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99 Deep Dark Quotes on Life, Love and Death



Life can be really challenging and overwhelming at times. It’s not always sunshine and rainbows, and at times, there are benefits to experiencing the darker side of life.

Case in point: You may feel a sense of motivation to push past these troubles. Execute Resources, for instance, has chosen a dark theme as we seek to motivate individuals to push out of their comfort zones.

Now might be the best time to learn more about yourself to overcome these troubling situations. After all, you might just come out much stronger on the other side.

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

Martin Luther King, Jr.

2. It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Anne Frank

4. Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.

Victor Hugo

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5. Faith means living with uncertainty – feeling your way through life, letting your heart guide you like a lantern in the dark.

Dan Millman

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

Carl Jung

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


8. 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

9. Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.


10. All those struggles you’ve been through, those times when everything seemed hopeless, when you didnt know how to continue on. They made you stronger, wiser, and better.

Jon Gordon

11. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

Stanley Kubrick

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

Christopher Pike

13. Numb the dark and you numb the light.

Brené Brown

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

Bram Stoker

15. The difference between darkness and brightness is how you thrive on those moments and how you use such circumstances with goodwill in your spirit.

Angelica Hopes

16. In the midst of darkness, light persists.

Mahatma Gandhi

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

Steve Maraboli

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

Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

Dorothy Thompson

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20. When the darkness of death closes in, then you’ll see the light.

P.w. Imel

21. True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.

Henry David Thoreau

22. Darkness shields as much as it threatens.

R. Scott Bakker

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

Francis Bacon

24. Go with your fate, but not beyond. Beyond leads to dark places.

Mary Renault

25. Light can devour the darkness but darkness cannot consume the light.

Ken Poirot

26. Only in the darkness you can see the stars.

Martin Luther King Jr.

27. You can’t state difference and also state equality. We have to state sameness to understand equality.

Zadie Smith

28. 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

29. It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.

Stephen King

30. A visionary is one who can find his way by moonlight and see the dawn before the rest of the world.

Oscar Wilde

31. To fight evil, you have to understand the dark.

Nalini Singh

32. It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars.

Richard Evans

33. Life is like coffee, the darker it gets, the more it energizes.

Ankita Singhal

34. There’s a bright spot in every dark cloud.

Bruce Beresford

35. Darkness will always try to extinguish the light. The light will always try to repress the darkness.

Morgan Rhodes

36. But hope is no less realistic than despair. It is still our choice whether to live in light or lie down in darkness.

Rick Yancey

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

Deborah Norville

38. There is only what you want and what happens. There is only grabbing on and holding tight in the darkness.

auren Oliver

39. 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

40. 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

41. I looked into those eyes and I saw nothing. It was like staring straight into the Underworld. Like he aches to return to where he came from.

Marie Lu

42. All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.

Swami Vivekananda

43. The sky was so thick with stars it was as if he could reach out and brush them with his hand.

Justin Cronin

44. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on that’s who we really are.

Sirius Black

45. You would like to read, but somehow the rain gets into the book, too; not literally, and yet it really does, the letters are meaningless, and all you hear is the rain.

Sándor Márai

46. All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness.

John Ruskin

47. The sun does not abandon the moon to darkness.

Brian A. McBride

48. Education is the movement from darkness to light.

Allan Bloom

49. Darkness does not leave us easily as we would hope.

Margaret Stohl

50. 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

51. Sometimes my own darkness scares me.

Heena Rathore P.

52. No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible.

George Chakiris

53. The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost

54. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.


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

Desmond Tutu

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

Charles Lee

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

T.S. Eliot

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58. The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls.

Edgar Allan Poe

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

Sarah J. Maas

60. Those who fear the darkness have no idea what the light can do.

Katasai Rakshasa

61. But they can’t know how the dark space inside me is growing. I lie to them. I can’t get out of the dark hole. ‘Peace is here’ it whispers.

Lurlene McDaniel

62. I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.


63. The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.

Joseph Conrad

64. The darkness that surrounds us cannot hurt us. It is the darkness in your own heart you should fear.


65. There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Marie Lu

66. As long as we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are. As long as we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we don’t really know what love is.

Marianne Williamson

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

Jean Genet

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

Mark Twain

69. Focus on the cloud of positivity and you can ignore the dark and gloomy nature of mankind.

Sandeep Ravidutt Sharma

70. The best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people is knowing your own darkness.

Carl Jung

71. Life isn’t just about darkness or light, rather it’s about finding light within the darkness.

Landon Parham

72. The darkness around us might somewhat light up if we would first practice using the light we have in the place we are.

Henry S. Haskins

73. 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

74. Character like a photograph, develops in darkness.

Yousuf Karsh

75. Don’t underestimate the allure of darkness. Even the purest hearts are drawn to it.

Klaus Mikaelson

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

Shannon L. Alder

77. I remember looking at the sky and thinking that the universe is so big and it’s all chaos. I call it ‘the dark fear.’ At any moment, the dark fear could come in.

St. Vincent

78. Only in the darkness can you see the stars.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Shaun Hick

80. Darkness craves to meet the light and is eager to see wonderful world.

Sandeep Ravidutt Sharma

81. Even in the darkest regions, people have discovered their right of freedom.

Javier Bardem

82. There is nothing in the dark that isn’t there when the lights are on.

Rod Serling

83. 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

84. The good and bad are indistinguishable in the dark.

Alexandra Sirowy

85. When the darkness comes, keep an eye on the light – whatever that is for you – no matter how far away it seems.

Jan Berry

86. I need to figure out a way to lift the darkness and break whatever’s binding these people to that planet.

Jerry Siegel

87. The most effective attitude to adopt is one of supreme acceptance. The world is full of people with different characters and temperaments. We all have a dark side, a tendency to manipulate, and aggressive desires. The most dangerous types are those who repress their desires or deny the existence of them, often acting them out in the most underhanded ways. Some people have dark qualities that are especially pronounced. You cannot change such people at their core, but must merely avoid becoming their victim. You are an observer of the human comedy, and by being as tolerant as possible, you gain a much greater ability to understand people and to influence their behavior when necessary.

Robert Greene

88. I’m about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.

Thomas Hobbes

89. Sometimes there is no darker place than our thoughts, the moonless midnight of the mind.

Dean Koontz

90. Peace and negativity cannot coexist just as light and darkness cannot coexist.

N. Goenka

91. The sin is not in darkness. The sin is in not respecting both the light and the dark as their role in our (and others’) personal evolution. The sin is in judgment, in pride and in separation.

Amy Larson

92. Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.

Erica Jong

93. Since that is the only Voice Jesus listened to, he was a light into a world where darkness seems to exist.

Gene Skaggs Jr

94. I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again.

Sylvia Plath

95. What we call evil is simply ignorance bumping its head in the dark.

Henry Ford

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

Edgar Allan

97. The most precious light is the one that visits you in your darkest hour!

Mehmet Murat ildan

98. Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.

Desiderius Erasmus

99. Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

Helen Keller

Joshua is the editor of Execute Resources. He actively sources the best bites of motivation for the Execute Resources library. As a company, we believe in empowering individuals by creating epic content that moves real humans forward! Execute daily. Empower Your life. Build a legacy.

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