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Dark Night Quotes


"Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night..." - Sun Tzu

"What trifles colour life and make it dark as night." - Rose O'Neal Greenhow

"The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation." - Joseph Campbell

"For every single dark night there is a brighter day." - Tupac Shakur

"Through every dark night, there's a bright day after that." - Tupac Shakur

"Night clubs scare me. They're dark and they stink and they're dangerous and everybody's drunk." - David Letterman

"The night whose sable breast relieves the stark, White stars, is no less lovely being dark" - Countee Cullen

"It's dark already and I'm out here again, talking, telling the story to the quiet night." - Tim Winton

"All night long if you want. We'll tell our secrets to the dark." - Gayle Forman

"Every storm runs out of rain, just like every dark night turns into day." - Gary Allan

"An empty day, though clear and bright, Is just as dark as any night." - Anne Frank

"Into the dark night Resignedly I go, I am not so afraid of the dark night As the friends I do not know, I do not fear the night above As I fear the friends below." - Stevie Smith

"It looked as if a night of dark intent was coming, and not only a night, an age. Someone had better be prepared for rage..." - Robert Frost

"I love it when the dark bottle of night spills out, and the Moon writes in chalk about us." - John J. Geddes

"A dull, dark, depressing day in Winter: the whole world looks like a Methodist church at Wednesday night prayer meeting." - H L Mencken

"It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly a scream pierced the air'. . . . Good writing takes enormous concentration." - Charles M Schulz

"Every violent storm will eventually give way to sunshine; every dark night will finally fade into dawn." - Steve Goodier

"Daylight follows a dark night." - Proverbs

"Where charity stands watching and faith holds wide the door the dark night wakes - the glory breaks, Christmas comes once more." - Phillips Brooks

"I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day. What hours, O what black hours we have spent This night!" - Gerard Manley Hopkins

"The sun to me is dark And silent as the moon, When she deserts the night Hid in her vacant interlunar cave." - John Milton

"When it's cold & dark at night, and we're alone together, I long to take you in my arms, and cuddle you forever." - Giles Andreae

"the night of trouble is at times so dark that the interwoven gold with which Providence relieves the woof of calamity remains undiscovered." - Anna Leonowens

"The weeping of the candle is not in mourning for the moth: the dawn is at hand, and it is thinking of its own dark night." - Saib Tabrizi

"Whenever the moon and stars are set, Whenever the wind is high, All night long in the dark and wet, A man goes riding by." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"As I glow in this cold, dark night, I know I can't be a light unless I turn my face to You." - Sara Groves

"It will rain all this night and we will sleep transfixed by the dark water as our blood runs through our fragile life." - Charles Bukowski

"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

"You see, Frank found out the hard way that the dark things lurking in the night don't haunt old houses or abandoned ships. They haunt minds." - David Wong

"As the cat lapses into savagery by night, and barbarously explores the dark, so primal and titanic is a woman with the love madness." - Gelett Burgess

"It was a dark and stormy night." - Madeleine L'Engle

"And what does the rain say at night in a small town, what does the rain have to say? Who walks beneath dripping melancholy branches listening to the rain? Who is there in the rain's million-needled blurring splash, listening to the grave music of the rain at night, September rain, September rain, so dark and soft? Who is there listening to steady level roaring rain all around, brooding and listening and waiting, in the rain-washed, rain-twinkled dark of night?" - Jack Kerouac

"In your arms was still delight, Quiet as a street at night; And thoughts of you, I do remember, Were green leaves in a darkened chamber, Were dark clouds in a moonless sky." - Rupert Brooke

"If you have not clung to a broken piece of your old ship in the dark night of the soul, your faith may not have the sustaining power to carry you through to the end of the journey." - Rufus Jones

"I believe that the dark night of the soul is a common spiritual experience. I believe, too, that the answer is continued seeking and perseverance. It helps to know that others have endured a loss of faith." - Julia Cameron

"Sunday night meant, in the dark, wintry, rainy Midlands ... anywhere where two creatures might stand and squeeze together and spoon.... Spooning was a fine art, whereas kissing and cuddling are calf-processes." - D H Lawrence

"If you can socialize from the privacy of your desk at night in a dark room, you can be a smoother, cooler, funnier, sexy, more everything person than you actually are in real life." - Aaron Sorkin

"Sometimes I lie awake at night, and wonder if my life would be different if I had to do it over... Then a voice comes to me out of the dark that says, "boy, there's an original thought!" - Charles M Schulz

"Lucian was beginning to get used to hearing her small observations at night. More than anything, he realized he liked her voice in the dark. It made him feel less lonely." - Melina Marchetta

"WAKING AT NIGHT The blue river is grey at morning and evening. There is twilight at dawn and dusk. I lie in the dark wondering if this quiet in me now is a beginning or an end." - Jack Gilbert

"she was just that shiver that makes you walk faster at night. You don't know why you do it, but some part of you remembers that the dark is never really empty. ~Anita" - Laurell K Hamilton

"The moon was a sharply defined crescent and the sky was perfectly clear. The stars shone with such fierce, contained brilliance that it seemed absurd to call the night dark." - Yann Martel

"Why should a deserter take the trouble to light Rutupiae Beacon?" Aquila demanded, and his voice sounded rough in is own ears. "Maybe in farewell, maybe in defiance. Maybe to hold back the dark for one more night." - Rosemary Sutcliff

"Then everyone leaves, and you are left, each night, to your own devices with a crowd of interesting people - most of whom you don't know - sitting in the dark." - Anna Deavere Smith

"Ivan had contrived somehow in the dark of night to replace every watermelon in the watermelon patch with a gravestone, and every gravestone in the engraver's lot with a watermelon" - Kristin Cashore

"I am a late starter. I like to go on into the night when it's quiet and everything has shut down. I find that's where music and minds open in the dark." - Shelby Lynne

"For every dark night, there is a brighter day." - Harriet Morgan

"It was a dark and stormy night. - Snoopy" - Charles M Schulz

"Designedly God covers in dark night the issue of futurity." - Horace

"The streets were dark with something more then night." - Raymond Chandler

"For the night is dark and full of terrors." - George R R Martin

"In rain during a dark night, enter that darkness." - Rajneesh

"God is a dark night to man in this life." - John of the Cross

"He travels safest in the dark night who travels lightest." - Hernan Cortes

"The streets were dark with something more than night." - Raymond Chandler

"He travels safest in the dark night who travels lightest." - Hernando Cortes

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it emotionally. A higher paradox confounds emotion as well as reason and there are long periods in the lives of all of us, and of the saints, when the truth as revealed by faith is hideous, emotionally disturbing, downright repulsive. Witness the dark night of the soul in individual saints. Right now the whole world seems to be going through a dark night of the soul." - Flannery O'Connor

"I went into the house. I put on Jimi Hendrix's 'Red House' at full volume, filled the glass to the brim with rum, without ice, and went back to the terrace. To gaze at the night and the dark sea and the night." - Pedro

"That night was a dark day. Of course, all nights are dark days, because night is simply a badly lit version of day, ..." - Daniel Handler

"The first reform must be the attitude. The ministers of the Gospel must be people who can warm the hearts of the people, who walk through the dark night with them, who know how to dialogue and to descend themselves into their people's night, into the darkness, but without getting lost. The people of God want pastors, not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials." - Pope Francis

"Ruth is so loyal and gentle-hearted, we cannot help loving her, as she stands with the reapers amid the waving corn. Her beautiful, unselfish spirit shines out like a bright star in the night of a dark and cruel age. Love like Ruth's, love which can rise above conflicting creeds and deep-seated racial prejudices, is hard to find in all the world." - Helen Keller

"In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed." - Leo Rosten

"of all the deprivations which afflict humankind, none is more dreadful than loneliness. A corrosive, it eats the heart out. People were meant to live by twos, with someone close with whom to share good and bad, to hear breathing in the dark room at night. Being alone is the one unnatural act." - Zelda Popkin

"I often eat Skippys Super Chunk peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon. I dont shamefully sneak it in the dark of night when everyone is in bed. I just twist that cap off and go to town right out in the open." - Willie Geist

"At night the cries of cats making love or fighting, their caterwauling in the dark, told us that the world was pure emotion, flung back and forth among its creatures, the agony of the one-eyed Siamese no different from that of the Lisbon girls, and even the trees plunged in feeling." - Jeffrey Eugenides

"A guy walks into a bar, orders a drink, sees a girl that catches his eye. Asks her if she wants another, they fall for each other and end up lovers. They laugh, cry, hold on tight and make it work for a little while, then one night her taillights fade out into the dark. And a guy walks into a bar" - Tyler Farr

"She would allow him to comfort her. And perhaps, someday, she would listen patiently if a dark, dreary night found him well in his cups and he drunkenly confessed to still feeling scores of wounds that weren't his own, but those of men under his command." - Tessa Dare

"On a starred night Prince Lucifer uprose, Tired of his dark dominion swung the fiend . . . He reached a middle height, and at the stars, Which are the brain of heaven, he looked, and sank. Around the ancient track marched, rank on rank, The army of unalterable law." - George Meredith

"Into the night, in the dark, he lay beside her, listening to her breathe. He knew the varied and sundry reasons a man would kill. But none were more fierce, none were more vital than to hold safe what he loved." - Nora Roberts

"The light, the sky, the water, they were all things you looked *through* during the day. At night, they were things you looked *into*. You looked *into* the stars, you looked *into* dark rollers and the surprising platinum flash of their caps." - Adam Johnson

"Utterance" Sitting over words Very late I have heard a kind of whispered sighing Not far Like a night wind in pines or like the sea in the dark The echo of everything that has ever Been spoken Still spinning its one syllable Between the earth and silence" - W S Merwin

"And this is a kiss like none before, a kiss that could overcome the dark of deep space night. It's a falling star, flame, ice. It's pure as water from a snow-fed mountain spring. This is what you dream a kiss to be. To have a kiss just like this each and every day! How satisfying life would be." - Ellen Hopkins

"The truth is all around you, plain to behold. The night is dark and full of terrors, the day bright and beautiful and full of hope. One is black, the other white. There is ice and there is fire. Hate and love. Bitter and sweet. Male and female. Pain and pleasure. Winter and summer. Evil and good. Death and life. Everywhere, opposites." - George R R Martin

"And the glory of character is in affronting the horrors of depravity to draw thence new nobilities of power: as Art lives and thrills in new use and combining of contrasts, and mining into the dark evermore for blacker pits of night." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Faith is a dark night for man, but in this very way it gives him light." - John of the Cross

"I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars." - Stephenie Meyer

"What gave money its true meaning was its dark-night namelessness, its breathtaking interchangeability." - Haruki Murakami

"Right now the whole world seems to be going through a dark night of the soul." - Flannery O'Connor

"To heal the wound, you have to go into the dark night of the soul." - Tori Amos

"The night has given me dark eyes But I use them to look for light." - Gu Cheng

"In the dark night of the soul, bright flows the river of God." - John of the Cross

"A boundless continent, Dark, waste, and wild, under the frown of night Starless expos'd." - John Milton

"The dark night was the first book of poetry and the constellations were the poems." - Chet Raymo

"I cannot remember a night so dark as to have hindered the coming day." - John Brown

"No matter how dark the night, morning always comes, and our journey begins anew." - Lulu

"I like the night, I have clearer ideas in the dark." - Serge Gainsbourg

"However dark the night, however dim our hopes, the light will always follow darkness." - Louis Zamperini

"Leave me in the night but please don't leave me in the dark" - Tom Robbins

"I really love the dark of the night. It helps me to concentrate." - Bobby Fischer

"Obscure shadows on the mind are much scarier than the dark shadows of the night." - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Our troops are terrorizing women and children in the dark of night in Iraq." - John F Kerry

"On a starred night Prince Lucifer uprose. Tired of his dark dominion swung the fiend." - George Meredith

"I must become a borrower of the night, For a dark hour, or twain." - William Shakespeare

"Some men pray only when the world is dark, as owls hoot at night." - Austin O'Malley

"There was nothing, just this deathly, terrible silence in the dark night with the stars overhead." - Eva Hart

"This is night, Diddykins. That's what we call it when it goes all dark like this." - J K Rowling

"I wonder if, in the dark night of the sea, the octopus dreams of me." - N Scott Momaday

"I'm afraid of the dark, so I have a lot of night-lights." - Lara Flynn Boyle

"Twilight, a timid, fawn, went glimmering by, and Night, the dark-blue hunter, followed fast." - George William Russell

"The world at night, for much of history, was a very dark place indeed." - Bill Bryson

"Night had come-night that she loved of all times, night in which the reflections in the dark pool of the mind shine more clearly than by day." - Virginia Woolf

"One night she hid the pink cotton scarf from her raincoat in the pillowcase when the nurse came around to lock up her drawers and closets for the night. In the dark she had made a loop and tried to pull it tight around her throat. But always just as the air stopped coming and she felt the rushing grow louder in her ears, her hands would slacken and let go, and she would lie there panting for breath, cursing the dumb instinct in her body that fought to go on living" - Sylvia Plath

"I thought the earth remembered me, she took me back so tenderly, arranging her dark skirts, her pockets full of lichens and seeds. I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed, nothing between me and the white fire of the stars but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths among the branches of the perfect trees. All night I heard the small kingdoms breathing around me, the insects, and the birds who do their work in the darkness. All night I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling with a luminous doom. By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times into something better." - Mary Oliver

"Up until about a hundred years ago, the world was dark at night. You got to have a real night so you could sleep." - Linda Ronstadt

"THESE are the desolate, dark weeks when nature in its barrenness equals the stupidity of man. The year plunges into night and the heart plunges lower than night." - William Carlos Williams

"I can see lights in the distance trembling in the dark cloak of night Candles and lanterns are dancing, dancing a waltz on All Souls Night." - Loreena McKennitt

"I can see lights in the distance Trembling in the dark cloak of night Candles and lanterns are dancing, dancing A waltz on All Souls Night." - Loreena McKennitt

"These are the desolate, dark weeks when nature in its barrenness equals the stupidity of man. The year plunges into night and the heart plunges lower than night" - William Carlos Williams

"Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things." - Jean Baudrillard

"An infant prodigy of nine is shoved upon the stage in white. She starts off in a dismal whine about a dark and stormy night, a burglar, whose heart is true, despite his wicked-looking face, who puts the little child in doom, to save her mamma's jewel case. This may bring tears to every eye; it does not set my heart on fire. I'd like to stand serenely by and watch that horrid child expire." - Noel Coward

"But for the present I would lie there and know I didn't have to get up, and feel the holy emptiness and blessed fatigue of a saint after the dark night of the soul. For God and Nothing have a lot in common. You look either one of Them straight in the eye for a second and the immediate effect on the human constitution is the same." - Robert Penn Warren

"There was no wind; there was no passing shadow on the deep shade of the night; there was no noise. The city lay behind him, lighted here and there, and starry worlds were hidden by the masonry of spire and roof that hardly made out any shapes against the sky. Dark and lonely distance lay around him everywhere, and the clocks were faintly striking two." - Charles Dickens

"And through a dark night of the soul, I came to realize that salvation happens through a mysterious, indefinable, relational interaction with Jesus in which we become one with Him. I realized Christian conversion worked more like falling in love than understanding a series of concepts of ideas. This is not to say there are no true ideas, it is only to say there is something else, something beyond." - Donald Miller

"Dawn's faint breath breathes with your mouth at the ends of empty streets. Gray light your eyes, sweet drops of dawn on dark hills. Your steps and breath like the wind of dawn smother houses. The city shudders, Stones exhale- you are life, an awakening. Star lost in the light of dawn, trill of the breeze, warmth, breath- the night is done. You are light and morning." - Cesare Pavese

"So, now I shall talk every night. To myself. To the moon. I shall walk, as I did tonight, jealous of my loneliness, in the blue-silver of the cold moon, shining brilliantly on the drifts of fresh-fallen snow, with the myriad sparkles. I talk to myself and look at the dark trees, blessedly neutral. So much easier than facing people, than having to look happy, invulnerable, clever." - Sylvia Plath

"I love to watch the fine mist of the night come on, The windows and the stars illumined, one by one, The rivers of dark smoke pour upward lazily, And the moon rise and turn them silver. I shall see The springs, the summers, and the autumns slowly pass; And when old Winter puts his blank face to the glass, I shall close all my shutters, pull the curtains tight, And build me stately palaces by candlelight." - Charles Baudelaire

"Terrifying. . . . A Dark Matter is populated with vivid, sympathetic characters, and driven by terrors both human and supernatural. It's the kind of book that's impossible to put down once it has been picked up. It kept me reading far into the night. Straub builds otherworldly terror without ever losing touch with his attractive cast of youngsters, who age beautifully. Put this one high on your list." - Stephen King

"In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night I can see paradise by the dashboard light." - Jim Steinman

"...and the night is so deep and dark that I wonder if the sun will ever come up." - Markus Zusak

"I like it where it gets dark at night, and if you want noise, you have to make it yourself." - H. Beam Piper

"His eyes were open wounds beneath his heavy brows, a blue as dark as the sea by night." - George R R Martin

"If he was winter, I was summer. If I was sunshine, he was night. A dark and stormy one." - Karen Marie Moning

"If you cheat in the dark of the morning, you'll get found in the bright lights of the night." - Joe Frazier

"I've always liked the moonless night best. It's easier to say things in the dark. It's easier to be yourself." - Patrick Rothfuss

"His blue eyes were very dark...Will's were the colour of the sky just on the edge of the night..." - Cassandra Clare

"In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o clock in the morning, day after day." - Anonymous

"The prayer of Ajax was for light; Through all that dark and desperate fight, The blackness of that noonday night." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Go not my horse the better, I must become a borrower of the night For a dark hour or twain." - William Shakespeare

"For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright, who art as black as hell, as dark as night." - William Shakespeare

"Life is a flash of lightning in the dark of night. It is a brief time of tremendous potential." - B. Alan Wallace

"No matter how dark the night, somehow the sun rises once again and all shadows are chased away." - David Matthews

"Some praise the Lord for Light, The living spark; I thank God for the Night The healing dark." - Robert W Service

"You don't go through a deep personal transformation without some kind of dark night of the soul." - Sam Keen

"Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night I can see paradise by the dashboard light." - Jim Steinman

"I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright, Who art as black as hell, as dark as night." - William Shakespeare

"Life is a flash of lightning in the dark of night. It is a brief time of tremendous potential." - Alan Wallace

"Night makes no difference 'twixt the Priest and Clerk; Joan as my Lady is as good i' the dark." - Robert Herrick

"Alone he rides, alone, The fair and fatal king: Dark night is all his own, That strange and solemn thing." - Lionel Johnson

"Sometimes you can't see your way out. The "dark night of the soul" - it's a reality for many, many people." - Mariel Hemingway

"It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly a scream pierced the air'.... Good writing takes enormous concentration." - Charles M Schulz

"Someone observed darkly that it is always two A.M. when one is in the 'dark night of the soul." - Robert A. Johnson

"Then it is dark; it is a night where kings in golden suits ride elephants over the mountains." - John Cheever

"Those who cannot be aggressive are hunted down while they shiver and hide because the night is dark." - Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

"No one but Night, with tears on her dark face, watches beside me in this windy place." - Edna St Vincent Millay

"It feels really sad, to me, to go to a dark bedroom. It's like surrendering to the night or something." - James Franco

"Everything becomes magnified at night. Sounds travel in a different way, it's dark, and everything seems far more spooky." - Jo Brand

"In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"I'm alone, stumbling through the city in the dark, trying not to let the night freeze my blood." - Isaac Marion

"Sometimes in the dark of night I begin to think. And I wonder if Lee started all this violence." - Marina Oswald



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