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LIGHT
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[ Also see Aurora Darkness Day Electricity Eyes Knowledge Morning Night Sight Sun Sunrise Sunset Twilight Understanding ]

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
         (328)

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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