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Quotations About / On: LIGHTING

  • 1.
    He brings light, as only the great dare to bring light, to the issueless predicament of existence.
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. "Macgreevy on Yeats," p. 2, Irish Times, August 4, 1945. Beckett is referring to the Irish painter and author Jack B. Yeats.)
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  • 2.
    What visions in the dark of light!
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. The narrator, in Company, p. 59, Grove Press (1980).)
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  • 3.
    Why look in the dark for light?
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 161, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 4.
    Billboards, billboards, drink this, eat that, use all manner of things, everyone, the best, the cheapest, the purest and most satisfying of all their available counterparts. Red lights flicker on every horizon, airplanes beware; cars flash by, more lights. Workers repair the gas main. Signs, signs, lights, lights, streets, streets.
    (Neal Cassady (1926-1968), U.S. beat hero. "Leaving LA by Train at Night, High ...," The First Third and Other Writings (1971).)
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  • 5.
    Erasmus was the light of his century; others were its strength: he lighted the way; others knew how to walk on it while he himself remained in the shadow as the source of light always does. But he who points the way into a new era is no less worthy of veneration than he who is the first to enter it; those who work invisibly have also accomplished a feat.
    (Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Erasmus of Rotterdam, p. 71, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, Vienna, Austria, Herbert Reichner Verlag (1935).)
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  • 6.
    Yes, Lord, you are innocence itself: how could you conceive of Nothingness, you who are plenitude? Your gaze is light and transforms all into light: how could you know the half-light in my heart?
    (Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 3, sc. 6, Gallimard (1951).)
  • 7.
    Civilisation—a heap of rubble scavenged by scrawny English Lit. vultures.
    (Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British broadcaster. Quoted in New Society (London, Oct. 6, 1983).)
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  • 8.
    Whoever lights the torch of war in Europe can wish for nothing but chaos.
    (Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), German dictator. Speech, May 21, 1935, Reichstag, Berlin.)
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  • 9.
    Only the person who has experienced light and darkness, war and peace, rise and fall, only that person has truly experienced life.
    (Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Die Welt von Gestern (The World of Yesterday), p. 385, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, S. Fischer Verlag (1955).)
  • 10.
    Bright light is injurious to those who see nothing.
    (Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (c. 348-405), Roman poet. Peristephanon, X, 593.)
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