Lightning

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Lightning is an atmospheric discharge of electricity usually accompanied by thunder, which typically occurs during thunderstorms, and sometimes during volcanic eruptions or dust storms; this page is for quotes about lightning, or where lightning is used as a metaphor.

Quotes[edit]

When lightning comes down, I can feel it wanting to come to me. Grandma said it was God. She said the white fire was God. ~ Victor Salva, in Powder
  • Don't mistake vivacity for wit, thare iz about az much difference az thare iz between lightning and a lightning bug.
    • Josh Billings, Josh Billings' Old Farmer's Allminax, "January 1871". Also in Everybody's Friend, or; Josh Billing's Encyclopedia and Proverbial Philosophy of Wit and Humor (1874), p. 304
    • Comparable to : The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.
      • Mark Twain, in a letter of 15 October 1888, as quoted The Art of Authorship: Literary Reminiscences, Methods of Work, and Advice to Young Beginners (1890) by George Bainton
  • The thunderstorm is a constant phenomenon, raging alternately over some part of the world or the other. Can a single man or creature escape death if all that charge of lightning strikes the earth?
    • Kalki Krishnamurthy, in "Sivakozhundu of Tiruvazhundur" as translated in Kalki : Selected Stories (1999)
  • When a thunderstorm comes up, I can feel it inside. When lightning comes down, I can feel it wanting to come to me. Grandma said it was God. She said the white fire was God.
  • The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right.
    • Mark Twain, as quoted in Deduction : Introductory Symbolic Logic (2002) by Daniel A. Bonevac, p. 56
  • Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does all the work.
    • Mark Twain, as quoted in Living Like Benjamin : Making Dreams Come True (2007) by Brad Borden, p. 123

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