105 Best Light and Dark Quotes to Appreciate Life

Light and darkness have been powerful symbols that signifies anything from good and evil to hope and despair.


We’ve compiled a selection of light and dark quotes to help you understand life’s contrasts and complexity, as well as discover beauty and purpose in both bright and gloomy situations.

Best Light and Dark Quotes

When darkness falls, beauty is lit from within. ~ Johnathan Jena.

The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Is there anything more loyal than the sun? ~ Mary Oliver.


Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. ~ Maori Proverb.


Your path is illuminated by the light, yet darkness lets the stars shine bright. ~ J.L.W. Brooks.

There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights. ~ Bram Stoker.

Why not dare yourself to become a shining positive light where darkness is the only thing known. ~ Edmond Mbiaka.

In the light we read the inventions of others in the darkness we invent our own stories. ~ Alberto Manguel.


Life isn’t just about darkness or light, rather it’s about finding light within the darkness. ~ Landon Parham.

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy. ~ Henry Ward Beecher.

From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. ~ Plato.


Peace and negativity cannot coexist just as light and darkness cannot coexist. ~ S. N. Goenka.

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Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it. ~ Amit Ray.

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. ~ Bible.

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. ~ Plato.


Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle. ~ Benjamin Franklin.

Famous Light and Dark Quotes

We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future. ~ John F. Kennedy.

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift. ~ Mary Oliver.


The sun always shines above the clouds. ~ Paul F. Davis.

Where death follows, there’s life. When darkness surrounds you in a world of chaos, search and you’ll eventually find the light. ~ Lee Argus.

You can curse the darkness or light a candle. The choice is yours. ~ Patrick Kane.

Those who fear the darkness have no idea what the light can do. ~ Katasai Rakshasa.


Education is the movement from darkness to light. ~ Allan Bloom.

But my darling, there’s no such thing as the light at the end of the tunnel, you must realize that you are the light. ~ Anonymous.

Though the light shines on things unclean, yet it is not thereby defiled. ~ Augustine.


No degree of worldly darkness can extinguish the glow of a soul’s inner light. ~ Wes Fesler.

However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light. ~ Stanley Kubrick.

There’s light and joy, but there’s also darkness all around and we can be lost in it. ~ David Almond.

I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light. ~ Barbara Brown Taylor.


We are indeed the light of the world – but only if our switch is turned on. ~ John Hagee.

A candle loses nothing when it lights another candle. ~ Thomas Jefferson.

After darkness comes the light. ~ Nepos.

Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light. ~ Brene Brown.

Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. ~ Mark Twain.


Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. ~ Desmond Tutu.

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. ~ Helen Keller.

Every human being is a mixture of light and darkness, trust and fear, love and hate. ~ Jean Vanier.

We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light. ~ Earl Nightingale.

I preach darkness. I don’t inspire hope – only shadows. It’s up to you to find the light in my words. ~ Charles Lee.


When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Enthusiasm is the match that lights the candle of achievement. ~ William Arthur Ward.

We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on that’s who we really are. ~ Sirius Black.

The issue is now clear. It is between light and darkness and everyone must choose his side. ~ G.K. Chesterton.


Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby. ~ Ruth E. Renkel.

When the sun shines, it not only brightens our day; it enlightens us, our soul, cleansing it of the gloominess that the night’s darkness had brought in. ~ Tista Ray.

Top Light and Dark Quotes

I will love the light for it shows me the way. Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. ~ Og Mandino.

Light is to darkness what love is to fear; in the presence of one the other disappears. ~ Marianne Williamson.

To see a candle’s light one must take it into a dark place. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin.

You may think your light is small, but it can make a huge difference in other people’s lives. ~ Anonymous.


Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness. ~ Anne Frank.

When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome. ~ Wilma Rudolph.

Don’t fight darkness – bring the light, and darkness will disappear. ~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness. ~ Anne Frank.


It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. ~ Aristotle.

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle. Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~ Buddha.

We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own. ~ Ben Sweetland.

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars. ~ Og Mandino.

It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt.


It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars. ~ Richard Evans.

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it. ~ Margaret Fuller.

Just as one candle lights another and can light thousands of other candles, so one heart illuminates another heart and can illuminate thousands of other hearts. ~ Leo Tolstoy.

Even the sun directs our gaze away from itself and to the life illumined by it. ~ Eberhard Arnold.

Beautiful Light and Dark Quotes

There they stand, the innumerable stars, shining in order like a living hymn, written in light. ~ N.P. Willis.


The light of the day is followed by night, as a shadow follows a body. ~ Aristotle.

Every moment of light and dark is a miracle. ~ Walt Whitman.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ~ John 1:5.

Sunshine is a welcome thing. It brings a lot of brightness. ~ Jimmie Davis.

There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle. ~ Robert Alden.

Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light. ~ Yogi Bhajan.

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it. ~ Terry Pratchett.


When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin.

One idea lights a thousand candles. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Moons and years pass by and are gone forever, but a beautiful moment shimmers through life a ray of light. ~ Franz Grillparzer.

Even though it’s dark and cold there is always a shade of light. ~ Angela Bernabe.

Light is the symbol of truth. ~ James Russell Lowell.

The dance between darkness and light will always remain – the stars and the moon will always need the darkness to be seen, the darkness will just not be worth having without the moon and the stars. ~ C. JoyBell C.


What makes night within us may leave stars. ~ Victor Hugo.

Know that when you live joyfully, you radiate your light into the world. ~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie.

Insightful Light and Dark Quotes

Nothing can dim the light that shines from within. ~ Maya Angelou.

It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright. ~ Stephen King.

Light must come from inside. You cannot ask the darkness to leave; you must turn on the light. ~ Sogyal Rinpoche.


Where there is much light the shade is deepest. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

There is no denying that there is evil in this world but the light will always conquer the darkness. ~ Idowu Koyenikan.

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people. ~ Carl Jung.

Every moment of light and dark is a miracle. ~ Walt Whitman.

I think we all have light and dark inside us. ~ Sean Penn.

The sun shines on everybody. You’ve got to keep believing. ~ Dontrelle Willis.

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary. ~ Aaron Rose.


You can’t discover light by analyzing the dark. ~ Wayne Dyer.

Give light, and the darkness will disappear itself. ~ Desiderius Erasmus.

As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others. ~ Marianne Williamson.

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. ~ Francis of Assisi

Fear grows in darkness; if you think there’s a bogeyman around, turn on the light. ~ Dorothy Thompson

Listen to the inner light; it will guide you. Listen to the inner peace; it will feed you. Listen to the inner love; it will transform you. ~ Sri Chinmoy.


If light is in your heart, you will find your way home. ~ Rumi.

There is nothing in the dark that isn’t there when the lights are on. ~ Rod Serling.

It’s not necessary to blow out your neighbor’s light to let your own shine. ~ M.R. Dehaan.

There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you. ~ Rumi.

Know that darkness is merely the absence of light. You can be the small candle that defeats the vast darkness. ~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.


The sun does not abandon the moon to darkness. ~ Brian A. McBride.

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. ~ Carl Jung.

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. ~ Kahlil Gibran.

Every little candle is a great knight fighting against the darkness! Every time you feel yourself tiny, remember these brave candles. ~ Mehmet Murat İldan.

So these were the 105 quotes about Light and Dark.

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