Quotes of the Day for 22 December 2003 – Dark Days
This is the darkest day of the year, the Winter Solstice. (Yes, I know that we have readers in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand for whom this is the longest day of the year. Feel free to this message for six months if you like!) The actual change of the season is at 7:04 am UT (or GMT for us old timers), just a few minutes before I composed this mailing.
There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course. 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.
- Carl Gustav Jung, 1875 - 1961
We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light.
- Earl Nightingale, 1921 - 1989
Weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society - things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed.
- Elwyn Brooks White, 1899 - 1985
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
- John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
The darkest hour has only 60 minutes.
- Morris Mandel
How like a winter hath my absence been From thee,
the pleasure of the fleeting year!
What freezings have I felt,
what dark days seen,
What old December's bareness everywhere!
- William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616
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