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The Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System. It is almost perfectly spherical and consists of hot plasma interwoven with magnetic fields. It has a diameter of about 1,392,000 km, about 109 times that of Earth, and its mass (about 2×10^30 kilograms, 330,000 times that of Earth) accounts for about 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System.

See the sun set in the hand of the man. ~ Kate Bush
The gods rejoice when they see Ra crowned upon his throne, and when his beams flood the world with light. The majesty of this holy god setteth out on his journey, and he goeth onwards until he reacheth the land of Manu; the earth becometh light at his birth each day; he proceedeth until he reacheth the place where he was yesterday. ~ Book of the Dead
The Sun never repents of the good he does, nor does he ever demand a recompence. ~ Benjamin Franklin
Utu, shepherd of the land, father of the black-headed, when you go to sleep, the people go to sleep with you; youth Utu, when you rise, the people rise with you. ~ Lugalbanda
The sun needs no inscription to distinguish him from darkness. ~ Thomas Paine
The sun is the king of torches.
~ West African Proverb

The enormous effect of the Sun on Earth has been recognized since prehistoric times, and the Sun has been regarded by some cultures as a deity. The synodic rotation of Earth and its orbit around the Sun are the basis of solar calendars, one of which is the predominant calendar in use today.


  • Sun has never deprived anyone of its light and energy irrespective of their caste and religion. Despite this, if it is being linked to communalism then I request such people to stay in their rooms during the day without sunlight.
  • Law, say the gardeners, is the sun,
    Law is the one
    All gardeners obey
    To-morrow, yesterday, to-day.
  • Agni, the Lord of Fire, rules over all the fire elementals and devas on the three planes of human evolution, the physical, the astral, and the mental, and rules over them not only on this planet, called the Earth, but on the three planes in all parts of the [solar] system. p. 65
    Agni, the sum-total of the Gods. He is Vishnu and the Sun in His glory; He is the fire of matter and the fire of mind blended and fused; He is the intelligence which throbs in every atom; He is the Mind that actuates the system; He is the fire of substance and the substance of fire; He is the Flame and that which the Flame destroys. p. 602
  • The sun, centre and sire of light,
    The keystone of the world-built arch of heaven.
  • See the sun!
    God's crest upon His azure shield, the Heavens.
  • See the gold sunshine patching,
    And streaming and streaking across
    The gray-green oaks; and catching,
    By its soft brown beard, the moss.
  • If ever this theory of the Sun-Force being the primal cause of all life on earth, and of all motion in heaven, is accepted, and if that other far bolder theory of Herschell, about certain organisms in the Sun, is accepted even as a provisional hypothesis, then will our teachings be vindicated, and Esoteric allegory will be shown to have anticipated Modern Science by millions of years, probably, for such are the Archaic Teachings.
  • It is the sun-fluids or emanations that impart all motion, and awaken all into life, in the Solar System. It is attraction and repulsion, but not as understood by modern Physics or according to the law of gravity, but in harmony with the laws of manvantaric motion designed from the early Sandhyâ, the Dawn of the rebuilding and higher reformation of the System. These laws are immutable; but the motion of all the bodies—which motion is diverse and alters with every minor Kalpa—is regulated by the Movers, the Intelligences within the Cosmic Soul.
    • H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 1, p. 578 (1888)
  • Make hay while the sun shines.
  • Up in the mornin', out on the job
    Work like the devil for my pay
    But that lucky old sun has nothin' to do
    But roll around Heaven all day
  • 9:13, Personal note: When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So once when I was six, I did. At first the brightness was overwhelming, but I had seen that before. I kept looking, forcing myself not to blink, and then the brightness began to dissolve. My pupils shrunk to pinholes and everything came into focus and for a moment I understood. The doctors didn't know if my eyes would ever heal. I was terrified, alone in that darkness. Slowly daylight crept in through the bandages, and I could see, but something else had changed inside of me. That day I had my first headache.
  • Evolution is as much a fact as the heat of the sun.
  • Busy old fool, unruly Sun,
    Why dost thou thus,
    Through windows, and through curtains call us?
    Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run?
  • Behold him setting in his western skies,
    The shadows lengthening as the vapours rise.
    • John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel (1681), Stanza 1, line 268.
  • The noon sunlight poured down out of a cloudless sky, so intense you almost expected it to make noise when it hit the ground.
    • Rosemary Edghill, Freshman Mixer (2003) in Denise Little (ed.), The Sorcerer’s Academy, p. 146
  • There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet. … To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food.
  • High in his chariot glow'd the lamp of day.
  • Given everything we now know about the brightness of other stars, it's fashionable today to call the sun a star, even an average star. But is that really the case? While the sun has many characteristics similar to stars, the Bible never refers to it as a star.
  • The sun alone without the moon would have sufficed for all his purpose, but if he were alone, the primitive people might have had some plausible excuse for worshipping him. So the moon was added, and there is less reason for deifying either.
  • You know not that the earth was given in marriage to the sun, and that earth it is who sends us forth to the mountain and the desert.
  • Look over yonder what do you see
    The sun is a-risin' most definitely
    A new day is comin' people are changin'
    Ain't it beautiful …
    Crystal blue persuasion
  • Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
    • Jesus, Matthew 5:43–45 (KJV)
  • Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
    Close bosom friend of the maturing sun
  • Oh sun, how glad thy rays are shed;
    How canst thou glory o’er the dead?
    Ah, folly this of human pride,
    What are the dead to one like thee,
    Whose mirror is the mighty tide,
    Where time flows to eternity?
    A single race, a single age,
    What are they in thy pilgrimage?
  • The great luminary
    Aloof the vulgar constellations thick,
    That from his lordly eye keep distance due,
    Dispenses light from far.
  • And see—the Sun himself!—on wings
    Of glory up the East he springs.
    Angel of Light! who from the time
    Those heavens began their march sublime,
    Hath first of all the starry choir
    Trod in his Maker's steps of fire!
  • As sunshine, broken in the rill,
    Though turn'd astray, is sunshine still!
  • Blest power of sunshine!—genial day,
    What balm, what life is in thy ray!
    To feel there is such real bliss,
    That had the world no joy but this,
    To sit in sunshine calm and sweet,—
    It were a world too exquisite
    For man to leave it for the gloom,
    The deep, cold shadow, of the tomb.
  • What will we do as the Earth is set loose from the sun?
    • Fredrich Nietzsche, as quoted in Michael Harrington, The Politics at God's Funeral.
  • Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, — and all it wants, — is the liberty of appearing. The sun needs no inscription to distinguish him from darkness; and no sooner did the American governments display themselves to the world, than despotism felt a shock and man began to contemplate redress.
  • The world of heaven is as far removed from this world, they say, as a thousand earths stacked one above the other.
    • About the distance of the sun from the earth. Pañcavimsa Brahmana (PB) 16.8.6, quoted in Subhash Kak, Vedic astronomy and early Indian chronology in: Bryant, E. F., & Patton, L. L. (2005). The Indo-Aryan controversy : evidence and inference in Indian history. Routledge page 319
  • There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?
    • Jonas Salk, in response to the question regarding his Polio vaccine, "Who owns the patent on this vaccine?" by Edward R. Murrow, in a CBS Television interview, on See It Now (12 April 1955); quoted in Shots in the Dark : The Wayward Search for an AIDS Vaccine (2001) by Jon Cohen
  • The gods rejoice when they see Ra crowned upon his throne, and when his beams flood the world with light. The majesty of this holy god setteth out on his journey, and he goeth onwards until he reacheth the land of Manu; the earth becometh light at his birth each day; he proceedeth until he reacheth the place where he was yesterday.
  • I 'gin to be aweary of the sun,
    And wish the estate o' the world were now undone.
  • Shine out, fair sun, till I have bought a glass,
    That I may see my shadow as I pass.
  • I have satisfied myself that the [cosmic] rays are not generated by the formation of new matter in space, a process which would be like water running up a hill. Nor do they come to any appreciable amount from the stars. According to my investigations the sun emits a radiation of such penetrative power that it is virtually impossible to absorb it in lead or other substances. ... This ray, which I call the primary solar ray, gives rise to a secondary radiation by impact against the cosmic dust scattered through space. It is the secondary radiation which now is commonly called the cosmic ray, and comes, of course, equally from all directions in space. [The article continues: The phenomena of radioactivity are not the result of forces within the radioactive substances but are caused by this ray emitted by the sun. If radium could be screened effectively against this ray it would cease to be radioactive, he said.]
    • Nikola Tesla Quoted in 'Tesla, 75, Predicts New Power Source', New York Times (5 Jul 1931), Section 2, 1.
  • A far better way, however, to obtain power would be to avail ourselves of the sun's rays, which beat the earth incessantly and supply energy at a maximum rate of over four million horsepower per square mile. Although the average energy received per square mile in any locality during the year is only a small fraction of that amount, yet an inexhaustible source of power would be opened up by the discovery of some efficient method of utilizing the energy of the rays.
  • Like our shadows, Our wishes lengthen as our sun declines.
    • Edward Young, The Force of Religion : or Vanquished Love (1714)

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 765-67
  • When the Sun
    Clearest shineth
    Serenest in the heaven,
    Quickly are obscured
    All over the earth
    Other stars.
  • The sun, which passeth through pollutions and itself remains as pure as before.
  • Pleasantly, between the pelting showers, the sunshine gushes down.
  • The sun, too, shines into cesspools, and is not polluted.
  • The glorious lamp of heaven, the radiant sun,
    Is Nature's eye.
    • John Dryden, The Story of Acis, Polyphemus, and Galatea from the Thirteenth Book of Ovid's Metamorphoses, line 165
  • Out of the solar walk and Heaven's highway.
  • Such words fall too often on our cold and careless ears with the triteness of long familiarity; but to Octavia … they seemed to be written in sunbeams.
  • Let others hail the rising sun:
    I bow to that whose course is run.
  • In climes beyond the solar road.
  • Failing yet gracious,
    Slow pacing, soon homing,
    A patriarch that strolls
    Through the tents of his children,
    The sun as he journeys
    His round on the lower
    Ascents of the blue,
    Washes the roofs
    And the hillsides with clarity.
  • Father of rosy day,
    No more thy clouds of incense rise;
    But waking flow'rs,
    At morning hours,
    Give out their sweets to meet thee in the skies.
  • She stood breast-high amid the corn,
    Clasp'd by the golden light of morn,
    Like the sweetheart of the sun,
    Who many a glowing kiss had won.
  • The great duties of life are written with a sunbeam.
  • When the sun sets, shadows, that showed at noon
    But small, appear most long and terrible.
  • Thou shall come out of a warme Sunne into God's blessing.
    • John Lyly, Euphues. Howell, Instructions for Ferreine Travell (1642), Arber's reprint, 1869
  • The sun shineth upon the dunghill and is not corrupted.
  • Thou shalt sleep in thy clouds, careless of the voice of the morning.
  • Whence are thy beams, O sun! thy everlasting light? Thou comest forth, in thy awful beauty; the stars hide themselves in the sky; the moon, cold and pale, sinks in the western wave. But thou, thyself, movest alone.
  • The gay motes that people the sunbeams.
  • Finge datos currus, quid agas?
    • Suppose the chariot of the sun were given you, what would you do? (Apollo's question to Phaeton.)
    • Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book II. 74
  • Si numeres anno soles et nubila toto,
    Invenies nitidum sæpius isse diem.
    • If you count the sunny and the cloudy days of the whole year, you will find that the sunshine predominates.
    • Ovid, Tristium, V, 8, 31
  • Pompey bade Sylla recollect that more worshipped the rising than the setting sun.
  • More people worship the rising than the setting sun.
    • Pompey spoken by a young Pompey to the Dictator Sulla to get Sulla to award him a triumph
  • And the sun had on a crown
    Wrought of gilded thistledown,
    And a scarf of velvet vapor
    And a raveled rainbow gown;
    And his tinsel-tangled hair
    Tossed and lost upon the air
    Was glossier and flossier
    Than any anywhere.
  • It's hame, and it's hame, and it's hame we fain would be,
    Though the cloud is in the lift and the wind is on the lea;
    For the sun through the mirk blinks blithe on mine e'e,
    Says, "I'll shine on ye yet in your ain countrie."
    • Walter Scott, Fortunes of Nigel, Chapter XXXI. Probably quoted
  • "But," quoth his neighbor, "when the sun
    From East to West his course has run,
    How comes it that he shows his face
    Next morning in his former place?"
    "Ho! there's a pretty question, truly!"
    Replied our wight, with an unruly
    Burst of laughter and delight,
    So much his triumph seemed to please him.
    "Why, blockhead! he goes back at night,
    And that's the reason no one sees him!"
  • * * * Because as the sun reflecting upon the wind of strands and shores is unpolluted in its beams, so is God not dishonored when we suppose him in every of his creatures, and in every part of every one of them.
  • There sinks the nebulous star we call the sun.
  • Written as with a sunbeam.
    • Tertullian, De Resurrectione Carnis, Chapter XLVII
  • The sopped sun—toper as ever drank hard—
    Stares foolish, hazed,
    Rubicund, dazed,
    Totty with thine October tankard.
  • You leave the setting to court the rising sun.
    • Tiberius, to the Romans who welcomed his successor, Caligula. Also Pompey to Sulla
  • Sol crescentes decedens duplicat umbras.
    • The sun when setting makes the increasing shadows twice as large.
    • Virgil, Ecloques, II. 67
  • Fairest of all the lights above,
    Thou sun, whose beams adorn the spheres,
    And with unwearied swiftness move,
    To form the circles of our years.
  • Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns.


  • Keep your face to the sunlight and you will not see the shadows.
    • Anonymous proverb quoted in Hearings before the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department, House of Representatives, on House resolution, no. 109, to investigate the Post Office Department (1912), p. 9463, this is similar to "Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows" which is attributed to Helen Keller, The Book of Positive Quotations for Our Golden Years (2007), by Pat Corrick Hinton, but without citation of the original source, and also to "Keep your eyes on the sun and you will not see the shadows" cited as an Aboriginal Australian proverb on the internet, without published sources.
    • The quote is also listed in the following reference as a proverb common in both the US and Canada, with multiple variations: Wolfgang Mieder; Stewart A. Kingsbury; Kelsie B. Harder (1992). A Dictionary of American Proverbs. Oxford University Press, USA. pp. 288–. ISBN 978-0-19-505399-9. Google Book Search. Web. 13 December 2016.
  • Make hay while the sun shines.
    • English proverb
  • The sun is the king of torches.
    • West African Proverb, quoted in Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages : Classified Subjectively and Arranged Alphabetically (1887) by Robert Christy, p. 322.
  • Anche il sole passa sopra il fango, e non s' imbratta.
    • Translation: The sun passes over filth and is not defiled.
    • Italian proverb, quoted in Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages : Classified Subjectively and Arranged Alphabetically (1887) by Robert Christy, p. 322.
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