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31 Best Quotes About Light To Brighten the World

Light Quote Graphic: "There is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it, if only we're brave enough to be it." — Amanda Gorman

At Good Good Good, we're all about looking for the light. Every day we discover and share good news stories from around the world, highlighting the people, ideas, and movements shaping the world for the better.

Despite the very real darkness in the world, there's no shortage of people creating light and making a positive difference.

We love the metaphor of shining light in the darkness — because we all have the ability to seek the light and be the light.

Dive into these quotes — and then go even deeper with our quotes about light in the darkness and quotes about darkness.

Explore the Best Inspirational Quotes About Light

Popular Quotes About Light

“There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.”
— Leonard Cohen

“There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.” — Leonard Cohen‍

“The shadow is the greatest teacher for how to come to the light.”
— Ram Dass

“The shadow is the greatest teacher for how to come to the light.” — Ram Dass

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
Desmond Tutu

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” — Desmond Tutu

Inner Light Quotes

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.”
Maya Angelou

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” — Maya Angelou‍

“As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.”
— Marianne Williamson

“As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.” — Marianne Williamson

“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 light from within.”
— Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“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 light from within.” — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross‍

On Hope

“There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”
Amanda Gorman

“There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” — Amanda Gorman

“You can't see the future coming — not the terrors, for sure, but you also can't see the wonders that are coming, the moments of light-soaked joy that await each of us.”
John Green, The Anthropocene Reviewed

“You can't see the future coming — not the terrors, for sure, but you also can't see the wonders that are coming, the moments of light-soaked joy that await each of us.”  — John Green

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Be The Light Quotes

“There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
— Edith Wharton

“There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” — Edith Wharton

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”
— Mary Anne Radmacher

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.” — Mary Anne Radmacher

“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

“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

“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
Brené Brown

“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” — Brené Brown

“Light must come from inside. You cannot ask the darkness to leave; you must turn on the light.”
— Sogyal Rinpoche

“Light must come from inside. You cannot ask the darkness to leave; you must turn on the light.” — Sogyal Rinpoche

“You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone — any person or any force — dampen, dim or diminish your light. Study the path of others to make your way easier and more abundant. Lean toward the whispers of your own heart, discover the universal truth, and follow its dictates… Release the need to hate, to harbor division and the enticement of revenge. Release all bitterness. Hold only love, only peace in your heart, knowing that the battle of good to overcome evil is already won. Choose confrontation wisely, but when it is your time don’t be afraid to stand up, speak up, and speak out against injustice. And if you follow your truth down the road to peace and the affirmation of love, if you shine like a beacon for all to see, then the poetry of all the great dreamers and philosophers is yours to manifest in a nation, a world community, and a Beloved Community that is finally at peace with itself.”
John Lewis, Across That Bridge

“It is the responsibility, yet the individual choice, of each of us to use the light we have to dispel the work of darkness, because if we do not, then the power of falsehood rises.”
John Lewis, Across That Bridge

On Darkness & Light

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.”
— Og Mandino

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” — Og Mandino‍

“Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.”
— Ruth E. Renkel

“Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.” — Ruth E. Renkel

“Light and shadow are opposite sides of the same coin. We can illuminate our paths or darken our way. It is a matter of choice.”
Maya Angelou

“Light and shadow are opposite sides of the same coin. We can illuminate our paths or darken our way. It is a matter of choice.” — Maya Angelou

Why blame the dark for being dark? It is far more helpful to ask why the light isn't as bright as it could be.”
— Rob Bell

“Why blame the dark for being dark? It is far more helpful to ask why the light isn't as bright as it could be.” — Rob Bell

“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”
— John Steinbeck

“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.” — John Steinbeck

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

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Short Quotes

“No situation is so dark that there is not a ray of light!”
— Norman Vincent Peale

“No situation is so dark that there is not a ray of light!” — Norman Vincent Peale

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine — and shadows will fall behind you.”
— Walt Whitman

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine — and shadows will fall behind you.” — Walt Whitman

“Your existence brings a light into this world like no other. Please keep that light shining.”
— TWLOHA

“Your existence brings a light into this world like no other. Please keep that light shining.” — TWLOHA

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More Deep Quotes To Light Up Your Life

“Is there anything more loyal than the sun?”
— Mary Oliver

“Is there anything more loyal than the sun?” — Mary Oliver

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”
— Aristotle

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle

“A candle loses nothing when it lights another candle.”
— Thomas Jefferson

“A candle loses nothing when it lights another candle.” — Thomas Jefferson‍

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”
— Steve Martin

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” — Steve Martin

“Shining a light on someone else doesn’t diminish mine. Take time here to encourage people and lift them up.”
Bernice King

“Shining a light on someone else doesn’t diminish mine. Take time here to encourage people and lift them up.” — Bernice King‍

“The light you bring into this world is beautiful, irreplaceable, and needed.”
— TWLOHA

“The light you bring into this world is beautiful, irreplaceable, and needed.” — TWLOHA

“When we set our minds against one another, when we focus on destructive energy and propagate the negative notions of separation, division, discrimination, rejection, domination, and war, we waste our power in a futile attempt to debase, degrade, and even destroy the light in others.”
John Lewis, Across That Bridge

“Light is less something you see directly and more something by which you see all other things.”
— Richard Rohr

“Light is less something you see directly and more something by which you see all other things.” — Richard Rohr

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