An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The night is a skin pulled over the head of day that the day may be in torment.


Djuna Barnes (1892-1982, American author, poet, columnist)


I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.


Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986, Argentinean author)


Shadow owes its birth to light.


John Gay (1688-1732, British playwright, poet)


Night is the mother of counsels.


George Herbert (1593-1632, British metaphysical poet)


Night's deepest gloom is but a calm; that soothes the weary mind: The labored days restoring balm; the comfort of mankind.


Leigh Hunt (1784-1859, British poet, essayist)


Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o clock is a scoundrel.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Blemishes are hid by night and every fault forgiven; darkness makes any woman fair.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Shadows fall on even the brightest hours.


Bryan Waller Proctor


The night hides a world, but reveals a universe.


Iranian Proverb


Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. 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-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


O comfort-killing night, image of hell, dim register and notary of shame, black stage for tragedies and murders fell, vast sin-concealing chaos, nurse of blame!


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Thank Heaven, the sun has gone in, and I don't have to go out and enjoy it.


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


Night brings our troubles to the light, rather than banishes them.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Night is a dead monotonous period under a roof; but in the open world it passes lightly, with its stars and dews and perfumes, and the hours are marked by changes in the face of Nature. What seems a kind of temporal death to people choked between walls and curtains, is only a light and living slumber to the man who sleeps afield.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


Beware thoughts that come in the night. They aren't turned properly; they come in askew, free of sense and restriction, deriving from the most remote of sources.


William Trogdon (1939-, American author)


Press close bare-bosomed night -- press close magnetic nourishing night! Night of south winds! Night of the large few stars! Still nodding night! Mad naked summer night.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


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