quote by Arthur Schopenhauer

Religions are like fireflies. They require darkness in order to shine.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

Most Powerful Firefly quotations

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night.

It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter time. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the Sunset.

His sanguine spirit turns every firefly into a star.

But he could not renounce his infinite capacity for illusion at the very moment he needed it most... he saw fireflies where there were none.

I did not get my Spaghetti-O's, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.

Women have in their natures something akin to owls and fireflies.

While men grow stupid and sleepy towards evening, they become brighter and more open-eyed, and show a propensity to flit and sparkle under the light of chandeliers.

You know, with the exception of one deadly and unpredictable midget, this girl is the smallest cargo I've ever had to transport. Yet by far the most troublesome. Does that seem right to you?

I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar!

That girl will rain destruction down on you and your ship.

She is an albatross, Captain. Way I remember it, albatross was a ship's good luck, 'til some idiot killed it. [to Inara] Yes, I've read a poem. Try not to faint.

If I kill you, you'll be awake, you'll be facing me, and you'll be armed.

Firefly: Where is your husband? Mrs. Teasdale: Why, he's dead. Firefly: I'll bet he's just using that as an excuse. Mrs. Teasdale: I was with him to the very end. Firefly: Hmmph. No wonder he passed away. Mrs. Teasdale: I held him in my arms and kissed him. Firefly: Oh I see. Then, it was murder.

[last words] What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night.

Memories are like fireflies darting across the surface of my mind, showing me here and there images so sharp and vivid that I catch my breath in wonder before the vignette disappears, sinking like a pebble into the quicksand of regret and recrimination.

Mrs. Teasdale congratulates him on his coronation and sovereignty: "The eyes of the world are upon you. Notables from every country are gathered here in your honor. This is a gala day for you." Firefly replies: "Well, a gal a day is enough for me. I don't think I could handle any more."

I really love `Serenity.' I'm really proud of it and excited to see it my guys on the big screen, bringing something new to it. But `Firefly' was a different animal, something I will regret losing until the day they put me in a box, because I did have a lot of good stories I wanted to tell.

I will become a firefly and even in the day my glow will be seen in spite of the sun. Let others be as butterflies who preen their wings yet depend on the charity of a flower for life.

Moon appears to shine and light the sky with the help of some fireflies, wonder how they have the power to shine?

I remember I had this recurring dream that we were playing a night game and instead of eye black we had mashed up the glowing bodies of fireflies and put that under our eyes. So our faces were glowing - a kind of night vision.

There is a place where time stands still.

...illuminated by only the most feeble red light, for light is diminished to almost nothing at the center of time, its vibrations slowed to echoes in vast canyons, its intensity reduced to the faint glow of fireflies.

Unto a life which I call natural I would gladly follow even a will-o'-the-wisp through bogs and sloughs unimaginable, but no moonnor firefly has shown me the causeway to it.

Isn’t it strange some people make You feel so tired inside, Your thoughts begin to shrivel up Like leaves all brown and dried!But when you’re with some other ones It’s stranger still to find Your thought as thick as fireflies All shiny in your mind!

I make mistakes, but I am on the side of Good," the Golux said, "by accident and happenchance. I had high hopes of being Evil when I was two, but in my youth I came upon a firefly burning in a spider's web. I saved the victim's life." "The firefly's ?" said the minstrel. "The spider's. The blinking arsonist had set the web on fire.

Above us our palace waits, the only one I've ever needed.

Its walls are space, its floor is sky, its center everywhere. We rise; the shapes cluster around us in welcome, dissolving and forming again like fireflies in a summer evening.

Mother Firefly is the kind of character I've always wanted to play.

She's larger than life, terribly tragic, and capable of a lot of love.

Is it where the flow'r of the orange blows, And the fireflies dance thro' the myrtle boughs?

Insights and perceptions pass through the mind like fleet fireflies.

Lit for an instant, then gone back into the dark.

You know what the chain of command is? It's the chain I go get and beat ya with until you realize who's in ruttin' command here!

The fireflies o'er the meadow In pulses come and go.

And for just a fleeting moment, a tiny wisp of time that hung in the air like fireflies in summer skies, she wondered if she was in love with him again.

Doctor, I'm taking your sister under my protection.

If any thing happens to her, anything at all, I swear to you I will get very choked up. Honestly, there could be tears.

We have done the impossible. And that makes us mighty.

People always say I write a lot of pop culture references.

Can somebody please count the pop culture references in 'Firefly?' Because I don't know how to put this to you, but there was one. I referenced The Beatles in the pilot.

I've often found myself preferring second-rate people to supposedly superior people, simply and solely because of their uncontrollable tendency to bang themselves against the sides of life's vast lampshade like fireflies or moths.

My fancies are fireflies Specks of living light twinkling in the dark.

Our galaxy is 10 billion years old. The Earth is only 4.5 billion years old. We are a firefly flicker in the great astrobiology of the galaxy.