Darkness visible. [ Milton ]
Darkness which may be felt. [ Bible ]
Weep, for the light is dead. [ Schiller ]
At one stride comes the dark. [ Coleridge ]
Ring out the darkness of the land.
Ring in the Christ that is to be. [ Tennyson ]
There is no darkness but ignorance. [ William Shakespeare ]
When darkness gathers over all,
And the last tottering pillars fall,
Take the poor dust Thy mercy warms,
And mould it into heavenly forms. [ O. W. Holmes ]
The great world's altar-stairs
That slope through darkness up to God. [ Tennyson ]
The prince of darkness is a gentleman. [ Marlowe ]
Distrust and darkness of a future state
Make poor mankind so fearful of their fate,
Death in itself is nothing; but we fear
To be we know not what, we know not where. [ John Dryden ]
Care-charmer Sleep, son of the sable Night,
Brother to Death, in silent darkness born;
Relieve my languish, and restore the light. [ Samuel Daniel ]
How sweetly did they float upon the wings
Of silence through the empty-vaulted night.
At every fall smoothing the raven down
Of darkness till it smiled! [ Milton ]
Darkness, thou first great parent of us all.
Thou art our great original! [ Yalden ]
Now God be praised, that to believing souls,
Gives light in darkness, comfort in despair! [ William Shakespeare ]
Melt, and dispel, ye spectre doubts that roll
Cimmerian darkness over the parting soul. [ Campbell ]
The quiet night, now dappling, began to wane,
Dividing darkness from the dawning main. [ Byron ]
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. [ Omar Khayyam ]
Night, sable goddess! from her ebon throne,
In rayless majesty, now stretches forth
Her leaden sceptre over a slumbering world.
Silence, how dead! and darkness, how profound!
Nor eye, nor listening ear, an object finds;
Creation sleeps. 'Tis as the general pulse
Of life stood still, and nature made a pause;
An awful pause! prophetic of her end. [ Young ]
Lo! darkness bends down like a mother of grief
On the limitless plain, and the fall of her hair
It has mantled a world. [ Joaquin Miller ]
Death has made His darkness beautiful with thee. [ Tennyson ]
His eloquence is classic in its style,
Not brilliant with explosive coruscations
Of heterogeneous thoughts, at random caught.
And scattered like a shower of shooting stars,
That end in darkness: no; - his noble mind
Is clear, and full, and stately, and serene.
His earnest and undazzled eye he keeps
Fixed on the sun of Truth, and breathes his words
As easily as eagles cleave the air,
And never pauses till the height is won;
And all who listen follow where he leads. [ Mrs. Hale ]
A wise God shrouds the future in obscure darkness. [ Horace ]
There is such a thing as the pressure of darkness. [ Victor Hugo ]
The grey-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night.
Checkering the eastern clouds with streaks of light;
And flecked darkness like a drunkard reels
From forth day's path, and Titan's fiery wheels. [ William Shakespeare ]
Humility, like darkness, reveals the heavenly lights. [ Thoreau ]
Let us weep in our darkness - but weep not for him!
Not for him - who, departing, leaves millions in tears!
Not for him - who has died full of honor and years!
Not for him - who ascended Fame's ladder so high.
From the round at the top he has stepped to the sky. [ N. P. Willis ]
The morning steals upon the night. Melting the darkness. [ William Shakespeare ]
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate:
only love can do that. [ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr ]
Darkness of slumber and death, forever sinking and sinking. [ Longfellow ]
Night or darkness is the time of rest and peace after labors. [ W. Molyneux ]
Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing.
Only a signal shewn 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 ]
The repose of darkness is deeper on the water than on the land. [ Victor Hugo ]
Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other. [ Sterne ]
The day is done, and the darkness falls from the wings of night. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]
O ye gods! what thick encircling darkness blinds the minds of men! [ Ovid ]
A thinking man is the worst enemy the Prince of Darkness can have. [ Carlyle ]
Light is coming into the world; men love not darkness; they do love light. [ Carlyle ]
And out of darkness came the hands That reach through nature, moulding men. [ Tennyson ]
If I must die, I will encounter darkness as a bride, and hug it in mine arms. [ William Shakespeare ]
Of darkness visible so much be lent, as half to show, half veil, the deep intent. [ Pope ]
Men sunk in the greatest darkness imaginable retain some sense and awe of the Deity. [ Tillotson ]
Like the faint streaks of light broke loose from darkness, and dawning into blushes. [ Dryden ]
My day is closed! the gloom of night is come! a hopeless darkness settles over my fate. [ Joanna Baillie ]
Reason will by degrees submit to absurdity, as the eye is in time accommodated to darkness. [ Dr. Johnson ]
The knell, the shroud, the mattock, and the grave, the deep, damp vault, the darkness and tbe worm. [ Young ]
Darkness, that here surrounds our purblind understanding, will vanish at the dawning of eternal day. [ Boyle ]
The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying. [ Richter ]
In paganism light is mixed with darkness, and religion and truth are blended with superstition and error. [ Lindley Murray ]
Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. [ St. John ]
Eyes will not see when the heart wishes them to be blind; desire conceals truth as darkness does the earth. [ Seneca ]
It is delightful, after wandering in the thick darkness of metaphysics, to behold again the fair face of Truth. [ Carlyle ]
Darkness is fled. Now flowers unfold their beauties to the sun, and blushing kiss the beam he sends to wake them. [ Sheridan ]
Lift thyself up, look around, and see something higher and brighter than earth, earthworms, and earthly darkness. [ Richter ]
Time knows not the weight of sleep or weariness, and night's deep darkness has no chain to bind his rushing pinion. [ George D. Prentice ]
Many have gone in quest of light and fallen into deeper darkness; whereas childhood walks on secure in the twilight. [ Friedrich Schiller ]
All cares appear twice as large as they really are, owing to their emptiness and darkness; and so is it with the grave. [ Richter ]
Unless the people can be kept in total darkness, it is the wisest way for the advocates of truth to give them full light. [ Whately ]
Bees will not work except in darkness; thought will not work except in silence; neither will virtue work except in secrecy. [ Carlyle ]
Her eyes, like marigolds, had sheathed their light, and, canopied in darkness, sweetly lay, till they might open to adorn the day. [ William Shakespeare ]
Obscurity in writing is commonly an argument of darkness in the mind. The greatest learning is to be seen in the greatest plainness. [ Wilkins ]
Without books, God is silent, justice dormant, natural science at a stand, philosophy lame, letters dumb, and all things involved in Cimmerian darkness. [ Bartholin ]
No atheist denies a divinity, but only some name of a divinity; the God is still present there, working in that benighted heart, were it only as a god of darkness. [ Carlyle ]
Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of two everlasting hostile empires, Necessity and Free Will. [ Carlyle ]
Genius, without religion, is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace. It may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without while the inhabitant sits in. darkness. [ Hannah More ]
Superstition! that horrid incubus which dwelt in darkness, shunning the light, with all its racks, and poison chalices, and foul sleeping draughts, is passing away without return. [ Carlyle ]
When I beheld human affairs involved in such dense darkness, the guilty exulting in their prosperity, and pious men suffering wrong, what religion I had began to reel backward and fall. [ Claudius, Claudian ]
Literature, when noble, is not easy; only when ignoble. It too is a quarrel and internecine duel with the whole world of darkness that lies without one and within one; - rather a hard fight at times. [ Carlyle ]
Light is, in reality, more awful than darkness; modesty more majestic than strength; and there is truer sublimity in the sweet joy of a child, or the sweet virtue of a maiden, than in the strength of Antaeus or the thunder-clouds of Aetna. [ John Ruskin ]
Secrecy of design, when combined with rapidity of execution, like the column that guided Israel in the desert, becomes the guardian pillar of light and fire to our friends, and a cloud of overwhelming and impenetrable darkness to our enemies. [ Colton ]
No good or lovely thing exists in this world without its correspondent darkness; and the universe presents itself continually to mankind under the stern aspect of warning, or of choice, the good and the evil set on the right hand and the left. [ John Ruskin ]
There is before the eyes of men, on the brink of dissolution, a glassy film, which death appears to impart, that they may have a brief prospect of eternity when some behold the angels of light, while others have the demons of darkness before them. [ Cockton ]
Death is the tyrant of the imagination. His reign is in solitude and darkness, in tombs and prisons, over weak hearts and seething brains. He lives, without shape or sound, a phantasm, inaccessible to sight or touch - a ghastly and terrible apprehension. [ Barry Cornwall ]
That which we foolishly call vastness is, rightly considered, not more wonderful, not more impressive, than that which we insolently call littleness; and the infinity of God is not mysterious, it is only unfathomable, not concealed, but incomprehensible: it is a clear infinity, the darkness of the pure, unsearchable sea. [ Ruskin ]
There are three wicks you know to the lamp of a man's life: brain, blood, and breath. Press the brain a little, its light goes out, followed by both the others. Stop the heart a minute, and out go all three of the wicks. Choke the air out of the lungs, and presently the fluid ceases to supply the other centers of flame, and all is soon stagnation, cold, and darkness. [ O. W. Holmes ]
Some authors write nonsense in a clear style, and others sense in an obscure one; some can reason without being able to persuade, others can persuade without being able to reason; some dive so deep that they descend into darkness, and others soar so high that they give us no light; and some, in a vain attempt to be cutting and dry, give us only that which is cut and dried. We should labor, therefore, to treat with ease of things that are difficult; with familiarity, of things that are novel; and with perspicuity, of things that are profound. [ Colton ]