— Jean Genet, livro The Thief's Journal
The Thief's Journal (1949)
— Jean Genet, livro The Thief's Journal
— Vanna Bonta, livro Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel
Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel (1995), Ch. 44
„Hence, to the realms of Night, dire Demon, hence!
Thy chain of adamant can bind
That little world, the human mind,
And sink its noblest powers to impotence.“
— Samuel Rogers British poet 1763 - 1855
Ode to Superstition (1786), I.1 l. 1-4.
„Oh, night that guided me, Oh, night more lovely than the dawn,
Oh, night that joined Beloved with lover, Lover transformed in the Beloved!“
— John of the Cross Spanish mystic and Roman Catholic saint 1542 - 1591
Dark Night of the Soul, O guiding night! O night more lovely than the dawn! O night that has united the Lover with his beloved, transforming the beloved in her Lover. Variant translation by Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriguez (1991) Oh night thou was my guide Oh night more loving than the rising sun Oh night that joined the lover to the beloved one transforming each of them into the other. Variant adapted for music by Loreena McKennitt (1994)
„It was the human spirit itself that failed at Paris. It is no use passing judgments and making scapegoats of this or that individual statesman or group of statesmen. Idealists make a great mistake in not facing the real facts sincerely and resolutely. They believe in the power of the spirit, in the goodness which is at the heart of things, in the triumph which is in store for the great moral ideals of the race. But this faith only too often leads to an optimism which is sadly and fatally at variance with actual results. It is the realist and not the idealist who is generally justified by events. We forget that the human spirit, the spirit of goodness and truth in the world, is still only an infant crying in the night, and that the struggle with darkness is as yet mostly an unequal struggle…. Paris proved this terrible truth once more. It was not Wilson who failed there, but humanity itself. It was not the statesmen that failed, so much as the spirit of the peoples behind them.“
— Jan Smuts military leader, politician and statesman from South Africa 1870 - 1950
Smuts in a letter dated 8 January 1921, published in the New York Evening Post, 2 March 1921
„Appreciation of Mother Earth, her creatures, and the glories of the universe is the job of every human being. We were created to live nonviolently in peace with one another on Mother Earth and celebrate the beauty of creation morning, noon, and night.“
— John Dear Catholic priest from the United States 1959
They Will Inherit the Earth (2018)
„The same polarity of the male and female principle exists in nature; not only, as is obvious in animals and plants, but in the polarity of the two fundamental functions, that of receiving and penetrating. It is the polarity of earth and rain, of the river and the ocean, of night and day, of darkness and light, of matter and spirit.“
— Erich Fromm, livro The Art of Loving
The Art of Loving (1956), Ch. 2
„The rising sun can dispel the darkness of night, but it cannot banish the blackness of malice, hatred, bigotry, and selfishness from the hearts of humanity. Happiness and peace will come to earth only as the light of love and human compassion enter the souls of men.“
— David O. McKay President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1873 - 1970
Context: The rising sun can dispel the darkness of night, but it cannot banish the blackness of malice, hatred, bigotry, and selfishness from the hearts of humanity. Happiness and peace will come to earth only as the light of love and human compassion enter the souls of men. It was for this purpose that Christ, the Son of righteousness, 'with healing in his wings,' came in the Meridian of Time. Through him wickedness shall be overcome, hatred, enmity, strife, poverty, and war abolished. This will be accomplished only by a slow but never-failing process of changing men's mental and spiritual attitude. The ways and habits of the world depend upon the thoughts and soul-convictions of men and women. If, therefore, we would change the world, we must first change people's thoughts. Only to the extent that men desire peace and brotherhood can the world be made better. No peace even though temporarily obtained, will be permanent, whether to individuals or nations, unless it is built upon the solid foundation of eternal principles. LDS General Conference (October 1964)
„Oh night thou was my guide
Oh night more loving than the rising sun
Oh night that joined the lover to the beloved one
transforming each of them into the other.“
— Loreena McKennitt Canadian musician and composer 1957
The Mask and Mirror (1994), The Dark Night of The Soul
— Jacques Maritain French philosopher 1882 - 1973
Ransoming the Time (1941), p. 288.
„If I'd known how wrong I was - if I'd had any idea of the awful night that lay ahead - I'd have run after him and never returned to that disgusting circus of blood, that revolting circus of death.“
— Darren Shan Irish writer of English-language fiction under pen name, real name Darren O'Shaughnessy 1972
„For the good of the search for some heaven on earth
For the good of one hell of a night, for
the good of one hell of a night.“
— Jim Steinman American musician 1947
Bad for Good (1981), Context: For the good of believing in a life after birth For the good of your body so bright For the good of the search for some heaven on earth For the good of one hell of a night, for the good of one hell of a night. "Bad for Good"
„a little more
that warty bliggens
considers himself to be
the center of the said
the earth exists
to grow toadstools for him
to sit under
the sun to give him light
by day and the moon
and wheeling constellations
to make beautiful
the night for the sake of
— Don Marquis American writer 1878 - 1937
warty bliggens, the toad
„Sometimes when earth's gods are homesick they visit in the still of the night the peaks where once they dwelt, and weep softly as they try to play in the olden way on remembered slopes.“
— H.P. Lovecraft American author 1890 - 1937
Fiction, The Other Gods (1921)
„And we danced all night to a soul fairy band.
And she kissed me just right like only a lonely angel can.
She felt just right just like as sweet as a spirit in the night.
In the night baby don't know what she do to you?
Spirits in the night, in the night.
Stand up now and let her shoot right through you.“
— Bruce Springsteen American singer and songwriter 1949
Song lyrics, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973), "Spirit in the Night"
„If you could see the earth illuminated when you were in a place as dark as night, it would look to you more splendid than the moon.“
— Galileo Galilei, livro Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (1632), Salviati, p. 88