Quotations on Light

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You can't study the darkness by flooding it with light.
- Edward Abbey
(Keywords: Darkness, Light, Study)

The hero is 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.
- Felix Adler
(Keywords: Life, Men, Light, World)

I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.
- Muhammad Ali
(Keywords: Bed, Light, Night)

Mr. Speaker, our Nation must no longer be complacent about underage drinking and its alarming consequences. We must bring this national public health crisis out of the shadow and into the bright light of a national priority.
- Lucille Roybal Allard
(Keywords: Health, Consequences, Crisis, Drinking, Light, Nation, Public, Shadow)

I am no longer sure that when I go out there and do my job it'll even see the light of air, if the experience of my network colleagues is anything to go by.
- Christiane Amanpour
(Keywords: Experience, Job, Light, Network)

I don't like to hurt people, I really don't like it at all. But in order to get a red light at the intersection, you sometimes have to have an accident.
- Jack Anderson
(Keywords: People, Accident, Hurt, Light, Order)

Nothing. We're all friends and friendly. So when the cameras go down, depending on the mood or the nature of the material we're dealing with, there's usually a kind of a prevailing light attitude that's floating around.
- Richard Dean Anderson
(Keywords: Nature, Attitude, Friends, Light, Nothing)

We're loosely calling it The River Project, but hopefully the pieces that we put together will be educational pieces that will throw some light on the situation as to what kind of jeopardy may be surrounding our great rivers.
- Richard Dean Anderson
(Keywords: Jeopardy, Light, May, Project, Rivers, Will)

I hope to read a Harry Potter novel soon, to see what it's all about. I admit to being annoyed that many good light fantasy writers have had trouble getting published, in England and elsewhere, when it is obvious the readers were waiting for us all along.
- Piers Anthony
(Keywords: Hope, Being, EnglFantasy, Light, Obvious, Trouble, Waiting, Writers)

The media's power is frail. Without the people's support, it can be shut off with the ease of turning a light switch.
- Corazon Aquino
(Keywords: Power, People, Light, Media, Support)

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)

The need of expansion is as genuine an instinct in man as the need in a plant for the light, or the need in man himself for going upright. The love of liberty is simply the instinct in man for expansion.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Love, Instinct, Liberty, Light, Man)

It is so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Thought, Light, Spring, Sun)

The design of Rhetoric is to remove those Prejudices that lie in the way of Truth, to Reduce the Passions to the Government of Reasons; to place our Subject in a Right Light, and excite our Hearers to a due consideration of it.
- Mary Astell
(Keywords: Design, Government, Truth, Lie, Consideration, Light, Rhetoric, Right)

If you want someone to feel warm, you dress them in a warm color and put a warm light on them and you get the picture. Sometimes, all that needs pushing a little bit to help tell the story.
- Colleen Atwood
(Keywords: Dress, Help, Light, Needs, Want)

My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed... And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Experience, Thoughts, Vision, Light, Mind)

The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted.
- Saint Aurelius Augustine
(Keywords: Virtue, Light, Spiritual)

India saw from the beginning, and, even in her ages of reason and her age of increasing ignorance, she never lost hold of the insight, that life cannot be rightly seen in the sole light, cannot be perfectly lived in the sole power of its externalities.
- Sri Aurobindo
(Keywords: Age, Life, Power, Beginning, Ignorance, Light, Reason)

Whenever the work is itself light, it becomes necessary, in order to economize time, to increase the velocity.
- Charles Babbage
(Keywords: Work, Time, Light, Order)

The democratic idealist is prone to make light of the whole question of standards and leadership because of his unbounded faith in the plain people.
- Irving Babbitt
(Keywords: Faith, Leadership, People, Light, Question)

You don't want a million answers as much as you want a few forever questions. The questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study a lifetime and you see different colors from the same jewel.
- Richard Bach
(Keywords: Answers, Colors, Light, Questions, Study, Want)

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Darkness, Light, Order, Present)

The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Men, Fortune, Giving, Light, Sky, Stars)

In this movie they took them up in space. They're floating around and doing zero gravity stuff. Well, they had to do it all on wires. All the wires had to be painted black against this black background. If you didn't light it properly you could see the wires. Drove them crazy!
- John Badham
(Keywords: Gravity, Light, Space)

The best history is but like the art of Rembrandt; it casts a vivid light on certain selected causes, on those which were best and greatest; it leaves all the rest in shadow and unseen.
- Walter Bagehot
(Keywords: Art, History, Causes, Light, Rest, Shadow)

Give light and people will find the way.
- Ella Baker
(Keywords: People, Light, Will)

People so far have been very fond of the Robert Altman movie, as I am, and when one things goes well it shines light on your other projects and now I seem to have a number of projects that are moving forward.
- Bob Balaban
(Keywords: People, Light, Now, Projects)

I learned long ago to accept the fact that not everything I create will see the light of day.
- Joseph Barbera
(Keywords: Day, Fact, Light, Will)

When I write, I am not giving a lecture, I am speculating on behavior. Sometimes this is dangerous, but it should be. As I say often, theatre is a dark place and we should keep the light out of it.
- Howard Barker
(Keywords: Behavior, Giving, Light, Theatre)

When you're in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks.
- Natalie Clifford Barney
(Keywords: Love, Light, Meeting)

The essence of morality is a questioning about morality; and the decisive move of human life is to use ceaselessly all light to look for the origin of the opposition between good and evil.
- Georges Bataille
(Keywords: Life, Morality, Evil, Light, Opposition, Questioning)

To love someone is to isolate him from the world, wipe out every trace of him, dispossess him of his shadow, drag him into a murderous future. It is to circle around the other like a dead star and absorb him into a black light.
- Jean Baudrillard
(Keywords: Love, Future, Light, Shadow, World)

I have come to believe that there are infinite passageways out of the shadows, infinite vehicles to transport us into the light.
- Martha Beck
(Keywords: Infinite, Light, Shadows)

The eyes of some of the fans at Davis Cup matches scare me. There's no light in them. Fixed emotions. Blind worship. Horror. It makes me think of what happened to us long ago.
- Boris Becker
(Keywords: Blind, Emotions, Eyes, Fans, Horror, Light, Worship)

They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it's night once more.
- Samuel Beckett
(Keywords: Grave, Light, Night)

Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Keywords: Love, Heart, Deep, Light, Pretty)

The question of how the eye works - that is, what happens when a photon of light first impinges on the retina - simply could not be answered at that time.
- Michael Behe
(Keywords: Time, Eye, First, Light, Question)

Although Darwin was able to persuade much of the world that a modern eye could be produced gradually from a much simpler structure, he did not even attempt to explain how the simple light sensitive spot that was his starting point actually worked.
- Michael Behe
(Keywords: Eye, Light, World)

The new pope knows that his task is to make the light of Christ shine before men and women of world - not his own light, but that of Christ.
- Pope Benedict XVI
(Keywords: Men, Women, Christ, Light, World)

What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.
- John Berger
(Keywords: Time, Invention, Light, Photography)

The killer app that got the world ready for appliances was the light bulb. So the light bulb is what wired the world. And they weren't thinking about appliances when they wired the world. They were really thinking about - they weren't putting electricity into the home. They were putting lighting into the home.
- Jeff Bezos
(Keywords: Home, Electricity, Light, Thinking, World)

Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Age, Experience, Errors, Light, Youth)

The first light of day today revealed what we had feared. The devastation is greater than our worst fears. It's just totally overwhelming.
- Kathleen Blanco
(Keywords: Day, First, Light, Today)

About 60 percent of the oil consumed daily by Americans is used for transportation, and about 45 percent is used for passenger cars and light trucks.
- Sherwood Boehlert
(Keywords: Americans, Light, Oil)

Retiring for good wasn't difficult. I knew at the time it was right. I was no longer capable of achieving the standards I'd set myself and there was no light at the end of the tunnel.
- Ian Botham
(Keywords: Time, End, Light, Right)

Heathenism is a state of mind. You can take it that I'm referring to one who does not see his world. He has no mental light. He destroys almost unwittingly. He cannot feel any Gods presence in his life. He is the 21st century man.
- David Bowie
(Keywords: Life, Gods, Light, Man, Mind, State, World)

And only the photographer himself knows the effect he wants. He should know by instinct, grounded in experience, what subjects are enhanced by hard or soft, light or dark treatment.
- Bill Brandt
(Keywords: Experience, Effect, Instinct, Light, Treatment)

Making films is sort of like you're pulling off a magic trick. It's sort of like an illusion. It's not real but you want it to appear real, and all kinds of things go into that, from the clothes you're wearing to the make-up, to the light.
- Jeff Bridges
(Keywords: Clothes, Illusion, Light, Magic, Want)

It is death that goes down to the center of the earth, the great burial church the earth is, and then to the curved ends of the universe, as light is said to do.
- Harold Brodkey
(Keywords: Death, Church, Earth, Light, Universe)

The values by which we are to survive are not rules for just and unjust conduct, but are those deeper illuminations in whose light justice and injustice, good and evil, means and ends are seen in fearful sharpness of outline.
- Jacob Bronowski
(Keywords: Values, Evil, Injustice, Light, Rules)



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