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Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in our own sunshine.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The worthy gentleman [Mr. Coombe], who has been snatched from us at the moment of the election, and in the middle of the contest, while his desires were as warm, and his hopes as eager as ours, has feelingly told us, what shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue.
      - Edmund Burke,
        in a speech at Bristol on declining the poll

Thus shadow owes its birth to light.
      - John Gay, The Persian, Sun, and Cloud
         (l. 10)

The very shadows seem to listen.
      - Anna Katharine Green

(Orion) A hunter of shadows, himself a shade.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (II, 572)

Follow a shadow, it still flies you,
  Seem to fly, it will pursue:
    So court a mistress, she denies you;
      Let her alone, she will court you.
        Say are not women truly, then,
          Styled but the shadows of us men?
      - Ben Jonson,
        The Forest--Song--That Women are but Men's Shadows

The picture of a shadow is a positive thing.
      - John Locke (1),
        Essay concerning Human Understanding
         (bk. II, ch. VIII, par. 5)

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

Alas! must it ever be so?
  Do we stand in our own light, wherever we go,
    And fight our own shadows forever?
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pt. II, canto II, st. 5)

We stand in our own light wherever we go, and fight our own shadows forever.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

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

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

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.
      - William Shakespeare

Come like shadows, so depart!
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Witches at IV, i)

Some there be that shadows kiss;
  Such have but a shadow's bliss.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Arragon at II, ix)

By the apostle Paul, shadows to-night
  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.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (King Richard at V, iii)

The birds chaunt melody on every bush,
  The snake lies rolled in the cheerful sun,
    The green leaves quiver with the cooling wind,
      And make a checkered shadow on the ground;
        Under their sweet shade, Aaron, let us sit,
          And whilst the babbling echo mocks the hounds,
            Replying shrilly to the well-tuned horns,
              As if a double hunt were heard at once,
                Let us sit down and mark their yellowing noise;
                  And after conflict such as was supposed
                    The wand'ring prince and Dido once enjoyed,
                      When with a happy storm they were surprised,
                        And curtained with a counsel-keeping cave,
                          We may, each wreathed in the other's arms,
                            Our pastimes done, possess a golden slumber,
                              Whiles hounds and horns and sweet melodious birds
                                Be unto us as is a nurse's song
                                  Of lullaby to bring her babe asleep.
      - William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
         (Tamora at II, iii)

Like Hezekiah's, backward runs
  The shadow of my days.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Will Waterproof's Lyrical Monologue,
        (ed. 1842)

Across the singing waves the shadows creep.
      - Celia Leighton Thaxter

And the greater shadows fall from the lofty mountains.
  [Lat., Majoresque cadunt altis de montibus umbrae.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        Eclogue (I, 84)

When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set.
      - Lin Yutang

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