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Candles are a traditional method of providing illumination, now superseded for most purposes by electric lightbulbs.
- Alphabetized by author
- Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
And the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- Some say, that Signor Bononcini,
Compared to Handel's a mere ninny;
Others aver, to him, that Handel
Is scarcely fit to hold a candle.
Strange! that such high dispute should be
'Twixt Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
- John Byrom, On the Feuds between Handel and Bononcini.
- They say rather than cursing the darkness, one should light a candle. They don't mention anything about cursing a lack of candles.
- George Carlin, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? (2004)
- I wonder if that's the reason insects are so fond of flying into candles - because they want to turn into Snap-dragon-flies!
- "If that there King was to wake," added Tweedledum, "you'd go out - bang! - just like a candle!"
- The candles all grew up to the ceiling, looking something like a bed of rushes with fireworks at the top.
- His intimate friends called him "Candle-ends"
- Lewis Carroll, The Hunting of the Snark (1874), Fit the First.
- No, not dead. But the candle in that great turnip has gone out.
- I am against an adjournment. The day of judgment is either approaching, or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause of an adjournment: if it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish therefore that candles may be brought.
- Abraham Davenport, in response to a call for adjourning the Connecticut State Council because of fears that New England's Dark Day might be a sign that the Last Judgment was approaching, as quoted by Timothy Dwight, in Connecticut Historical Collectons 2d ed (1836) compiled by John Warner Barber, p. 403.
- 'Tis nothing but a magic shadow-show,
Played in a box whose candle is the sun
- Edward Fitzgerald, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (1st ed, 1859), stanza 46.
- The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason: the morning daylight appears plainer when you put out your candle.
- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack (1758), Chapter "On Virtue, Vice, God, And Faith".
- I believe that it is better to light one candle than to promise a million light bulbs.
- Stephen Harper, quoted in New York Times, 24 Jan 2006.
- He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.
- And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
- Elton John, Candle in the Wind.
- It is burning a farthing candle at Dover, to shew light at Calais.
- Samuel Johnson, of Thomas Sheridan's influence on the English language; reported in Boswell's Life of Johnson (28 July 1763).
- We shall this day light such a candle by God's grace in England, as (I trust) shall never be put out.
- Hugh Latimer, just before his execution by burning; quoted by John Foxe, Actes and Monuments (1570) p. 1937.
- To light a candle is to cast a shadow.
- Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea (1968), Chapter 3.
- On the Coast of Coromandel
Where the early pumpkins blow,
In the middle of the woods
Lived the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò.
Two old chairs, and half a candle,
One old jug without a handle,
These were all his worldly goods
- Edward Lear, The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò.
- My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends —
It gives a lovely light.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay, "First Fig" from A Few Figs from Thistles (1920).
- Bell, book and candle shall not drive me back,
When gold and silver becks me to come on.
- William Shakespeare, King John, III, iii, line 12.
- Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
- William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act V, scene v.
- Thus hath the candle singed the moth.
- William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, II, ix, line 79.
- She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness.
- In winter I get up at night,
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way
I have to go to bed by day.
- Robert Louis Stevenson, In Winter I get up at Night.
- The candle by which she had been reading the book filled with trouble and deceit, sorrow and evil, flared up with a brighter light, illuminating for her everything that before had been enshrouded in darkness, flickered, grew dim, and went out forever.
- Leo Tolstoy trans. Rosemary Edmonds, Anna Karenina, part 7, chapter 31.
- The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.
- "This well may be
The Day of Judgment which the world awaits;
But be it so or not, I only know
My present duty, and my Lord's command
To occupy till He come. So at the post
Where He hath set me in His providence,
I choose, for one, to meet Him face to face, —
No faithless servant frightened from my task,
But ready when the Lord of the harvest calls;
And therefore, with all reverence, I would say,
Let God do His work, we will see to ours.
Bring in the candles." And they brought them in.
- How commentators each dark passage shun,
And hold their farthing candle to the sun
- Edward Young, Love of Fame (1725-1728), Satire vii, Line 97.