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The Sun never repents of the good he does, nor does he ever demand a recompence. ~ Benjamin Franklin
The sun is the king of torches.
~ West African Proverb

The Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System. It is almost perfectly spherical and consists of hot plasma interwoven with magnetic fields. It has a diameter of about 1,392,000 km, about 109 times that of Earth, and its mass (about 2×1030 kilograms, 330,000 times that of Earth) accounts for about 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System.

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  • Legends can be now and forever
    Teaching us to love for goodness sake.
    Legends can be now and forever
    Loved by the sun, loved by the sun.
  • 9:13, Personal note: When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So once when I was six, I did. At first the brightness was overwhelming, but I had seen that before. I kept looking, forcing myself not to blink, and then the brightness began to dissolve. My pupils shrunk to pinholes and everything came into focus and for a moment I understood. The doctors didn't know if my eyes would ever heal. I was terrified, alone in that darkness. Slowly daylight crept in through the bandages, and I could see, but something else had changed inside of me. That day I had my first headache.
  • Law, say the gardeners, is the sun,
    Law is the one
    All gardeners obey
    To-morrow, yesterday, to-day.
  • The sun, centre and sire of light,
    The keystone of the world-built arch of heaven.
  • See the sun!
    God's crest upon His azure shield, the Heavens.
  • See the gold sunshine patching,
    And streaming and streaking across
    The gray-green oaks; and catching,
    By its soft brown beard, the moss.
  • Make hay while the sun shines.
  • Busy old fool, unruly Sun,
    Why dost thou thus,
    Through windows, and through curtains call us?
    Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run?
  • Behold him setting in his western skies,
    The shadows lengthening as the vapours rise.
    • John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel (1681), Stanza 1, line 268.
  • There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet. ... To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food.
  • High in his chariot glow'd the lamp of day.
  • Look over yonder what do you see
    The sun is a-risin' most definitely
    A new day is comin' people are changin'
    Ain't it beautiful …
    Crystal blue persuasion
  • Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
    Close bosom friend of the maturing sun
  • The great luminary
    Aloof the vulgar constellations thick,
    That from his lordly eye keep distance due,
    Dispenses light from far.
  • And see—the Sun himself!—on wings
    Of glory up the East he springs.
    Angel of Light! who from the time
    Those heavens began their march sublime,
    Hath first of all the starry choir
    Trod in his Maker's steps of fire!
  • As sunshine, broken in the rill,
    Though turn'd astray, is sunshine still!
  • Blest power of sunshine!—genial day,
    What balm, what life is in thy ray!
    To feel there is such real bliss,
    That had the world no joy but this,
    To sit in sunshine calm and sweet,—
    It were a world too exquisite
    For man to leave it for the gloom,
    The deep, cold shadow, of the tomb.
  • There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?
    • Jonas Salk, in response to the question regarding his Polio vaccine, "Who owns the patent on this vaccine?" by Edward R. Murrow, in a CBS Television interview, on See It Now (12 April 1955); quoted in Shots in the Dark : The Wayward Search for an AIDS Vaccine (2001) by Jon Cohen
  • Hold somebody's hand and feel its warmth. Gram per gram, it converts 10 000 times more energy per second that the sun. You find this hard to believe? Here are the numbers: an average human weighs 70 kilograms and consumes about 12 600 kilojoules/day; that makes about 2 millijoules/gram.second, or 2 milliwatts/gram. For the sun it's miserable 0.2 microjoules/gram.second. Some bacteria, such as the soil bacterium "Azotobacter" convert as much as 10 joules/gram.second, outperforming the sun by a factor 50 million. I am warm because inside each of my body cells there are dozens, hundreds or even thousands of mitochondria that burn the food I eat.
  • I 'gin to be aweary of the sun,
    And wish the estate o' the world were now undone.
  • Shine out, fair sun, till I have bought a glass,
    That I may see my shadow as I pass.
  • Like our shadows, Our wishes lengthen as our sun declines.
    • Edward Young, The Force of Religion : or Vanquished Love (1714).

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 765-67.
  • When the Sun
    Clearest shineth
    Serenest in the heaven,
    Quickly are obscured
    All over the earth
    Other stars.
  • The sun, which passeth through pollutions and itself remains as pure as before.
  • Pleasantly, between the pelting showers, the sunshine gushes down.
  • The sun, too, shines into cesspools, and is not polluted.
  • The glorious lamp of heaven, the radiant sun,
    Is Nature's eye.
    • John Dryden, The Story of Acis, Polyphemus, and Galatea from the Thirteenth Book of Ovid's Metamorphoses, line 165.
  • Out of the solar walk and Heaven's highway.
  • Such words fall too often on our cold and careless ears with the triteness of long familiarity; but to Octavia … they seemed to be written in sunbeams.
  • Let others hail the rising sun:
    I bow to that whose course is run.
  • In climes beyond the solar road.
  • Failing yet gracious,
    Slow pacing, soon homing,
    A patriarch that strolls
    Through the tents of his children,
    The sun as he journeys
    His round on the lower
    Ascents of the blue,
    Washes the roofs
    And the hillsides with clarity.
  • Father of rosy day,
    No more thy clouds of incense rise;
    But waking flow'rs,
    At morning hours,
    Give out their sweets to meet thee in the skies.
  • She stood breast-high amid the corn,
    Clasp'd by the golden light of morn,
    Like the sweetheart of the sun,
    Who many a glowing kiss had won.
  • The great duties of life are written with a sunbeam.
  • When the sun sets, shadows, that showed at noon
    But small, appear most long and terrible.
  • Thou shall come out of a warme Sunne into God's blessing.
    • John Lyly, Euphues. Howell, Instructions for Ferreine Travell (1642), Arber's reprint, 1869.
  • The sun shineth upon the dunghill and is not corrupted.
  • Thou shalt sleep in thy clouds, careless of the voice of the morning.
  • Whence are thy beams, O sun! thy everlasting light? Thou comest forth, in thy awful beauty; the stars hide themselves in the sky; the moon, cold and pale, sinks in the western wave. But thou, thyself, movest alone.
  • The gay motes that people the sunbeams.
  • Finge datos currus, quid agas?
    • Suppose the chariot of the sun were given you, what would you do? (Apollo's question to Phaeton.)
    • Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book II. 74.
  • Si numeres anno soles et nubila toto,
    Invenies nitidum sæpius isse diem.
    • If you count the sunny and the cloudy days of the whole year, you will find that the sunshine predominates.
    • Ovid, Tristium, V, 8, 31.
  • Pompey bade Sylla recollect that more worshipped the rising than the setting sun.
  • And the sun had on a crown
    Wrought of gilded thistledown,
    And a scarf of velvet vapor
    And a raveled rainbow gown;
    And his tinsel-tangled hair
    Tossed and lost upon the air
    Was glossier and flossier
    Than any anywhere.
  • It's hame, and it's hame, and it's hame we fain would be,
    Though the cloud is in the lift and the wind is on the lea;
    For the sun through the mirk blinks blithe on mine e'e,
    Says, "I'll shine on ye yet in your ain countrie."
    • Walter Scott, Fortunes of Nigel, Chapter XXXI. Probably quoted.
  • In the warm shadow of her loveliness;—
    He kissed her with his beams.
  • "But," quoth his neighbor, "when the sun
    From East to West his course has run,
    How comes it that he shows his face
    Next morning in his former place?"
    "Ho! there's a pretty question, truly!"
    Replied our wight, with an unruly
    Burst of laughter and delight,
    So much his triumph seemed to please him.
    "Why, blockhead! he goes back at night,
    And that's the reason no one sees him!"
  • * * * Because as the sun reflecting upon the wind of strands and shores is unpolluted in its beams, so is God not dishonored when we suppose him in every of his creatures, and in every part of every one of them.
  • There sinks the nebulous star we call the sun.
  • Written as with a sunbeam.
    • Tertullian, De Resurrectione Carnis, Chapter XLVII.
  • The sopped sun—toper as ever drank hard—
    Stares foolish, hazed,
    Rubicund, dazed,
    Totty with thine October tankard.
  • You leave the setting to court the rising sun.
    • Tiberius, to the Romans who welcomed his successor, Caligula. Also Pompey to Sulla.
  • Sol crescentes decedens duplicat umbras.
    • The sun when setting makes the increasing shadows twice as large.
    • Virgil, Ecloques, II. 67.
  • Fairest of all the lights above,
    Thou sun, whose beams adorn the spheres,
    And with unwearied swiftness move,
    To form the circles of our years.
    • Isaac Watts, Sun, Moon and Stars, Praise Ye the Lord.
  • Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns.

Proverbial[edit]

  • Keep your face to the sunlight and you will not see the shadows.
    • Anonymous proverb quoted in Hearings before the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department, House of Representatives, on House resolution, no. 109, to investigate the Post Office Department (1912), p. 9463, this is similar to "Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows" which is attributed to Helen Keller, The Book of Positive Quotations for Our Golden Years (2007), by Pat Corrick Hinton, but without citation of the original source, and also to "Keep your eyes on the sun and you will not see the shadows" cited as an Aboriginal Australian proverb on the internet, without published sources.
  • Make hay while the sun shines.
    • English proverb
  • The sun is the king of torches.
    • West African Proverb, quoted in Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages : Classified Subjectively and Arranged Alphabetically (1887) by Robert Christy, p. 322.
  • Anche il sole passa sopra il fango, e non s' imbratta.
    • Translation: The sun passes over filth and is not defiled.
    • Italian proverb, quoted in Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages : Classified Subjectively and Arranged Alphabetically (1887) by Robert Christy, p. 322.

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