140 Best Darkness Quotes To Help You Find The Light

Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Dec 12, 2023 By Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Originally Published on Mar 15, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
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Why Darkness Quotes?

Darkness is the absence of light. Though darkness is absolute, the themes of darkness have been interpreted in different and beautiful ways. There are many works based on darkness and shadow that we cannot help but appreciate.

Darkness quotes tell us more about the relationship between darkness and light. Sometimes, to find the light, you must first face the darkness. Light a candle, and don't be afraid to read darkness quotes because, after all, we are searching for light itself in the dark!

What Parents Should Know

  • Darkness is essential as it shows the importance of light, which makes paths clear and lives brighter.
  • Metaphorically light represents good, virtue, and blessings, while darkness represents sorrow and failure.
  • Light makes us see, know and understand even the difficult things in our life.
  • Light in us illuminates the lives of others. The testimony of survival of our darkness brings light to others.

What To Discuss With Kids

  • Darkness is extremely important. Without it, it's difficult to see the value, worth, and glory of light.
  • Darkness can be conquered through the weapons of light - grace, mercy, love, kindness, compassion, and courage.
  • In the darkness, it is good to shine your light. The light drives out fear, hate, sorrow, and hurt.
  • Love is a source of light that eradicates hate and hurt from our minds and hearts.
  • Darkness is not a physical phenomenon and has a considerable effect on plant processes.

Illuminating Darkness Quotes

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1. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Martin Luther King Jr.

2. "Laughing can serve you in dark moments and even help you crawl your way back out." - Ryan Reynolds

3. "Don't give up when dark times come. The more storms you face in life, the stronger you'll be. Hold on. Your greater is coming." – Germany Kent

4. "The darkness declares the glory of light." - T. S. Eliot

5. "Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God." - 'The Bible, Isaiah 50:10'

6. "I feel like my job is to give hope. The world is in a dark place and we are living in somewhat of a nightmare. So I want to make films to give hope." - Hany Abu-Assad

7. "Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness." - Carl Jung

8. "I've suffered from pretty dark depressing times, and it's probably – not probably – it is the reason why I chose to lead a healthy lifestyle." - Mariel Hemingway

9. "There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights." - Bram Stoker, 'Dracula'

10. "All darkness vanished, when I saw the Lamp within my heart." - Kabir

11. "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." - Eleanor Roosevelt

12. "What hurts you blesses you. Darkness is your candle. Your boundaries are your quest." - Rumi

13. "There is something in even the darkest situations that we can make a positive in our lives." - Deborah Norville

14. "There will dawn a day when these hostile hours, these days of hatred and violence, seem the faintest of memories, but dark and steep and long is the road up out of hell.

So do not tire, do not despair, do not abandon your brethren, and do not forget that through this darkness we and we alone carry the light of freedom. We must defend it with every cell in our bodies.

If not now, when? If not us, who?" – Pierce Brown, 'Dark Age'

15. "Education is the movement from darkness to light." - Allan Bloom

16. "Faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness. Faith is when you see light with your heart – it is a metaphor that demonstrates that your sight does not actually matter when you have a good heart to see good things around you." - Barbara Johnson

17. "Understanding does not cure evil, but it is a definite help, inasmuch as one can cope with a comprehensible darkness!" - Carl Jung

18. "As Believers, we shine brightest in a sad and dark world; like a diamond that illuminates best when placed on black velvet." - Chris Alexander

19. "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

20. "Recovery begins from the darkest moment." - John Major

21. "I walk in the darkness so that others may see the light." - Unknown.*

22. "In a dark time, the mind begins to see." - Theodore Roethke

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

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

25. "You can hit the lowest low and face the darkest dark, but you can always get back up and get in the light. All of this is what actually makes life worth living." - Kerli

Light And Darkness Quotes

26. "Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise." – Victor Hugo, 'Les Misérables'

27. "After a lifetime of darkness, I want to leave something behind that is made of light." – Marie Lu, 'The Midnight Star'

28. "Fear grows in darkness; if you think there's a bogeyman around, turn on the light." - Dorothy Thompson

29. "I'm afraid of the dark, so I have a lot of night-lights." - Lara Flynn

30. "Once I knew only darkness and stillness... my life was without past or future... but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living." - Helen Keller

31. "Night never had the last word. The dawn is always invincible." - Hugh B. Brown

32. "Listen, the obvious thing to remember is without dark, there is no light, and without light, there is no dark." - Jessica Capshaw

33. "Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself." - Desiderius Erasmus

34. "I think we all have light and dark inside us." - Sean Penn

35. "It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone." - John Steinbeck, 'The Winter Of Our Discontent.'

36. "I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light." - Helen Keller

37. "I feel that what was done in the dark will come to light. There are secrets everybody's gonna find out about." - Tupac Shakur

38. "We are not consistent. We have both these dark sides and some light as well." - Annie Lennox

39. "All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle." - St. Francis Of Assisi, 'The Little Flowers Of St. Francis Of Assisi'

40. "The ego is like too many dark clouds around the sun – the sun gets lost." - Rajneesh

41. "At the darkest moment comes the light." - Joseph Campbell.

42. "It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright." - Stephen King, 'The Dark Tower Boxed Set'

43. "The night is darkest just before dawn!" - Harvey Dent, 'The Dark Knight'

44. "Once you conquer your selfish self, all your darkness will change to light."- Rumi

45. "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, 'Harry Potter And The Order of Phoenix',J. K. Rowling

46. "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

47. "Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you." - Jesus Christ, 'The Bible, John 12:35'

48. "In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present." - Francis Bacon

49. "All great men remain undeterred during dark times." - Lailah Gifty Akita, 'Pearls Of Wisdom: Great Mind'

50. "Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up." - Anne Lamott

Inspirational Darkness Quotes

51. "Creativity - like human life itself - begins in darkness." - Julia Cameron. 'The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity.'

52. "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

53. "There is nothing in the dark that isn't there when the lights are on." - Rod Serling

54. "I wonder if that's how darkness wins, by convincing us to trap it inside ourselves, instead of emptying it out. I don't want it to win." - Jasmine Warga

55. "By running from what we fear, we feed the inner darkness!" - Tara Brach, 'Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With The Heart Of A Buddha'

56. "Only in the darkness can you see the stars." - Martin Luther King Jr.

57. "Every moment of light and dark is a miracle." - Walt Whitman

58. "When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

59. "No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible." - George Chakiris

60. "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us." - Marianne Williamson.

61. "The moon will guide you through the night with her brightness, but she will always dwell in the darkness, in order to be seen." – Shannon L. Alder

62. "He whom love touches not walks in darkness!" - Plato

63. "Don't be afraid of the dark. Shine!” - Vera Nazarian, 'The Perpetual Calendar Of Inspiration'

64. "Faith is a leap into the light, not a step into the darkness." - Reinhard Bonnke

65. "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." - 'The Bible, John 1:5'

66. "My music is a little dark, and my lyrics are a little darker. Every day, I'm fighting towards the light." - Bebe Rexha.

67. "It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed." – Doe Zantamata

68. "It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." - Aristotle Onassis

69. "Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark." - Rabindranath Tagore

70. "For every single dark night there is a brighter day."- Tupac Shakur

71. "When you look ahead and darkness is all you see, faith and determination will pull you through." - Drake

72. "We must enhance the light, not fight the darkness." - A. D. Gordon

73. "I can see in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden." - Helen Keller

74. "Don't fight darkness—bring the light, and darkness will disappear." - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

75. "In the midst of darkness, light persists." - Mahatma Gandhi

Best Quotes Related To Darkness

76. "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

77. "Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars." - Martin Luther King Jr.

78. "However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light." - Stanley Kubrick

79. "It's in the darkest nights you see the stars the most." – Frederik

80. "In life, we have to be strong and bright enough to face our dark times. Eclipse may come and eclipse may go, nothing should stop our inner strength’s flow." – Munia Khan, 'Attainable'

81. "Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly." - Ali Ibn Abi Talib AS

82. "Love is to fear as light is to dark; in the presence of one, the other cannot exist. So wherever there is a place of fear in your life, think of one thing - even if it's just a thought you can think-where you can generate love to cast out the fear." - Marianne Williamson

83. "The tension is, at bottom, between justice and injustice, between the forces of light and the forces of darkness." - Martin Luther King Jr.

84. "My darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence, and behold, the outer day-lit world was stumbling and groping in social blindness!" - Helen Keller

85. "Do not lose faith in dark times." – Lailah Gifty Akita 

86. "Once you realize you deserve a bright future, letting go of your dark past is the best choice you will ever make." - Roy T. Bennett, 'The Light In The Heart'

87. "For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness." - Reba McEntire

88. "Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness." - Leonardo Da Vinci

89. "In anything, there has to be dark and light. There's a lot of joy in my paintings and a lot of darkness." - Gloria Vanderbilt

90. "Creation does not cease just because there is darkness!" - Suman Pokhrel

91. "This time may be dark, but all regrowth starts in the darkness of a seed." – Daris LaPointe 

92. "Stars are born out of dark moments." – Matshona Dhliwayo  

93. "Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads." - Erica Jong

94. "Only the person who has experienced light and darkness, war and peace, rise and fall, only that person has truly experienced life." - Stefan Zweig, 'The World Of Yesterday'

95. "The night taught me never to fear the dark times, by giving way to the dawn of a new day." – Michael Bassey Johnson, 'Song Of A Nature Lover'

96. "There have been bleak nights along my way, many of my own making, but life is all the brighter for them now. To the human eye, without the darkness there are no stars." –Sumangali Morhall, 'Auspicious Good Fortune: One Woman's Inspirational Journey From Western Disillusionment To Eastern Spiritual Fulfilment'

97. "In complete darkness, we are all the same, it is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us, don't let your eyes deceive you." - Janet Jackson

98. "No matter how dark and gloomy it looks in your life right now, if you'll release the weight of those burdens, you will see the sun break forth."- Joel Osteen

99. "Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."- Martin Luther King Jr.

100. "In these dark and uncertain times, there can be great value in imagining a bit of star in each human soul." – Michael Meade, 'The Genius Myth'

Bright Quotes On Light

101. "There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen, 'Selected Poems, 1956-1968'

102. "A day without sunshine is like, you know, night." - Steve Martin

103. "Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself." – Desiderius Erasmus

104. "Warriors of light are not perfect. Their beauty lies in accepting this fact and still desiring to grow and to learn." - Paulo Coelho, 'Warrior Of The Light'

105. "Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." - Anton Chekhov

106. "You will fear the darkness only to the extent that you yourself are not providing light." - Marianne Williamson

107. "Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light." - Kate DiCamillo. 'The Tale Of Despereaux'

108. "Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness." - Thomas Carlyle

109. "Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other." - Laurence Sterne

110. "O, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth." - Roman Payne

111. "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will by no means walk in darkness, but will possess the light of life." - Jesus Christ, 'The Bible, John 8:12'

112. "Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness." - Mother Teresa

113. "No situation is so dark that there is not a ray of light!" - Norman Vincent Peale

114. "Genius is not so much a light as it is a constant awareness of the surrounding gloom." - Stanisław Lem, 'His Master's Voice'

115. "She was bendable light: she shone around every corner of my day." - Jerry Spinelli. 'Stargirl'

116. "There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion." - Carl Jung

117. "There's no point dwelling in the dark and ignoring the light of the stars." - Carrie Hope Fletcher.

118. "The wound is the place where the Light enters you." - Rumi

119. "It is impossible to travel faster than light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off." - Woody Allen

120. "There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures." - James Thurber

Beautiful Shadow Quotes

121. "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." - 'The Bible, Psalms 23:4'

122. "You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun." – Shaun Hick

123. "Light and shadow are opposite sides of the same coin. We can illuminate our paths or darken our way. It is a matter of choice." - Maya Angelou

124. "All the masterpieces of art contain both light and shadow. A happy life is not one filled with only sunshine, but one which uses both light and shadow to produce beauty." - Billy Graham

125. "Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." - Walt Whitman

126. "Shadow is a color as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones." - Paul Cezanne

127. "Because you don't notice the light without a bit of shadow. Everything has both dark and light. You have to play with it till you get it exactly right." - Libba Bray. 'A Great And Terrible Beauty'

128. "Shadows are like plants. They need sunlight simply to exist." - Thomas M. Disch, 'The Shadow'

129. "I think that light and shadow have exactly the same duality that exists between life and death." - Manuel Alvarez Bravo

130. "I'm interested in the landscape of the face, the way in which light and shadow fall across the forms. That's really my subject matter." - Paul Emsley

131. "An important memory is like a gravitational field - the mind is compelled to return to it again and again. It is like a moon; it lives in light and shadow." - Rikki Ducornet

132. "The true moment of shadow is the moment in which you see the point of light in the sky." - Thomas Pynchon, 'Gravity's Rainbow (1973)'

133. "There are infinite shadings of light and shadows and colors... it's an extraordinarily subtle language. Figuring out how to speak that language is a lifetime job." - Conrad Hall

134. "Shadows are in reality, when the sun is shining, the most conspicuous thing in a landscape, next to the highest lights." - John Ruskin

135. "There are no shadows in the dark. Shadows are the servants of light, the children of fire. The brightest flame casts the darkest shadows." - Melisandre, 'A Clash Of Kings', George R. R. Martin

136. "Our job is to record, each in his own way, this world of light and shadow and time that will never come again exactly as it is today." - Edward Abbey

137. "There is strong shadow where there is much light." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, 'Götz Von Berlichingen'

138. "Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides." - Junichiro Tanizaki

139. "Life is a mixture of light and shadow, calm and storm, and it's all good." - Susan W. Krebs

140. "The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say." - Gregory Maguire, 'Mirror Mirror'

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Written by Rajnandini Roychoudhury

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Rajnandini RoychoudhuryBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

With a Master of Arts in English, Rajnandini has pursued her passion for the arts and has become an experienced content writer. She has worked with companies such as Writer's Zone and has had her writing skills recognized by publications such as The Telegraph. Rajnandini is also trilingual and enjoys various hobbies such as music, movies, travel, philanthropy, writing her blog, and reading classic British literature. 

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