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I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.

The night
Hath been to me a more familiar face
Than that of man; and in her starry shade
Of dim and solitary loveliness
I learned the language of another world.

LORD BYRON, Manfred

Come, civil night,
Thou sober-suited matron, all in black.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Romeo and Juliet

Night hath a thousand eyes.

JOHN LYLY, Maides Metamorphose

O thievish Night,
Why shouldst thou, but for some felonious end,
In thy dark lantern thus close up the stars,
That nature hung in heaven, and filled their lamps
With everlasting oil, to give due light
To the misled and lonely traveller?

JOHN MILTON, Comus

All is well, tho' faith and form
Be sunder'd in the night of fear.

ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON, In Memoriam

Never greet a stranger in the night, for he may be a demon.

TALMUD

Press close bare-bosom'd night -- press close magnetic nourishing night!
Night of south winds -- night of the large few stars!
Still nodding night -- mad naked summer night.

WALT WHITMAN, When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd

Night is the other half of life, and the better half.

GOETHE, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

By night an atheist half believes in God.

EDWARD YOUNG, Night Thoughts

Night is falling: at dusk, you must have good eyesight to be able to tell the Good Lord from the Devil.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, The Devil and the Good Lord

The day is for honest men, the night for thieves.

EURIPIDES, Iphigenia in Tauris

How beautiful is night!
A dewy freshness fills the silent air;
No mist obscures, nor cloud, nor speck, nor stain,
Breaks the serene of heaven.

ROBERT SOUTHEY, Thalaba the Destroyer

Oh each successive night that comes has something in it of an abandoned ember that is slowly burning out, and it falls swathed in ruins, surrounded by funereal objects.

PABLO NERUDA, The Night of the Soldier

Beware of the night, child. All cats are black in the dark.

JEAN GENET, The Blacks

Death will come when thou art dead,
Soon, too soon--
Sleep will come when thou art fled;
Of neither would I ask the boon
I ask of the beloved Night--
Come soon, soon!

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, To Night

At night we are strangers even to ourselves.

Night, a more perfect day.

ARTHUR SYMONS, "Alla Dogana"

God, like all highest things,
Hides light in shade,
And in the night his visitings
To sleep and dreams are clearliest made.

ARTHUR SYMONS, "To Night"

Night is the mother of thoughts.

JOHN FLORIO, First Frutes

Mysterious Night! when our first parent knew
Thee from report divine, and heard thy name,
Did he not tremble for this lovely frame,
This glorious canopy of light and blue?

JOSEPH BLANCO WHITE, To Night

Dear Night! this world's defeat;
The stop to busy fools; care's check and curb;
The day of spirits; my soul's calm retreat
Which none disturb!
Christ's progress, and His prayer-time;
The hours to which high Heaven doth chime.

HENRY VAUGHAN, Silex Scintillans

Night always comes.

SISSY BOYD, Green Shoes

You can't stand up to the night until you understand what's hiding in its shadows.

CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl

Forests in the day are friendly places. They remind you of Sunday walks, swooshing leaves, holding a parent's big, warm hand, or providing that hand yourself. At night the woods take the gloves off and remind you why you're nervous in the dark. Night forests say "Go find a cave, monkey-boy, this place is not for you."

MICHAEL MARSHALL, The Upright Man

And I too under the stars,
Alone with the night again,
And the water's monotone;
I and the night alone,
And the world and the ways of men
Farther from me than the stars.

ARTHUR SYMONS, "Veneta Marina"

Blessed be the night, which conceals and protects things fair and foul with the same indifferent mantle.

JOSÉ SARAMAGO, Baltasar and Blimunda

At night we are all strangers, even to ourselves.

ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Sable Night, mother of Dread and Fear,
Upon the world dim darkness doth display,
And in her vaulty prison stows the Day.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Rape of Lucrece

I'm waiting for the night to fall
I know that it will save us all
When everything's dark
Keeps us from the stark reality
I'm waiting for the night to fall
When everything is bearable
And there in the still
All that you feel
Is tranquility

DEPECHE MODE, "Waiting for the Night"

Blessed be the night, which conceals and protects things fair and foul with the same indifferent mantle.

The night ... it is filled with bestial watchmen, trammeling the extremities and the interstices of the timeless city, portents fallen, constellated deities plummeting in ash and smoke, roaming the apocryphal cities, the cities of speculation and reconstituted disorder, of insemination and incipience, swept round with the dark.

SAMUEL R. DELANY, Dhalgren

Night, when words fade and things come alive.

ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Flight to Arras

Good things of day begin to droop and drowse;
While night's black agents to their preys do rouse.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Macbeth

Night kneels at your feet like a gypsy glistening with jewels.

TRACY K. SMITH, "Speed of Belief"

O bountiful Night, housekeeper of heaven's embroidery.

AESCHYLUS, Agamemnon

The things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY, A Farewell to Arms

Round me too the night
In ever-nearing circle weaves her shade.
I see her veil draw soft across the day,
I feel her slowly chilling breath invade
The cheek grown thin, the brown hair sprent with grey;
I feel her finger light
Laid pausefully upon life's headlong train; --
The foot less prompt to meet the morning dew,
The heart less bounding at emotion new,
And hope, once crush'd, less quick to spring again.

MATTHEW ARNOLD, Thyrsis

I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.

SARAH WILLIAMS, "The Old Astronomer to His Pupil"


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