Quotations About / On: NIGHT

  • 51.
    Few, if any, creatures are equally active all night.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Allegash and East Branch" (1864) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 311, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 52.
    It was night, in the lonesome October
    (Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. Ulalume (l. 4). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.)
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  • 53.
    A little touch of Harry in the night.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Chorus, in Henry V, act 4, l. 47 (1600). Referring to Henry's eve-of-battle tour of his army's camp, rallying his men: "The royal captain of this ruined band/Walking from watch to watch, from tent to tent,/... /That every wretch, pining and pale before,/Beholding him, plucks comfort from his looks.")
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  • 54.
    And we shall be merry, now comes in the sweet o' the night.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Justice Shallow, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 5, sc. 3, l. 50-1. As they break out the wine.)
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  • 55.
    I have been up this hour, awake all night.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Brutus, in Julius Caesar, act 2, sc. 1, l. 88. Greeting Cassius and the conspirators against Caesar.)
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  • 56.
    Nor night, nor day, no rest.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Leontes, in The Winter's Tale, act 2, sc. 3, l. 1.)
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  • 57.
    In the dead waste and middle of the night.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Horatio, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 2, l. 198. The time when Horatio saw the ghost of Hamlet's father; the waste (barren period), waist (middle), and perhaps vast (emptiness).)
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  • 58.
    A great cause of the night is lack of the sun.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Corin, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 28. The shepherd's homespun philosophy.)
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  • 59.
    Such night in England ne'er had been, nor e'er again shall be.
    (Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859), British poet. The Armada (l. 34). . . Faber Book of Children's Verse, The. Janet Adam Smith, comp. (1953; paperback 1963) Faber and Faber.)
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  • 60.
    The dragon wing of night o'erspreads the earth.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Achilles, in Troilus and Cressida, act 5, sc. 8, l. 17. Suggesting doom as well as darkness; he has just killed Hector.)
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