A Quote by Viktor E. Frankl on darkness, death, existence, gloom, protest, purpose, questions, spirit, violence, and world

In a last violent protest against the hopelessness of imminent death, I sensed my spirit piercing through the enveloping gloom. I felt it transcend that hopeless, meaningless world, and from somewhere I heard a victorious "Yes" in answer to my question of the existence of an ultimate purpose. At that moment a light was lit in a distant farmhouse, which stood on the horizon as if painted there, in the midst of the miserable gray of a dawning morning in Bavaria. "Et lux in tenebris lucet"-and the light shineth in the darkness.

Viktor Frankl (1905 - 1997)

Source: Dr. Victor E. Frankl in Man’s Search for Meaning, Simon and Schuster, NY, 1963, p. 63-64.

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A Quote by unknown on art, benevolence, death, fear, foolishness, gloom, ideas, lies, life, energy, men, neighbors, posterity, science, suffering, work, and path

A wise man will never rust out. As long as he can move or breathe he will be doing for himself, his neighbor, or for posterity. Almost to the last hour of his life Washington was at work; so was Newton. The vigor of their lives never decayed. No rust marred their spirits. It is a foolish idea to suppose that we must lie down and die because we are old. Who is old? Not the man of energy, not the laborer in science, art, or benevolence; but he only who suffers his energies to waste away and the springs of life to become motionless, on whose hands the hours draw heavily, and to whom all things wear the garb of gloom. Is he old? should not be asked, but is he active? Can he breathe freely and move with agility? There are scores of gray headed men whom we should prefer in any important enterprise to those young men who fear and tremble at approaching shadows, and turn pale at a lion in their path, or a harsh word or a frown.


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A Quote by Thomas Hardy on christmas, doubt, elderly, gloom, hope, and loneliness

Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock. "Now they are all on their knees," An elder said as we sat in a flock By the embers in hearth-side ease. We pictured the meek mild creatures where They dwelt in their strawy pen, Nor did it occur to one of us there To doubt they were kneeling then. So fair a fancy few would weave In these years! yet, I feel If someone said on Christmas Eve, "Come; see the oxen kneel, In the lonely barton by yonder coomb Our childhood used to know," I should go with him in the gloom, Hoping it might be so.

Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928)

Source: “Christmas Eve”

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A Quote by Lucius Annaeus Seneca on gloom and stillness

When you enter a grove peopled with ancient trees, higher than the ordinary, and shutting out the sky with their thickly intertwined branches, do not the stately shadows of the wood, the stillness of the place, and the awful gloom of this doomed cavern then strike you with the presence of a deity?

Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)

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A Quote by Samuel Rogers on charm, gloom, madness, and melancholy

Go! you may call it madness, folly; You shall not chase my gloom away! There 's such a charm in melancholy I would not if I could be gay.

Samuel Rogers (1763 - 1855)

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A Quote by Robert Browning on darkness, day, gloom, god, heaven, losing, and time

O never star Was lost; here We all aspire to heaven and there is heaven Above us. If I stoop Into a dark tremendous sea of cloud, It is but for a time; I press God's lamp Close to my breast; its splendor soon or late Will pierce the gloom. I shall emerge some day.

Robert Browning (1812 - 1889)

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A Quote by Percy Bysshe Shelley on gloom


With hue like that when some great painter dips His pencil in the gloom of earthquake and eclipse.

Percy Shelley (1792 - 1822)

Source: The Revolt of Islam. Canto v. Stanza 23.

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A Quote by Norman Vincent Peale on ability, emotion, failure, faith, gloom, god, peace, power, problems, and worry

Get the heat and emotion out worry, and put cold, ruthless scrutiny onto the problem, and worry loses its power. When we are worried and filled with apprehension, we become panicky and are likely to see only gloom and failure. There isn't any situation so bad that it won't become a lot better when you think rationally - and spiritually - about it. God gives you the ability to think rationally about things by filling you with peace and faith.

Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)

Source: How to Handle Tough Times by Norman Vincent Peale

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on fulfillment, gloom, heart, mystery, soul, and spirit

We cannot kindle when we will The fire which in the heart resides, The spirit bloweth and is still, In mystery our soul abides: But tasks in hours of insight will'd Can be through hours of gloom fulfill'd.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: Morality, st. 1

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on gloom


Mirth is like a flash of lightning that breaks through a gloom of clouds and glitters for a moment.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Spectator, no. 381 (London), 17 May 1712.

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