I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
- Vincent Van Gogh
at midnight has been present like an archangel at the
creation of light and of the world
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
One moon lights a thousand forevers…
- Meng Chiao
it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and
something of its inconceivable mystery.
It seemed to be a necessary ritual that he should prepare himself for sleep by
meditating under the solemnity of the night sky…
a mysterious transaction between the infinity of the soul and the infinity of the universe.
- Victor Hugo
When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again.
When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Day, like a weary pilgrim, had reached the western gate of heaven, and
Evening stooped down to unloose the latchets of his sandal shoon.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion
O radiant Dark! O darkly fostered ray!
Thou hast a joy too deep for shallow Day.
- George Eliot
To me at least was never evening yet
But seemed far beautifuller than its day.
~Robert Browning, The Ring and the Book
Most glorious night!
Thou wert not sent for slumber!
Learn to reverence night and to put away the vulgar fear of it,
for, with the banishment of night from the experience of man,
there vanishes as well a religious emotion,
a poetic mood, which gives depth to the adventure of humanity.
- Henry Beston