Who doesn’t love a good sunset? Sunsets are always different, pretty much always spectacular, and happen every day. Watching them costs nothing, and you can see them whether you’re in the middle of a metropolis or at the top of a mountain.
Sometimes a sunset can catch you by surprise, other times you make careful plans to see the sunset from a famous location. One thing’s for sure – sunsets have been appreciated over time by countless creatives and writers who have documented their experiences in poems, novels and quips.
We’ve gathered some of the most interesting quotes to inspire you to get out there and appreciate the spectacle of watching the sun sink below the horizon.
Take a seat and enjoy the show.
101 Best Sunset Quotes
1. “Sunsets are proof that endings can often be beautiful too.” – Beau Taplin
2. “Sunset shows that life is too beautiful to hold on to the past, so move on to the present.” – Jennifer Aquillo
3. “Nobody of any real culture, for instance, ever talks nowadays about the beauty of sunset. Sunsets are quite old fashioned. To admire them is a distinct sign of provincialism of temperament. Upon the other hand they go on.” – Oscar Wilde
Irish writer Oscar Wilde always had something to say about pretty every subject. Sunsets included, apparently. Here he’s poking fun at both the people who admire sunsets, and people who think they’re too cool to enjoy a sunset. Take it as you will.
4. “There is nothing more musical than a sunset.” – Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy’s quote makes sense since he was an esteemed composer. People often called him the “first impressionist composer,” but he didn’t like the term himself. Born in 1862, Debussy died in Paris in 1918 but left a lasting impact on the music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
5. “Twilight drops her curtain down and pins it with a star.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery
6. “Slow sinks, more lovely ere his race be run,
Along Morea’s hills the setting sun;
Not, as in Northern climes, obscurely bright,
But one unclouded blaze of living light.” – Lord Byron, A Grecian Sunset
7. “Life does not come with instructions on how to live, but it does come with trees, sunsets, smiles, and laughter, so enjoy your day.” – Debbie Shapiro
8. “There is never one sunrise the same or one sunset the same.” – Carlos Santana
The Mexican-American guitarist Carlos Santana became well known in the 1960s and ‘70s with his band Santana. Their unique sound pioneered jazz fusion, rock ‘n’ roll, and Latin American jazz. Rolling Stone called him “the greatest guitarist of all time.” His simple quote is reason enough to stop what you’re doing and check out your next sunset.
9. “Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
We like this one by the abolitionist, essayist and Transcendentalist poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson. It’s got an “every end is a new beginning vibe.” Born in Massachusetts in 1803, Waldo (as he called himself) was well known for his lecturing. He performed over 1,500 lectures across the US and wrote numerous essays. He died aged 78 in 1882.
10. “Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven.” – John Lubbock
11. “Don’t forget: Beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies…” – Paulo Coelho
12. “I woke up one morning to find I was famous. I bought a white Rolls-Royce and drove down Sunset Boulevard, wearing dark specs and a white suit, waving like the Queen Mum.” – Peter O’Toole
13. “The sky takes on shades of orange during sunrise and sunset – the color that gives you hope that the sun will set only to rise again.” – Ram Charan
14. “There’s nothing like a beautiful sunset to end a healthy day.” – Rachel Boston
15. “Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset, and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.” – Ryu Murakami
You may know the other Japanese novelist, Haurki Murakami, but you may not know Ryu Murakami. Renowned for his dark and twisting novels such as Coin Locker Babies (1980, where this quote is from) and Audition (1997), Murakami’s quote definitely suits any traveler with itchy feet needing an excuse to see everything that the world has to offer.
16. “When the sun is setting, leave whatever you are doing and watch it.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
17. “Sunrise is the start of something beautiful: the day. Sunset is the start of something beautiful: the night.” – Juansen Dizon
18. “Softly the evening came with the sunset.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
19. “Twilight fell: the sky turned to a light, dusky purple littered with tiny silver stars.” – J.K. Rowling
20. “My mother is a big believer in being responsible for your own happiness. She always talked about finding joy in small moments and insisted that we stop and take in the beauty of an ordinary day. When I stop the car to make my kids really see a sunset, I hear my mother’s voice and smile.” – Jennifer Garner
21. “The sunsets are mad orange fools raging in the gloom.” – Jack Kerouac
Kerouac’s seminal 1957 novel/travelogue On The Road is perfect for those who want to head out and explore their country. Full of jazz, poetry, and drugs, the novel features some beautiful descriptions of the landscape – not least this particular line about the almost supernatural quality of a sunset.
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22. “Sunset is so marvelous that even the sun itself watches it every day in the reflections of the infinite oceans!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
23. “Sunset on the water ought to be a quiet and easy time, but I guess some people can’t stand a little silence.” – Carl Hiaasen
24. “A sunrise or sunset can be ablaze with brilliance and arouse all the passion, all the yearning, in the soul of the beholder.” – Mary Balogh
25. “A sunset paints the sky as if there were no tomorrow.” – Anthony T. Hincks
26. “More are men’s ends mark’d than their lives before:
The setting sun, and music at the close,
As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last,
Writ in remembrance more than things long past.”– William Shakespeare, Richard II
Published in 1595, Richard II isn’t as famous as Richard III, but this Shakespeare play is still full of lyrical language and poetry – see for yourself above. As you can imagine, the play chronicles the life and downfall of English King Richard II (1367-1400).
27. “Sometimes the sunset is so beautiful, I think it might be the very last one.” – Nitya Prakash
28. “Really appreciate the sunset as you’re driving home, cursing all the terrible drivers on the road. Be where you are, when you’re there, rather than out there in the future, or back there in the past.” – Valerie Harper
29. “When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” – Mahatma Gandhi
30. “No sun outlasts its sunset but will rise again and bring the dawn.” – Maya Angelou
American poet, civil rights activist, and memoirist, Maya Angelou was born in St Louis, Missouri in 1928. Her long career has had a lasting impact, and during her life, she received multiple awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. The sunset quote above is symbolic of change and comes from a poem written by Angelou in honor of Nelson Mandela.
31. “The water was glassy and calm, still candy-colored in the afterglow of sunset.” – Stephen King
32. “A sunset is the sun’s fiery kiss to the night” – Crystal Woods
33. “Sunsets in themselves are generally superior to sunrises, but with the sunset, we appreciate images drawn from departed peace and faded glory.” – George Stillman Hillard
34. “The evening sky was awash with peach, apricot, cream: tender little ice-cream clouds in a wide orange sky.” – Philip Pullman
This illustrative quote is taken from Pullman’s novel Northern Lights (part of the His Dark Materials trilogy). He’s a British author and has been noted as one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945. The trilogy was originally intended for young adults, but any age of reader can appreciate his challenging, exciting stories.
35. “Mine is the sultry sunset when the skies tremble with strange, intolerable thunder: And at the dead of an hushed night, these eyes draw down the soaring oracles winged with wonder” – Lionel Johnson
36. “A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going.” – John Steinbeck
37. “When your world moves too fast, and you lose yourself in the chaos, introduce yourself to each color of the sunset.” – Christy Ann Martine
38. “There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” – Jo Walton
39. “Watching sunset makes you feel stronger.” – Anamika Mishra
40. “The first stab of love is like a sunset, a blaze of color—oranges, pearly pinks, vibrant purples…” – Anna Godbersen
41. “To watch a sunset is to connect with the Divine.” – Gina de Gorna
42. “It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.” – Bernard Williams
We hear you, Bernard Williams. We know what it’s like to look at the sunset and be whisked away in thought. In case you didn’t know, Williams is a British moral philosopher who was born in Southend, 1929, and passed away in Rome, 2003. He received a knighthood for his work and has been dubbed the greatest British philosopher of his era.
43.“If you are in a beautiful place where you can enjoy sunrise and sunset, then you are living like a lord.” – Nathan Phillips
44. “The strange thing about the sunset is that we actually don’t want the sun to set, we want it to stay right on the horizon, not below it, not above it, just right on it.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
45. “Get outside. Watch the sunrise. Watch the sunset. How does that make you feel? Does it make you feel big or tiny? Because there’s something good about feeling both.” – Amy Grant
Exactly. Whether you’re in awe of the universe after seeing a sunset or if it makes you feel inspired to do great things, American singer-songwriter Amy Grant’s sunset quote is right on the money.
46. “The redness had seeped from the day and night was arranging herself around us. Cooling things down, staining and dyeing the evening purple and blue black.” – Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees was published in 2001 by American author Sue Monk Kidd. The novel is a coming-of-age tale set in 1964 and was a New York Times bestseller. The quote above aptly describes a beautiful sunset, the way the light does actually seem to seep away.
47. “They ran to the museums for paintings. I ran to the roof for sunsets.” – Darnell Lamont Walker
48. “Moon in the sky, stars out, the wide-open expanse of nothing: it made him feel free and alive as the daytime never did.” – Chuck Wendig
49. “Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully.” – Kristen Butler
50. “Call for the grandest of all earthly spectacles, what is that? It is the sun going to his rest.” – Thomas de Quincey
The English writer Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859) was best known for his book, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, which is about de Quincey’s addiction to a form of opium called laudanum. The book brought him overnight fame and is thought to have inspired so-called “addiction literature” throughout the centuries to follow. His sunset quote personifies the sun, which is a neat touch.
51. “Every sunset is an opportunity to reset.” – Richie Norton
52. “Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under.” – C. Joybell C.
53. “A slight breeze cooled the Hawaiian spring air, swaying the branches of palm trees, which cast black silhouettes against the purple and orange colors of the twilight sky.” – Victoria Kahler, Capturing the Sunset
54. “Every sunset is also a sunrise. It all depends on where you stand.” – Karl Schmidt
55. “The sun set, which is everyday magic…” – Terry Pratchett
Talk about everyday magic, talk about the sunset. We’re very much in agreement with Pratchett’s writing here. It’s taken from his 2004 novel A Hat Full of Sky, about a girl learning to become a witch. The late, great Terry Pratchett will be well remembered for his comic novels set in the fantasy realm of Discworld.
56. “And though I came to forget or regret all I have ever done, yet I would remember that once I saw the dragons aloft on the wind at sunset above the western isles; and I would be content.” – Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore
The Farthest Shore (1972) is the third novel in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea cycle of books, on which Studio Ghibli’s 2006 anime film Tales of Earthsea is primarily based. If you like fantasy and slipping into other worlds for hours –if you like traveling – then you’ll love Le Guin’s work.
57. “Bursts of gold on lavender melting into saffron. It’s the time of day when the sky looks like it has been spray-painted by a graffiti artist.” – Mia Kirshner, I Live Here
58. “It seems there is more interest in sunsets than sunrises. Perhaps because innately, we fear the dark.” – Richelle E. Goodrich
59. “During winter sunsets, standing on a promontory so I saw the scenic sea as a surface rather than a line and, as coal-boats appeared from all sides of the horizon, I thought that, as they opened their portholes, they would throw their coals onto this fire. They swarmed over the ocean like blowflies ready to devour the decomposed star, and the blank gesture of a cloud fanned them.” – Georges Limbour
60. “Sunsets are loved because they vanish.” – Ray Bradbury
That’s probably true. Part of the beauty of sunsets is that they’re not there, hanging in the sky the whole time. Arrive at the wrong part of the evening, and you’ll completely miss the show. Ray Bradbury was an author and screenwriter, of course, most famous for his dystopian work Fahrenheit 451 (1953); this sunset quote is from his 2001 novel, From the Dust Returned.
61. “who are you,little i
(five or six years old)
peering from some high
window;at the gold
of november sunset
(and feeling:that if day
has to become night
this is a beautiful way)” – e.e. cummings
Full name Edward Estlin Cummings, better known by his lowercase pen name, was an American poet, essayist, playwright, and painter. He was a prolific poet and wrote around 3,000 poems. This particular one, titled after its first line, neatly describes the childhood feeling of watching the sunset.
62. “It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little about it.” – Carl Sagan
If you don’t know about Carl Sagan and you like space and sci-fi, then you’re missing out. His sunset quote basically combines artistic and scientific thought and is from his book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (1994). In essence, it means that knowing the science behind something doesn’t make it any less beautiful.
63. “Now it was close to sunset and the earth was beginning to cool off in the manner of eternity and office girls were returning like penguins from Montgomery Street.” – Richard Brautigan, Trout Fishing in America
64. “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was a philosopher, playwright, writer, composer, poet, painter, and social reformer. In short, this guy was a polymath. His lasting impact on Bengali literature and music continues to the modern day. This quote is taken from a collection of 320 poems called Stray Birds (1916). You could say that the quote poetically states that Tagore looks on the bright side of life.
65. “Her heart was made of liquid sunsets.” – Virginia Woolf
66. “Look’, she said. It’s going to be a beautiful sunset. Shall we stay out and watch it?’ ‘All right,’ I said, and we stayed there on the lawn for quite awhile, arms around each other’s waists, first watching the bright colors come up in the sky, then watching them fade to ashes of gray.” – Stephen King, The Green Mile
67. “When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.” – George R. R. Martin
68. “Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.” – Richard Paul Evans
69. “The sun was low, and the heavens glowed with the splendor of an autumn sunset. Gold and purple clouds lay on the hilltops, and rising high into the ruddy light were silvery white peaks that shone like the airy spires of some Celestial City” – Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
First published in 1868, Little Women is a classic coming-of-age tale by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832-88). The sunset quote above sees Alcott describe a particularly otherworldly sunset, adding depth and fantastical realism to her semi-autobiographical novel.
70. “Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road
71. “In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.” – William Shakespeare, Sonnet 73
Probably the most famous of Shakespeare’s revered 154 sonnets, No. 73 (published in 1609) differs from the norm (i.e. love and romance) as it focuses on the temporariness of life, aging and death. Nice. He compares the later stages of life to autumn and winter, and to the sunset as it fades. Sometimes sunsets can be a bit melancholy, don’t you think?
72. “With every sunset, a new hope is born, and an old expectation dies.” – Noor Unnahar
73. “A sunset, a stork on the roof, and all of it extraordinarily poetic and touching…” ? Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Gambler
In haiku-like fashion, Russian literary giant Dostoevsky describes a scene at sunset: a stork on a roof at sunset. You’ve probably taken photos like this. The Gambler (1866) tells the story of a gambler, funnily enough, who would rather gamble than work.
74. “The sun tells the best joke of a day full of them, setting so spectacularly that you can almost smell the tropical paradise lazing somewhere over this rim of endless, gray socialist towers.” – Tod Wodicka
75. “. . . Like ashes of gold in a cinnamon-flame,
My youthful desires have been burnt with the years–
And tonight in the chilling sunset-wind
A cicada, singing, weighs on my heart.” – Meng Haoran
One of the oldest sunset quotes on this list, Tang Dynasty poet Meng Haoran lived between 689 and 740 AD. He was famed for his landscape and nature-inspired poetry. This particular poem shows the power of nature, and how the sunset can be equated to the later years of life. Given its age, it’s no wonder that the poem has inspired numerous poems and paintings in response throughout the ages.
76. “I envy people who can just look at a sunset. I wonder how you can shoot it. There is nothing more grotesque to me than a vacation.” – Dustin Hoffman
Everyone knows that one person who poo-poos everything, including sunsets. We just didn’t know that actor Dustin Hoffman was that kind of guy. Well, if we were all the same it would be boring.
77. “Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are there cannot be one without the other yet they cannot exist at the same time. How would it feel I remember wondering to be always together yet forever apart?” – Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
78. “He glanced at the sun which, old professional that it was, chose that moment to drop below the horizon.” – Terry Pratchett, Pyramids
79. “As he clicked off his overhead light, he turned his eyes one last time to the heavens. Outside, in the newly fallen darkness, the world had been transformed. The sky had become a glistening tapestry of stars.” – Dan Brown
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80. “Scattered with poppies, the golden-green waves of the cornfields faded. The red sun seemed to tip one end of a pair of scales below the horizon, and simultaneously to lift an orange moon at the other.” – Patrick Leigh Fermor, Between the Woods and the Water
81. “What else can one do in the time before sunset?” – Plato
Another ancient sunset quote – and another that acts as a metaphor for the end of life – this one is from Phaedo, the philosophical work by Plato (428-348 BC). The work depicts the final hours of his teacher Socrates, who is about to be executed by Athenian authorities. The question of “What else can one do in the time before sunset?” is thought to refer to living life as a philosopher in preparation for death. A bit melancholy, but definitely deep.
82. “The point is that when I see a sunset or a waterfall or something, for a split second it’s so great, because for a little bit I’m out of my brain, and it’s got nothing to do with me. I’m not trying to figure it out, you know what I mean? And I wonder if I can somehow find a way to maintain that mind stillness.” – Chris Evans
83. “They sipped until the sun, as golden as syrupy as the bourbon, slipped into the sea.” – Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing
The super-popular modern novel Where the Crawdads Sing, published in 2018, spent over 124 weeks in the New York Times bestseller list. It’s a coming-of-age tale set in the marshes of North Carolina. It’s interspersed with various odes to the natural world – as you can tell by the incredibly poetic description of sunset above.
84. “How beautiful is Sunset eye & breast
Is filled with extacys & love & joy
The georgius liverie the glorious west
Is one short glance of heaven from the Sky” – John Clare
You may not know John Clare (1793-1864), but this 19th-century poet – often dubbed the peasant poet – is considered nowadays to be one of the best Romantic poets to have lived. The son of a farm labourer, Clare’s work both celebrates the English countryside, and mourns its loss as development related to the Industrial Revolution gradually changed it forever. Here he describes sunset as a “short glance of heaven.” Correct.
85. “It was a rich and gorgeous sunset – an American sunset; and the ruddy glow of the sky was reflected from some extensive pools of water among the shadowy copses in the meadow below.” – Francis Parkman
86. “I resign, the evening seemed to say, as it paled and faded above the battlements and prominences, moulded, pointed, of hotel, flat, and block of shops, I fade, she was beginning. I disappear, but London would have none of it.” – Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
The pioneering 20th-century author Virginia Woolf was born in 1882 and died in 1941. During her life, Woolf wrote numerous essays and novels; Mrs. Dalloway (1925) is one of her best known works. It depicts a day in the life of a high society woman living in post-World War I England and has been compared to James Joyce’s seminal Ulysses (1922).
87. “The man stopped talking and was looking at the sunset. But what does someone who hates and loves want with a sunset?” – Alberto Caeiro, The Keeper of Sheep
88. “If the boy and girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand in the last scene, it adds 10 million to the box office.” – George Lucas
Creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones, George Lucas knows a thing or two about filmmaking. This quip from the director, producer, entrepreneur, and screenwriter shows the power of the sunset – it’s the end of the day, and if you can wrap everything up neatly like at this time, it’s even more romantic.
89. “How beautiful is sunset when the glow
Of Heaven descends upon a land like thee,
Thou Paradise of exiles, Italy!” – Percy Bysshe Shelley
Who could say no to a sunset in Italy? Percy Bysshe Shelley couldn’t, that’s for sure – born in 1792, the British poet practically lived in Italy (and died there, as well, in 1822). The sunset quote above is taken from the 1824 poem Julian and Maddalo: A Conversation, which is basically him and Lord Byron taking a gondola ride through Venice and talking about all sorts of stuff. They were pretty much the original nomads before digital became a thing.
90. “There is no way in which a man can earn a star or deserve a sunset.” – G.K. Chesterton
91. “When the ship approached the equator, I stopped going out on deck in the daytime. The sun burned like a flame. The days had shortened and night came swiftly. One moment it was light, the next it was dark. The sun did not set but fell into the water like a meteor.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer, American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940’s Until Now
92. “It was a glorious evening, the sun seeming to hesitate in the process of setting, as if it couldn’t bear to end the day. It was teetering on the horizon, throwing ribbons of pink and mauve across the sky like life ropes, and the air was sweet with jasmine.” – Kate Morton, The Lake House
93. “And the sun would set, and then our riders could watch the actual process of colour fading from the world. Was that tree still really green, or was it only that they were remembering how a few seconds ago it had been green?” – Hope Mirrlees, Lud-in-the-Mist
94. “And the sunset itself on such waves of ether
That I just can’t comprehend
Whether it is the end of the day, the end of the world,
Or the mystery of mysteries in me again.” – Anna Akhmatova, The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova
95. “The more clouds you have in your sky, the more colorful sunset it will be.” – Sajal Sazzad
96. “O that our dreamings all, of sleep or wake,
Would all their colours from the sunset take.” ? John Keats
Another of Shelley’s poet friends who lived in Italy, John Keats also met a tragic end in Italy, dying of tuberculosis in Rome aged just 25. The Romantic poet was only published for four years of his life but made a huge impact on English literature. These two lines are taken from a verse letter that he sent to a John Hamilton Reynolds in 1848, and speaks of the romanticism of the colours at sunset.
97. “People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.’ I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” – Carl R. Rogers
98. “Because we were orbiting the earth faster than earth spins on its axis, we went around the earth 16 times a day, an earth day, which meant 16 periods of lightness and 16 periods of darkness in 24 hours. Every so often you’d look towards the earth, and often you could see lightness and darkness together, and dawn and sunset were spectacular.” – Helen Sharman
Helen Sharman (OBE) is a cosmonaut, and she’s got a lot of firsts under her belt – two of those claims are being the first British person in space and the first woman to visit the Mir Space Station. Her sunset quote above is unique as she can boast a different perspective to everyone else on this list in that she’s seeing the colors of the day and night from way up high. The ultimate trip.
99. “Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.” – Elbert Hubbard
100. “A strip of water’s spread in the setting sun,
Half the river’s emerald, half is red.
I love the third night of the ninth month,
The dew is like pearl; the moon like a bow.” – Bai Juyi
Another Tang Dynasty poet, the work of Bai Juyi (772-846 AD) was instrumental in the development of Japan’s fledgling literature. In fact, in Japan, he is known by the Japanese reading of the Chinese characters that make up his name: Haku Rakuten. The focus of the poem above is very much on the stark beauty of nature.
101. “Foam is white and waves are grey; beyond the sunset leads my way.” — J.R.R. Tolkien
We’re ending with this line written by the creator god of Middle Earth himself, J.R.R. Tolkein. Rather than appearing in one of his books, this sunset-themed musing is part of a poem called “Bilbo’s Last Song,” which Tolkien wrote as a gift for his secretary, Joy Hill, in 1966 who published it after his death.
Final thoughts on best sunset quotes
As you’ve undoubtedly read, there are some really special sunset quotes on this list. A few are cynical – Lucas, Hoffman, we’re looking at you; others are romantic and totally poetic, such as the works of Shakespeare, Keats, and Shelley. You can even find a good sunset quote in a New York Times bestseller!
Maybe you’re inspired to get writing, and explain the hidden metaphors of a sunset, or simply work your best description into your own fiction or travelogues. Or maybe you’re just waiting for the next sunset – enjoy!
Thanks for reading – that was fun! 😀
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