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QUOTES ON NIGHT


Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world: now could I drink hot blood,
And do such bitter business, as the day
Would quake to look on.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet

The moon like a flower
In heaven's high bower,
With silent delight,
Sits and smiles on the night.
WILLIAM BLAKE, Night

Night, the mother of fear and mystery.

H. G. WELLS, The War of the Worlds

A marvellous stillness pervaded the world, and the stars, together with the serenity of their rays, seemed to shed upon the earth the assurance of everlasting security. The young moon recurved, and shining low in the west, was like a slender shaving thrown up from a bar of gold, and the Arabian Sea, smooth and cool to the eye like a sheet of ice, extended its perfect level to the perfect circle of a dark horizon.

JOSEPH CONRAD, Lord Jim

Many a dreadful fate of mortal doom,
And many a deed of the bewilder'd brain,
Dark night doth cover with her sable wing,
Or shroud in gloomy twilight.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, Iphigenia in Tauris

Or in the night, imagining some fear,
How easy is a bush supposed a bear!

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Nighttime ... the time of change and affliction.

RAY BRADBURY, The Martian Chronicles, "The Earth Men"

The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve;
Lovers, to bed; 'tis almost fairy time.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, A Midsummer Night's Dream

The sky was clear -- remarkably clear -- and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body, timed by a common pulse.

Night's swift dragons cut the clouds full fast,
And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger;
At whose approach, ghosts, wandering here and there,
Troop home to churchyards.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, A Midsummer Night's Dream

No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear to his heart and eye the morning can be.

BRAM STOKER, Dracula

Nights dark beyond darkness and the days more gray each one than what had gone before. Like the onset of some cold glaucoma dimming away the world.

CORMAC MCCARTHY, The Road

The barbarians come out at night.

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