Talk to me not of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Moby-Dick (1851), ch. 36, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 6, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1988).
Spoken by Captain Ahab.)
Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun, it shines everywhere.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Feste, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 1, l. 38-9.
To Cesario (Viola in disguise), varying the proverb, "the sun shines on all alike"; "foolery" is Feste's profession, but also means foolish behavior.)
We imagined that the sun shining on their bare heads had stamped a liberal and public character on their most private thoughts.
(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. 226, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
"Dark times" is what they call it in Norway when the sun remains below the horizon all day long: the temperature falls slowly but surely at such times.A nice metaphor for all those thinkers for whom the sun of mankind's future has temporarily disappeared.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 638, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Wanderer and His Shadow, aphorism 191, "Dark Times," (1880).)
[Man's] life consists in a relation with all things: stone, earth, trees, flowers, water, insects, fishes, birds, creatures, sun, rainbow, children, women, other men. But his greatest and final relation is with the sun.
(D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. First published by Centaur Press (Philadelphia, 1925). "Aristocracy," Reflections on the Death of a Porcupine, M. Secker (1934).)