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DARKNESS
[ Also see Blindness Evening Evil Ignorance Light Midnight Night Oblivion Obscurity Shadows ]

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),
        Darkness

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)

Darkness visible.
      - 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


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