkness Short Quote
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Martin Luther King Jr. , A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches


There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.

Bram Stoker , The New Annotated Dracula


Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.

Mary Oliver poet


Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.

Mark Twain


Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.

Pratchett Terry , Reaper Man


Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.

William Shakespeare , The Tragedy of Macbeth


I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.

Friedrich Nietzsche , Thus Spoke Zarathustra - A Book For All And None


Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.

Anne Frank Fonds Basel


I envy people that know love. That have someone who takes them as they are.

Jess C. Scott


It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,
Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt,
It lies behind stars and under hills,
And empty holes it fills,
It comes first and follows after,
Ends life, kills laughter.

JRR Tolkien , The Hobbit


A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness.

Jean Genet


Best Darkness Short Quote
When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.

Ursula Le Guin


What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.

Rumi


Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.

Edna St. Vincent Millay


People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.

Carl Jung



The Uses Of Sorrow
(In my sleep I dreamed this poem)
Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.

Mary Oliver poet , Thirst: Poems


Time takes it all whether you want it to or not, time takes it all. Time bares it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again.

Stephen King


I do not speak as I think, I do not think as I should, and so it all goes on in helpless darkness.

Franz Kafka


Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light.

John Milton , Paradise Lost


How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole.

C.G. Jung , Modern Man in Search of a Soul


This fall I think you're riding for—it's a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. The man falling isn't permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. He just keeps falling and falling. The whole arrangement's designed for men who, at some time or other in their lives, were looking for something their own environment couldn't supply them with. Or they thought their own environment couldn't supply them with. So they gave up looking. They gave it up before they ever really even got started.

J.D. Salinger , The Catcher in the Rye


We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows. Choose a place where you won't do harm - yes, choose a place where you won't do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine.

E.M. Forster , A Room with a View


You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun.

Shaun Hick


Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light.

Kate DiCamillo , The Tale of Despereaux


What makes night within us may leave stars.

Victor Hugo


Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly.

Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S


When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.

Patrick Overton , The leaning tree: [poems]


To hear never-heard sounds,
To see never-seen colors and shapes,
To try to understand the imperceptible
Power pervading the world;
To fly and find pure ethereal substances
That are not of matter
But of that invisible soul pervading reality.
To hear another soul and to whisper to another soul;
To be a lantern in the darkness
Or an umbrella in a stormy day;
To feel much more than know.
To be the eyes of an eagle, slope of a mountain;
To be a wave understanding the influence of the moon;
To be a tree and read the memory of the leaves;
To be an insignificant pedestrian on the streets
Of crazy cities watching, watching, and watching.
To be a smile on the face of a woman
And shine in her memory
As a moment saved without planning.

Dejan Stojanovic


I am terrified by this dark thing
That sleeps in me;
All day I feel its soft, feathery turnings, its malignity.

Sylvia Plath , Ariel


I had learned early to assume something dark and lethal hidden at the heart of anything I loved. When I couldn't find it, I responded, bewildered and wary, in the only way I knew how: by planting it there myself.

Tana French The Likeness


A phenomenon that a number of people have noted while in deep depression is the sense of being accompanied by a second self — a wraithlike observer who, not sharing the dementia of his double, is able to watch with dispassionate curiosity as his companion struggles against the oncoming disaster, or decides to embrace it. There is a theatrical quality about all this, and during the next several days, as I went about stolidly preparing for extinction, I couldn't shake off a sense of melodrama — a melodrama in which I, the victim-to-be of self-murder, was both the solitary actor and lone member of the audience.

William Styron , Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness


Even as a child, she had preferred night to day, had enjoyed sitting out in the yard after sunset, under the star-speckled sky listening to frogs and crickets. Darkness soothed. It softened the sharp edges of the world, toned down the too-harsh colors. With the coming of twilight, the sky seemed to recede; the universe expanded. The night was bigger than the day, and in its realm, life seemed to have more possibilities.

Dean Koontz , Midnight


I buried my head under the darkness of the pillow and pretended it was night. I couldn't see the point of getting up. I had nothing to look forward to.

Sylvia Plath , شیشه


There is darkness inside all of us, though mine is more dangerous than most. Still, we all have it—that part of our soul that is irreparably damaged by the very trials and tribulations of life. We are what we are because of it, or perhaps in spite of it. Some use
it as a shield to hide behind, others as an excuse to do unconscionable things. But, truly, the darkness is simply a piece of the whole, neither good nor evil unless you make it so. It
took a witch, a war, and a voodoo queen to teach me that.

Jenna Maclaine


I don't need to kill goats to say things. I CAN talk.

L.J. Smith , Daughters of Darkness


Acquainted with the Night
I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain—and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light.
I have looked down the saddest city lane.
I have passed by the watchman on his beat
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.
I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street,
But not to call me back or say good-bye;
And further still at an unearthly height,
One luminary clock against the sky
Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night.

Robert Frost , West-Running Brook


Too much of anything could destroy you, Simon thought. Too much darkness could kill, but too much light could blind.

Casssandra Clare


By night, Love, tie your heart to mine, and the two
together in their sleep will defeat the darkness

Pablo Neruda , 100 Love Sonnets


Numb the dark and you numb the light.

Brene Brown


I'm sorry, Gemma. But we can't live in the light all of the time. You have to take whatever light you can hold into the dark with you.

Libba Bray , A Great and Terrible Beauty


You can't study the darkness by flooding it with light.

Edward Abbey , The Best of Edward Abbey


Even so, there were times I saw freshness and beauty. I could smell the air, and I really loved rock 'n' roll. Tears were warm, and girls were beautiful, like dreams. I liked movie theaters, the darkness and intimacy, and I liked the deep, sad summer nights.

Haruki Murakami , ダンス・ダンス・ダンス [Dansu, dansu, dansu]


Use the wings of the flying Universe,
Dream with open eyes;
See in darkness.

Dejan Stojanovic


Once upon a time," he said out loud to the darkness. He said these words because they were the best, the most powerful words that he knew and just the saying of them comforted him.

Kate DiCamillo , The Tale of Despereaux


If there be light, then there is darkness; if cold, heat; if height, depth; if solid, fluid; if hard, soft; if rough, smooth; if calm, tempest; if prosperity, adversity; if life, death.

Pythagoras


The strongest trees are rooted in the dark places of the earth. Darkness will be your cloak, your shield, your mother's milk. Darkness will make you strong.

George R.R. Martin


I mean only that I hope they find darkness or paradise without fear of it, if they can.

Erin Morgenstern , The Night Circus


Intense, unexpected suffering passes more quickly than suffering that is apparently bearable; the latter goes on for years and, without our noticing, eats away at our souls, until, one day, we are no longer able to free ourselves from the bitterness and it stays with us for the rest of our lives.

Paulo Coelho , The Alchemist


Darkness approaches from outside.
I feel no light inside me strong enough to resist it.

Christopher Pike , The Last Vampire