78 Shady Quotes and Sayings About Shadier People

Here is a collection of 78 quotes and sayings about shady people who exhibit dishonest or illegal behavior, contributing to negativity in one’s life.

These quotes are a mix of wisdom, humor, wit and sarcasm, serving as an eye-opener to recognize such individuals.

You can easily find shady people in various relationships such as friends, lovers, colleagues, or family members.


The purpose of sharing these motivational quotes is to shed light on toxic individuals causing negative energy in your life and to help you free yourself from their influence.

By reading these quotes, you’ll gain valuable insights to better navigate your relationships and maintain a positive environment.

Best Shady Quotes

Shady people do shady things. ~ Steven Magee.


Shady people all around I’ll do my work without making a sound. ~ Abhishek Dhal.

I like playing weird, kind of shady people. ~ Paul Giamatti.

There is no greater dishonesty than man effecting his own private gains at the expense of others. ~ Leonard Read.


Love of honor is a very shady sort of possession. ~ Herodotus.

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The secret lives of politicians are always shady. People need to accept the fact that their leaders aren’t perfect. No one is. ~ Evan Rachel Wood.


I like my shadow; it reminds me that I exist. ~ Mehmet Murat Ildan.

If you don’t have any shadows you’re not in the light. ~ Lady Gaga.

Our imagination flies – we are its shadow on the earth. ~ Vladimir Nabokov.

If you were a shadowy, anonymous figure, it made sense to pretend everything had gone according to some diabolical plan. Never mind if it hadn’t. ~ Courtney Milan.

Life is short, and time is swift; Roses fade, and shadows shift. ~ Ebenezer Elliott.

Come back. Even as a shadow, even as a dream. ~ Euripedes.

Events cast long shadows before. One such event would be a war. But how are shadows to be seen when total darkness fills the screen? ~ Bertolt Brecht.


Life is a mixture of light and shadow, calm and storm, and it’s all good. ~ Susan W. Krebs.

A person’s character is shown through their actions in life, not where they sit on Sunday. ~ Navonne Johns.

The USA behaves like a shady third world country. ~ Steven Magee.

I’m just not into the shady side of the music industry. Give credit where credit’s due. ~ John Gourley.


Even the richest of brands are robbed by poor character. ~ Criss Jami.

The dearest friend on earth is but a mere shadow compared with Jesus Christ. ~ Oswald Chambers.

Light is the shadow of god. ~ Plato.


Some illusions…are the shadows of great truths. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne.

False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade. ~ John Christian Bovee.


The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. ~ Michelangelo Buonarroti.

I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow. ~ Sylvia Plath.

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Top Shady Quotes

A shadow on the wall, yet shadows can kill. And oftentimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow. ~ George R. R. Martin.

Befriend your shadow and life will be easier! ~ Robert Jabert.

Turn and face the light, and all you see is brightness. Turn and face shadow, and all of life will appear before you. ~ Stan Sudan.


A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines. ~ Benjamin Franklin.

May your feet ever walk in the light of two suns… and may the moonshadow never fall on you… ~ Robert Fanney.

Beginnings are apt to be shadowy. ~ Rachel Carson.

I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul. ~ Pablo Neruda.

Oh Joy! For he was there: the huge Lion, shining white in the moonlight, with his huge black shadow underneath him. ~ C. S. Lewis.

I don’t pretend to know anybody well. People are like shadows to me and I am like a shadow. ~ Gwen John.


Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations. ~ Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. ~ Charles Swain.

Every man who walks the earth casts a shadow on the world. Some are thin and weak, others long and dark. ~ George R. R. Martin.

There is strong shadow where there is much light. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

The economic game is not supposed to be rigged like some shady ring toss on a carnival midway. ~ Arianna Huffington.


Remember, you have no companions but your shadow. ~ Genghis Khan.

I think that light and shadow have exactly the same duality that exists between life and death. ~ Manuel Alvarez Bravo.

Do not fear the shadowy places. You will never be the first one there. Another went ahead and down until He came out the other side. ~ N.D. Wilson.

Never in its life has the sun seen shade, Never in its life seen a shadow where it falls. ~ Laurence Housman.

Everywhere we see shadowy minds, cloudy brains! World needs more light of wisdom! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan.


Most abstract terms are shadows that conceal a void. ~ Joseph Joubert.

My shadow serves as the friend I crave. ~ Anna Akhmatova.

Locked up from mortal eye in shady leaves of destiny. ~ Richard Crashaw.

Every man carries with him through life a mirror, as unique and impossible to get rid of as his shadow. ~ W.H. Auden.

From the ashes, a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring… ~ J. R. R. Tolkien.

Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings – always darker, emptier, and simpler. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche.

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.

A shady friend for torrid days Is easier to find than one of higher temperature for frigid hour of mind. ~ Emily Dickinson.


A human being is only breath and shadow. ~ Sophocles

A luminous body will appear more brilliant in proportion as it is surrounded by deeper shadow. ~ Leonardo da Vinci.

Because you don’t notice the light without a bit of shadow. Everything has both dark and light. You have to play with it till you get it exactly right. ~ Libba Bray.

The heyday of woman’s life is the shady side of fifty. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Shadow is a color as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones. ~ Paul Cezanne.


Don’t be afraid of the shadows, it only means there’s a light nearby. ~ Amy Lee.

Beautiful, delightful, noble, memorable, as is the world you and yours frequent, I yet am well content in my shady crevice. ~ Christina Rossetti.

Negotiations are a euphemism for capitulation if the shadow of power is not cast across the bargaining table. ~ George P. Shultz.

Famous Shady Quotes

An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. ~ Gautama Buddha.


The Riviera isn’t only a sunny place for shady people. ~ W. Somerset Maugham.

We never see others. Instead, we see only aspects of ourselves that fall over them. Shadows. Projections. Our associations. ~ Chuck Palahniuk.

All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow. ~ Leo Tolstoy.

Once dishonesty is introduced, distrust becomes the hallmark of future dealings or associations. ~ Jon M. Huntsman Sr.

And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, shall be lifted nevermore! ~ Edgar Allan Poe.

Capture a shadow, dance with the wind, stand in a rainbow, begin at the end. ~ Mary Anne Radmacher.


It is only through shadows that one comes to know the light. ~ St. Catherine of Siena.

It’s easier to hide your light under a bushel than to keep your shady side dark. ~ Helen Rowland.

What would your good do if evil didn’t exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows disappeared? ~ Mikhail Bulgakov.

Being Shady Quotes

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every life has death and every light has shadow. Be content to stand in the light and let the shadow fall where it will. ~ Mary Stewart.


A shady business never yields a sunny life. ~ B. C. Forbes.

But only he who, himself enlightened, is not afraid of shadows. ~ Immanuel Kant

Perhaps a man’s character was like a tree, and his reputation like its shadow; the shadow is what we think of it, the tree is the real thing. ~ Abraham Lincoln.

Even the purest cast a black shadow. ~ Kaitlyn Jones.

The shadows are only the darkest when the light is at its brightest. ~ Glenn Beck.

So don’t be frightened, dear friend, if a sadness confronts you larger than any you have ever known, casting its shadow over all you do. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke.

The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow. ~ George R. R. Martin.

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