Quotes about the night

A collection of quotes on the topic of night, day, likeness, time.

Best quotes about the night

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„If you can make it through the night, there's a brighter day.“

—  Tupac Shakur rapper and actor 1971 - 1996

Variant: For every dark night, there's a brighter day.

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„Love! Love until the night collapses!“

—  Pablo Neruda Chilean poet 1904 - 1973

Source: Machu Picchu

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„Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.“

—  Victor Hugo, book Les Misérables

Source: Les Misérables

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„Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.“

—  William Blake, book The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Source: 1790s, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790–1793), Proverbs of Hell, Line 41

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„What hath night to do with sleep?“

—  John Milton, book Paradise Lost

Source: Paradise Lost

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„Who said nights were for sleep?“

—  Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962

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„Did I do anything last night that suggested I was sane?“

—  Terry Pratchett, book Going Postal

Source: Going Postal

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„A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with it on a cold night.“

—  Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962

Variant: A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with it on a cold night.
Source: On Being Blonde (2007), p. 53

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„Women are beautiful in the light of the day, but are even more so in the shadows of the night.“

—  Andrzej Majewski Polish writer and photographer 1966

Aphorisms. Magnum in Parvo (2000)

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„The night is my best friend. It calms the storm in my soul and it lets the guiding stars rise.“

—  Joseph Goebbels Nazi politician and Propaganda Minister 1897 - 1945

Die Nacht ist meine beste Freundin. Sie glättet den Sturm in der Seele und lässt die weisenden Sterne aufgehen.
Michael: a German fate in diary notes (1926)

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„The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through many a dark night.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

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„Drink and dance and laugh and lie,
Love, the reeling midnight through,
For tomorrow we shall die!
(But, alas, we never do.)“

—  Dorothy Parker American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist 1893 - 1967

Source: "The Flaw in Paganism" in Death and Taxes (1931)

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„My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends —
It gives a lovely light.“

—  Edna St. Vincent Millay, book A Few Figs from Thistles

Misattributed
Source: Edna St. Vincent Millay, in "First Fig" from A Few Figs from Thistles (1920); said to be a motto Roald Dahl lived by.

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„Mary is the great mother. She is the mother. That's what Mary is. Whether she existed or not, is not the point. She exists at least as a hyper-reality. She exists as the mother. What's the sacrifice of the mother? That's easy: if you're a mother who's worth her salt, you offer your son to be destroyed by the world. That's what you do. And that's what's going to happen. He's going to be born, he's going to suffer, he's going to have his trouble in life, he's going to have his illnesses, he's going to face his failures and catastrophes, and he's going to die. That's what's going to happen, and if you're awake you know that, and then you say, 'well, perhaps he will live in a way that will justify that.' And then you try to have that happen. And that's what makes you worthy of a statue like [The Pieta]. 'Is it right to bring a baby into this terrible world?' Well, every woman asks herself that question. Some say no, and they have their reasons. Mary answers 'yes' voluntarily. Mary is the archetype of the woman who answers yes to life voluntarily. Not because she is blind. She knows what's going to happen. So, she's the archetypal representation of the woman who says yes to life knowing full well what life is. She's not naive. She's not someone who got pregnant in the backseat of a 1957 Chevy during one night of half-drunk idiocy. Not that. She does so consciously. Consciously, knowing what's to come. And then she allows it to happen, which is a testament to mothers.“

—  Jordan Peterson Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology 1962

Bible Series V: Cain and Abel: The Hostile Brothers
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„A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future.“

—  Leonard Bernstein American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist 1918 - 1990

Leonard Bernstein, statement of 1953, quoted in A Wonderful Life : 50 Eulogies to Lift the Spirit (2006) by Cyrus M. Copeland, p. 190

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„She got me workin' day and night,
And I've been workin'
From sun-up to midnight.“

—  Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer 1958 - 2009

Off the Wall (1979)

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„I was moved to tears by the thought that from being nobody the night before, I had become somebody.“

—  Milkha Singh Indian track and field athlete 1935

While at the EME Army center in 1951 in the cross country race he was declared 6 in the top 10 who among the 500 who ran. Quoted in ‘Flying Sikh' takes a nostalgic jog down memory lane, 6 April 2012, 13 December 2013, The Hindu http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-sports/flying-sikh-takes-a-nostalgic-jog-down-memory-lane/article3285904.ece,

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„One night comes suddenly, I will add your kingdom to my empire.“

—  Mehmed II Ottoman sultan 1432 - 1481

Source: Freely, John (The Grand Turk)

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„After 7 long years, Finally, FINALLY, FINALLY, The Rock has come back to Anaheim! Which means FINALLY, The Rock has come back to Monday Night Raw! Which means FINALLY, The Rock HAS COME BACK… home.“

—  Dwayne Johnson American actor and professional wrestler 1972

The Rock's return to WWE Raw as host of WrestleMania XXVII (14 February, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8ejiG5-BtA&feature=related.

„Pulsing like a beacon through the days and nights, the birthplace of the fortunate sends out its invisible waves of recollection. It always has and it always will, until even the last of us come home.“

—  Clive James Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist 1939 - 2019

Closing lines, p. 174
Memoirs, Unreliable Memoirs (1980)
Context: As I begin this last paragraph, outside my window a misty afternoon drizzle gently but inexorably soaks the City of London. Down there in the street I can see umbrellas commiserating with each other. In Sydney Harbour, twelve thousand miles away and ten hours from now, the yachts will be racing on the crushed diamond water under a sky the texture of powdered sapphires. It would be churlish not to concede that the same abundance of natural blessings which gave us the energy to leave has every right to call us back. All in, the whippy's taken. Pulsing like a beacon through the days and nights, the birthplace of the fortunate sends out its invisible waves of recollection. It always has and it always will, until even the last of us come home.

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„I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable, I wrote down. I made the whirling world stand still.“

—  Arthur Rimbaud French Decadent and Symbolist poet 1854 - 1891

Source: A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat

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„Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? Good night!“

—  John Lydon English singer, songwriter, and musician 1956

At the end of the last Sex Pistols concert, Winterland Theater, San Francisco, California (14 January 1978)

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„People who dream when they sleep at night know of a special kind of happiness which the world of the day holds not, a placid ecstasy, and ease of heart, that are like honey on the tongue. They also know that the real glory of dreams lies in their atmosphere of unlimited freedom. It is not the freedom of the dictator, who enforces his own will on the world, but the freedom of the artist, who has no will, who is free of will.“

—  Karen Blixen, book Out of Africa

Source: Out of Africa (1937)
Context: People who dream when they sleep at night know of a special kind of happiness which the world of the day holds not, a placid ecstasy, and ease of heart, that are like honey on the tongue. They also know that the real glory of dreams lies in their atmosphere of unlimited freedom. It is not the freedom of the dictator, who enforces his own will on the world, but the freedom of the artist, who has no will, who is free of will. The pleasure of the true dreamer does not lie in the substance of the dream, but in this: that there things happen without any interference from his side, and altogether outside his control. Great landscapes create themselves, long splendid views, rich and delicate colours, roads, houses, which he has never seen or heard of...

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„Many solemn nights
Blond moon, we stand and marvel…
Sleeping our noons away“

—  Bashō Matsuo Japanese poet 1644 - 1694

Source: Japanese Haiku

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„There can be no rebirth without a dark night of the soul, a total annihilation of all that you believed in and thought that you were.“

—  Hazrat Inayat Khan Indian Sufi 1882 - 1927

Source: Thinking Like The Universe: The Sufi Path Of Awakening

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„Whatever causes night in our souls may leave stars. Cimourdain was full of virtues and truth, but they shine out of a dark background.“

—  Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885

Part 2, Book 1, Ch. 2
Variant translation: What makes night within us may leave stars.
Source: Ninety-Three (1874)
Context: Cimourdain was a pure-minded but gloomy man. He had "the absolute" within him. He had been a priest, which is a solemn thing. Man may have, like the sky, a dark and impenetrable serenity; that something should have caused night to fall in his soul is all that is required. Priesthood had been the cause of night within Cimourdain. Once a priest, always a priest.
Whatever causes night in our souls may leave stars. Cimourdain was full of virtues and truth, but they shine out of a dark background.

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„"What do you do from morning to night?" "I endure myself."“

—  Emil M. Cioran, book The Trouble With Being Born

The Trouble With Being Born (1973)
Source: The Trouble with Being Born

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„With Romeo and Juliet, you're talking about two people who meet one night, and get married the same night. I believe in love at first sight-but it hasn't happened to me yet.“

—  Leonardo DiCaprio American actor and film producer 1974

http://www.popmonk.com/actors/leonardo-dicaprio/quotes-leonardo-dicaprio.htm

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„A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night.“

—  Marilyn vos Savant US American magazine columnist, author and lecturer 1946

As quoted in What Type Am I? : Discover Who You Really Are (1998) by Renee Baron, p. 110

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„I'm proud that I was able to start with nothing, plan it, and have it work as perfectly as it did… I sleep clearly every night.“

—  Paul Tibbets United States Air Force pilot 1915 - 2007

1975 interview http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7073441.stm

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„You dare not think that you ever might experience your self differently: free instead of cowed; open instead of tactical; loving openly instead of like a thief in the night.“

—  Wilhelm Reich, book Listen, Little Man!

Listen, Little Man! (1948)
Context: "What right do you have to tell me things?" I can see this question in your apprehensive look. I hear this question from your impertinent mouth, Little Man. You are afraid to look at yourself, you are afraid of criticism, Little Man, just as you are afraid of the power they promise you. You would not know how to use this power. You dare not think that you ever might experience your self differently: free instead of cowed; open instead of tactical; loving openly instead of like a thief in the night. You despise yourself Little Man. You say: "Who am I to have an opinion of my own, to determine my own life and to declare the world to be mine?" You are right: Who are you to make a claim to your life?

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„Your lack of common sense (can be well judged from the fact) that the evidence of two women is equal to one man, that is a proof of the lack of common sense, and you spend some nights (and days) in which you do not offer prayer and in the month of Ramadan (during the days) you do not observe fast, that is a failing in religion.“

—  Muhammad Arabian religious leader and the founder of Islam 570 - 632

Sahih Muslim, Book 001, Number 0142
Sunni Hadith
Context: It is narrated on the authority of 'Abdullah b. Umar that the Messenger of Allah observed: O womenfolk, you should give charity and ask much forgiveness for I saw you in bulk amongst the dwellers of Hell. A wise lady among them said: Why is it, Messenger of Allah, that our folk is in bulk in Hell? Upon this the Holy Prophet observed: You curse too much and are ungrateful to your spouses. I have seen none lacking in common sense and failing in religion but (at the same time) robbing the wisdom of the wise, besides you. Upon this the woman remarked: What is wrong with our common sense and with religion? He (the Holy Prophet) observed: Your lack of common sense (can be well judged from the fact) that the evidence of two women is equal to one man, that is a proof of the lack of common sense, and you spend some nights (and days) in which you do not offer prayer and in the month of Ramadan (during the days) you do not observe fast, that is a failing in religion. This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Abu Tahir with this chain of transmitters.

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„It all comes down to the last person you think of at night, that's where the heart is.“

—  Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994

Original: Tutto si riduce all'ultima persona a cui pensi la notte, è lì che si trova il cuore.
Source: In Una sorcia bianca – nella raccolta Storie di ordinaria follia

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„I saved a girl from being attacked last night. I controlled myself.“

—  Rodney Dangerfield American actor and comedian 1921 - 2004

Variant: I saved a girl from being attacked last night. I controlled myself.

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„Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.“

—  William Shakespeare, book Romeo and Juliet

Variant: Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.
Source: Romeo and Juliet

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„Ceaseless as the interminable voices of the bell-cricket, all night till dawn my tears flow.“

—  Murasaki Shikibu, book The Tale of Genji

Source: Tale of Genji, The Tale of Genji, trans. Arthur Waley, Ch. 1

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„You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.“

—  Saul Bellow Canadian-born American writer 1915 - 2005

As quoted in The #1 New York Times Bestseller (1992) by John Bear, p. 93
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„There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.“

—  George Carlin, book Brain Droppings

Source: Brain Droppings

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„Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
in the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?“

—  William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827

St. 1
1790s, The Tyger (1794)

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„Night is a time of rigor, but also of mercy. There are truths which one can see only when it’s dark“

—  Isaac Bashevis Singer Polish-born Jewish-American author 1902 - 1991

Source: Teibele And Her Demon

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„The moon like a flower
In heaven's high bower,
With silent delight,
Sits and smiles on the night.“

—  William Blake, Night

Night, st. 1
1780s, Songs of Innocence (1789–1790)

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„Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night;
Give me my Romeo; and, when I shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night…“

—  William Shakespeare, book Romeo and Juliet

Variant: When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
Source: Romeo and Juliet

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„A poetess who had died young of cancer had said in one of her poems that for her, on sleepless nights, 'the night offers toads and black dogs and corpses of the drowned.“

—  Yasunari Kawabata Japanese author, Nobel Prize winner 1899 - 1972

Source: House of the Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories

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„Bob says hello," He told the stars.
The Argo II sailed into the night.“

—  Rick Riordan, book The House of Hades

Variant: Bob says hello," he told the stars.
Source: The House of Hades

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„Last night I had a peace dream…“

—  Ringo Starr British musician, former member of the Beatles 1940

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„We'll never be as young as we are tonight.“

—  Chuck Palahniuk, book Rant

Source: Rant