Why are we so afraid of the dark?
It doesn't bite and doesn't bark
Or steal your sweeties for a lark
Or chase old ladies round the park.
—"The Dark" by James Carter, first verse.
"Tetsuo considered black mana to be a test of his honor. He appreciated the power of black mana and strove to use it without forsaking his honor. The Umezawa clan is full of "dark adepts" and "dark geniuses" who view the death and decay inherent in black mana as a natural counterweight to life and growth. Thus Tetsuo really has no qualms about using black mana. His honor caused him to rebel against his god-king and the Madaran Empire; thus he had no problem bringing black mana to bear against the Imperials."
— Champion's Trial, page 91-92.
I'd better have a real good excuse for being a Necromancer if I'm Lawful Good.
"Sometimes it is easier to see the light when you stand in the darkness."
— Monday's Dusk, Mister Monday
“If life has days, it also has nights. If there’s light, there’s dark, too. There’s lots of fun things to do in the dark”
— Grizzly, Shirokuma Cafe
"Without darkness there can be no light... So how can darkness be truly evil?"
Please do not fear us for we are not your foe. We may appear to be quite sinister, but in fact we are not so.
— The priest of the Cult of the Strange in We Are the Strange.
"But maybe I shouldn't have been surprised: Even in Winter, the cold isn't always bitter, and not every day is cruel."
— Harry Dresden, The Dresden Files
"Aw, we don't hate it. It's just kinda...scary. But the world's made of light AND darkness. You can't have one without the other, 'cause darkness is half of everything. Sorta makes ya wonder why we are scared of the dark."
"You mustn't be afraid of the dark," he said, gently grasping my arm and making me shudder. "Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking and loving and dreaming. At night everything is more intense, more true. The echo of words that have been spoken during the day takes on new and deeper meaning. The tragedy of man is that he doesn't know how to distinguish between day and night. He says things at night that should only be said by day."
— Elie Wiesel, Dawn
"Never fear the darkness, Bran. 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."
—- Brynden Rivers, A Dance with Dragons
"Master Eraqus, you see, is so afraid of darkness that he too has succumbed... Not to darkness, but to light! It shines so bright, he forgets that light begets darkness... Eraqus, such a fool! Light and darkness, they are a balance! One that must always be maintained!"
— Master Xehanort, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
"It's our job/But we're not mean/In this town of Halloween . . ."
— This Is Halloween, The Nightmare Before Christmas
"Some call our realm a world of shadows, but that makes it sound so unpleasant... The twilight there holds a serene beauty... You have seen it yourself as the sun sets on this world. Bathed in that light, all the people were pure and gentle... But things changed once that foul power pervaded the world..."
"In the end, walking the path of Dark is no more dishonorable than walking the path of Light, as long as it's done with clear intentions."
— Jimothi Tarrie, Abarat
"It doesn’t matter so much where you stand, but more which way you’re facing."
"The good guys dress in black remember that/Just in case we ever face to face and make contact"
"TT: They are enormous, ugly, and live in darkness.
TT: That doesn't necessarily make them bad."
— Rose Lalonde, Homestuck
"So yes, black mages often can be evil. But black as a color is not inherently evil. Being influenced by black’s philosophies does not necessarily mean that one will commit an evil act. That being the case, we cannot say that black represents evil. More closely aligned with evil than the other colors? Fine. More ripe with potential for evil? Sure. Evil? No. And that's a very important distinction."
— Mark Rosewater, Making Magic: In The Black