45 Inspiring Quotes About Light and Dark – Important Reminders

These quotes about light and dark are important reminders – that we all have and experience darkness in our lives and that we all have plenty of light in our lives.

It’s the Ying and Yang, the different seasons, the positivity, and the negativity that both coexist in our lives. It’s what we focus on and what we work towards.

The following quotes are interesting and encourage deep thinking towards what they mean to each of us individually:


Quotes About Light And Dark


“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


“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” Carl Jung


“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr.


“When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.” Edward Teller


“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


“Being desirable means being comfortable with your own ambiguity. The most ambiguous reality is that we are flesh and spirit at the same time. Within everyone there is light and shadow, good and evil, love and hate. In order to be truthful, you must embrace your total being. A person who exhibits both positive and negative qualities, strengths and weaknesses is not flawed, but complete.” Rumi


“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


“Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows.” Walt Disney


“But it is the same with man as with the tree. The more he seeks to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthward, downward, into the dark, the deep – into evil.” Friedrich Nietzsche


“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light.” Kate DiCamillo


“Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light.” John Milton


“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” Anne Frank


“In light there is dark, and in dark there is light.” Kami Garcia


“Life is a mixture of light and shadow, calm and storm, and it’s all good.” Susan W. Krebs


“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Brene Brown


“When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.” Ursula K. Le Guin


“The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say.” Gregory Maguire


“There are darkness’s in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.” Bram Stoker


“Happiness is always there. You just have to choose to see it. There’s no point dwelling in the dark and ignoring the light of the stars.” Carrie Hope Fletcher


“Numb the dark and you numb the light.” Brené Brown


“In the light, we read the inventions of others; in the darkness we invent our own stories. ” Alberto Manguel



Dark Quotes


“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


“Some people are in such utter darkness that they will burn you just to see a light. Try not to take it personally.” Kamand Kojouri


“Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” Mark Twain


“It takes darkness to be aware of the light.” Treasure Tatum


“What makes night within us may leave stars.” Victor Hugo


“There is no denying that there is evil in this world, but the light will always conquer the darkness.” Idowu Koyenikan


“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” Carl Jung


See also: Deep Dark Quotes About Life


Light Quotes


“Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.” Roy T. Bennett


“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” Walt Whitman


“Just throw your head back, and spit in the wind,

Let the walls crack, ’cause it lets the light in,

Let ’em drag you through hell,

They can’t tell you to change who you are”

(All I Know So Far/P!nk) Songwriters – Alecia Moore (Pink), Benj Pasek & Justin Paul


“You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.” Oprah Winfrey


“Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life.” William Blake


“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen


“If you believe in light, you’ll be in light, you don’t have to face darkness.” Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


“It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


“To shine your brightest light is to be who you truly are.” Roy T. Bennett


“Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light over this world can alone help us.” Walt Whitman


“Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.” Jim Carrey


“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” J.R.R. Tolkien


“If a man is to shed the light of the sun upon other men, he must first of all have it within himself.” Romain Rolland


“Love is not consolation. It is light.” Simone Weil


“Shine your light and make a positive impact on the world; there is nothing so honorable as helping improve the lives of others.” Roy T. Bennett


“No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door: the purpose of light is to create more light, to open people’s eyes, to reveal the marvels around.” Paulo Coelho


“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” Leo Tolstoy


How does reading the above quotes make you feel? Is the dark side scary? The light inspiring? Or, like the above quotes,  does the idea of bringing forward the vulnerability and the shame, make it less so and therefore encourage the light in our lives to come forward? What do you think?

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