73 Shady Quotes and Sayings for Inspiration

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Shady Quotes and Sayings

May your feet ever walk in the light of two suns… and may the moonshadow never fall on you… ~ Robert Fanney.

The economic game is not supposed to be rigged like some shady ring toss on a carnival midway. ~ Arianna Huffington.

A human being is only breath and shadow. ~ Sophocles


It’s easier to hide your light under a bushel than to keep your shady side dark. ~ Helen Rowland.

Come back. Even as a shadow, even as a dream. ~ Euripedes.

In our hands, even the straightest lyric sounded shady. ~ Angus Young.

The Riviera isn’t only a sunny place for shady people. ~ W. Somerset Maugham.

Every man carries with him through life a mirror, as unique and impossible to get rid of as his shadow. ~ W.H. Auden.

I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow. ~ Sylvia Plath.

A shady friend for torrid days Is easier to find than one of higher temperature for frigid hour of mind. ~ Emily Dickinson.

Turn and face the light, and all you see is brightness. Turn and face shadow, and all of life will appear before you. ~ Stan Sudan.

I like my shadow; it reminds me that I exist. ~ Mehmet Murat Ildan.

Perhaps a man’s character was like a tree, and his reputation like its shadow; the shadow is what we think of it, the tree is the real thing. ~ Abraham Lincoln.

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

Life is a mixture of light and shadow, calm and storm, and it’s all good. ~ Susan W. Krebs.

A luminous body will appear more brilliant in proportion as it is surrounded by deeper shadow. ~ Leonardo da Vinci.

Our imagination flies – we are its shadow on the earth. ~ Vladimir Nabokov.

The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow. ~ George R. R. Martin.

I think that light and shadow have exactly the same duality that exists between life and death. ~ Manuel Alvarez Bravo.

Because you don’t notice the light without a bit of shadow. Everything has both dark and light. You have to play with it till you get it exactly right. ~ Libba Bray.

Best Shady Quotes and Sayings

And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, shall be lifted nevermore! ~ Edgar Allan Poe.

But only he who, himself enlightened, is not afraid of shadows. ~ Immanuel Kant

Don’t be afraid of the shadows, it only means there’s a light nearby. ~ Amy Lee.

Even the purest cast a black shadow. ~ Kaitlyn Jones.

Befriend your shadow and life will be easier! ~ Robert Jabert.

Beautiful, delightful, noble, memorable, as is the world you and yours frequent, I yet am well content in my shady crevice. ~ Christina Rossetti.


The shadows are only the darkest when the light is at its brightest. ~ Glenn Beck.

We never see others. Instead, we see only aspects of ourselves that fall over them. Shadows. Projections. Our associations. ~ Chuck Palahniuk.

I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul. ~ Pablo Neruda.

If you were a shadowy, anonymous figure, it made sense to pretend everything had gone according to some diabolical plan. Never mind if it hadn’t. ~ Courtney Milan.

Once dishonesty is introduced, distrust becomes the hallmark of future dealings or associations. ~ Jon M. Huntsman Sr.

Top Shady Quotes and Sayings

Every man who walks the earth casts a shadow on the world. Some are thin and weak, others long and dark. ~ George R. R. Martin.

What would your good do if evil didn’t exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows disappeared? ~ Mikhail Bulgakov.

Most abstract terms are shadows that conceal a void. ~ Joseph Joubert.

When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. ~ Gautama Buddha.

From the ashes, a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring… ~ J. R. R. Tolkien.

A shadow on the wall, yet shadows can kill. And oftentimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow. ~ George R. R. Martin.

My shadow serves as the friend I crave. ~ Anna Akhmatova.

Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings – always darker, emptier, and simpler. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche.


The heyday of woman’s life is the shady side of fifty. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow. ~ Leo Tolstoy.

Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations. ~ Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

A shady business never yields a sunny life. ~ B. C. Forbes.

Never in its life has the sun seen shade, Never in its life seen a shadow where it falls. ~ Laurence Housman.

So don’t be frightened, dear friend, if a sadness confronts you larger than any you have ever known, casting its shadow over all you do. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke.

An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Popular Shady Quotes and Sayings

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Shadow is a color as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones. ~ Paul Cezanne.

The dearest friend on earth is but a mere shadow compared with Jesus Christ. ~ Oswald Chambers.

False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade. ~ John Christian Bovee.

Love of honor is a very shady sort of possession. ~ Herodotus.

There is strong shadow where there is much light. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

It’s part of what we call the Shadow, all the dark parts of us we can’t face. It’s the thing that, if we don’t deal with it, eventually poisons our lives. ~ Michael Gruber.

Oh Joy! For he was there: the huge Lion, shining white in the moonlight, with his huge black shadow underneath him. ~ C. S. Lewis.

Events cast long shadows before. One such event would be a war. But how are shadows to be seen When total darkness fills the screen? ~ Bertolt Brecht.

Beginnings are apt to be shadowy. ~ Rachel Carson.

If you don’t have any shadows you’re not in the light. ~ Lady Gaga.

Light is the shadow of god. ~ Plato.

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. ~ Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Do not fear the shadowy places. You will never be the first one there. Another went ahead and down until He came out the other side. ~ N.D. Wilson.

Every life has death and every light has shadow. Be content to stand in the light and let the shadow fall where it will. ~ Mary Stewart.

I don’t pretend to know anybody well. People are like shadows to me and I am like a shadow. ~ Gwen John.

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. ~ Charles Swain.

Capture a shadow, dance with the wind, stand in a rainbow, begin at the end. ~ Mary Anne Radmacher.

Famous Shady Quotes and Sayings

It is only through shadows that one comes to know the light. ~ St. Catherine of Siena.

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some illusions…are the shadows of great truths. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne.

There is no greater dishonesty than man effecting his own private gains at the expense of others. ~ Leonard Read.

Locked up from mortal eye in shady leaves of destiny. ~ Richard Crashaw.

Remember, you have no companions but your shadow. ~ Genghis Khan.

Life is short, and time is swift; Roses fade, and shadows shift. ~ Ebenezer Elliott.

A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines. ~ Benjamin Franklin.

Everywhere we see shadowy minds, cloudy brains! World needs more light of wisdom! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan.

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