quotations about night
We wait all day
For night to come
And it comes like a hunter
U2, "Red Hill Mining Town"
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
Night, when words fade and things come alive.
ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Flight to Arras
The things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY, A Farewell to Arms
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
SARAH WILLIAMS, "The Old Astronomer to His Pupil"
Night hath a thousand eyes.
JOHN LYLY, Maides Metamorphose
Night is the other half of life, and the better half.
GOETHE, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship
Come, civil night,
Thou sober-suited matron, all in black.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Romeo and Juliet
By night an atheist half believes in God.
EDWARD YOUNG, Night Thoughts
The day is for honest men, the night for thieves.
EURIPIDES, Iphigenia in Tauris
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 again. Darkness goes into you like ink into water.
GLEN DUNCAN, By Blood We Live
The sky grew darker, painted blue on blue, one stroke at a time, into deeper and deeper shades of night.
HARUKI MURAKAMI, Dance Dance Dance
Each evening, the medieval community prepared itself for dark like a ship's crew preparing to face a gathering storm. At sunset, people began to retreat indoors, locking and bolting everything behind them. First the city gates, which had been opened at sunrise, were closed. The same thing happened in individual houses. They were locked and often the city authorities took the keys for safekeeping overnight.
WOLFGANG SCHIVELBUSCH, Disenchanted Night: The Industrialization of Light in the Nineteenth Century
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
Beware of the night, child. All cats are black in the dark.
JEAN GENET, The Blacks
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
You can't stand up to the night until you understand what's hiding in its shadows.
CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl
At night we are all strangers, even to ourselves.
ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency