Quotations About / On:
She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world.
(Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. quoted in New York Times (Nov. 8, 1962).
Comment on learning of Eleanor Roosevelt's death. Stevenson was quoting the motto of the Christopher Society, "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." According to Brewer's Quotations, ed. Nigel Rees (1994), this in turn is a Chinese proverb.)
Civilisationa heap of rubble scavenged by scrawny English Lit. vultures.
(Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British broadcaster. Quoted in New Society (London, Oct. 6, 1983).)
The populace is like the sea, motionless in itself, but stirred by every wind, even the lightest breeze.
(Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXVIII, 27.)
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.)
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).)
Bright light is injurious to those who see nothing.
(Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (c. 348-405), Roman poet. Peristephanon, X, 593.)
The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame or blame.
(Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. Leviathan, pt. 1, ch. 8 (1651).)
They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it's night once more.
(Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Pozzo, in Waiting for Godot, p. 57a, Grove Press (1954).
"They" refers to women who become mothers.)
A dense undergrowth of extension cords sustains my upper world of lights, music, and machines of comfort.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
We had some ham and eggs and took our time saying goodbye to the bright lights.
(Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. Davy Gordon (Jamie Smith), Killer's Kiss, as he and the woman he loves prepare to leave New York City (1955).)