80+ Darkness Quotes to Guide you Towards the Light

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A collection of darkness quotes to give you hope in tough times and guide your way towards the light. 

In life, there will always be light and darkness. Happiness and pain. Fear and hope. We need the darkness, the challenges, and the adversities for us to grow, learn and become a better version of ourselves. 

Keep reminding yourself that regardless of how difficult and tough it may seem right now, you will make through the darkness. The light will come. Better days are coming. 

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People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

 Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.

— Mary Oliver

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.

— Edgar Allan Poe

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There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.

— Bram Stoker

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.

Robert Schumann

Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.

— Mark Twain

In complete darkness we are all the same, it is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us, don’t let your eyes deceive you.

— Janet Jackson

I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.

— Desmond Tutu

Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.

— Anne Frank

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness.

— Jean Genet

Rain symbolizes darkness but also represents an essential part of rebirth.

— Sabrina Claudio

When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.

— Ursula K. Le Guin

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.

— Carl Jung

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

If no pain, then no love. If no darkness, no light. If no risk, then no reward. It’s all or nothing. In this damn world, it’s all or nothing.

— Glennon Doyle Melton

What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.

— Rumi

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.

— Francis Bacon

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

You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun.

— Shaun Hick

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Darkness comes. In the middle of it, the future looks blank. The temptation to quit is huge. Don’t. You are in good company… You will argue with yourself that there is no way forward. But with God, nothing is impossible. He has more ropes and ladders and tunnels out of pits than you can conceive. Wait. Pray without ceasing. Hope.

— John Piper

Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.

— Edna St. Vincent Millay

Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.

— Yousuf Karsh

When you spend so long trapped in darkness, you find that the darkness begins to stare back.

— Sarah J. Maas

I really believe that all of us have a lot of darkness in our souls. Anger, rage, fear, sadness. I don’t think that’s only reserved for people who have horrible upbringings. I think it really exists and is part of the human condition. I think in the course of your life you figure out ways to deal with that.

— Kevin Bacon

Time takes it all whether you want it to or not, time takes it all. Time bares it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again.

— Stephen King

What makes night within us may leave stars.

— Victor Hugo


There is something in even the darkest situations that we can make a positive in our lives.

Deborah Norville

There is no denying that there is evil in this world but the light will always conquer the darkness.

— Idowu Koyenikan

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Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides.

Junichiro Tanizaki

I wonder if that’s how darkness wins, by convincing us to trap it inside ourselves, instead of emptying it out.

I don’t want it to win.

— Jasmine Warga

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.

— Carl Jung

The moon will guide you through the night with her brightness, but she will always dwell in the darkness, in order to be seen.

— Shannon L. Alder

Darkness approaches from outside. I feel no light inside me strong enough to resist it.

— Christopher Pike

Numb the dark and you numb the light.

— Brené Brown

There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.

— Robert Alden

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The strongest trees are rooted in the dark places of the earth. Darkness will be your cloak, your shield, your mother’s milk. Darkness will make you strong.

— George R.R. Martin

Darkness of slumber and death, forever sinking and sinking.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

After a lifetime of darkness, I want to leave something behind that is made of light.

— Marie Lu

Fear grows in darkness; if you think there’s a bogeyman around, turn on the light.

— Dorothy Thompson

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.

— L.R. Knost

I said to my soul, be still, and wait…So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.

— T.S. Eliot

In the heartfelt mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will visit us, to shine on those sitting in darkness, in the shadow of death, to guide our feet to the way of peace.

— Anonymous

In darkness one may be ashamed of what one does, without the shame of disgrace

— Sophocles

Use the wings of the flying Universe, 

Dream with open eyes; 

See in darkness.

— Dejan Stojanovic

You can’t study the darkness by flooding it with light.

— Edward Abbey

I mean only that I hope they find darkness or paradise without fear of it, if they can.

— Erin Morgenstern

Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us

— Meister Eckhart

I wake to a Darkness in which I must follow myself endlessly, hating the I who so eternally pursues and confronts me. If we could rise from our misery, seek each other once more, and find again the solace of each other’s lips and eyes.

— Malcolm Lowry

Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it.

— Amit Ray

When darkness falls, beauty is lit from within.

— Johnathan Jena

How terrible this darkness was, how bewildering, and yet mysteriously beautiful!

— Stefan Zweig

I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.

— Barbara Brown Taylor

My darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence, and behold, the outer day-lit world was stumbling and groping in social blindness. 

— Hellen Keller

Problems will disappear as darkness disappears with the onset of light. 

— Maharishi Mahesh Yogi 

A stranger’s soul is like a dark forest.

— Russian Proverb


There’s a bright spot in every dark cloud.

Bruce Beresford

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.

— Aristotle Onassis

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When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.

— Patrick Overton

The sun does not abandon the moon to darkness.

— Brian A. McBride

Don’t curse the darkness, light a candle.

— Confucius

I was made to rule the darkness.

— Rae Hachton

Darkness and night are mothers of thought.

— Dutch Proverb

At the darkest moment comes the light.

— Joseph Campbell

Don’t fight darkness. Bring the light, and darkness will disappear.

— Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

A sensible man will remember that the eyes may be confused in two ways – by a change from light to darkness or from darkness to light; and he will recognize that the same thing happens to the soul.

— Plato

No degree of worldly darkness can extinguish the glow of a soul’s inner light. 

— Wes Fesler

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.

— Marianne Williamson

Every human being is a mixture of light and darkness, trust and fear, love and hate.

— Jean Vanier

Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly.

— Ali Ibn Abi Talib AS

In the light we read the inventions of others in the darkness we invent our own stories.

— Alberto Manguel

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.

— Norm Rice

Your path is illuminated by the light, yet darkness lets the stars shine bright.

— J.L.W. Brooks

In the midst of death life persists, in the midst of untruth, truth persists, in the midst of darkness light persists.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Light must come from inside. You cannot ask the darkness to leave; you must turn on the light.

— Sogyal Rinpoche

Education is the movement from darkness to light.

— Allan Bloom

All shadows of clouds the sun cannot hide like the moon cannot stop oceanic tide; but a hidden star can still be smiling at night’s black spell on darkness.

— Munia Khan

The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls…

— Edgar Allan Poe

In the midst of darkness, light persists.

— Mahatma Gandhi

All great beginnings start in the dark, when the moon greets you to a new day at midnight.

— Shannon L. Alder

I preach darkness. I don’t inspire hope-only shadows. It’s up to you to find the light in my words.

— Charles Lee

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it. 

— Terry Pratchett

Fear can only grow in darkness. Once you face fear with light, you win.

—Steve Maraboli

Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.

— Walt Whitman

Surrounded by darkness yet enfolded in light.

— Alan Brennert

we must bring

our own light

to the


— Charles Bukowski

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