Quotations About / On: NIGHT

  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    When wilt thou leave fighting o' days and foining o' nights, and begin to patch up thine old body for heaven?
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Doll Tearsheet, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 2, sc. 4, l. 231-3. To Falstaff, who has just driven Ancient Pistol out of doors; "foining" means fornicating.)
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  • 54.
    Invariably our best nights were those when it rained, for then we were not troubled with mosquitoes.
    (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. 265, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 55.
    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).)
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  • 56.
    who scribbled all night rocking and rolling over lofty incantations which in the yellow morning were stanzas of gibberish.
    (Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Howl (l. 51). . . Allen Ginsberg: Collected Poems 1947-1980 (1984) Harper and Row.)
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  • 57.
    Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things.
    (Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 4 (1987, trans. 1990).)
  • 58.
    For my father, who used to sit, hour after hour, night after night, outside our house in Africa, watching the stars "Well," he would say, "if we blow ourselves up, there's plenty more where we came from!"
    (Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Dedication, Shikasta, Knopf (1979).)
  • 59.
    It's like the doctor was just telling me, "Delirium is a disease of the night." Good night.
    (Billy Wilder (b. 1906), Austrian-born U.S., and Charles Brackett (1892-1969), U.S. screenwriter. Bim (Frank Faylen), The Lost Weekend, to Don (Ray Milland), who is spending his first night in an alcoholic ward (1945).)
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  • 60.
    Some nights—some nights are darker. Some are almost black, Rachel. Like tonight. It seems so dark. And I'm scared. I'm scared of being alone.
    (Pat Fielder, and Paul Landres. Jennie (Virginia Vincent), The Return of Dracula, the blind girl, sensing Dracula's presence outside her room (1958).)
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