Shadow quotes

  • Everyone writes in Tolstoy's shadow, whether one feels oneself to be Tolstoyan or not.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Writing #Shadow #Feels

  • Cats, no less liquid than their shadows, offer no angles to the wind. They slip, diminished, neat, through loopholes less than themselves.
    -- A. S. J. Tessimond

    #Cat #Wind #Shadow

  • Birth is a shadow. Courage, self-sustained, outlords succession's phlegm, and needs no ancestors.
    -- Aaron Hill

    #Self #Shadow #Needs

  • Listen to me, Blaire. If you try to go anywhere I will chase you down. I will become your shadow.
    -- Abbi Glines

    #Shadow #Trying #Listen To Me

  • India should walk on her own shadow - we must have our own development model.
    -- Abdul Kalam

    #Shadow #India #Development

  • There is a black which is old and a black which is fresh. Lustrous black and dull black, black in sunlight and black in shadow.
    -- Ad Reinhardt

    #Black #Shadow #Dull

  • Clear moments are so short. There is much more darkness. More ocean than terra firma. More shadow than form.
    -- Adam Zagajewski

    #Ocean #Darkness #Shadow

  • Because it appears to me a hazardous thing to exchange my soul for my shadow.
    -- Adelbert von Chamisso

    #Soul #Shadow

  • A person without a shadow should keep out of the sun, that is the only safe and rational plan.
    -- Adelbert von Chamisso

    #Shadow #Safe #Sun

  • When You Are In The Light, Everything Follows You, But When You Enter Into The Dark, Even Your Own Shadow Doesn't Follow You.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Dark #Light #Shadow

  • The body is imaginary, and we bow to the tyranny of a phantom. Love is a privilege perception, the most total and lucid not only of the unreality of the world but of our own unreality: not only do we traverse a realm of shadows; but ourselves are shadows.
    -- Adolfo Bioy Casares

    #Love Is #Perception #Shadow

  • The seed of mortals broods o'er passing things, and hath nought surer than the smoke-cloud's shadow.
    -- Aeschylus

    #Clouds #Shadow #Passing

  • Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
    -- Aesop

    #Reality #Shadow #Substance

  • To sacrifice the moral to the physical, as is done in these days, is to sacrifice reality for a shadow.
    -- African Spir

    #Sacrifice #Reality #Shadow

  • Even now, sometimes on street corners... when I meet someone, I see your shadow. I'm sure that even now, you're still wearing that man's cologne... so you can sleep, even alone...
    -- Ai Yazawa

    #Sleep #Men #Shadow

  • This visible world is a trace of that invisible one and the former follows the latter like a shadow.
    -- Al-Ghazali

    #Shadow #World #Invisible

  • Thus, in a middle course between these heights and depths, they drifted through life rather than lived, the prey of aimless days and sterile memories, like wandering shadows that could have acquired substance only by consenting to root themselves in the solid earth of their distress.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Memories #Roots #Shadow

  • There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Gratitude #Night #Shadow

  • Your nightmares follow you like a shadow, forever.
    -- Aleksandar Hemon

    #Forever #Shadow #Nightmare

  • Having been in Hollywood as a shadow, as someone who is almost invisible, I can see fame for what it is.
    -- Alex Kingston

    #Shadow #Hollywood #Invisible

  • Envy will merit as its shade pursue, But like a shadow, proves the substance true.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Envy #Shadow #Merit

  • I don't want to just see someone's face; I want to know his shadow, too. —Jude
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Shadow #Want #Faces

  • Never be ashamed of your love," he said gently. "The only thing to be ashamed of is denying your love. That is what makes the shadow grow within your heart; that is the darkening of the Light. And we all have many loves.
    -- Alison Croggon

    #Heart #Light #Shadow

  • You can disguise any set with lights and shadows.
    -- Allan Dwan

    #Light #Shadow #Light And Shadow

  • Fear was there, too, cold and hot at the same time, making everything in the plain room sharper, with fewer shadows.
    -- Allison Brennan

    #Fear #Shadow #Hot

  • Sharing words with someone you have never met is like observing a shadow, without seeing the whole person; the place where my shadow touches theirs, is the place where our words meet, and it is in that place where wonderful exchanges can take place.
    -- Allison Mackie

    #Shadow #Our Words #Wonderful

  • Words cannot fully express the devastation and horror caused by NTDs. Until now, these diseases have been hidden in the shadows, but working with the Global Network, I am focused on bringing this tragedy to the public eye.
    -- Alyssa Milano

    #Eye #Tragedy #Shadow

  • Wisdom is known only by contrasting it with folly; by shadow only we perceive that all visible objects are not flat. Yet Philanthropos would abolish evil!
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Evil #Shadow #Flats

  • Don't be afraid of the shadows, it only means there's a light nearby.
    -- Amy Lee

    #Mean #Light #Shadow

  • All these years I kept my true nature hidden, running along like a small shadow so nobody could catch me. -Ying Ying
    -- Amy Tan

    #Running #Years #Shadow

  • She walked in the shadow of Rango with a great feeling of being taken out of herself, of having no knowledge of what was happening to her, merely a pervading sense of flow.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Taken #Feelings #Shadow

  • Necessary, since every moment in our lives is marked by death, like a shadow from another realm, it appear to us like a vanishing point for everything. How can one meditate on live without meditating too on its brevity, its precariousness, its fragility?
    -- Andre Comte-Sponville

    #Shadow #Vanishing #Fragility

  • My shadow in my art is one way I trace who I was and where I have been. My shadow and I have been on a journey for quite a while now!
    -- Angela Cartwright

    #Art #Journey #Shadow

  • My shadow serves as the friend I crave
    -- Anna Akhmatova


  • The very shadows seem to listen.
    -- Anna Katharine Green


  • More than a shadow and less than a soul.
    -- Anne Bishop

    #Soul #Shadow

  • The shadow past is shaped by everything that never happened. Invisible, it melts the present like rain through karst.
    -- Anne Michaels

    #Rain #Past #Shadow

  • My passport photo is one of the most remarkable photographs I have ever seen- no retouching, no shadows, no flattery-just stark me.
    -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

    #Photography #Shadow #Flattery

  • The mountains are so beautiful they make me ache inside because the moment I look away I know I shall need to see them again. And I cannot spend the rest of my life standing on the spot starting at shifting sunlight and mist and shadows across the sea.
    -- Anne Perry

    #Beautiful #Sea #Shadow

  • As if the night had said to me, ‘You are the night and the night alone understands you and enfolds you in its arms’ One with the shadows. Without nightmare. An inexplicable peace.
    -- Anne Rice

    #Night #Shadow #Arms

  • If shadows were caused by the interplay between light and Life, a child's was still forming. An adult's was inextricably bound to his body, but a child had a tenuous relationship to his own permanence, and thus, his own shadow.
    -- Anne Ursu

    #Children #Light #Shadow

  • Film can express things that computers never will. Film is a series of photographs separated by split seconds of darkness. Film is light and shadow.
    -- Annie Baker

    #Light #Darkness #Shadow

  • A myth is far truer than a history, for a history only gives a story of the shadows, whereas a myth gives a story of the substances that cast the shadows.
    -- Annie Besant

    #Philosophical #Giving #Shadow

  • Today is one of those excellent January partly cloudies in which light chooses an unexpected part of the landscape to trick out in gilt, and then the shadow sweeps it away. You know you're alive. You take huge steps, trying to feel the planet's roundness arc between your feet.
    -- Annie Dillard

    #Light #Feet #Shadow

  • The shadow banking sector has played an important role in cleaning up toxic assets.
    -- Anshu Jain

    #Inspiring #Shadow #Important

  • We are fascinated by the darkness in ourselves, we are fascinated by the shadow, we are fascinated by the boogeyman.
    -- Anthony Hopkins

    #Darkness #Shadow #Boogeyman

  • For those of us who live in the shadow of this noisy monster, there aren't too many of us who are sorry to see it go.
    -- Anthony Weiner

    #Sorry #Shadow #Monsters

  • The true theater, because it moves and makes use of living instruments, continues to stir up shadows where life has never ceased to grope its way.
    -- Antonin Artaud

    #Moving #Shadow #Use

  • Like all magic cultures expressed by appropriate hieroglyphs, the true theater has its shadows too, and, of all languages and all arts, the theater is the only one left whose shadows have shattered their limitations.
    -- Antonin Artaud

    #Art #Magic #Shadow

  • The shadows: some hide, others reveal.
    -- Antonio Porchia


  • The light of the day is followed by night, as a shadow follows a body.
    -- Aristotle

    #Night #Light #Shadow

  • In the world of physics we watch a shadowgraph performance of the drama of familiar life. The shadow of my elbow rests on the shadow table as the shadow ink flows over the shadow paper. It is all symbolic, and as a symbol the physicist leaves it. ... The frank realization that physical science is concerned with a world of shadows is one of the most significant of recent advances.
    -- Arthur Eddington

    #Drama #Shadow #Flow

  • News is so often a report of conflict, an account of problems, a thing of the day and even of the minute, that sometimes I think we make the background darker and the shadows deeper than they actually are.
    -- Arthur Hays Sulzberger

    #Thinking #Shadow #News

  • The shadow of a cornstalk on the ground is lovely, but it is no denial of its loveliness to see as one looks on it that it is telling the time of day, the position of the earth and the sun, the size of our planet and its shape, and perhaps even the length of its life and ours among the stars.
    -- Arthur Miller

    #Stars #Lovely #Shadow

  • All of my life had been spent in the shadow of apartheid. And when South Africa went through its extraordinary change in 1994, it was like having spent a lifetime in a boxing ring with an opponent and suddenly finding yourself in that boxing ring with nobody else and realising you've to take the gloves off and get out and reinvent yourself.
    -- Athol Fugard

    #Boxing #Finding Yourself #Shadow

  • In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.
    -- August Sander

    #Inspirational #Photography #Shadow

  • Oh! Duty is an icy shadow. It will freeze you. It cannot fill the heart's sanctuary.
    -- Augusta Jane Evans

    #Heart #Shadow #Icy

  • As paradoxical as it may seem a great sculptor is as much a colourist as the best painter, or rather the best engraver. He plays so skillfully with all the resources of relief, he blends so well the boldness of light with the modesty of shadow, that his sculptures please one, as much as the most charming etchings.
    -- Auguste Rodin

    #Light #Play #Shadow

  • The most I would do was use the shadow tool in Photoshop to bring out the muscular rips in my stomach, which were honestly there. Beneath the fat.
    -- Augusten Burroughs

    #Rip #Shadow #Tools

  • Many men spend their lives in gazing at their own shadows, and so dwindle away into shadows thereof.
    -- Augustus William Hare

    #Men #Shadow #Gazing

  • Instead of watching the bird as it flies above our heads, we chase his shadow along the ground; and, finding we cannot grasp it, we conclude it to be nothing.
    -- Augustus William Hare

    #Bird #Shadow #Findings

  • It was no mean trick doing the wiring with those mittens on. But I managed it and crawled out, batting spiders into the shadows. I could hear a thud as they hit the floor joists, then a scuttling sound, then, worst of all, the silence of spiders.
    -- Bailey White

    #Mean #Silence #Shadow

  • The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.
    -- Barack Obama

    #Strong #Shadow #Unions

  • I'm partly somebody else trying to fit in and say the right things and do the right thing and be in the right place and wear what everybody else is wearing. Sometimes I think we're all trying to be shadows of each other, trying to buy the same records and everything even if we don't like them. Kids are like robots, off an assembly line, and I don't want to be a robot!
    -- Beatrice Sparks

    #Kids #Thinking #Shadow

  • Once there was a man who was afraid of his shadow. Then he met it. Now he glows in the dark.
    -- Ben Loory

    #Dark #Men #Shadow

  • There was a man that hated his footprints and his shadow, so one day he thought that if he ran fast enough, his footprints and shadow would not be able to follow him and then he never ever had to look at them again. He ran and he ran as fast as he could, but the shadow and the footprints had no problems keeping up to him. And he ran even faster and all of a sudden he fell dead to the ground. But if he been standing still there hadn't been any footprints and if he had been resting under a tree his shadow had been swallowed of the trees shadow.
    -- Benjamin Hoff

    #Men #Tree #Shadow

  • Error is but the shadow of the truth.
    -- Benjamin Stillingfleet

    #Errors #Shadow

  • Remember, light and shadow never stand still.
    -- Benjamin West

    #Light #Shadow #Remember

  • There were shadows galore in the dim light, but there was one shadow that did not correspond to any object in the room. It lurked next to the fireplace, a formless, undulating darkness.
    -- Bentley Little

    #Light #Darkness #Shadow

  • This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affectations glow and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at any moment we may see the unicorn.
    -- Bernard DeVoto

    #Believe #Shadow #Watches

  • Let's pursue a walk with God so close that the spotlights of this world-be they for us or against us-are eclipsed by His enormous shadow cast on our path.
    -- Beth Moore

    #Shadow #World #Spotlight

  • In this world everything changes except good deeds and bad deeds; these follow you as the shadow follows the body.
    -- Bhikkhu Bodhi

    #Shadow #World #Body

  • I see my subject as an orchestration of shapes, patterns, shade, cast shadows, tonal groupings and aerial perspective.
    -- Bill Luff

    #Perspective #Shadow #Shapes

  • When we see the shadow on our images, are we seeing the time 11 minutes ago on Mars? Or are we seeing the time on Mars as observed from Earth now? It's like time travel problems in science fiction. When is now; when was then?
    -- Bill Nye

    #Travel #Shadow #Fiction

  • I'm always shy in front of an audience, so I'm always at the back, in the shadows, just doing it. I don't like the front, the adulation.
    -- Bill Wyman

    #Shadow #Shy #Adulation

  • A guest worker program should help farmers who are willing to pay a fair wage for law-abiding, dependable workers - not punish them ... And for this reason I support replacing the H-2A program and implementing new policies that will bring our illegal agricultural workers out of the shadows, as a first step in the process of overhauling our nation's immigration system.
    -- Bob Goodlatte

    #Law #Support #Shadow

  • As before the collapse, the setting sun brushed the tiles, brought out the warm brown glow on the wallpaper, and hung the shadow of the birch on the wall as if it were a woman's scarf.
    -- Boris Pasternak

    #Wall #Shadow #Scarves

  • Why is it, my shadow-striding friend, that we don't fear dreams? We lose consciousness, lose control, things happen with no apparent logic and abiding by no apparent rules.... We don't fear dreams, but we do fear madness, and death terrifies us.
    -- Brent Weeks

    #Dream #Shadow #Abiding

  • I wear my shadows where they're harder to see, but they follow me everywhere. I guess that should tell me I'm traveling toward light.
    -- Bruce Cockburn

    #Light #Shadow #Follow Me

  • If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow -- you are not understanding yourself.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Understanding #Shadow #Patterns

  • Cinema is all about going back from shadow to light and back and forth: cinema is a place of transgression.
    -- Bruno Dumont

    #Light #Shadow #Cinema

  • Shadows fall on even the brightest hours.
    -- Bryan Procter

    #Fall #Night #Shadow

  • Intelligence is a harder gift. For this you must work, you must practice it, challenge it, and maybe toward the end of your life you will master it. Cleverness is the shadow, whereas intelligence is the substance. -Doc
    -- Bryce Courtenay

    #Practice #Challenges #Shadow

  • Reality is harsh to the feet of shadows. But will you come?
    -- C. S. Lewis

    #Reality #Feet #Shadow

  • Prestige is the shadow of money and power.
    -- C. Wright Mills

    #Shadow #Prestige #Money And Power

  • Prestige is the shadow of money and power. Where these are, there it is. Like the national market for soap or automobiles and the enlarged arena of federal power, the national cash-in area for prestige has grown, slowly being consolidated into a truly national system.
    -- C. Wright Mills

    #Respect #Shadow #Cash

  • To confront a person with their own shadow is to show them their own light.
    -- Carl Jung

    #Light #Shadow #Shows

  • Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual's conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions.
    -- Carl Jung

    #Shadow #Intention #Individual

  • How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole
    -- Carl Jung

    #Dark #Psychology #Shadow

  • The brighter the light, the darker the shadow.
    -- Carl Jung

    #Light #Shadow

  • All true stories begin and end in a cemetery" - The Shadow of the Wind
    -- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

    #Wind #Shadow #Stories

  • somethings can only be seen in the shadows
    -- Carlos Ruiz Zafon


  • There are other great writers who are not read properly in their own day for the reason, perhaps, that their readers are not yet born. What they have to say to their own generation is said so at cross-purposes and with such apparent irrelevance that it is not understood. They are, as it were, giants who tower above their own age to cast their shadows across the next.
    -- Caroline Gordon

    #Irrelevance #Shadow #Age

  • Shadow turned. Her eyes were wet; she smiled at him wanley. "I'll be she loved you.
    -- Catherine Fisher

    #Eye #Shadow #Her Eyes

  • . . . the wellspring for the passion that drove public speech and action in behalf of the environment was in large part religious and ethical. Environmentalism, in short, had become one version of nature religion in the lingering shadow of American transcendentalism.
    -- Catherine L. Albanese

    #Religious #Passion #Shadow

  • Her father’s shadow looked sadly down at her. “You can never forget what you do in a war, September my love. No one can. You won’t forget your war either.
    -- Catherynne M. Valente

    #Father #War #Shadow

  • I’m a monster,” said the shadow of the Marquess suddenly. “Everyone says so.” The Minotaur glanced up at her. “So are we all, dear,” said the Minotaur kindly. “The thing to decide is what kind of monster to be. The kind who builds towns or the kind who breaks them.
    -- Catherynne M. Valente

    #Shadow #Monsters #Towns

  • Ananna of Tanarau is a delightfully irascible heroine, inhabiting a fascinating and fresh new world that I would love to spend more time in. Pirate ships? Camels? Shadow dwelling assassins? Yes please! Can I have some more?
    -- Celine Kiernan

    #Dwelling #Pirate #Shadow

  • Mystery is the art of eliciting unseen things hidden in the shadow of natural ones... and serving to demonstrate as real the things that are not.
    -- Cennino Cennini

    #Art #Real #Shadow

  • You can't stand up to the night until you understand what's hiding in its shadows.
    -- Charles de Lint

    #Night #Shadow #Hiding