„Man is a torch borne in the wind; a dream
But of a shadow, summ'd with all his substance.“

—  George Chapman, Bussy D'Ambois

Act I, scene i.
Bussy D'Ambois (1607)

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1559 - 1634

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„The Constitution deals with substance, not shadows.“

—  Stephen Johnson Field American politician 1816 - 1899

Cummings v. State of Missouri, 71 U. S. 277, 325 (1866).

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„Across the silent stream
Where the dream-shadows go,
From the dim blue Hill of Dream
I have heard the west wind blow.“

—  William Sharp (writer) Scottish writer 1855 - 1905

From the Hills of Dream, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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„Man’s life is but a jest,
A dream, a shadow, bubble, air, a vapor at the best.“

—  George Walter Thornbury British writer 1828 - 1876

The Jester’s Sermon. Compare: "Life is a jest and all things show it; I thought so once, but now I know it", John Gay, My own Epitaph; "Life is an empty dream", Robert Browning, Paracelsus, ii.; "Life ’s but a series of trifles at best", Anonymous.

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„Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.“

—  Aesop ancient Greek storyteller -620 - -564 a.C.

The Dog and the Shadow.

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„God wills, man dreams, the work is born.“

—  Fernando Pessoa, livro Mensagem

Poem "O Infante", verse 1.
Original: Deus quer, o homem sonha, a obra nasce.

„Man is a dream about a shadow. But when some splendour falls upon him from God, a glory comes to him and his life is sweet.“

—  R.S. Thomas Welsh poet 1913 - 2000

Neb [No-one] (1985)
Contexto: On seeing his shadow fall on such ancient rocks, he had to question himself in a different context and ask the same old question as before, "Who am I?", and the answer now came more emphatically than ever before, "No-one."
But a no-one with a crown of light about his head. He would remember a verse from Pindar: "Man is a dream about a shadow. But when some splendour falls upon him from God, a glory comes to him and his life is sweet."

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„As long as politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance.“

—  John Dewey American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer 1859 - 1952

Quoted in John Dewey and American Democracy by Robert Westbrook (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991), p. 440; cited in Understanding Power http://www.understandingpower.com/Chapter9.htm#f16| (2002) by Noam Chomsky, ch. 9, footnote 16; originally from "The Need for a New Party" (1931) by John Dewey, Later Works 6, http://books.google.com/books?id=0xPFJ2uwpbIC&lpg=PA163&ots=dd3ciwpXoJ&dq=%22shadow%20cast%22%20dewey&pg=PA163#v=onepage&q&f=false| p. 163. (Via Westbrook.)
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„As shadows attend substances, so words follow upon things.“

—  Richard Chenevix Trench Irish bishop 1807 - 1886

Study of Words; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 907.

„Usually, if we hate, it is the shadow of the person that we hate, rather than the substance.“

—  Sydney J. Harris American journalist 1917 - 1986

"Hate Is Rarely a Personal Matter"
The Best of Sydney J. Harris (1975)
Contexto: Usually, if we hate, it is the shadow of the person that we hate, rather than the substance. We may hate a person because he reminds us of someone we feared and disliked when younger; or because we see in him some gross caricature of what we find repugnant in ourself; or because he symbolizes an attitude that seems to threaten us.

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„What is life? A madness. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story. And the greatest good is little enough: for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.“

—  Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Life is a Dream

¿Qué es la vida? Un frenesí.
¿Qué es la vida? Una ilusión,
una sombra, una ficción,
y el mayor bien es pequeño;
que toda la vida es sueño,
y los sueños, sueños son.
What is this life? A frenzy, an illusion,
A shadow, a delirium, a fiction.
The greatest good's but little, and this life
Is but a dream, and dreams are only dreams.
(trans. Roy Campbell)
Segismundo, Act II, l. 1195.
La vida es sueño (Life is a Dream)

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