Top 285 Lights Quotes of 2020

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“International friendlies, they mean something, but what you want is to play on the biggest stage, play under the lights.”

― Abby Wambach

“I’m drawn to scenes in movies where you just see characters turning off lights in a room or putting the groceries away; it’s like, ‘I understand that.’ We all have to get ready for bed, and we all do it in a different way, and yet it’s all strangely familiar and strangely human.”

― Abigail Spencer

“The Smith Center is a theater where you want to keep the lights on. The acoustics are amazing, and this is a stage that was built for sound.”

― Ace Young

“We survived on natural resources, so we should take care of the earth. When I leave home, I do things like switching off the heat and lights.”

― Alek Wek

“I’m sponsored by the solar company Goal Zero, and they were gracious enough to install panels on my van and a nice battery system for the inside. I have lights and a fridge inside the van. And of course I had panels installed on my mom’s house.”

― Alex Honnold

“Mostly, I would like people to ask other writers about the craft of their writing so we could learn from one another. We ask movie directors why they chose to use certain lights and angles and speeds of film, but most of the time, we ignore the craft of a writer.”

― Alexandra Fuller

“Campaigns are so much more expensive than people think they are. Just to keep the lights on is several thousand dollars a month.”

― Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“I knew early on that I was a nerd and that films were my refuge. Those first few minutes before the lights went off, and you’re alone in the theater waiting, were really pleasurable.”

― Alfonso Cuaron

“You can disguise any set with lights and shadows.”

― Allan Dwan

“I liked in television that you do some work, then you perform, then you stop and you have a break because they have to set up lights, and then you do some more work. I really liked the pace of it; it really agreed with me.”

― Allison Tolman

“I liked in television that you do some work, then you perform, then you stop and you have a break because they have to set up lights, and then you do some more work. I really liked the pace of it; it really agreed with me. I enjoyed it.”

― Allison Tolman

“I’m afraid of the dark, but I choose to sleep in the dark. I can fall right to sleep with the lights on. But I want to be someone who can sleep in the dark, so that’s the choice that I make.”

― Amanda Lindhout

“Plays are wonderfully different than short stories, first because it’s a story that’s on a stage, but there’s a different sort of tension that appears on stage – you get to see your characters in a different way – like with lights.”

― Amy Bloom

“In a theater experience, the words and the feelings are the most important – the lights coming on and off are the only equipment.”

― Amy Landecker

“Debt, we’ve learned, is the match that lights the fire of every crisis. Every crisis has its own set of villains – pick your favorite: bankers, regulators, central bankers, politicians, overzealous consumers, credit rating agencies – but all require one similar ingredient to create a true crisis: too much leverage.”

― Andrew Ross Sorkin

“When I get back with band, the lights, and the whole production, that’s me with the full artillery. A quick radio performance keeps me sharp for the big show.”

― Andy Grammer

“Ever since I dated a woman, I know what it is to grab a curve on a woman’s body. Skinny’s not fine when the lights are low.”

― Angelina Jolie

“The more commercial work that is happening, the more people are operating cameras and are setting up studio lights, the greater the opportunity for drama production to happen.”

― Ann Macbeth

“I know what I want, and I know what needs to be done to make my performance better. So I do these little askings, about the lights and costumes. It’s not the diva speaking. It’s the artist who knows how it has to be done.”

― Anna Netrebko

“Although I have two good Anglepoise lights, I much prefer to work by daylight.”

― Anthony Browne

“When I was growing up in the ’80s and working in the theater, David Mamet exploded with a whole new reworking of what dialogue should sound like. It was punchy and raw and repetitive, bursting with dynamic. I remember that switching on a lot of lights for me.”

― Anthony McCarten

“We lost our jobs at ‘Heart and Lights’ at one-o’clock that day. At two-o’clock, I got the call from Telsey telling me I was cast in ‘Hamilton.’”

― Anthony Ramos

“I don’t have lights, I don’t have assistants, I just go and meet somebody and take a photograph. That’s really basic, and that’s how I used to work when I was 17 or 18 in Holland.”

― Anton Corbijn

“I would like to go to Iceland to see the northern lights.”

― Art Malik

“Nothing lights a fire under you like somebody saying, ‘You’re not going to be able to do it.’”

― Ashley McBryde

“I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.”

― Ashley Tisdale

“Since developing my blog and YouTube channel in 2013, Little Lights of Mine, I’ve connected with some of the most passionate people around the world.”

― Ayesha Curry

“We need to bring sustainable energy to every corner of the globe with technologies like solar energy mini-grids, solar powered lights, and wind turbines.”

― Ban Ki-moon

“As a young woman, I wanted nothing more than to see my name in lights.”

― Barbra Streisand

“If Paris is a city of lights, Sydney is the city of fireworks.”

― Baz Luhrmann

“Every day we are paying more for energy than we should due to poor insulation, inefficient lights, appliances, and heating and cooling equipment – money we could save by investing in energy efficiency.”

― Bernie Sanders

“My hair is brown with a tinge of red. The lights in NBA arenas are extremely bright, and that makes my hair look red.”

― Blake Griffin

“You can’t fool television viewers with dancing girls and flashing lights.”

― Bob Barker

“I have always had a certain aversion to heat. And for me, the name of the game on the stage is ‘beat the heat.’ It’s always July under the lights.”

― Bob Weir

“We wanted to establish a new fan base over here. And second, we wanted to challenge ourselves. We wanted to bring what is ostensibly new music to fresh ears and see what lights them up.”

― Bob Weir

“When ‘Friday Night Lights’ finished, I cried for a day. I have a problem.”

― Bojana Novakovic

“I basically hit the deck running as soon as I wake up and don’t turn my brain off till long after the lights are out.”

― Bonnie Hammer

“The criterion for racism is either objective or it’s meaningless: If liberals get to decide for themselves who is or isn’t a racist according to their political lights, conservatives will be within their rights to ignore them.”

― Bret Stephens

“Sometimes you get caught up in what’s going on around you. The reality is that you are just a regular person. At some point, the career will be over, the bright lights turn off. That can come back to haunt you if you’re not just a regular guy.”

― Brett Favre

“Pessimism and optimism are slammed up against each other in my records, the tension between them is where it’s all at, it’s what lights the fire.”

― Bruce Springsteen

“But, when you have to resort to turntables, trick lights, flashing lights, fire and all that, you’re actually saying, I need this because what I do is not all that together.”

― Buddy Rich

“For a lot of people, music is about the show, the lights, and all that. With Filipino music fans, they genuinely listen to songs.”

― Calum Scott

“Mass media wants bright lights. Mass media wants crazy clothes.”

― Cameron Russell

“A title means marketing. It means that company’s coming soon, and you’d better get out the Christmas lights so they don’t miss your house.”

― Caroline Leavitt

“There were people who said the Society of Cincinnati in the American revolution, of which George Washington was one of the shining lights, was a branch of the Illuminati.”

― Carroll Quigley

“If you have kids, you feel everything stronger. It’s like someone turning the lights on in your inner room.”

― Casey Affleck

“Seeing lights being put up along the street and these colored lanterns called parols being put up at people’s houses makes Christmas in Philippines magical.”

― Catriona Gray

“’Friday Night Lights’ was an incredible show.”

― Chad Michael Murray

“Major power and telephone grids have long been controlled by computer networks, but now similar systems are embedded in such mundane objects as electric meters, alarm clocks, home refrigerators and thermostats, video cameras, bathroom scales, and Christmas-tree lights – all of which are, or soon will be, accessible remotely.”

― Charles C. Mann

“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.”

― Charles Dickens

“About forty miles away from Paris, I began to see the old trench flares they were sending up at Le Bourget. I knew then I had made it, and as I approached the field with all its lights, it was a simple matter to circle once and then pick a spot sufficiently far away from the crowd to land O.K.”

― Charles Lindbergh

“I wanted to play drums because I fell in love with the glitter and the lights, but it wasn’t about adulation. It was being up there playing.”

― Charlie Watts

“I turned the Gloucester Christmas lights on and our local Newent lights on, so everyone recognises me now. It is a completely different life for me.”

― Charlotte Dujardin

“You take a plug and put it in a socket, and that’s what the theatre is-it lights up right away. You speak, and they respond immediately.”

― Chita Rivera

“I’d never really considered film. If I’d thought about film more growing up, I probably would have changed my name. I had no concept of my name in lights.”

― Chiwetel Ejiofor

“If you’ve seen ‘Friday Night Lights’ – that was just like my town.”

― Chris Crutcher

“I don’t know any kid that’s not afraid at some point going to bed with the lights off, totally. That’s why they make nightlights.”

― Chris Pine

“I have a lot of plants and fish and a pet lizard and Venus flytraps. I have a whole ecosystem in my room, like a running waterfall and different lights and sensors set on digital timers.”

― Chris Pratt

“Obviously there are times with acting when exactly what is required is just going through the motions, and when doing nothing is the best thing. But at other times, you have to make that leap beyond the immediate environment of people putting up lights on the set.”

― Christian Bale

“Smile. It instantly lifts the face, and it just lights up the room.”

― Christie Brinkley

“Ten flashing lights are a nuisance but 500 are fantastic.”

― Christoph Waltz

“The stadium here in Munich is the best of the lot for me. It is absolutely fantastic, especially the way it lights up a different colour according to who is playing. It’s superb.”

― Claudia Schiffer

“In filming, you’re waiting – you’re waiting for lights, you’re waiting for people to set things up – and when you’re not waiting, you’re repeating.”

― Colin Firth

“We’re trying to tell a very full story of ‘Nashville’ and these characters in Nashville, and I’m really hopeful that we’re going to be able to do something as innovative as ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Friday Night Lights.’ And I think so far, we’re on the right path for that.”

― Connie Britton

“In terms of ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Nashville,’ what attracted me to those, and ‘Friday Night Lights,’ for that matter, is that they felt like something innovative and something that we hadn’t seen before. As an actor, that’s exciting.”

― Connie Britton

“’Beatriz’ has been a slow burn; people are still finding the movie. It’s actually similar to the first few years of ‘Friday Night Lights.’”

― Connie Britton

“After college, I was an intern at the New York Theater Workshop. In the mornings, I would build sets and hang lights, and in the afternoon, I would be the reader for auditions.”

― Corey Stoll

“Let us not curse the darkness. Let us kindle little lights.”

― Dada Vaswani

“The stage is our pulpit, and you can use all of that energy and that music and the lights and the colors and the sound. But you know, you’ve got to be careful.”

― D’Angelo

“As soon as he hit it, I thought I had it. But I lost it when it went into the lights. I did my best.”

― Danny Bautista

“It’s weird to think I’m in a show in Vegas with my name in lights. It’s crazy, like a dream.”

― Darci Lynne Farmer

“As we put autonomous cars on the road, connect Alexas to our lights and our thermostats, put ill-protected Internet-connected video cameras on our houses, and conduct our financial lives over our cell phones, our vulnerabilities expand exponentially.”

― David E. Sanger

“Untangling Christmas lights is the true tragedy of ‘Stranger Things.’”

― David Harbour

“With my plays, when the lights go down, at least the audience isn’t thinking, ‘Oh, God, two more hours of this.’”

― David Ives

“Unless one is planning to go shopping – basically begging to be smothered by the ravening throngs of returners and bargain hunters; an embrace as constricting as that hugging machine designed by autistic author Temple Grandin – then Boxing Day feels like a bar after last call when the lights have been turned up.”

― David Rakoff

“We took over with ‘Leverage’ three warehouses, and now four with ‘The Librarians,’ and turned them into proper sound stages with sound doors and all the lights. We now have control of four real, proper-sized sound stages. The problem is they’re dark and empty half of the year because there aren’t enough productions coming into Oregon.”

― Dean Devlin

“I used to live above Manganaro’s, when old Times Square was still peaking, and it still had a lot of diners and theaters on the forty deuce, as they used to call it. It was full of character. And it wasn’t Disneyland. Now it’s so touristy and full of bright lights, I can’t stand it. It’s like going to a big mall.”

― Debi Mazar

“Police in Washington D.C. are now using cameras to catch drivers who go through red lights. Many congressmen this week opposed the use of the red light cameras incorrectly assuming they were being used for surveillance at local brothels.”

― Dennis Miller

“We barely had lights, but my mom always made sure we had food on the table and somewhere to sleep.”

― Deshaun Watson

“In 1988, as an unknown candidate, totally unknown, I won Iowa, came in second in New Hampshire, won South Dakota. I was ahead in every Super Tuesday state the day after South Dakota. The only problem was I didn’t have enough money. I had a million dollars left, and Al Gore had three and Michael Dukakis had three and it was lights out.”

― Dick Gephardt

“Under the lights, there’s a lot of pressure, my first big show. The mental pressure drained me out a bit. I was fit and healthy, but I was thinking, ‘Why am I tired?’ There are so many things that go on in there.”

― Dillian Whyte

“The rom-com genre is not something that necessarily lights my jets.”

― Domhnall Gleeson

“Ever since I was a little kid, I always dreamed of being a Big City kid, because I grew up in a very small town up north in Canada. I have to say I just love the city lights at night.”

― Dustin Milligan

“A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.”

― Earl Nightingale

“I have made hundreds of dives in submersibles, with each dive holding the promise of seeing an organism or a behavior that no one has ever seen before. But I have always wondered about the animals and behaviors that we’re not seeing because our bright lights and loud thrusters scare them away.”

― Edith Widder

“During my first open ocean dive, I went down to 800 feet and turned out the lights. I knew I would see bioluminescence, but I was totally unprepared for how much. It was incredible! There were explosions of light everywhere, like being in the middle of a silent fireworks display.”

― Edith Widder

“Paris will give bicyclists more rights when it installs 4,300 signs throughout the city, allowing them to barrel though red lights and turn right on red.”

― Elaine Sciolino

“When I say I don’t have to write pop songs anymore, there’s no way I’m going to get on the radio at 60 years of age unless I’m doing a duet with Gaga or I was on ‘All of the Lights,’ which was a Kanye West record that managed to get on the radio.”

― Elton John

“If you start off as a fearsome figure in pop culture, it’s almost axiomatic that at some point, years under the lights softens you into a cuddly family figure.”

― Elvis Mitchell

“I’m a firm believer that lighting affects mood, and twinkly lights on strings bring something magical to occasions ranging from concerts to weddings, though I’m fond of using them as year-round home decor.”

― Erin Morgenstern

“A new laboratory technique, positron emission tomography, uses radioactively labeled oxygen or glucose that essentially lights up specific and different areas of the brain being activated when a person speaks words or sees words or hears words, revealing the organic location for areas of behavioral malfunction.”

― Floyd Skloot

“I wish that the circuses that were around now felt like they did then. They’re not quite as elegant or as magical as they used to be. There was something about the old tent shows, the Big Top, the canvas, the lights, the sawdust, the hay and the animals that’s just missing now. Now, it’s all urbanized and maybe a little garish.”

― Francis Lawrence

“The fly that doesn’t want to be swatted is most secure when it lights on the fly-swatter.”

― Georg C. Lichtenberg

“When I was growing up, I actually went through, in New York City, blackouts when we had to close the windows and worry about air raids. I don’t know whether or not those were realistic worries or not, but as a kid, when we all had to run around pulling down the drapes and turning the lights off; it was a very frightening experience.”

― George A. Romero

“One of the first things electric I ever saw was a guitar. I was living in a house with no electricity until, at 7, we moved to a house that had it. It had electric lights, but the previous owners had even taken the light bulbs with them when they moved.”

― George Benson

“’Beyond the Lights’ was my fourth film. I gained a lot of knowledge, and I’m excited to share that with young filmmakers because I know how lost I was coming out of film school with that question of ‘What’s next?’”

― Gina Prince-Bythewood

“The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights in the stormiest of nights.”

― Giotto di Bondone

“It’s true that I’ve driven through a number of red lights on occasion, but on the other hand, I’ve stopped at a lot of green ones but never gotten credit for it.”

― Glenn Gould

“In terms of ‘Beyond the Lights’ and ‘Belle,’ they’re definitely stories about identity. They’re female empowerment stories. So I’m exploring that through my work.”

― Gugu Mbatha-Raw

“Yeah, Kubrick’s a big influence. In something like ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ he is trying to use the practical light – I mean, at least he says that in his interviews, like they’re not using traditionally Hollywood lights. In ‘Elephant’ we basically used no lights; we never really adjusted.”

― Gus Van Sant

“Once you become president, you don’t even have to stop for red lights. And if it looks like traffic’s too bad, you just take a helicopter.”

― H. W. Brands

“I need to have something else going on. I’m able to write a lot if I have an episode of ‘Friday Night Lights’ going on my computer.”

― Hannibal Buress

“I’ve always liked street lights, and I’ve always photographed them. I probably have a collection of two to three thousand photographs of them, just around the city, mainly at night.”

― Harmony Korine

“On Mir, the lights kept going out because it had developed so many electrical problems.”

― Helen Sharman

“Television news is like a lightning flash. It makes a loud noise, lights up everything around it, leaves everything else in darkness and then is suddenly gone.”

― Hodding Carter

“Storytelling is what lights my fire.”

― Hope Davis

“Within my own life, I read all the beloved novels by lamps of vegetable oil; I saw the Standard Oil invading my own village, I saw gas lamps in the Chinese shops in Shanghai; and I saw their elimination by electric lights.”

― Hu Shih

“When the days start to get shorter, I want to be in some nice brick building on the East Coast with the lights glowing in the windows. When the daylight starts changing, I want to be out West.”

― Ian Frazier

“What I loved about ‘Goodfellas’ is that it’s a film about bad behavior – but told with great energy and without judgment – but it doesn’t actually shy away from the consequences of that behavior in the characters’ lives, which I think is similar in ‘Keep the Lights On.’”

― Ira Sachs

“The inconvenience, the glaring lights, the long hours of waiting, and the repetition of every scene are all calculated to defeat anything more than a real mastery of love technique.”

― Ivor Novello

“Despotism can only exist in darkness, and there are too many lights now in the political firmament to permit it to remain anywhere, as it has heretofore done, almost everywhere.”

― James Madison

“Everyone is slowly catching on to this one – and I know everyone says this – but we need to make a little more effort with the environment. Everyone says they turn off their lights, but do they really?”

― Jamie Bell

“I sort of was inspired by ‘Friday Night Lights,’ where it was a very different show, but similar in that they were both large ensemble dramas where you had many stories going on at once. I wanted to do a show that shared that element, and that’s really why I wanted to develop ‘Parenthood’ as a series.”

― Jason Katims

“The shows I’ve been working on, especially ‘Parenthood’ and ‘Friday Night Lights,’ I think are completely character-driven stories. I think, for most writers, that’s a privilege to be telling those kinds of stories. It’s erroneous to me.”

― Jason Katims

“Something that I learned from ‘Friday Night Lights,’ sometimes if you have four or five scenes in an episode, it’s not having less than having 10. It’s what you do with those scenes.”

― Jason Katims

“The frustrating thing about ‘Friday Night Lights’ is I know a lot more people would respond to the show if they saw it.”

― Jason Katims

“What’s great is that I keep hearing from people who are discovering ‘Friday Night Lights’ because of streaming and Netflix and Hulu and all of these things. Somehow… things don’t get old as fast as they used to. They stay vibrant.”

― Jason Katims

“We do pretty much the same set list every night, and the show’s down to certain cues because we have video and all this production and lights and everything going on.”

― Jay DeMarcus

“When you do an arena show, and the lights have to sync up to the sound, and the sound has to sync up to the music, and all of that – things are really mapped out, and you lose some of that spontaneity.”

― Jay DeMarcus

“July is high burglary season because so many people leave town. To help avoid making that obvious, suspend your newspaper subscription and have your mail held. Another clear indication is if all your lights are off for an extended period. To fix that, you can buy a timer for about $30.”

― Jean Chatzky

“I don’t really know Hollywood, but living and shooting in L.A. was very motivating, inspiring. The lights, the extras, their American faces, the energy, the Orpheum Theatre. It was all very inspiring.”

― Jean Dujardin

“I’ve endured humiliating experiences trying to get a cab in the various cities I’ve visited and lived in. Available taxis – as indicated by their roof lights – locked their doors with embarrassingly loud clicks as I approached. Or they’ve just ignored my hail altogether.”

― Jenna Wortham

“I like to dim the lights and talk about the ghosts I’ve known and invite other people to tell me their stories.”

― Jenna Wortham

“I’ve enjoyed it, I have seen it once at the premiere in London and it was very nice to be invited there. But I do want to see it again now. I want to sit and watch it as a fan rather than being there at the premiere with all the lights and such.”

― Jeremy Bulloch

“It’s much more fun to be the person who comes into the room and lights the match. I get to be the force, the girl who always says or does something completely outrageous, and leaves everyone thinking, ‘What was that?’”

― Jessalyn Gilsig

“I played with a band in Austin when I was doing ‘Friday Night Lights.’ It was a blast.”

― Jesse Plemons

“With ‘Friday Night Lights,’ we were encouraged to make it our own and improvise as much as we wanted.”

― Jesse Plemons

“Right after ‘Friday Night Lights’ ended, I was in sort of an existential crisis.”

― Jesse Plemons

“If you’re still in a bar when the lights go on, you are a loser.”

― Jessica Cutler

“The businessman gets his name on a door. The star gets his name in lights. They both get their names on a parking space.”

― Jim Nabors

“Christine Brinkley, that’s my age range of supermodels. That’s on my radar. This isn’t someone where I don’t know who she is. She turned out to be such a bright light. She walks into a room and just lights it up. She’s just that person.”

― Jim O’Heir

“Remember folks stop lights timed for 35 mph are also timed for 70 mph.”

― Jim Samuels

“You go into any recording studio in the world, and you see candles, lights, and that Apple light from a Mac.”

― Jimmy Iovine

“My best birth control now is just to leave the lights on.”

― Joan Rivers

“I switch off lights like a maniac. I drive at reasonable speeds so that I don’t waste petrol.”

― Joanna Lumley

“I’m not going to be the one who turns out the last lights of the last conglomerate. So we need to reinvent ourselves all the time.”

― Joe Kaeser

“With COBE, we can see things before the lights came on. While we probably will not rewrite the book of cosmology with this mission, we will write another chapter.”

― John C. Mather

“In a way it costs thousands dollars before you could actually go out to put the show on because you’ll need equipments, all the lights you know, and that’s more just going out and playing you know.”

― John Deacon

“I went on to Cincinnati. I had got a taste of the big cities and them bright lights. I stayed there until I was about 18 or 19 and then I went on to Detroit.”

― John Lee Hooker

“Low lights signal to our senses that the workday may be over and it’s time for sleep, making it hard for an audience to pay careful attention. When we stand behind a big wooden podium, it can feel as if there’s a shield between us and the audience.”

― John P. Kotter

“I’m not saying that photographers are dumber than other people, but they are the folks who walk around with brilliant white lights in nighttime riots.”

― John Sandford

“Lights became so hot they melted mascara on women’s faces in early television.”

― Johnny Olson

“Some bands blow it before they even play. The most important moment of any show is when a band walks out with the red amp lights glowing, the flashlight that shows each performer the way to his spot on the stage. It’s crucial not to blow it. It sets the tempo of the show; it affects everyone’s perception of the band.”

― Johnny Ramone

“I’ve been under the lights since my freshman year of high school.”

― Johny Hendricks

“Once the big lights come in, you can feel self-conscious. How can you capture the scene without ruining it and freezing people up? You keep it small and lean.”

― Jonathan Krisel

“I find airports to be purgatorial in many ways. I mean, even from the basics of the design: you know, this sort of – this muted gray and the fluorescent lights.”

― Jonathan Miles

“What I find fascinating about Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights we celebrate at this time of the year, is the way its story was transformed by time.”

― Jonathan Sacks

“Before I put ‘Blue Lights’ out, I deleted my Instagram and everything and started again.”

― Jorja Smith

“I’m often in Venice in November and December, when it’s foggy and wintry, and the decorations in the shops and the lights in the churches make the place feel both Christmassy and melancholic.”

― Juergen Teller

“Once I was walking with teammate Joy Fawcett in a hotel in Haiti. We were barefoot, and the lights went out to save electricity. Joy felt something crunch beneath her feet, and she felt the need to shine her flashlight on the floor. It was, I swear, a five-foot cockroach.”

― Julie Foudy

“I don’t want the big flashing lights and red carpet, like, ‘Here comes another Bon Iver album!’ I just want it to be my bedroom-y thing. But that’ll take a while to figure out.”

― Justin Vernon

“I’d like to think I’m a hybrid to where, if you had to pick, where would you say I’m weak? I can outwrestle guys; I can outgrapple guys. I can put your lights out, and I have a gas tank for days. I can do it all.”

― Kamaru Usman

“I love having candles, especially when you get downtime. I could just pass out seeing the flame flicker with the lights off.”

― Kellan Lutz

“I act because I have to, because I need to find out whether I can do it or not – that’s what drives me and excites me and lights me up.”

― Kelly Reilly

“My first artist bus was Jason Aldean’s old bus, with deer antlers over the lights and cowhide on the back of the couches. It was such an absolute dude bus.”

― Kelsea Ballerini

“I’m so hands-on, from the color of my tour bus to what I eat for dinner at 5 or the way the lights are hung.”

― Kenny Chesney

“I had a chance to get used to the lights and the camera without all that pressure to… emote.”

― Kerri Green

“I agree completely with my son James when he says ‘Internet is like electricity. The latter lights up everything, while the former lights up knowledge’.”

― Kerry Packer

“Anytime I float by a window, I can tell whether the outside is lit or if it’s dark outside. When we’re working it’s just day for us with the lights on inside.”

― Kevin A. Ford

“When you’re acting and directing, you’re standing there acting with another actor, and you’re trying to do your performance, and at the same time you’re watching their performance, and making sure the lights are in the right place, and if the person is wearing the right wardrobe. All these things are going on in your head.”

― Kevin Heffernan

“’Friday Night Lights’ was never a break-out hit; I’ll never regret doing that show.”

― Kevin Reilly

“Big game, under the lights – these are the games you live for.”

― Khalil Mack

“In Hollywood, the cameraman lights the star. In Europe, he lights the set.”

― King Vidor

“I prefer complete darkness while sleeping at my house. If I’m staying in a hotel, I keep the lights on.”

― Kirti Kulhari

“We were a Doordarshan household… with a curfew. So after lights out at 10 P.M., we could barely keep up with the latest films of the time. So even thinking about becoming an actress was unfathomable.”

― Kirti Kulhari

“Well, after the divorce, I went home and turned all the lights on!”

― Larry David

“A collection is, by my lights, a chance to build a universe, an overarching ecosystem. But it’s common enough to encounter a hodgepodge instead, where flashes of brilliance are undercut by clunkers.”

― Laura van den Berg

“First time we played in New York was in 2013. It was all very eye-opening. A very bright lights, big-city sort of vibe, and we played the Mercury Lounge.”

― Lauren Mayberry

“When someone speaks to an introvert, her brain responds with a high level of activity. It is as if several lights start flashing on a control panel.”

― Laurie Helgoe

“I want to light the lights of patriotism.”

― Lech Walesa

“Sonic Youth played one show before we even had a drummer. It was just me, Kim, and Thurston. The lights slowly went down, and the set was just 30 minutes of feedback.”

― Lee Ranaldo

“It’s kind of weird – I get shy when I’m around new people, still, even when I’m onstage. I come from not really wanting to be in lights or known or in front of people.”

― Leon Bridges

“I like indoor Christmas trees. And I like people who decorate their homes with lights and all that crap. I think it’s a healthy outlet for them. If they weren’t covering their lawns with twinkling lights, they’d be doing something that was really, really creepy.”

― Lewis Black

“I used to have visions of flashing lights and red carpets.”

― Lil Yachty

“Middle age is when a guy keeps turning off lights for economical rather than romantic reasons.”

― Lillian Gordy Carter

“On network TV, I’m still Phoebe to people, and it would be hard to convince them otherwise in the bright lights of a sitcom.”

― Lisa Kudrow

“Consumers don’t need to be forced to pay billions for so-called smart technology to know how to reduce their utility bills. We know to turn down the heat or air conditioning and shut off the lights.”

― Lisa Madigan

“Cyclists need to obey the Highway Code, not run red lights, and not ride with iPods on, and motorists need to be more respectful and look out for cyclists.”

― Lizzie Armitstead

“In the movies, Bette Davis lights two cigarettes and hands the second one to James Cagney. It was just so glamorous and romantic.”

― Loni Anderson

“When I am in a hotel, and I turn off the lights and the TV, I just freak out. I turn the TV back on and don’t get any sleep.”

― Louis C. K.

“Experience is a dim lamp, which only lights the one who bears it.”

― Louis-Ferdinand Celine

“In sum, we took energy for granted, assuming when we flipped the switch, the lights would go on and assuming that there would always be plenty of cheap fuel for our vehicles.”

― Mac Thornberry

“Frank Capra, Hollywood’s Horatio Alger, lights with more cinematic know-how and zeal than any other director to convince movie audiences that American life is exactly like the ‘Saturday Evening Post’ covers of Norman Rockwell. ‘It’s A Wonderful Life,’ the latest example of Capracorn, shows his art at a hysterical pitch.”

― Manny Farber

“I’ve kinda been an off-Broadway sensation. There aren’t a lot of lights or big marquees around my name or my work, yet my core audience knows exactly where I am.”

― Mara Brock Akil

“Our problem right now is that we’re so specialized that if the lights go out, there are a huge number of people who are not going to know what to do. But within every dystopia there’s a little utopia.”

― Margaret Atwood

“The point is that life for me is not going to be the way it is for everyone else. I have a fog machine and movie lights in my bedroom.”

― Marilyn Manson

“Our many different cultures notwithstanding, there’s something about the holidays that makes the planet communal. Even nations that do not celebrate Christmas can’t help but be caught up in the collective spirit of their neighbors, as twinkling lights dot the landscape and carols fill the air. It’s an inspiring time of the year.”

― Marlo Thomas

“They declaim against the passions without bothering to think that it is from their flame philosophy lights its torch.”

― Marquis de Sade

“I was stranded in Disco. I went to dozens of darkened places with enough flashing lights to drive the average person mad. I felt lost in the pulse of sheer panic.”

― Martha Reeves

“I grew up in the suburbs, so I remember arriving at Waterloo and seeing Big Ben and the coloured lights on top of the Southbank Centre and thinking, ‘Wow!’”

― Martin Freeman

“I’m adamant about recycling in my house, and I’m always making sure to turn off the lights.”

― Matt Lanter

“We celebrated Christmas. Not religiously, but we did the tree and the lights. Hannukah always seemed not quite as thrilling – Sorry to my Jewish brothers and sisters! But when you’re a kid, Santa and all that, you know, that really trumps the menorah. So we did Christmas.”

― Matthew Broderick

“When you have the cast, the sets, the lights, an opera takes on its own life. I’m not one of those directors who marches in with a set of plans.”

― Maximilian Schell

“Watching baseball under the lights is like observing dogs indoors, at a pedigree show. In both instances, the environment is too controlled to suit the species.”

― Melvin Maddocks

“My name is real, which probably explains why I never became a superstar… how would that look in lights?”

― Mercedes McCambridge

“I have not much love for the bright lights – unless it’s the sun creeping up over the horizon.”

― Michael Leunig

“I had this vision of shooting a great white in the studio with all the edge lights I use for movie posters. I knew that I couldn’t bring the great white to the studio, so I had to bring the studio to the great white.”

― Michael Muller

“In some ways any film that you do has an artificiality about it. Even when you’re doing the most kitchen-sinky, gritty, realistic scene you’ve still got 50 people standing around watching you with cameras and lights and things.”

― Michael Sheen

“That’s what the internet is: it’s like bombarding your eyeballs with these myriad blinking colour lights. It’s like trying to watch a movie on your phone in the middle of Times Square.”

― Michel Gondry

“When the lights in the arena turn on, I’m Mickie James all the time.”

― Mickie James

“I’m pretty skeptical about a lot of the toys on the market, especially for young kids. Most of them just add these new technologies just to make more flashing lights.”

― Mitchel Resnick

“We should have a State in which we could live and breathe as free men and which we could develop according to our own lights and culture and where principles of Islamic social justice could find free play.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

“I am definitely a spiritually centered person and that is usually one of my biggest guiding lights beyond music.”

― Nadia Ali

“I like playing. Guitar… on a loud rock stage… with colored lights. Everything sounds better with colored lights!”

― Nancy Wilson

“I keep my skin clean and moisturised. While shooting, my skin has to put up with severe make up and lights for hours at a stretch. So I am obsessive about taking my make-up off as soon as I am done.”

― Neha Dhupia

“He just was being four. He just was being a child. He wasn’t interested in what my agenda was. He wanted to do what he wanted to do and it started because he saw the lights on in Toys R Us.”

― Nia Long

“A lot of author events are basically hour-long classes in entropy perched on bad seating under bright, hard lights, with – if you’re lucky – bad Chardonnay and cheese on a stick waiting for you at the end of the ride.”

― Nick Harkaway

“Turn up the lights. I don’t want to go home in the dark.”

― O. Henry

“Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

― Omar N. Bradley

“We don’t want A.I. to engage in cyberbullying, stock manipulation, or terrorist threats; we don’t want the F.B.I. to release A.I. systems that entrap people into committing crimes. We don’t want autonomous vehicles that drive through red lights, or worse, A.I. weapons that violate international treaties.”

― Oren Etzioni

“I remember going to the theatre when I was little and the lights going down and just getting really scared about what was going to happen up there.”

― Paul Dano

“I’m a family man now. I don’t need no distractions; I don’t need no big cities, no big lights, at this point in my career.”

― Paul George

“As beautiful as Oklahoma is, it doesn’t have big lights and none of that. But that’s fine… I’m a low-maintenance, low-key, chill guy.”

― Paul George

“But I really felt that, something about the lights going down, and the sense of community. I saw this movie at one festival, and there were 1700 people.”

― Paul Reiser

“Actually, I’ve done it the other way so many times where you rehearse the band and you do the whole thing with lights, the show and the crew – everything. Then you see what happens and you’re already committed to dates. I’m just sort of putting out feelers this way.”

― Paul Westerberg

“When I was on the ice, in the lights, with the music and the motion, there was a certain kind of flirtation that gave great energy and expressiveness to my performance.”

― Peggy Fleming

“I like to read in the dark. I like to go into the bathtub, turn out all the lights, and in the dark, read my books.”

― Penn Jillette

“For the most part, any serious magic show is not using very much technology newer than theatrical lights.”

― Penn Jillette

“If I drink coffee, I have to turn the lights off and lay down. I can’t handle it.”

― Perfume Genius

“There’s something about a podcast that feels like two people in a closet with the lights off.”

― Pete Holmes

“It wasn’t just about flashing lights and pinball machines blowing up and things like that. It was about using encores, bringing back the good songs and using techniques that I knew about from rock performance.”

― Pete Townshend

“My experience is, I do a table reading, and it’s literally like it’s written in colossal neon lights what’s wrong with the screenplay.”

― Peter Morgan

“A single Dallas Cowboys football game uses up as much electricity as the entire nation of Liberia in those same three hours – one reason the globe, if looked at from a certain height, is a cluster of lights surrounded by enormous patches of dark.”

― Pico Iyer

“I’m a portrait photographer that’s used to shooting celebrities, and I usually need time and all kinds of lights and a studio to set up my shots.”

― Platon

“In the next shot the cameras zoomed to the fiancee who noticed the lights in the Czarina’s room go out and the camera then turned to the pond where two goldfish were making love.”

― Pola Negri

“I have a constitutional weakness in which I am very easily distracted by flashing lights. If there is a TV on in the room, I can’t have a conversation with you. I won’t eat, I won’t sleep, I’ll just meld with my couch.”

― Rachel Maddow

“Yes, I was the child who would sneak into her closet and read ‘Nancy Drew’ for hours after the designated ‘lights out’ time of night.”

― Rachel Nichols

“My understanding is that a book becomes a best seller only when it is pirated, sold on footpaths and at traffic lights.”

― Ravi Subramanian

“We’d lie on the floor, turn the lights out, put two speakers on either side of our ears, and try to blow our minds with music. I know that I want to make a record that does that yet a record that, if it was played on the radio at twelve in the afternoon, the guy making the wall – the guy cleaning the motorway – he’s got a melody to hang on.”

― Richard Ashcroft

“We often take for granted that our lights will come on when we flip the light switch, but the reality is that our reliability standards and the current state of the transmission grid leave us all vulnerable to blackouts.”

― Richard Burr

“’A Little Nightmare Music’ is the first show we created. It’s about all the nightmares that can happen in the span of a concert. When things go wrong – when the lights go out or a cellphone rings – that’s when an audience suddenly comes alive, wondering what’s going to happen next. Things going wrong often leads to something good.”

― Richard Hyung-ki Joo

“Blackfoot was one of the ultimate live bands… there was no pretense, no gimmickry; it was sound, lights, and rock and roll. Our whole goal was to be terrifying… to strike fear and cause havoc in a closing band’s minds.”

― Rickey Medlocke

“I took classes and performed and did improv and sketch and wrote sketches and did lights and sound for other people’s shows just so I could be around the theater. That was about seven nights a week for seven years.”

― Rob Riggle

“A vacant white room with lights is still a submission to the neutral. Works of art seen in such spaces seem to be going through a kind of esthetic convalescence.”

― Robert Smithson

“I grew up in a very ‘Friday Night Lights,’ sports-focused town. I did not play the sports. I was never bullied physically, but I was called names. I was also an overweight kid. I knew what it’s like to feel like the other, to feel written off for things that were not in my control – my appearance, my interests.”

― Robin Lord Taylor

“There is nothing in the dark that isn’t there when the lights are on.”

― Rod Serling

“My earliest memory is nursing and struggling to see the colored lights making up the map of the world, the famous backdrop for Larry King’s TV show. There’s an ‘I-want-to-do-all-things-at-once’ kind of theme to it.”

― Ronan Farrow

“I don’t watch TV series, but I watched ‘Friday Night Lights’ because I’m a sports head.”

― Rosie Perez

“I know what it’s like to be a teenager in Orange County. I know what it’s like to be a kid in L.A. I know what it’s like to not have any money and have your lights turned off. I know what it’s like to live in a house with five rooms.”

― Roy Choi

“Most movies, you have to try and forget you’re making a movie, because there are trailers and booms and lights and marks, and it’s everywhere.”

― Ryan Gosling

“I’m passionate about actors, and I’m passionate about showing actors in different lights.”

― Ryan Murphy

“Remove all the traffic lights, yellow lines, one-way systems and road markings, and let blissful anarchy prevail. I imagine it would produce a kind of harmony.”

― Sadie Jones

“Art is inspiring. Walking into a gallery, or when the lights go up on a stage; that thrill of getting something that has nothing to do with acquisition.”

― Sadie Jones

“The President then proceeded to read his Emancipation Proclamation, making remarks on the several parts as he went on, and showing that he had fully considered the whole subject, in all lights under which it had been presented to him.”

― Salmon P. Chase

“To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illuminate only the track it has passed.”

― Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Once I started to write, it was like all the lights came on. I was always making up stories in my head. I was a daydreamer. I didn’t start as a child, but once I started, I couldn’t stop. It was compulsive.”

― Sandra Brown

“Every human society has its lights and its shadows. That’s the reality of existence.”

― Sebastian Lelio

“The living experience of film only happens when a film is seen, and only within the spectator, because they project their own fears, desires, and fantasies upon those lights and shadows.”

― Sebastian Lelio

“Any society that could come here could pick up the lights from New York. What should we do about that? Should we darken New York from now until the last human expires? Would we want to turn off all the radars at JFK airport?”

― Seth Shostak

“I’m just a skinny kid from Glennville, Georgia – 3,500 people, two traffic lights – going to the Hall of Fame.”

― Shannon Sharpe

“I’ve faced the undefeated, young up-and-comers, everybody counting me out before, on a big card, with big lights, TV.”

― Shayna Baszler

“Brits and Americans have hundreds of different phrases for the same thing. Luckily, it’s usually a source of amusement rather than frustration. A flashlight by any other name is still a torch. My personal favourite is ‘fairy lights,’ which we boringly refer to as ‘Christmas lights.’”

― Sloane Crosley

“I like to wear something I can move in, and light colors because of the stage lights.”

― Sophie Hawley-Weld

“I always wear my Lip Lights gloss from the Karl Lagerfeld and ModelCo line. I like this brownish pink called St. Tropez Sunset. It’s like a take on your own lip colour but not too heightened. If I’m going out, I do the red.”

― Stella Maxwell

“Ever since Mike Tyson was champ, twenty-something dudes have microwaved nachos, popped opened Natty Lights, watched sharks do unspeakable things on TV, and whispered a billion ‘Whoa, dudes.’”

― Stephen Rodrick

“I certainly wanted my name in lights. I wanted my name on a marquee. I wanted recognition on Broadway.”

― Stephen Sondheim

“I’d like to form a club just for fathers. Specifically, fathers of daughters. There would be lots of overstuffed leather chairs, wood paneling, dim lights. The works.”

― Steve Schirripa

“Within three hours of a disaster event there should be a recon damage assessment of the infrastructure and an educated guess as to the casualties and degree of imminent human peril. Then make the airdrops of supplies and personnel. Simultaneously, Seabees would be dropped in, with lights and generators, to begin rescue efforts.”

― Steven Van Zandt

“I hooked up my accelerator pedal in my car to my brake lights. I hit the gas, people behind me stop, and I’m gone.”

― Steven Wright

“I replaced the headlights in my car with strobe lights, so it looks like I’m the only one moving.”

― Steven Wright

“I think that if you know people who are performers on stage and actresses or whatever it may be, the bottom line is what you do on stage. You just take on a different persona – that’s what makes her so successful. Lights come on, and suddenly, it’s Britney Spears, and the lights go off, and she’s just Britney.”

― Su-chin Pak

“Public school felt like prison – cinderblock walls, fluorescent lights, metal lockers. It was so sterile and unstimulating.”

― Sufjan Stevens

“There are areas of the Earth that I would absolutely think no one lived in based on daytime observations. But then at night, lights pop up in those areas.”

― Sunita Williams

“Many people are in the dark when it comes to money, and I’m going to turn on the lights.”

― Suze Orman

“Relationships are like traffic lights. And I just have this theory that I can only exist in a relationship if it’s a green light.”

― Taylor Swift

“It was lights, camera, inaction.”

― Terry Gilliam

“You can’t remember the plot of the Dr Who movie because it didn’t have one, just a lot of plot holes strung together. It did have a lot of flashing lights, though.”

― Terry Pratchett

“When I got on set, and these huge, big lights come on, it brings on a smell – it’s almost like the smell of a light burning a little bit – and I said, ‘This reminds me of my childhood,’ because I grew up onstage.”

― Tia Mowry

“I grew up in a haunting postindustrial landscape where prehistoric ferns grew among tens of railway tracks surmounted by brilliant arc lights where birds nested and sang in the dead of night, because for them, it was day.”

― Timothy Morton

“I remember from the very beginning when I walked out at UFC 40, when we had the big lights, the flames, everything. Fans want to see entertainment.”

― Tito Ortiz

“I’ve been… chased by paparazzi, and they run lights, and they chase you and harass you the whole time. It happens all over the world, and it has certainly gotten worse. You don’t know what it’s like being chased by them.”

― Tom Cruise

“Now, learning how to make a movie is something you can figure out in about an afternoon. The physics of it, the marks, the lights, etc. What’s hard to do is to suspend your own feelings of self consciousness. The natural actors can do that; they can become part of a characterization and learn how to maintain it.”

― Tom Hanks

“On bikeback, there is a delightful sense of self-direction and autonomy. Lately, I have taken to cycling slowly, more fun than the fast, competitive commuter cycling I used to do. No longer do I jump lights or attempt that irritating wobbling thing that semi-professional cyclists like to indulge in.”

― Tom Hodgkinson

“When you listen to a Yes album, you should listen to the whole thing through headphones with the lights off.”

― Trevor Rabin

“I’ve really learned over the years how to control my adrenaline and let it all out when they shoot the gun versus letting the crowd and the lights and the camera get to me.”

― Tyson Gay

“I’ve seen lights in the sky, I’ve seen UFOs, I’ve even seen something on the ground that I can’t explain, but I’ve never actually seen a being. I wish I had.”

― Uri Geller

“You’re blinded by lights and you see all these people who come out, and it’s exciting. It’s scary and it’s exciting all rolled into one.”

― Vanessa Kerry

“We’ve gone from a world in which Starbucks set a cutting-edge standard for mass-market design to a world in which Starbucks establishes the bare minimum. If your establishment can’t come up with an original look, customers expect at least some sleek wood fixtures, nicely upholstered chairs, and faux-Murano glass pendant lights.”

― Virginia Postrel

“The lights go down, you hear the applause and you’re up there, and then everything else is forgotten.”

― Warren Cuccurullo

“I never wanted to just press play on some DJ set and let the lights do all the work. I value old-fashioned performance a little more than that.”

― Washed Out

“A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding.”

― William Gibson

“Nature is economical. She puts her lights and darks only where she needs them.”

― William Morris Hunt

“I think we have tremendous media covering the sport of boxing, even if boxing is a little bit lost in popularity with MMA sports. And I think that with the show ‘Lights Out’ it’s going to get more attention to the sport, and it’s going to put more attention to the problems that athletes in general have.”

― Wladimir Klitschko

“Monsters aren’t as scary if you start shining lights on them.”

― Wyatt Cenac

“I am a guy who likes those who drive through red lights.”

― Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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