— Robert Burns Scottish poet and lyricist 1759 - 1796
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), The Vision.
„Noon sits at the Master's right hand, Dawn at his left. Dusk stands behind, in the shadows. Yet sometimes it is easier to see the light when you stand partly in the darkness.“
— Garth Nix Australian fantasy writer 1963
The Keys to the Kingdom series, Mister Monday (2003), p. 241.
„She is not fair to outward view
As many maidens be;
Her loveliness I never knew
Until she smiled on me:
Oh! then I saw her eye was bright,
A well of love, a spring of light.“
— Hartley Coleridge British poet, biographer, essayist, and teacher 1796 - 1849
Poems (1851), "Song. She is not fair"
„And when she was finished they laid her in earth
Flowers growing, butterflies juggling over her…
She, so light, barely pressed the earth down
How much pain it took to make her as light as that!“
— Bertolt Brecht German poet, playwright, theatre director 1898 - 1956
Poems, 1913-1956 (1976), "To my mother" [Meiner Mutter] (May 1920), trans. John Willett in Poems, 1913-1956, p. 49
— Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958
Song lyrics, Lionheart (1978)
„A dark hand had let go its lifelong hold upon her heart. But she did not feel joy, as she had in the mountains. She put her head down in her arms and cried, and her cheeks were salt and wet. She cried for the waste of her years in bondage to a useless evil. She wept in pain, because she was free.
What she had begun to learn was the weight of liberty. Freedom is a heavy load, a great and strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It is not a gift given, but a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one. The road goes upward towards the light; but the laden traveler may never reach the end of it.“
— Ursula K. Le Guin American writer 1929
Earthsea Books, The Tombs of Atuan (1971), Chapter 12, "Voyage"
„She too was standing in the lamp’s raw light. Her cheeks looked hollow, her lips too red, too bold.“
— Gabrielle Roy French Canadian fiction writer 1909 - 1983
The Tin Flute (1945), P. 84
„The science of life is a superb and dazzlingly lighted hall which may be reached only by passing through a long and ghastly kitchen.“
— Claude Bernard French physiologist 1813 - 1878
Introduction à l'Étude de la Médecine Expérimentale (1865)
„If in later life she has mastered her hunger drive by ego control, she may assume that she can control her fate herself. But that ego may in fact be very weak, because it has been built by cutting herself off from the mainstream of life through severe dieting. It is built on negative rather than positive need. In a real life crisis, such an ego may fail to operate because she does not know consciously what her own needs are. […] An ego which sets itself up against Fate is attempting to usurp the power of the Self; it swings from light to dark, from inflation to depression. Only when her ego is firmly rooted in her own feminine feeling can a woman be released from her compulsive behavior.“
— Marion Woodman Canadian writer 1928
The Owl Was a Baker's Daughter (1980), p. 33
„Frank Sinatra stopped his car. The light was red. Pedestrians passed quickly across his windshield but, as usual, one did not. It was a girl in her twenties. She remained at the curb staring at him. Through the corner of his left eye he could see her, and he knew, because it happens almost every day, that she was thinking, It looks like him, but is it? Just before the light turned green, Sinatra turned toward her, looked directly into her eyes waiting for the reaction he knew would come. It came and he smiled. She smiled and he was gone.“
— Gay Talese American writer 1932
"Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" (Esquire, April 1966)