Darkness is the opposite of brightness, and is a relative absence of visible light.
- Dark as pitch.
- John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress (1678), Part I.
- The waves were dead; the tides were in their grave,
The Moon, their Mistress, had expired before;
The winds were wither'd in the stagnant air,
And the clouds perish'd; darkness had no need
Of aid from them—she was the Universe.
- Darkness which may be felt.
- Exodus, 10:21.
- Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr., 'Where Do We Go From Here?" as published in Where Do We Go from Here : Chaos or Community? (1967), p. 62.
- Darkness of slumber and death, forever sinking and sinking.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline (1847), Part II, V, line 108.
- Lo! darkness bends down like a mother of grief
On the limitless plain, and the fall of her hair
It has mantled a world.
- Joaquin Miller, From Sea to Sea, Stanza 4; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 160-61.
- Yet from those flames
No light, but rather darkness visible.
- Brief as the lightning in the collied night,
That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth,
And ere a man had power to say, Behold!
The jaws of darkness do devour it up.
- The charm dissolves apace,
And as the morning steals upon the night,
Melting the darkness, so their rising senses
Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle
Their clearer reason.