Light

It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness (Chinese Proverb)
 
Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but thelight is all. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in… return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished. ~Michael Strassfeld
 
We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light. ~Evelyn Dunbar
 
There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~Edith Wharton

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

The hero is the one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by. The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light. ~Felix Adler

 

How do we see physically? No differently than we do in our consciousness–by means of the productive power of imagination. Consciousness is the eye and ear, the sense for inner and outer meaning.  
  Novalis
The finest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.  
  Albert Einstein
 
We eat light, drink it in through our skins. With a little more exposure to light, you feel part of things physically. I like feeling the power of light and space physically because then you can order it materially. Seeing is a very sensuous act–there’s a sweet deliciousness to feeling yourself see something.  
  James Turrell Limn (#4)
 
Every hue throughout your work is altered by every touch you add in other places.  
  Ruskin

 

…yet there is a difference between scientific and artistic observation. The scientist observes to turn away and generalize; the artist observes to seize and use reality in all its individuality and peculiarity.  
  Edmund Blair Bolles, A Second Way of Knowing
Light always follows the path of the beautiful.  
  (unknown)

 

There’s a certain Slant of light, 
Winter Afternoons– 
That oppresses, like the Heft 
Of Cathedral Tunes– 
Heavenly Hurt, it gives us– 
We can find no scar, 
But internal difference, 
Where the Meanings, are.
 
  Emily Dickinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

The light of memory, or rather the light that memory lends to things, is the palest light of all. . . . I am not quite sure whether I am dreaming or remembering, whether I have lived my life or dreamed it. Just as dreams do, memory makes me profoundly aware of the unreality, the evanescence of the world, a fleeting image in the moving water.  
  Eugène Ionesco, Present Past—Past Present
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