A.K.A. 10 book quotes for nyctophiles, like me!
You might not know this, but I love the night. I’ve mentioned before that the “Moonlight” part of my blog name is actually a reference to my love for the night rather than the actual moon. I’ve always been a night owl. Everything—reading, watching movies, working out, driving, talking (especially talking)—is just better after the sun goes down. I mean, have you ever stayed up until 4 in the morning just talking to someone, getting to know them? There’s nothing that compares.
I’m also most creative at night, which I read somewhere is a common thing for creative people. (In case you’re wondering, it is, in fact, the middle of the night as I’m typing this, even though writing blog posts doesn’t generally take much creativity for me, but I digress.)
There’s just a stillness and an indescribable magic in the night that words could never truly do justice to, but these ten quotes sure do give it their best shot!
1. His Master’s Summons by Cassie Sweet
I do so agree with this one.
“Darkness is a lonely emotion.” The words were low, garbled, barely recognizable.
Henri frowned. “Darkness of the heart maybe, but the night is made for possibilities.”
2. Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
I tried to stick to books I’ve read, but I had to cheat a bit since I only had eight quotes. I haven’t read this, but this quote still deserved to be shared!
Night poured itself down my throat. Night was my wine and my meat. Night wed me and bedded me, widowed me and murdered me and resurrected me whole a thousand times over with each hour.
3. Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto
This is the other one from a book I haven’t read, but I couldn’t not include it when it references those magical late-night conversations I so love and was just talking about.
On nights like this when the air is so clear, you end up saying things you ordinarily wouldn’t. Without even noticing what you’re doing, you open up your heart and just start talking to the person next to you—you talk as if you have no audience but the glittering stars, far overhead.
4. Never Sleep by Cady Vance
I too feel more alive in the night!
When I was younger, I loved my insomnia. Being awake when the world was asleep made me feel special, more alive than everyone else somehow. I would sneak out my bedroom window onto the oak tree that curved against our three-story, red-brick house and look up at the night. The darkness was a blanket; the stars were pinpoints of light. I felt like I could do anything, felt like Odin and I could take over the world while eyes were shut tight against our every movement.
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
I just couldn’t resist using this one lol.
“This is night, Diddykins. That’s what we call it when it goes all dark like this.”
6. Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond
I love how she uses the word “folded.” It’s so perfect.
Back then, the night had folded around us, and we’d been hidden in the tent like it was a pocket and we were safe inside.
7. Seduced by Innocence by Alex Lux
I had never thought of the night that way, but it’s a good point.
I’d always been most comfortable at night. The cloak of darkness allowed me to hide my sins, or flaunt them, depending on the company.
8. The Dragon King and I by Adrianne Brooks
There really is something so unique about being in places that are usually so busy when they’re so empty at night. I love it.
But usually when I wandered around after nightfall, the sidewalks and streets were nearly empty. I liked that part the best. An empty city was like an empty library or school, it made you feel as if the entire thing was built just for you and gave familiar landmarks an individualism that they usually lacked when surrounded by people.
9. Nocte by Courtney Cole
The story in this series may have turned into nonsense, but the writing was damn beautiful.
By night, I am free.
No one hears my monsters but me.
My freedom is fragile, though,
Because every morning,
Over and over,
The night is broken by the sun.
It’s a good way to die.
10. Nocte by Courtney Cole
Yes, two quotes from Nocte. Really, it would just be shameful if the book whose title literally means “night” didn’t have the best quotes!
Insomniacs know that there is something about the night.
A darkness, an energy, a mystery that shrouds things.
It hides things at the same time as it illuminates them.
It is this thing
that allows us to examine our thought
in a way that we can’t during the day,
It is this thing that brings truth and clarity.