Quotations on Darkness

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Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.
- Louis Aragon
(Keywords: Life, Truth, People, Conflict, Darkness, Error, Light, Opposites, Zone)

I really believe that all of us have a lot of darkness in our souls. Anger, rage, fear, sadness. I don't think that's only reserved for people who have horrible upbringings. I think it really exists and is part of the human condition. I think in the course of your life you figure out ways to deal with that.
- Kevin Bacon
(Keywords: Life, Anger, People, Fear, Darkness, Sadness)

I think we all have a lot of darkness in our bellies. As an actor, the challenge of tapping into that, reaching down into that sadness or anger, is very therapeutic.
- Kevin Bacon
(Keywords: Anger, Actor, Challenge, Darkness, Sadness)

I'm obsessive about the kind of melodrama of getting through the days and trying to make them good and funny and a happy experience. But my feeling towards the fans is that they delivered me from darkness.
- Tom Baker
(Keywords: Funny, Experience, Darkness, Fans, Feeling, Trying)

Education is the movement from darkness to light.
- Allan Bloom
(Keywords: Education, Darkness, Light)

Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Soul, Darkness, Free will, Light, Necessity)

Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness.
- Cyril Connolly
(Keywords: Wisdom, Darkness, Folly, Ignorance, Infatuation, Passion, Purity)

When I do a novel, I don't really use the script, I use the book; when I did Apocalypse Now, I used Heart of Darkness. Novels usually have so much rich material.
- Francis Ford Coppola
(Keywords: Heart, Darkness, Now)

On the last morning of Virginia's bloodiest year since the Civil War, I built a fire and sat facing a window of darkness where at sunrise I knew I would find the sea.
- Patricia Cornwell
(Keywords: War, Darkness, Fire, Sea)

Alcohol is barren. The words a man speaks in the night of drunkenness fade like the darkness itself at the coming of day.
- Marguerite Duras
(Keywords: Alcohol, Darkness, Day, Man, Night, Words)

I have always felt that laughter in the face of reality is probably the finest sound there is and will last until the day when the game is called on account of darkness. In this world, a good time to laugh is any time you can.
- Linda Ellerbee
(Keywords: Time, Darkness, Day, Laughter, Reality, Sound, Will, World)

I always seem to have a vague feeling that he is a Satan among musicians, a fallen angel in the darkness who is perpetually seeking to fight his way back to happiness.
- Henry Ellis
(Keywords: Happiness, Darkness, Feeling, Fight, Musicians, Satan)

Strange, is it not? That of the myriads who Before us pass'd the door of Darkness through, Not one returns to tell us of the Road Which to discover we must travel too.
- Edward Fitzgerald
(Keywords: Travel, Darkness, Road)

Love and memory last and will so endure till the game is called because of darkness.
- Gene Fowler
(Keywords: Love, Darkness, Memory, Will)

I saw also that there was an ocean of darkness and death, but an infinite ocean of light and love, which flowed over the ocean of darkness.
- George Fox
(Keywords: Death, Love, Darkness, Infinite, Light, Ocean)

I guess darkness serves a purpose: to show us that there is redemption through chaos. I believe in that. I think that's the basis of Greek mythology.
- Brendan Fraser
(Keywords: Chaos, Darkness, Mythology)

Close your bodily eye, that you may see your picture first with the eye of the spirit. Then bring to light what you have seen in the darkness, that its effect may work back, from without to within.
- Caspar David Friedrich
(Keywords: Work, Darkness, Effect, Eye, First, Light, May, Spirit)

A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness.
- Jean Genet
(Keywords: Time, Dream, Act, Darkness, Man, Order)

I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us. There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say.
- Geronimo
(Keywords: God, Children, Darkness, Listening, Sun)

Although I had arrived in total darkness the light of truth at once burst upon my mind and I perceived most clearly that the republicans had overreached themselves.
- Francis Bond Head
(Keywords: Truth, Darkness, Light, Mind, Republicans)

To attempt seeing Truth without knowing Falsehood. It is the attempt to see the Light without knowing the Darkness. It cannot be.
- Frank Herbert
(Keywords: Truth, Darkness, Falsehood, Light)

God is not a hypothesis derived from logical assumptions, but an immediate insight, self-evident as light. He is not something to be sought in the darkness with the light of reason. He is the light.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel
(Keywords: God, Darkness, Light, Reason, Self)

As long as one person lives in darkness then it seems to be a responsibility to tell other people.
- Bill Hicks
(Keywords: People, Darkness, Responsibility)

Strange - is it not? That of the myriads who Before us passed the door of Darkness through, Not one returns to tell us of the road Which to discover we must travel too.
- Horace
(Keywords: Travel, Darkness, Road)

The three great problems of this century; the degradation of man in the proletariat, the subjection of women through hunger, the atrophy of the child by darkness.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Women, Darkness, Hunger, Man, Problems)

Nudes are the greatest to paint. Everything you can find in a landscape or a still life or anything else is there: darkness and light, character dimension, texture. I painted heads too, of course.
- John Hurt
(Keywords: Life, Character, Darkness, Light)

Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.
- Aldous Huxley
(Keywords: Science, Darkness, Nothing, World)

In complete darkness we are all the same, it is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us, don't let your eyes deceive you.
- Janet Jackson
(Keywords: Wisdom, Knowledge, Darkness, Eyes)

To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.
- Thomas Jefferson
(Keywords: Education, Clouds, Darkness, Mind)

Understanding does not cure evil, but it is a definite help, inasmuch as one can cope with a comprehensible darkness.
- Carl Jung
(Keywords: Cure, Darkness, Evil, Help, Understanding)

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
- Carl Jung
(Keywords: Purpose, Being, Darkness, Existence, Light)

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.
- Carl Jung
(Keywords: Life, Darkness, Meaning, Measure, Patience, Sadness, Word)

A work will only have deep resonance if the kind of darkness I can generate is something that is resident in me already.
- Anish Kapoor
(Keywords: Work, Darkness, Deep, Will)

We made it known that we were trying to show the reality of France. People think of Paris as the city of love or the city of light, but where you got love you got hate, where you got light you got darkness.
- Mathieu Kassovitz
(Keywords: Love, People, Darkness, France, Hate, Light, Paris, Reality, Trying)

Once I knew only darkness and stillness... my life was without past or future... but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.
- Helen Keller
(Keywords: Life, Heart, Darkness, Future, Living, Past, Word)

Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible in bright moments as well as in trouble, we cannot fully respond to its consolations because we lack equilibrium between light and darkness.
- Helen Keller
(Keywords: Habit, Bible, Darkness, Light, Moments, Trouble)

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
- Helen Keller
(Keywords: Content, Darkness, May, Silence, State, Wonders)

Overseas, America's fighting men and women have been waging war against those who would attack America and plunge the world into a period of darkness, and their success can easily be seen.
- Mark Kennedy
(Keywords: Men, Success, War, Women, America, Darkness, Fighting, World)

The patriot who feels himself in the service of God, who acknowledges Him in all his ways, has the promise of Almighty direction, and will find His Word in his greatest darkness.
- Francis Scott Key
(Keywords: God, Darkness, Direction, Promise, Service, Will, Word)

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Keywords: Love, Darkness, Hate, Light)

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Keywords: Altruism, Darkness, Light, Man, Selfishness, Will)

That taxes may be the ostensible cause is true, but that they are the true cause is as far remote from truth as light from darkness.
- Henry Knox
(Keywords: Truth, Cause, Darkness, Light, May, Taxes)

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 a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
(Keywords: Beauty, People, Darkness, Light, Sun, Windows)

My son - and what's a song? A thing begot within a pair of minutes, thereabout, a lump bred up in darkness.
- Thomas Kyd
(Keywords: Son, Darkness, Song)

The unsaved people will be cast into utter darkness forever.
- Tim LaHaye
(Keywords: People, Darkness, Will)

Clouds and darkness surround us, yet Heaven is just, and the day of triumph will surely come, when justice and truth will be vindicated.
- Mary Todd Lincoln
(Keywords: Truth, Clouds, Darkness, Day, Heaven, Justice, Will)

To prejudge other men's notions before we have looked into them is not to show their darkness but to put out our own eyes.
- John Locke
(Keywords: Men, Darkness, Eyes)

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Keywords: Life, Darkness, Night, Ocean, Ships, Silence, Voice)

But it is true that sometimes an enveloping darkness aids one to clearer vision; as in a panorama building, for example, where the obscurity about the entrance prepares one better for the climax, and gives the scene depicted a more real and vivid appearance.
- Pierre Loti
(Keywords: Vision, Appearance, Building, Darkness, Example, Obscurity)

I wondered vaguely if this was when it would end, whether I would pull up tonight's darkness like a quilt and be dead and at peace evermore.
- William Manchester
(Keywords: Peace, Darkness, End)



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