— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Götz von Berlichingen
Wo viel Licht ist, ist starker Schatten. Götz von Berlichingen, Act I (1773)
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
2015, State of the Union Address (January 2015)
— Charles Bukowski, The Last Night of the Earth Poems
— Pindar Ancient Greek poet -517 - -437 a.C.
Context: Creatures of a day! What is a man? What is he not? A dream of a shadow Is our mortal being. But when there comes to men A gleam of splendour given of Heaven, Then rests on them a light of glory And blesséd are their days. Pythian 8, line 95-8; pages 162-3. (446 BC)
— 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.
— John Ford (dramatist), The Broken Heart
The Broken Heart (c. 1625-33), Act III, sc. v.
— Elizabeth Chandler, Legacy of Lies & Don't Tell
— Langdon Smith, Evolution
Evolution (1895; 1909), Context: Thus life by life and love by love We passed through the cycles strange, And breath by breath and death by death We followed the chain of change. Till there came a time in the law of life When o’er the nursing sod, The shadows broke and soul awoke In a strange, dim dream of God.
— Wallace Stevens, livro Harmonium
Harmonium (1923), "Sunday Morning"
— George Chapman, Bussy D'Ambois
Bussy D'Ambois (1607), Act I, scene i.
„The shadow of a dove
Falls on the cote, the trees are filled with wings;
And down the valley through the crying trees
The body of the darker storm flies; brings
With its new air the breath of sunken seas
And slender tenuous thunder...
But I wait...
Wait for the mists and for the blacker rain —
Heavier winds that stir the veil of fate,
Happier winds that pile her hair;
They tear me, teach me, strew the heavy air
Upon me, winds that I know, and storm.“
— F. Scott Fitzgerald American novelist and screenwriter 1896 - 1940
Quoted, This Side of Paradise (1920)
„The greenish sky glows up in misty reds,
The purple shadows turn to brick and stone,
The dreams wear thin, men turn upon their beds,
And hear the milk-cart jangle by alone.“
— Sara Teasdale American writer and poet 1884 - 1933
Helen of Troy and Other Poems (1911), "City Vignettes, I: Dawn"
„Know, my son, that the enemy will always be with you. He will be in the shadow of your dreams and in your living flesh, for he is the other part of yourself.“
— Jane Yolen, livro The Devil's Arithmetic
The Devil's Arithmetic (1988), p. 143