• WordNet 3.6
    • adj enlightening enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement "the paintings in the church served an edifying purpose even for those who could not read"
    • adj enlightening tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance "an enlightening glimpse of government in action","an illuminating lecture"
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  • St. John of the Cross
    St. John of the Cross
    “In tribulation immediately draw near to God with confidence, and you will receive strength, enlightenment, and instruction.”
  • Alan Redpath
    Alan Redpath
    “The condition of an enlightened mind is a surrendered heart.”
  • Vic Braden
    Vic Braden
    “The moment of enlightenment is when a person's dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    “If I could define enlightenment briefly I would say it is the quiet acceptance of what is.”
  • Nikos Kazantzakis
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness.”


In literature:

But then, who does not seek to make converts in his way, whether enlightened or not?
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord
No enlightened Protestant congregation would endure this interference.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI" by John Lord
In this she was aided and directed by some of the most enlightened divines that England ever had.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII" by John Lord
He had long ceased to adorn and enlighten the House of Commons.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
When, I ask, will such truths become obsolete among enlightened people; and when will they become stale?
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume IX" by John Lord
Nor did the Protestant creeds represent enlightenment.
"A History of Freedom of Thought" by John Bagnell Bury
Experience has enlightened us on some questions of essential importance to the country.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
They are worth ten times as much as we, in all that is enlightened, and amiable, and blissful.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
Her enlightenment was appalling.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
There is nothing I have not done to enlighten myself as to the truth.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume VI. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot

In poetry:

While their true faith enlighten'd Christians prove,
By mutual aid, and evangelic love,
By sins environ'd, may we strive alone
To pardon others, and repent our own.
"Hymn To The Saviour - I" by William Hayley
Enlighten thou his mind and thoughts, O Lord,
Inflame his heart, his tongue with knowledge fill,
That he may properly divine thy word
To all, according to thy holy will:
"A Prayer For Them, Who Go To Worship God In Public" by Rees Prichard
Others have gone; the way they went
Sweet sunny now, and safe our nest.
Humanity, enlightenment,
Against the warning hum protest:
Let the world hear that we know what is best.
"The Call" by George Meredith
Peter just ignored the question,
Proudly patriotic man;
Understand a mean suggestion
Men like Peter never can,
Or that free enlightened voters look on all Great Things as rot,
While a Burning Local Question fires each local patriot.
"The Bridge Across the Crick" by C J Dennis
Is drawn out of this depth. Your tragic quality
Required the huge delusion of some major purpose to produce it.
What, that the God of the stars needed your help?" He said
"This is my last
Worst pain, the bitter enlightenment that buys peace."
"Woodrow Wilson" by Robinson Jeffers
But some who this blithe mood present,
As on in lightsome files they fare,
Shall die experienced ere three days are spent —
Perish, enlightened by the vollied glare;
Or shame survive, and, like to adamant,
The throe of Second Manassas share.
"The March Into Viriginia" by Herman Melville

In news:

The forces of enlightenment are preparing for the Gemini Festival of Humanity.
This free community event will feature live music by local musicians, a walking tour of Ulupalakua's historic trees and an enlightening talk about wind energy on Maui.
This is supposed to be the era of enlightened federal transportation policy.
A judge has barred a former student at Ramtha's School of Enlightenment from releasing more materials belonging to the school.
Spicy raspberry enlightenment meatballs are the ideal party appetizer .
Art connects, art provokes, art enlightens and, perhaps most importantly, art heals.
As New York's ethnic make-up continues to evolve, WNYC is committed to serving our area's changing needs with radio that enlightens, encourages and empowers our community as a whole.
Inspired by India brings all sorts of enlightening family fun to Sackler Gallery on the Mall this weekend.
The experience was frustrating at times, but also empowering and enlightening.
Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero says she hasn't seen anything from Ramtha's School of Enlightenment that wold prompt her to return campaign donations from the school and its founder, JZ Knight.
N ow that President Obama has "evolved" on the matter of same-sex marriage to the position favored by "enlightened" Americans, this would seem to be a good time for some rhetorical hygiene.
I sent out a request for some help from the readers to enlighten me about the current status of the sport locally.
Designs for NYC's Park51 Islamic center show a literally enlightened building.
Enlightened Anglers vs Voices from the Dim Past.
We had faith in human exaltation through knowledge and enlightenment .

In science:

BDF would also like to thank the participants of the 2012 Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics for many lively and enlightening discussions.
Inverse Compton Contribution to the Star-Forming Extragalactic Gamma-Ray Background
Acknowledgement: The problem considered here is motivated in part by a question in a recent preprint and the author would like to thank Song Sun for numerous enlightening discussions and suggestions during the preparation of these two papers.
On the space of Kahler potentials
Even if Sr3 Ir2O7 is the spindensity-wave band magnet, the magnetism has the same symmetry as that raised from the local pseudospins and the Mott scenario is still enlightening for the understanding of the magnetic structures.
Bilayer Twisted Hubbard Model for Sr3Ir2O7
The investigation of singular boundary problems (i.e. non-regular ones) is very enlightening but leads us too far a field; we shall investigat e it at another junction.
Symbolic Analysis for Boundary Problems: From Rewriting to Parametrized Gr\"obner Bases
We shall, now, prove a result which enlightens the geometric content in the definition of O(n, IR).
Excursions in Group Theory