“A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.”
George Eliot, Daniel Deronda
“Experience, contrary to popular belief, is mostly imagination.”
Science cannot be stopped. Man will gather knowledge no matter what the consequences.
If you would escape moral and physical assassination, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing — court obscurity, for only in oblivion does safety lie.
Change is a law, and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.
gymnast, writer and lecturer
“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.”
“It’s part of what we call the Shadow, all the dark parts of us we can’t face. It’s the thing that, if we don’t deal with it, eventually poisons our lives.”
Michael Gruber, The Good Son
“Shadow is ever 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, House of Chains
Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing…Consequently two viewpoints are always tenable. The one, how can you improve human nature until you have changed the system? The other, what is the use of changing the system before you have improved human nature? They appeal to different individuals, and they probably show a tendency to alternate in point of time.
George Orwell, “Charles Dickens”
“Facts are delusion,” he said. “They are a delusion of truth as a mirage is a delusion of sight. The real facts lie in people’s minds and not in fingerprints and books and photographs and all the other physical things which are only the accidents that occur as a result of what lies in the mind. Truth is a matter of the mind and all else is only a blurred shadow to reconstruct the original image. Bit it is the image we are searching for.”
Leonard Holton, Out of the Depths
“One realized all sorts of things. The value of an illusion, for instance, and that the shadow can be more important than the substance. All sorts of things.”
Jean Rhys, Quartet
“What men call the shadow of the body is not the shadow of the body, but is the body of the soul.”
Oscar Wilde, A House of Pomegranates
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
“I consider a dream like I consider a shadow,” answered Caeiro, with his usual divine, unexpected promptitude. “A shadow is real, but it’s less real than a rock. A dream is real — if it weren’t, it wouldn’t be a dream — but less real than a thing. That’s what being real is like.”
Álvaro de Campos
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
The reputation of a man is like his shadow, gigantic when it precedes him, and pigmy in its proportions when it follows.
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
The beginnings and ends of shadow lie between the light and darkness and may be infinitely diminished and infinitely increased. Shadow is the means by which bodies display their form. The forms of bodies could not be understood in detail but for shadow.
Leonardo da Vinci