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Quotes About Darkness

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Martin Luther King Jr.
“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

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

Plato
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
Plato

Mary Oliver
“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

Terry Pratchett
“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.”
Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

William Shakespeare
“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.”
William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Anne Frank
“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”
Anne Frank

J.R.R. Tolkien
“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.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Friedrich Nietzsche
“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

Ursula K. Le Guin
“When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.”
Ursula K. Le Guin

Bram Stoker
“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”
Bram Stoker, Dracula

Edna St. Vincent Millay
“Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. ”
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Stephen King
“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

Rumi
“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.”
Rumi

Kate DiCamillo
“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

J.D. Salinger
“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

Franz Kafka
“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

Og Mandino
“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

Rainer Maria Rilke
“Yet, no matter how deeply I go down into myself, my God is dark, and like a webbing made of a hundred roots that drink in silence.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

L.J. Smith
“I don't need to kill goats to say things. I CAN talk.”
L.J. Smith, Daughters of Darkness

Emily Dickinson
“One need not be a chamber to be haunted.”
Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems

Mary Oliver
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, Thirst

Tana French
“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, In the Woods

Kami Garcia
“When you look up/ Do you see the blue sky of what might be / Or the darkness of what will never be? / Do you see me?

Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl”
Kami Garcia, Beautiful Darkness

Victor Hugo
“What makes night within us may leave stars.”
Victor Hugo, Ninety-Three

Jenna Maclaine
“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, Bound By Sin

Erin Morgenstern
“I mean only that I hope they find darkness or paradise without fear of it, if they can.”
Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Margaret Stohl
“Darkness does not leave us easily as we would hope.”
Margaret Stohl

“In the heartfelt mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will visit us, to shine on those sitting in darkness, in the shadow of death, to guide our feet to the way of peace.”
Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

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