Shadow Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old shadow quotes, shadow sayings, and shadow proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

It is only through shadows that one comes to know the light.     

St. Catherine of Siena

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Even the purest cast a black shadow.     

Kaitlyn Jones

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

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.     


If you don't have any shadows you're not in the light.     

Lady Gaga

Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual's conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.     

Carl Jung

To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light.     

Carl Jung

The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow.     

George R. R. Martin

We are linked by our shadows, not by our light.     

Jun Mochizuki

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.     

Martin Luther King Jr.

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

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


There is strong shadow where there is much light.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Befriend your shadow and life will be easier.      

Robert Jabert

I like my shadow; it reminds me that I exist.     

Mehmet Murat ildan

There is no light without shadow, just as there is no happiness without pain.     

Isabel Allende

Somethings can only be seen in the shadows.     

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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

Every light has its shadow, and every shadow hath a succeeding morning.     

Nicolaus Copernicus

We think not in words but in shadows of words.     

Vladimir Nabokov

Shadow owes its birth to light.     

John Gay

To light a candle is to cast a shadow.     

Ursula K. Le Guin

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

Paul Cezanne

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Elizabeth Bowen

The brighter the light, the deeper the shadow.     

Jay Kristoff