C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Come like shadows, so depart!


Thus shadow owes its birth to light.


Across the singing waves the shadows creep.

Celia Thaxter.

What shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue.


Like black hulks the shadows of the great trees ride at anchor on the billowy sea of grass.


The very shadows seem to listen.

Anna Katharine Green.

  • Some there be that shadows kiss;
  • Such have but a shadow’s bliss.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Follow a shadow, it still flies you;
  • Seem to fly it, it will pursue.
  • Ben Jonson.

  • Shine out, fair sun, till I have bought a glass,
  • That I may see my shadow as I pass.
  • Shakespeare.

    We stand in our own light wherever we go, and fight our own shadows forever.

    Owen Meredith.

  • No, no! I am but shadow of myself:
  • You are deceived, my substance is not here.
  • Shakespeare.

    Shadows are in reality, when the sun is shining, the most conspicuous thing in a landscape, next to the highest lights.


  • Shadows tonight
  • Have struck more terror to the soul of Richard
  • Than can the substance of ten thousand soldiers
  • Armed in proof, and led by shallow Richmond.
  • Shakespeare.

    The shadows of the mind are like those of the body. In the morning of life they lie behind us; at noon, we trample them under foot; and in the evening they stretch long, broad and deepening before us.