Tecumseh Page

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”

- Tecumseh

Source/Notes: As quoted in: A Sourcebook for Earth's Community of Religions (1995) by Joel Diederik Beversluis
Heraclitus Page

“The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny — it is the light that guides your way.”

- Heraclitus

Leo Tolstoy Page

“Just as one candle lights another and can light thousands of other candles, so one heart illuminates another heart and can illuminate thousands of other hearts.”

- Leo Tolstoy

Source/Notes: November 26. - A Calendar of Wisdom (1908)
Francis of Assisi Page

“Where there is hate, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light.”

- Francis of Assisi

Martin Luther King, Jr. Page

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, 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.


T. S. Eliot Page

“There's no vocabulary For love within a family, love that's lived in But not looked at, love within the light of which All else is seen, the love within which All other love finds speech. This love is silent.”

- T. S. Eliot

William Butler Yeats Page

“Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”

- William Butler Yeats

Source/Notes: The Wind Among the Reeds (1899)
Fyodor Dostoevsky Page

“Love all God's creation, the whole and every grain of sand of it. Love every leaf, every ray of God's light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.”

- Fyodor Dostoevsky

Morihei Ueshiba Page

“Each day of human life contains joy and anger, pain and pleasure, darkness and light, growth and decay. Each moment is etched with nature's grand design - do not try to deny or oppose the cosmic order of things.”

- Morihei Ueshiba

Source/Notes: The Art of Peace (1992)
Desmond Tutu Page

“Good is stronger than evil; love is stronger than hate; light is stronger than darkness; life is stronger than death. Victory is ours, through him who loves us.”

- Desmond Tutu


Edna St. Vincent Millay Page

“My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but ah, my foes, and oh, my friends - it gives a lovely light!”

- Edna St. Vincent Millay

Source/Notes: First Fig from A Few Figs from Thistles (1920)
Leonard Cohen Page

“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.”

- Leonard Cohen

Source/Notes: The Future (1992)
Plato Page

“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

Tarkan Page

“In the light of one choice, we will sing with one voice.”

- Tarkan

Source/Notes: Come Closer - Come Closer (2006)
W. H. Auden Page

“Defenceless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming flame.”

- W. H. Auden

Source/Notes: Lines 89-99 - September 1, 1939 (1939)


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Page

“We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.”

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Martin Luther King, Jr. Page

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Source/Notes: The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Second Edition (2001 edition), Newmarket Press - ISBN: 9781557044839