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And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.
- Bible, Exodus (ch. X, v. 21)
Dark as pitch.
- John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress (pt. I)
The waves were dead; the tides were in their grave,
The Moon, their Mistress, had expired before;
The winds were wither'd in the stagnant air,
And the clouds perish'd; darkness had no need
Of aid from them--she was the Universe.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
Melt, and dispel, ye spectre doubts that roll
Cimmerian darkness o'er the parting soul.
- Thomas Campbell
At one stride comes the dark.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
When it is dark enough, men see the stars.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
You have to have the darkness for the dawn to come.
- Harrison Ford
One may not reach the dawn save by path of night.
- Kahlil Gibran
The repose of darkness is deeper on the water than on the land.
- Victor Hugo
There is such a thing as the pressure of darkness.
- Victor Hugo
Darkness of slumber and death, forever sinking and sinking.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline
(pt. II, V, l. 108)
It is so much easier to tell intimate things in the dark.
- William McFee
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 (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller),
From Sea to Sea (st. 4)
- John Milton
Yet from those flames
No light, but rather darkness visible.
- John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 62)
Weep, for the light is dead.
- Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
There is no darkness but ignorance.
- William Shakespeare
Or, if there were a sympathy in choice,
War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it,
Making it momentany as a sound,
Swift as a shadow, short as any dream,
Brief as the lightning in the collied night,
That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth,
And ere a man hath power to say 'Behold!'
The jaws of darkness do devour it up:
So quick bright things come to confusion.
- William Shakespeare,
A Midsummer Night's Dream
(Lysander at I, i)
The charm dissolves apace;
And as the morning steals upon the night,
Melting the darkness, so their rising senses
Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle
Their clearer reason.
- William Shakespeare, The Tempest
(Prospero at V, i)
And out of darkness came the hands
That reach thro' nature, moulding men.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam (CXXIV)
Darkness, thou first great parent of us all,
Thou art our great original!
- Thomas Yalden