"Have courage for the great sorrows of life
and patience for the small ones.
And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks,
go to sleep in peace.
God is awake."
~Victor Hugo, Les Miserables, 1862
"Do you hear the people sing, lost in the valley of the night?
A people who are climbing to the light.
For the wretched of the earth,
there is a flame that never dies.
Even the darkest night will end
and the Sun will rise."
~Herbert Kretzmer, lyricist for Les Miserables, English version, 1985
"The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. . ."
~Isaiah 9: 1-2