"To truly see, your eyes must be open to both light… and dark."
—Father Balder, Bayonetta
"Confused evil souls, be buried in darkness and sleep. Let the shadows purify you."
—Lowemon, Digimon Frontier
"This is a more alchemical perspective: spirit needs to be embodied; alchemy recognizes that both Light and Dark are divine and deserving of our respect."
"Here we are unconditionally whole, where we live in the divine paradox of the unknown. Yin is as good as yang. Together they make up the Tao, where all is perfect. Nobody is more or less special than anyone else. Here in fact, nothing is sacred because there is nothing here that is not sacred."
“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
"He made darkness His secret place; His pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies."
— Psalm 18:11
"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty"
— Psalm 91:1
"Holy darkness, blessed night, Heaven's answer hidden from our sight, as we await you, O God of silence, we embrace your holy night."
"The gods gave Man the darkness so that he might sleep in peace, wrapping it around him as a blanket against the harsh light of day. The darkness reminds us of death, and thus, of sweet life. The darkness gives tone to the world, rich and varied."
—Leamonde Entite Bestiary Entry, Page 1: Observations, FinalFantasyXII
The House of Night gardens had been created to be fully enjoyed only after the sun set. Night blooming jasmine, moon flowers, evening primrose, and lilies opened to the moon and released a fragrance that was sweet and satisfying, and stretched on for acres and acres. Dozens of fountains and statuary were situated throughout the grounds, each of them illustrating a different version of the Goddess, Nyx.
I'd searched and easily found a willow tree that curtained an area not far from a particularly beautiful statue of the Goddess, arms raised, lush body unashamedly naked. Under my new willow, I also found the familiar darkness and the shadows that soothed my battered body and spirit.
The waning moon was high in the sky, but shielded by clouds it afforded little light. I'd been glad of the cloud cover. I'd felt comforted by the darkness and as one with the shadows, so much so that by the time I reached the Wheiler House it seemed as if I had become a shadow myself.
O guiding dark of night!
O dark of night more darling than the dawn!
O night that can unite
A lover and loved one,
Lover and loved one moved in unison.
— The Dark Night of the Soul, by St John (translated by A.Z Foreman)