Dec 182019
 

Approaching the longest night of the year always brings to mind thoughts about darkness and light. The instinct to retreat to a comfortable den grows stronger and I find my self noticing variations in light. A later sunrise speaks to creativity, to comfort, and perhaps to the wisdom of snuggling up with a good book, a cup of coffee, and a dog. Or two.

My sense of lightness and dark matured when I studied graphic art — especially when I moved into photography. It’s another place to learn about what to keep and what to edit out, what to focus on, and what kind of light brings out the truest nature of a subject.

And, of course, I turn to others to shape my thinking. And to give me hope as we move through the longest night.

Darkness and Light for the Longest Night

And to give us hope as we move through the longest night. Click To Tweet

 

woman light and darkness stone wallThe planet is always half light and half dark, and so are we. ~ Jennifer Lynch

Life evolved under conditions of light and darkness, light and then darkness. And so plants and animals developed their own internal clocks so that they would be ready for these changes in light. These are chemical clocks, and they’re found in every known being that has two or more cells and in some that only have one cell. ~ Jessa Gamble

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. ~ Carl Jung

Those are the same stars, and that is the same moon, that look down upon your brothers and sisters, and which they see as they look up to them, though they are ever so far away from us, and each other. ~ Sojourner Truth

Pure, Blazing, Fierce

There is a wide, yawning black infinity. In every direction, the extension is endless; the sensation of depth is overwhelming. And the darkness is immortal. Where light exists, it is pure, blazing, fierce; but light exists almost nowhere, and the blackness itself is also pure and blazing and fierce. ~ Carl Sagan

Those are the same stars, and that is the same moon, that look down upon your brothers and sisters... Click To Tweet

 

I want to be inside your darkest everything. ~ Frida Kahlo

Each day is a different length of time and that gives a different length to the cusp between light and darkness or darkness and light. ~ James Turrell

Love is not consolation. It is light. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light. ~ Albert Schweitzer

You cannot look up at the night sky on the Planet Earth and not wonder what it’s like to be up there amongst the stars. And I always look up at the moon and see it as the single most romantic place within the cosmos. ~ Tom Hanks

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Click To Tweet

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

Dear sisters and brothers, we realize the importance of light when we see darkness. ~ Malala Yousafzai

 

Thank you for reading. And commenting. And connecting. And sharing. Those are all wonderful ways to to help a spark become a flame. They all add to the light. Thank you.

 

 

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  5 Responses to “12 Thoughts on Darkness and Light”

  1. Wonderful quotes to read on a cold winter’s evening with my puppy at my side. I raise my glass (actually, it’s in a coffee mug) of wine and toast the longest night of the year. Seasons Greetings, Andrea.

  2. What a wonderful post, drawing at my heart strings. My heart feel more full after reading it. More light and love as for me the darkness is love in a certain way. Resonated deeply with me.

  3. Love all these quotes and this post oh yes” The planet is always half light and half dark, and so are we. ~ Jennifer Lynch

  4. Laove this. I’m curled up with coffee, two cats and my IPad.

  5. Love these quotes and thoughts on darkness and light! They resonated deeply! Sending love! Jenny

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