He could not sing for them a sweet song, or create a "thing of beauty" which should be "a joy for ever," or touch their hearts, or fire their spirits, or deepen their reverence or their fervour. He was not a Poet, a Priest, or a Prophet, but only a cold, clear, Intelligence, raying down pure white light, which brightened everything on which it fell, but warmed nothing—a Star of at least the second, if not of the first magnitude, in the Intellectual Firmament.
I have seen A curious child, who dwelt upon a tract Of inland ground, applying to his ear The convolutions of a smooth-lipped shell; To which, in silence hushed, his very soul Listened intensely; and his countenance soon brightened with joy; for from within were heard Murmurings, whereby the monitor expressed Mysterious union with its native sea.william wordsworth
The shad-bush, white with flowers, brightened the glens; the new leaved butternut And quivering poplar to the roving breeze Gave a balsamic fragrance.william cullen bryant
Think how many blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretions of other people.saki
Most of us can remember a time when a birthday — especially if it was one's own — brightened the world as if a second sun had risenRobert Lynd