Quotations About / On:
Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Night and Moonlight" (1863), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 323, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
St. Teresa of Avila described our life in this world as like a night at a second-class hotel.
(Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British broadcaster. Quoted in Observer (London, March 20, 1983).)
There's no twilight in the tropics. Night falls like a curtain.
(Waldemar Young, U.S. screenwriter. Erle C. Kenton. Dr. Moreau (Charles Laughton), Island of Lost Souls, to his guests, who are thinking of leaving (1933).
From a novel by H.G. Wells (1866-1946).)
An illicit love affair seems sweetly old-fashioned in the age of one night stands and orgies.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
Sometimes I wake at night in the White House and rub my eyes and wonder if it is not all a dream.
(Grover Cleveland (1837-1908), U.S. president. Allan Nevins, Grover Cleveland: A Study in Courage, ch. 13 (1932).)
Listen to them. Children of the night, what music they make.
(Garrett Fort (1900-1945), U.S. screenwriter. Tod Browning. Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), Dracula, in his castle, when he hears wolves howling (1931).
From the play adapted by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston (1899-1954).)
Birth control that really works: Every night before we go to bed we spend an hour with our kids.
(Roseanne Barr Arnold (20th century), U.S. actor and comedian. As quoted in Woman to Woman, by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman (1994).)
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.)
It's one of the tragic ironies of the theater that only one man in it can count on steady workthe night watchman.
(Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968), U.S. actress. Tallulah, ch. 1 (1952).)
Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night.
(Joseph L. Mankiewicz, U.S. screenwriter. Margo Channing (Bette Davis), in All About Eve (film), anticipating a rocky party (1950).)