„Thank heavens, the sun has gone in, and I don't have to go out and enjoy it.“

— Logan Pearsall Smith British American-born writer 1865 - 1946

"Last words" — these are not actually Smith's last words, but a section title).All Trivia: Trivia, More Trivia, Afterthoughts, Last Words (1933)


„The sun's gone dim, and the moon's gone black. For I loved him, and he didn't love back.“

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


„Men have gone towards each other because of that ray of light which each of them contains; and light resembles light.“

— Henri Barbusse French novelist 1873 - 1935

Light (1919), Ch. XVI - De Profundis ClamaviContext: Men have gone towards each other because of that ray of light which each of them contains; and light resembles light. It reveals that the isolated man, too free in the open expanses, is doomed to adversity as if he were a captive, in spite of appearances; and that men must come together that they may be stronger, that they may be more peaceful, and even that they may be able to live.For men are made to live their life in its depth, and also in all its length. Stronger than the elements and keener than all terrors are the hunger to last long, the passion to possess one's days to the very end and to make the best of them. It is not only a right; it is a virtue.

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„The light has gone out, I said, and yet I was wrong. For the light that shone in this country was no ordinary light.“

— Jawaharlal Nehru Indian lawyer, statesman, and writer, first Prime Minister of India 1889 - 1964

The Light Has Gone Out (1948)Context: The light has gone out, I said, and yet I was wrong. For the light that shone in this country was no ordinary light. The light that has illumined this country for these many years will illumine this country for many more years, and a thousand years later, that light will be seen in this country and the world will see it and it will give solace to innumerable hearts. For that light represented something more than the immediate past, it represented the living, the eternal truths, reminding us of the right path, drawing us from error, taking this ancient country to freedom.


„Sun is the reasonAnd the world it will bloom‘Cause sun lights the skyAnd the sun lights the moon“

— Cat Stevens British singer-songwriter 1948

Sun C79Song lyrics, Buddha and the Chocolate Box (1974)


„Physicians have this advantage: the sun lights their success and the earth covers their failures.“

— Michel De Montaigne, book Essays

Book II, Ch. 37Essais (1595), Book II

„It is found again.What? Eternity.It is the seaGone with the sun.“

— Arthur Rimbaud French Decadent and Symbolist poet 1854 - 1891

Elle est retrouvée,Quoi ?L'Éternité.C'est la mer alléeAvec le soleil.L'Éternité (1872)Variant translation:It has been recovered.What? — Eternity.It is the sea escapingWith the sun.Source: آرتور رامبو: الآثار الشعرية

„It is not necessary to light a candle to the sun.“

— Algernon Sidney British politician and political theorist 1623 - 1683

Source: Discourses Concerning Government (1689), Ch. 2, Sect. 18; comparable to: "Like his that lights a candle to the sun", John Fletcher, Letter to Sir Walter Aston; "And hold their farthing candle to the sun", Edward Young, Satire vii. line 56.

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„A blossom full of promise is life's joy,That never comes to fruit; hope, for a time,Suns the young floweret in its gladsome light,And it looks flourishing—a little while,Tis past, we know not whither, but 'tis gone“

— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838

(19th January 1822) Poetic Sketches, No.2The London Literary Gazette, 1821-1822

„I've seen the meanness of humans till I dont know why God aint put out the sun and gone away.“

— Cormac McCarthy, book Outer Dark

Source: Outer Dark (1968)

„Our life a dazzling dream and the death a new arrival, there is no end and never was a begginning. Thousand centuries will gone and will leave faint signs in the breaths of time, thousand suns will light up and will burst and unexpected visitors will come and will gone,but something innate in us knows, we were, we are, and will be forever, a timeless gentle touch in eternity's face.“

— alexis karpouzos

mystic poetry and spirituality

„My home shall be open for the sun and the wind and the voices of the sea - like a Greek temple - and light, light, light everywhere!“

— Axel Munthe Swedish physician 1857 - 1949

„The light has gone out of my life.“

— Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919

Entry in Roosevelt's diary, before which he put a large X, on 14 February 1884, the day in which both his mother and wife died within hours of each other.1880s

„By the time I recognize this moment, this moment will be gone…But I will bend the light, pretend that it somehow lingered on“

— John Mayer guitarist and singer/songwriter 1977

Source: John Mayer: Heavier Things

„If a man is to shed the light of the sun upon other men, he must first of all have it within himself.“

— Romain Rolland French author 1866 - 1944

„since some people had told me that I was ugly, I always preferred shade to the sun, darkness to light“

— Charles Bukowski, book Ham on Rye

Source: Ham on Rye

„I caught a glimpse of sun rays filtering through a window, thus lighting up a portion of this magnificent building. I was racing against the sun, desperately trying to finish my sketch before the light disappeared. I knew I had only an hour and a half before sunset.“

— Wahbi Al-Hariri Artist, architect, author 1914 - 1994

„Even when all the worlds have frozen or exploded, and all the suns gone dead and cold, there'll still be time. Oh, God, what for?“

— Olaf Stapledon, book Sirius

Sirius (1944)

„I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the colour and fragrance of a flower - the Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence.“

— Helen Keller American author and political activist 1880 - 1968

„For this reason I believe that the light of the Sun bears the same relation to things visible as Truth does to things intelligible.“

— Julian (emperor) Roman Emperor, philosopher and writer 331 - 363

Upon the Sovereign Sun (362)Context: That divine and all-beauteous World, which from the highest vault of Heaven down to the lowest Earth is held together by the immutable providence of God, and which has existed from all eternity, without creation, and shall be eternal for all time to come, and which is not regulated by anything, except approximately by the Fifth Body (of which the principle is the solar light) placed, as it were, on the second step below the world of intelligence; and finally by the means of the "Sovereign of all things, around whom all things stand." This Being, whether properly to be called "That which is above comprehension," or the "Type of things existing," or "The One," (inasmuch as Unity appears to be the most ancient of all things), or "The Good," as Plato regularly designates Him, This, then, is the Single Principle of all things, and which serves to the universe as a model of indescribable beauty, perfection, unity, and power. And after the pattern of the primary substance that dwells within the Principle, He hath sent forth out of Himself, and like in all things unto Himself, the Sun, a mighty god, made up of equal parts of intelligible and creative causes. And this is the sense of the divine Plato, where he writes, "You may say (replied I) that I mean the offspring of the Good, whom the Good has produced, similar to itself; in order that, what the Good is in the region of intelligence, and as regards things only appreciable by the mind, its offspring should be the same in the region that is visible, and in the things that are appreciable by the sight." For this reason I believe that the light of the Sun bears the same relation to things visible as Truth does to things intelligible. But this Whole, inasmuch as it emanates from the Model and "Idea" of the primal and supreme Good, and exists from all eternity around his immutable being, has received sovereignty also over the gods appreciable by the intellect alone, and communicates to them the same good things, (because they belong to the world of intelligence), as are poured down from the Supreme Good upon the other objects of Intelligence. For to these latter, the Supreme Good is the source, as I believe, of beauty, perfection, existence, and union; holding them together and illuminating them by its own virtue which is the "Idea" of the Good.

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