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There swift return
Diurnal, merely to officiate light
Round this opacous earth, this punctual spot.
- John Milton, Paradise Lost
(bk. VIII, l. 21)
Hence light and the sacred vessels.
[Lat., Hine lucem et pocula sacra.]
- Motto, of Cambridge University
Where art thou, beam of light? Hunters from the mossy rock, saw ye the blue-eyed fair?
- Ossian, Temora (bk. VI)
Out of light a little profit.
[Lat., Ex luce lucellum.]
- William Pitt ("The Younger"),
his description of the Window Tax, suggested by Robert Lowe as matchbox motto due to tax
Those having lamps will pass them on to others.
- Plato (originally Aristocles}, Republic
Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night:
God said, "Let Newton be!" and all was light.
- Alexander Pope,
Epitaph Intended for Sir Isaac Newton
Now that the sun is gleaming bright,
Implore we, bending low,
That He, the Uncreated Light,
May guide us as we go.
- attributed to Adam de St. Victor,
old Latin hymn said to have been sung at the death bed of William the Conqueror
The very plants turn with a joyful transport to the light.
- Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
Only the worm of conscience consorts with the owl. Sinners and evil spirits shun the light.
[Ger., Nur der Gewissenswurm schwarmt mit der Eule. Sunder und bose Geister scheun das Licht.]
- Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
Liebe und Cabale (V, I)
Light seeking light doth light of light beguile;
So, ere you find where light in darkness lies,
Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes.
- William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
(Berowne at I, i)
But it is not necessary to light a candle to the sun.
- Algernon Sidney (Sydney),
Discourses on Government
(ch. II, sec. XXIII)
'Twas a light that made
Darkness itself appear
A thing of comfort.
- Robert Southey,
The Curse of Kehama--Padalon (st. 2)
An unreflected light did never yet
Dazzle the vision feminine.
- Sir Henry Taylor (2), Philip Van Artevelde
(pt. I, act I, sc. 5, l. 88)
God and Nature met in light.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson
Where God and Nature met in light.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam
(pt. CXI, st. 5)
Thy prayer was "Light--more Light"--while Time shall last
Thou sawest a glory growing on the night,
But not the shadows which that light would cast,
Till shadows vanish in the Light of Light.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson,
Inscription on the Window in memory of Caxton,
in St. Margaret's Church, Westminster, London
Prime cheerer, light! of all material beings first and best! Efflux divine.
- James Thomson (1)
The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.
- Thomas Woodrow Wilson
The light that never was on sea or land,
The consecration, and the poet's dream.
- William Wordsworth, Elegiac Stanzas,
suggested by a picture of Peete Castle in a storm
A remnant of uneasy light.
- William Wordsworth,
The Matron of Jedborough, and Her Husband
But ne'er to a seductive lay let faith be given;
Nor deem that "light that leads astray" is light from Heaven.
- William Wordsworth, To the Sons of Burns
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