90 Shadow Quotes About Light And Darkness

Looking for quotes about shadows? We have rounded up the best collection of shadow quotes, sayings, captions, proverbs (with images and pictures) to inspire you to think about the beauty and symbolic meaning of shadows.

The world is all about happiness and sadness coexisting together. It is often said that even your shadow leaves you when its too dark symbolizing that people and friends leave you in tough times.

Also See: Light At The End of The Tunnel Quotes

But life is all about learning to focus on the positive and finding the good in every situation. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it. These inspirational quotes on shadows will reflect how joy and sorrow, love and hate exist side by side.

Don’t forget to read our post on light and dark quotes to illuminate all the darkness from life.

Shadow Quotes And Sayings

  1. “Light is the shadow of god.” — Plato                                                                                                                                       
    Shadow Quotes
    Shadow Quotes

  2. “Like a shadow, I am and I am not.” — Rumi                                                                                                         
    Light And Shadow Quotes
    Light And Shadow Quotes

  3. “Shadow owes its birth to light.” — John Gay                                                                                                         
    Shadow Sayings
    Shadow Sayings

  4. “Be kind to your shadow.” — Rebecca Lawless

  5. “Shelter in your shadow.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

  6. “The brighter the sun the darker are the shadows.”                                                                       
    Words About Shadows
    Words About Shadows

  7. “Always shoot from the shadow side.” — Ted Grant

  8. “Everything that is, casts a shadow.” — Neil Gaiman

  9. “Both light and shadow are the dance of love.” — Rumi                                                                                 
    Short Shadow Quotes Rumi
    Short Shadow Quotes Rumi

  10. “Love is the pursuit of shadows.” — Margaret Atwood

  11. “Even the purest cast a black shadow.” — Kaitlyn Jones

  12. “Life is but a walking shadow.” — William Shakespeare

  13. “A human being is only breath and shadow.” — Sophocles

  14. “A light here required a shadow there.” — Virginia Woolf

  15. “A dream itself is but a shadow.” — William Shakespeare

  16. “Light is easy to love. Show me your darkness.” — R. Queen

  17. “The mind is the shadow of the light it seeks.” — Jim Dodge

  18. “The brighter the light, the darker the shadow.” — Carl Jung

  19. “Shadow work is the path of the heart warrior.” — Carl Jung

  20. “To light a candle is to cast a shadow.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

  21. “Follow thy fair sun, unhappy shadow.” — Thomas Campion

  22. “That’s not my shadow, that’s my darkness.” — S.L. Jennings                                                                                     
    Sad Shadow Quotes
    Sad Shadow Quotes

  23. “The shadows: some hide, others reveal.” — Antonio Porchia

  24. “There is strong shadow where there is much light.” — Goethe

  25. “Come back. Even as a shadow, even as a dream.” — Euripides

  26. “The brighter the light, the deeper the shadow.” — Jay Kristoff

  27. “Befriend your shadow and life will be easier.” — Robert Jabert

  28. “Prestige is the shadow of money and power.” — C. Wright Mills                                                               
    Dark Shadow Quotes
    Dark Shadow Quotes

  29. “Pulvis et umbra sumus. (We are but dust and shadow.)” — Horace

  30. “We are linked by our shadows, not by our light.” — Jun Mochizuki

  31. “If you don’t have any shadows you’re not in the light.” — Lady Gaga

  32. “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” — Swedish Proverb

  33. “Somethings can only be seen in the shadows.” — Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  34. “All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” — Leo Tolstoy                                                             
    Sunshine And Shadow Quotes
    Sunshine And Shadow Quotes

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

  36. “I like my shadow; it reminds me that I exist.” — Mehmet Murat ildan

  37. “The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow.” — George R.R. Martin

  38. “The flickering candle casts liquid shadows.” — Khang Kijarro Nguyen

  39. “Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

  40. “Love is like a shadow, one can only catch it by falling into it.” — Ambrose

  41. “I love to chase my shadow to feel how it rests in the dark.” — Munia Khan

  42. “The most reliable friend you have is your shadow.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

  43. “Wherever this is light, look for the shadow. The shadow is me.” — Anaïs Nin

  44. “Every shadow of doubt is cast from a candle of hope.” — Samuel M. Griffin

  45. “Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne                                                                             
    Quotes About Shadows
    Quotes About Shadows

  46. “The shadow is the greatest teacher for how to come to the light.” — Ram Das

  47. “Sometimes you grow to love the shadow that follows.” — Donna Lynn Hope

  48. “You can only come to the morning through the shadows.” — J. R. R. Tolkien

  49. “If you face the light, shadow will always be behind you.” — Sukant Ratnakar

  50. “The end of the day is near when small men make long shadows.” — Confucius

  51. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” — Helen Keller                                                                                                                                                                             
    Shadow Inspirational Quotes
    Shadow Inspirational Quotes

  52. “The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” — Michelangelo

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

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

  55. “Don’t be afraid of the shadows, it only means there’s a light nearby.” — Amy Lee                                                                                                                                                             
    Shadow Quotes Images
    Shadow Quotes Images

  56. “Nobody can rest in the coolness of their own shadow!” — Mehmet Murat ildan

  57. “To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light.” — Carl Jung

  58. “Shadow is not an umbrage only but the proof of our Existence.” — Samar Sudha

  59. “Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.”

  60. “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in one’s own sunshine.”

  61. “But only he who, himself enlightened, is not afraid of shadows.” — Immanuel Kant

  62. “I’ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing, and the shadow won.” — Muhammad Ali

  63. “Some people have an identity. I have an alibi. I have a shadow self.” — Andre Aciman

  64. “A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.” — Benjamin Franklin

  65. “For every light there was a shadow, for every dream, a nightmare.” — Amber R. Duell

  66. “The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say.” — Gregory Maguire

  67. “Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six.” — Leo Tolstoy

  68. “Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow…” — Louisa May Alcott

  69. “There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night.” — Albert Camus

  70. “It is only through shadows that one comes to know the light.” — St. Catherine of Siena

  71. “Some there be that shadow kiss; Such have but a shadow’s bliss.” — William Shakespeare

  72. “Life is a mixture of light and shadow. Calm and storm, and it’s all good.” — Susan W. Krebs

  73. “In life have a friend that is like a mirror and shadow; mirror doesn’t lie and shadow never leaves.”

  74. “May the dark remain in your shadow and the light shine upon you.” — Giovannie de Sadeleer

  75. “There is no light without shadow, just as there is no happiness without pain.” — Isabel Allende

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

  77. “I’ve been trying to convince my shadow that I’m someone worth following.” — Rudy Francisco

  78. “There is a time, when passing through a light, that you walk in your own shadow.” — Keri Hulme

  79. “The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.” — William Shakespeare

  80. “Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

  81. “All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” — Leo Tolstoy

  82. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” — Walt Whitman

  83. “To speak with the shadow, you must know the language of the darkness!” — Mehmet Murat ildan

  84. “No man can walk so long in the Shadow that he cannot come again to the Light.” — Robert Jordan

  85. “Your identity is like your shadow: not always visible and yet always present.” — Fausto Cercignani

  86. “Every light has its shadow, and every shadow hath a succeeding morning.” — Nicolaus Copernicus

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

  88. “Success is like your own shadow. If you try to catch it you will never succeed. Ignore it and it will follow you.”

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

  90. “Capture a shadow, dance with the wind, stand in a rainbow, begin at the end.” — Mary Anne Radmacher

  91. “The souls of some people shine so bright, that even their shadows bathe us in light.” — Shakieb Orgunwall

  92. “India should walk on her own shadow – we must have our own development model.” — A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

  93. “Loss and possession, death and life are one, There falls no shadow where there shines no sun.” — Hilaire Belloc

  94. “What men call the shadow of the body is not the shadow of the body, but is the body of the soul.” — Oscar Wilde

  95. “Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” — Samuel Smiles

  96. “Nothing in the universe can travel at the speed of light, they say, forgetful of the shadow’s speed.” — Howard Nemerov

  97. “Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.” — Jean de La Fontaine

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

  99. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.” — Carl Jung

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

  101. “I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow, the million moving shapes and cul-de-sacs of shadow.” — Sylvia Plath

  102. “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” — Abraham Lincoln

  103. “Don’t depend too much on anyone in this world because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness.” — Ibn Taymiyyah

  104. “I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather no shadow unless there is also light.” — Margaret Atwood

  105. “Light and shadow are opposite sides of the same coin. We can illuminate our paths or darken our way. It is a matter of choice.” — Maya Angelou

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

  107. “No matter how hard you fight the darkness, every light casts a shadow, and the closer you get to the light, the darker that shadow becomes.” — Plato

  108. “Unless you learn to face your own shadows, you will continue to see them in others, because the world outside you is only a reflection of the world inside you.”

  109. “No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself. It’s like your shadow. It follows you everywhere. -Komura” — Haruki Murakami

  110. “How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child’s board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.” — Walter Scott

  111. “Beauty is ever to the lonely mind a shadow fleeting; she is never plain. She is a visitor who leaves behind the gift of grief, the souvenir of pain.” — Christopher Morley

  112. “You cannot escape from the shadow into the light and become illuminated. You must dive into the shadow with the light of your consciousness to reach your core.” — Teal Swan

  113. “The shadow that hidden, repressed, for the most part inferior and guilt – laden personality whose ultimate ramifications reach back into the realm of our annual ancestors.” — C.G. Jung

  114. “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.” — Nelson Mandela

  115. “Shadow is never besieged, for that is its nature. Whilst darkness devours, and light steals. And so one sees shadow ever retreat to hidden places, only to return in the wake of the war between dark and light.” — Steven Erikson

  116. “I think the healthy way to live is to make friends with the beast inside oneself, and that means not the beast but the shadow. The dark side of one’s nature. Have fun with it and you know, is to accept everything about ourselves.” — Anthony Hopkins

  117. “Wherever there is light there is shadow. And where there is shadow is cast an amplified perspective, a deeper understanding, an extension of compassion. Accept both (light and shadow) to sanctify the ground on which you stand. Reject one or the other and be damned.” — Amy Larson

  118. “A shadow is never created in darkness. It is born of light. We can be blind to it and blinded by it. Our shadow asks us to look at what we don’t want to see. If we refuse to face our shadow, it will project itself on someone else so we have no choice but to engage.” — Terry Tempest Williams

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These shadow quotes compel us to think about the meaning of shadows. Our shadows follow us everywhere we go – they are our eternal companions in this life.

Symbolically, shadows represent the dark side of things. We all have imperfections and flaws – these are the shadows of our characters.


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