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LIGHT
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Light itself is a great corrective. A thousand wrongs and abuses that are grown in darkness disappear, like owls and bats, before the light of day.
      - James Abram Garfield

Against the darkness outer
  God's light his likeness takes,
    And he from the mighty doubter
      The great believer makes.
      - Richard Watson Gilder, The New Day
         (pt. IV, song XV)

Lamps make oil-spots and candles need snuffing; it is only the light of heaven that shines pure and leaves no stain.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

More light!
  [Ger., Mehr Licht!]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        said to be his last words

Where there is much light, the shadows are deepest.
  [Ger., Wo viel Licht is, ist starker Schatten.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Gotz von Berlichingen (I, 24)

Blasted with excess of light.
      - Thomas Gray, Progress of Poesy

Children always turn towards the light. Oh that grown-up people in this world became like little children!
      - Julius Charles Hare

Like our dawn, merely a sob of light.
      - Victor Hugo, La Legende des Siecles

Light is, perhaps, the most wonderful of all visible things.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

Light is, as it were, a divine humidity.
      - Joseph Joubert

And this I know; whether the one True Light
  Kindle to Love, or Wrath consume me quite,
    One flash of it within the Tavern caught
      Better than in the temple lost outright.
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat (st. 77),
        (FitzGerald's translation)

The Light that Failed.
      - Rudyard Kipling, Title of Story

The prayer of Ajax was for light;
  Through all that dark and desperate fight,
    The blackness of that noonday night.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Goblet of Life (st. 8)

Light is the symbol of truth.
      - James Russell Lowell

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
      - Nelson Mandela

In the dark a glimmering light is often sufficient for the pilot to find the polar star and to fix his course.
  [It., Fra l' ombre un lampo solo
    Basta al nocchier fugace
      Che gia ritrova il polo,
        Gia riconosce il mar.]
      - Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro),
        Achille (I, 6)

"Let there be light!" said God; and forthwith light
  Ethereal, first of things, quintessence pure,
    Sprung from the deep; and, from her native east,
      To journey through the aery gloom began,
        Spher'd in a radiant cloud.
      - John Milton

The sacred influence of light appears.
      - John Milton

With thy long levell'd rule of streaming light.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 340)

He that has light within his own clear breast
  May sit i' the centre, and enjoy bright day:
    But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts
      Benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
        Himself his own dungeon.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 381)

But let my due feet never fail
  To walk the studious cloisters pale,
    And love the high embowed roof,
      With antique pillars massy proof,
        And storied windows richly dight;
          Casting a dim religious light.
      - John Milton, Il Penseroso (l. 155)

Where glowing embers through the room
  Teach light to counterfeit a gloom.
      - John Milton, Il Penseroso (l. 79)

Hail, holy light! offspring of heaven firstborn!
  Or of th' eternal co-eternal beam,
    May I express thee unblam'd? since God is light
      And never but in unapproached light
        Dwelt from eternity, dwelt then in thee,
          Bright effluence of bright essence increate!
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. III, l. 1)

Dark with excessive bright.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. III, l. 380)

And from her native east,
  To journey through the aery gloom began,
    Spher'd in a radiant cloud, for yet the sun
      Was not.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VII, l. 245)


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