Thursday, January 08, 2015

Thursday Thirteen: Shadows on the Hills

1. There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast. - Charles Dickens (1812-1870) (English writer and social critic)

2. Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you. - Walt Whitman (1819-1892) (American poet, essayist, and journalist)

3. Shadow is the obstruction of light. Shadows appear to me to be of supreme importance in perspective, because, without them opaque and solid bodies will be ill defined; that which is contained within their outlines and their boundaries themselves will be ill-understood unless they are shown against a background of a different tone from themselves. - Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) (Italian Renaissance Man)

4. Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday. - Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) (American politician, diplomat, and activist)

5. When walking through the 'valley of shadows,' remember, a shadow is cast by a Light. - Austin O'Malley (1858-1932) (American physicist)

6. It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped. - Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978) (American politician)

7. When you are old and gray and full of sleep, and nodding by the fire, take down this book and slowly read, and dream of the soft look your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep. - William Butler Yeats (1865-1935) (Irish poet)

8. Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories. - Elie Wiesel (1928- ), (Romanian born, Jewish-American professor and political activist)

9. I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the shadows and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint I just close my eyes and imagine a scene. - Grandma Moses (1860-1961) (American folk artist)

10. For me at age 11, I had a pair of binoculars and looked up to the moon, and the moon wasn't just bigger, it was better. There were mountains and valleys and craters and shadows. And it came alive. - Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958- ) (American astrophysicist and author)

11. What are kings, when regiment is gone, but perfect shadows in a sunshine day? - Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) (English playwright and poet)

12. I have come to believe that there are infinite passageways out of the shadows, infinite vehicles to transport us into the light. - Martha Beck (1962- ) (American sociologist and author)

13. Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing. - Edmund Burke (1729-1797) (Irish statesman)

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 377th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. I rather like shadows. Probably because of #13.

    Hey, I love your new header. I liked the old one, too.

  2. I like # 12 and thinking that there are infinite ways to travel out of darkness and into the light.

  3. Number Eight also speaks to me. I'm a fan of Elie Wiesel. I can't imagine living through the experiences he has.

  4. Good shadow quotes. I especially like the first and last.

  5. Wonderful post...especially #2. Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you. - Walt Whitman (1819-1892) (American poet, essayist, and journalist)--Blessings

  6. i saw the bloom & bee and had to come over to see what such a warm view would be on your blog today - it is freezing here. so so cold. you stay warm. take care. ( :

  7. Great list. I love the topic and have recently been reading about the shadow of humans and the collective shadow via Jung. The bigger the limelight the bigger the shadow. I love #4.


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