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Shadows

  • Our shadows are taller than ourselves.

    • Natalie Clifford Barney,
    • "Scatterings" (1910), in Anna Livia, ed., A Perilous Advantage: The Best of Natalie Clifford Barney ()
  • Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.

    • Helen Keller,
    • "Sundry Interviews," in Walter Fogg, One Thousand Sayings of History ()
  • To light a candle is to cast a shadow ...

  • To see a shadow and think it is a tree — that is a pity, but to see a tree and think it is a shadow can be fatal.

  • Marred pleasure's best, shadow makes the sun strong.

    • Stevie Smith,
    • "The Queen and the Young Princess," Not Waving But Drowning ()
  • And this I have learned: Grownups do not know the language of shadows.

    • Opal Whiteley,
    • 1920, in Benjamin Hoff, ed., The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow ()
  • There is a time, when passing through a light, that you walk in your own shadow.

  • The shadows cannot speak.

  • Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.

  • Every life has a death, and every light a shadow. Be content to stand in the light, and let the shadow fall where it will.

  • Women endowed with remarkable sensibilities enjoy much, but they also suffer much. The greater the light the stronger will be the shadow.

  • I better like that shadowed side of things / In which the Poets wrote not; when they went / Unto the fullness of their great content / Like moths into the grass with folded wings. / The silence of the Poets with it brings / The other side of moons, and it is spent / In love, in sorrow, or in wonderment.

    • Anna H. Branch,
    • "The Silence of the Poets," The Heart of the Road ()
  • One is forever throwing away substance for shadows.

    • Jennie Jerome Churchill,
    • letter to her sister (1915), in Anne Sebba, American Jennie: The Remarkable Life of Lady Randolph Churchill ()
  • Among shadows, things appear larger than they really are.

    • Sherry Simpson,
    • "Where Bears Walk," The Way Winter Comes: Alaska Stories ()
  • The kindliest thing God ever made, / His hand of very healing laid / Upon a fevered world, is shade.

  • Morning: such long shadows / Like low-bellied cats / Creep under parked cars / And out again, stealthily / Flattening the grasses.

  • Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.

  • Living in a culture that prefers to shut out the dark, avoid shadows, and anesthetize pain means that many people are isolated. ... Family, friends, and co-workers, fearful of the dark, are reluctant to participate in our shadow experience and may urge us to be done with the dark before it is done with us.

  • This learned I from the shadow of a tree, / That to and fro did sway against a wall — , / Our shadow-selves, our influence, may fall / Where we can never be.

    • Anna E. Hamilton,
    • "Influence," in Fanny B. Bates, ed., Between the Lights: Thoughts for the Quiet Hour ()
  • Treasure the shadow. ... There are no shadows save from substance cast.

  • Don't be afraid of your dark places. ... If you can shine a light on them, you'll find treasure there.