100+ Best Shadow Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Shadow Quotes

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

We do not accost a physician as we do any mere nobody; nor a magistrate as we do a private individual. We try to get some advantage from the skill of the one and the position of the other. Walk in the sun, and your shadow will follow you, whether you will or not. — Saint Basil

A little man often cast a long shadow. — G. M. Trevelyan

The whole shadow of Man is only as big as his hat. — Elizabeth Bishop

I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is no death the way we understood it. The body dies, but not the soul. — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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

A people always ends by resembling its shadow. — Rudyard Kipling

Probably the one Bible passage that is read by Jews and Roman Catholics, Protestants, Islam, more than any other chapter is Psalm 23. And in Psalm 23 there is a verse that says, ‘Surely, yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.’ — Robert H. Schuller

We are involved in youth testing internationally. We want to try to prove without a shadow of a doubt the relationship between physical fitness and health, not just physical fitness and ability to perform. — Kenneth H. Cooper

A child knows when they are on the receiving end of a didactic exercise, or when they are sitting in the shadow of something else. — Tim Crouch

Manipulating shadows and tonality is like writing music or a poem. — Conrad Hall

The sound of the mandolin is a very curious sound because it’s cheerful and melancholy at the same time, and I think it comes from that shadow string, the double strings. — Rita Dove

For a Bostonian… we live in the shadow of New York, and to be acknowledged by New Yorkers is really the greatest feeling. — Donnie Wahlberg

Tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain. — Percy Bysshe Shelley

I was kind of smart enough when I was young, 14 or 15 years old, to realize that if you’re ever going to do anything and step out of the shadow of your own dad – not only in hockey, but in life itself – you’re going to have to learn you’re Brett and not ‘Bobby’s son.’ — Brett Hull

We all have a dark side. Most of us go through life avoiding direct confrontation with that aspect of ourselves, which I call the shadow self. Theres a reason why. It carries a great deal of energy. — Lorraine Toussaint

I am about as detailed as a shadow. — Lynda Barry

If God is not sending earthquakes, destroying economies and inflicting pain upon human beings, what is God doing? God works through people, calling them to help their neighbors in need. God comforts His people, walking with them even ‘through the valley of the shadow of death.’ — Adam Hamilton

God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. Yet his shadow still looms. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives; who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? — Friedrich Nietzsche

Negotiations are a euphemism for capitulation if the shadow of power is not cast across the bargaining table. — George P. Shultz

It feels quite cool, in a mad way, to be someone who skulks about in the shadows. — Peter Baynham

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

Getting out from under the shadow of Henry Fonda was difficult. — Peter Fonda

One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it. — Elizabeth Bowen

If you could say of any one individual that the court as an institution is the length and shadow of that individual, surely it would be John Marshall. — William Rehnquist

When ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ became a success I had already been a working writer, I’d been through the ups and downs, I’d seen how it worked. — Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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

I can understand there are things like shadows they need to fix after a shoot, but it’s unfair to represent an image of yourself if it’s not true. They’re gonna see what you look like on film anyway, so why try to cover all your wobbly bits in a photo? — Emily Blunt

Earlier lives drift by on silver soles, and the shadows of the damned descend into these sighing waters. — Georg Trakl

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

Those powers that control the tent are not threatened at all by any activity that you engage in, in the shadows, that’s not moving toward the tent. And I am rather convinced that we have a generation that is so preoccupied with life in the shadows, they never even focus on getting to the sunlight where you open up the big tent. — Jesse Jackson

The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ. — Oswald Chambers

I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadow; if I fail, or if I succeed at least I did as I believe. — Whitney Houston

My early influences were the Shadows, who were an English instrumental band. They basically got me into playing and later on I got into blues and jazz players. I liked Clapton when he was with John Mayall. I really liked that period. — Tony Iommi

My cameraman and I devised a method, which we started using from my second film, which applies mainly to day scenes shot in the studio, where we used bounced light instead of direct light. We agreed with this thing of four or five shadows following the actors is dreadful. — Satyajit Ray

A person shows himself for an instant as in a photograph but clearer and in the background something which is bigger than his shadow. — Tomas Transtromer

Hell, covering all with its gloomy vapors, has cast shadows on even the holiest eyes. — Jean Racine

Below us the Thames grew lighter, and all around below were the shadows – the dark shadows of buildings and bridges that formed the base of this dreadful masterpiece. — Ernie Pyle

We went into darkness after being in daylight the whole time on the way to the Moon. And then we went into darkness. And we’re in the shadow… of the Moon. — Gene Cernan

I have spent much of my adult life flinching with pain as I tried to pull out the threads that bound the shadows of my past to me. — Lorna Luft

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

Time is but the shadow of the world upon the background of Eternity. — Jerome K. Jerome

It’s hard to imagine anyone interested in film not being a fan of Alfred Hitchcock because he’s such a key influence on the entire history of cinema – it’s hard to escape his shadow. — Toby Jones

For centuries, the world has heard the oppressed, the downtrodden and the vulnerable cry out for their freedoms, for their rights and for a chance to emerge from the shadows of the tyranny and bloodshed that they had lived with. — Ginny Brown-Waite

The reputation of a man is like his shadow, gigantic when it precedes him, and pigmy in its proportions when it follows. — Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

Our sexual lives are maintained by the shadow side and the light side, so the more we can understand and embrace enlightenment, the less need there is for chemical enhancement. — Kyan Douglas

The source of my power and strength is God, and I know it, without a shadow of a doubt. — Derek Fisher

I left my mark on ‘Dark Shadows.’ One day I was doing my lines perfectly from Act 3. Everyone else was doing Act 2. — Kate Jackson

I had the closest thing I have ever had to an out-of-body experience lying in bed one morning. I turned on the ‘Today’ programme and item four on the news was: ‘The shadow chancellor has ruled himself out of the leadership.’ I lay there thinking that’s interesting, then I realised it was me. — George Osborne

We lived in the shadow of our rich relations. Mother was intent on keeping up with the people she was raised with, which was impossible. My father was a physician who wanted to be a rabbi but was weighed down by a great sense of obligation to support his family in style. — Stewart Stern

I am not the flag: not at all. I am but its shadow. — Franklin Knight Lane

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

If I am elected leader, my shadow opposition team will actively incorporate the policy contributions of all our members by instituting policy action committees as recommend by the 2010 National Review. — Bill Shorten

In the domain of cops and robbers, an interdiction serves to structure a black market and a shadow economy. — William Irwin Thompson

Whether the family goes on a spiritual basis or not, the alcoholic member has to if he would recover. The others must be convinced of his new status beyond the shadow of a doubt. Seeing is believing to most families who have lived with a drinker. — William Griffith Wilson

Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and adventures are the shadow truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes and forgotten. — Neil Gaiman

The secret to my 5 o’clock shadow is a little device called the George Michael 3000 Custom Beard Trimmer and Personal Massager. Just kidding. I actually shave every morning, and thanks to my vast knowledge of Eastern philosophy and mysticism, I will my facial hair to grow to the exact same length each day. Dave Grohl taught me that one. — Reid Scott

These greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow. — Sam Snead

Ceremony leads her bigots forth, prepared to fight for shadows of no worth. While truths, on which eternal things depend, can hardly find a single friend. — William Cowper

Some men by ancestry are only the shadow of a mighty name. — Lucan

I saw someone the other day with yellow on their eyelids, and it looked so fresh. But I thought if I did that I’d look like a clown. So I went and I bought some yellow eye shadow from M.A.C. and I noticed that when you mix it with water it works better. So I tried it, and I looked like Big Bird. I will never do that again. — Kelly Rowland

We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand. — E. M. Forster

Human rights are not a privilege granted by the few, they are a liberty entitled to all, and human rights, by definition, include the rights of all humans, those in the dawn of life, the dusk of life, or the shadows of life. — Kay Granger

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. — Buddha

You didn’t grow up in the shadow of John Steinbeck. He put you on his shoulders and gave you all the light you wanted. — Thomas Steinbeck

Every where the years bring to all enough of sin and sorrow; but in slavery the very dawn of life is darkened by these shadows — Harriet Ann Jacobs

Power may be at the end of a gun, but sometimes it’s also at the end of the shadow or the image of a gun. — Jean Genet

Shadows cannot see themselves in the mirror of the sun. — Evita Peron

A grateful world, nation and cadre of surgeons general who followed in his shadow are forever indebted to Surgeon General Koop’s wisdom, fortitude, integrity and selfless service. — Richard Carmona

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

Under the ominous shadow which the second World War and its attendant circumstances have cast on the world, peace has become as essential to civilized existence as the air we breathe is to life itself. — Cordell Hull

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

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of him is more than I can see. — Robert Louis Stevenson

The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed, the shadow of shadows on the deed alone. — William Butler Yeats

The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike. — Ralph Ellison

The interesting thing about my character Sylar is that my strengths as an actor seemed to go completely against the shape of a character in the shadow. — Zachary Quinto

Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is – it is her shadow. — Ambrose Bierce

Suffering has roused them from the sleep of gentle life, and every day fills them with a terrible intoxication. They are now something more than themselves; those we loved were merely happy shadows. — Georges Duhamel

Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind. — Nathaniel Hawthorne

It’s important to know that if you are dealing with shadows. — Conrad Hall

It is only in the shadows, when some fresh wave, truly original, truly creative, breaks upon the shore, that there will be a rediscovery of the West. — Jacques Barzun

Beauty deprived of its proper foils and adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty, just as light deprived of all shadows ceases to be enjoyed as light. — John Ruskin

How many people make themselves abstract to appear profound. The most useful part of abstract terms are the shadows they create to hide a vacuum. — Joseph Joubert

There stands the shadow of a glorious name. — Lucan

The success of ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ made me very happy, but it did not change my perspective or the way I was. — Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Mordovian prisoners are afraid of their own shadows. They are completely terrified. — Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

I was born in the shadow of World War II, on December 18, 1939, on the South Shore of Long Island, a product of the early -wentieth-century emigration of Eastern European Jewry to New York City and its environs. — Harold E. Varmus

The ordinary man casts a shadow in a way we do not quite understand. The man of genius casts light. — George Steiner

Do we not all spend the greater part of our lives under the shadow of an event that has not yet come to pass?. — Maurice Maeterlinck

New Jersey shaped who and what I am. Growing up in Jersey gave you all the advantages of New York, but you were in its shadow. Anyone who’s come from here will tell you that same story. — Jon Bon Jovi

You’re like the girl who left her shadow in the drawer, but when she went to get it, it wasn’t there. — Wayne Shorter

How do you grow up in the shadow of a guy – I want to talk about the movie in a second – but how do you grow up in the shadow of a guy who really is a legend in his own time? — Tavis Smiley

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

The myths have always condemned those who ‘looked back.’ Condemned them, whatever the paradise may have been which they were leaving. Hence this shadow over each departure from your decision. — Dag Hammarskjold

I love eye shadows that are shimmery and playing with colors. There’s just more you can do with your eyes. — Carrie Underwood

In talking, shyness and timidity distort the very meaning of my words. I don’t pretend to know anybody well. People are like shadows to me and I am like a shadow. — Gwen John

How many writers in history have ever been as famous as Stephen King? He casts an awfully long shadow. — Christopher Golden

There’s something about shadows because you make your own mind up about what’s lurking in them. — Richard O’Brien

It’s very easy to say that something is a shadow of itself, and it may be true in some senses. — Sydney Schanberg

In 1989, my father died after a prolonged struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. All four of his siblings followed him into the shadow lands of that fascinating, maddening affliction. — Charlie Pierce