Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


He that has light within his own clear breast,
May sit i’ the centre, and enjoy bright day;
But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts,
Benighted walks under the mid-day sun:
Himself is his own dungeon.
Milton.—Comus, Line 381.

In that I shine confest,
By my own light, in motion or at rest.
Ariosto.—Orlando Furioso, Canto XXIII. Stanza 36. (Rose’s Transl.)

Virtue could see to do what virtue would
By her own radiant light.

A lovely lady garmented in light.
Shelley.—The Witch of Atlas, St. 5.

The light that never was on sea or land.
Wordsworth.—Elegiac Stanzas. Peele Castle.

Farewell! we lose ourselves in light.
Tennyson.—In Memoriam, 46, V. 4.

Mutually giving and receiving aid,
They set each other off, like light and shade.
Churchill.—Gotham, Book II. Line 151.

There is that which one can communicate to another, and make himself the richer; as one who imparts a light to another has not therefore less light, but walks henceforth in the light of two torches instead of one.
Dr. Trench.—Parable of the Ten Virgins, 250. Ed. 9.