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Quotations about the Sun.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
    Close bosom friend of the maturing sun

  • 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.
    • Gottfried Schatz, in "The tragic matter" in Jeff's View on Science and Scientists (2006), p. 43, ISBN 978-0-444-52133-0, ISBN 0-444-52133-X

  • Like our shadows, Our wishes lengthen as our sun declines.
    • Edward Young, in The Force of Religion : or Vanquished Love (1714)


  • 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, in 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

  • 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