Top 31 Interesting Shady Quotes

“Her angel’s face, As the great eye of heaven shined bright, And made a sunshine in the shady place.”

Edmund Spenser

“Conflicts of interest’ arise when you’re not – when you’re sneaky about it, when you’re shady about it, when you’re not transparent about it. If you tell everyone, ‘Here’s what’s going on. Here’s the process; here are the people that are playing a role’ – that’s being transparent.”

Sean Spicer

“Behind the veneer of ‘The Greatest Nation On Earth’ is a shady third world like country.”

Steven Magee

“During contract negotiations, when I started to notice as well as hear from friends about Jeff Jarrett’s shady business tactics, I did two things: I immediately filed a trademark for ‘Broken’ Matt Hardy, and started to record every conversation between Matt and anyone at that TNA office, including Ed Nordholm and Jeff Jarrett.”

Reby Sky

“I really enjoy those characters like ‘Profit.’ With those elements that are shady and dark, you’re not responsible for being a likable character. Like some of Jack Nicholson’s characters, you remember them for so long.”

Adrian Pasdar

“A shady business never yields a sunny life.”

C. Forbes

“Despite the left’s best hopes, the Manafort indictment didn’t contain a single reference to the Trump campaign and the charges he faces are completely tailored to a decade of shady business deals overseas. Collusion wasn’t the center of the charges and President Donald Trump was left out of it.”

Katie Pavlich

“I have way too shady a background to get into politics. I was a crazy kid – I was in bands, and I don’t think I’d get very far before people started digging up stuff, I didn’t want them to see.”

Michael Kelly

“A sane person would think that Wal-Mart would never carry ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’ because it’s simply not in their best interests to inform their customers of their shady past.”

Michael Moore

“Having been through the disability and workers compensation systems, I now view the government as a very toxic group of shady characters.”

Steven Magee


“I think the media made Manson, turned him into some larger than life figure and surrounded him with mystery and some shady glamour.”

Maynard James Keenan

“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.”

D. Wilson

“You maintain hope for humanity as an infinite skeptic of gossip and slander. In all mankind’s desires for entertainment and exaggeration and sensationalism, when it comes to gossip, the individual always sounds worse than he really is. This is why adhering to gossip subtly affects the mental state of the listener – he goes on holding shady opinions regardless of where the realities of their lights and darkness may stand.”

Criss Jam

“The USA behaves like a shady third world country.”

Steven Magee

“President Trump is the public face of a corrupt corporate controlled government that was previously conducting its shady dealings out of sight behind closed doors.”

Steven Magee

“Believe it or not, I got into the charismatic, shady, sly heart of Sedgewick Bell by watching CNN and C-SPAN.”

Emile Hirsch

“Well, you can’t trust most people in this game, period; it can be a very shady business.”

Marvin Hagler

“Presumably man’s spirit should be elevated if he can better review his shady past and analyze more completely and objectively his present problems.”

Vannevar Bush

“I am like a mariner born and bred on board a buccaneer brig whose soul has become so inured to storm and strife that if cast ashore he would weary and languish no matter how alluring the shady groves and how bright the gentle sun.”

Mikhail Lermontov

“Strange combination, isn’t it–gratitude and resentment? But this is the way I think. Actually, I think everybody thinks that way. Even the children of the humans who died long ago, I think they lived their lives holding similar contradictory thoughts about their parents. They were raised to learn about love and death, and they lived out their lives passing from the sunny spots to the shady spots of this world.”


“So you decided to help us by killing the guy we were talking to?” Clary demanded “Because you thought he had a shady past? Who- who does that? It doesn’t make any sense.”

Cassandra Clare

“Some people have a knack, for example, of being able to tell when someone’s lying to them. They may not know what the truth is, but they can tell when someone is trying to lead them astray or sell them something shady. I think he had that ability to an amazing degree. I also think he thought, without saying it explicitly, that you can convince a crowd of something that’s not true more easily than you can one person at a time.”

George Orwell

“The only fountain in the wilderness of life, where man drinks of water totally unmixed with bitterness, is that which gushes for him in the calm and shady recess of domestic life.”

William Penn


“A shady friend for torrid days Is easier to find than one of higher temperature for frigid hour of mind.”

Emily Dickinson


“From the writer’s point of view, critics should be ignored, although it’s hard not to do what they suggest. I think it’s unfortunate to have critics for friends. Suppose you write something that stinks, what are they going to say in a review? Say it stinks? So if they’re honest, they do, and if you were friends you’re still friends, but the knowledge of your lousy writing and their articulate admission of it will be always something between the two of you, like the knowledge between a man and his wife of some shady adultery.”

William Styron

“The government’s response to COVID-19 revealed them to be a shady group of scallywags.”

Steven Magee

“Once dishonesty is introduced, distrust becomes the hallmark of future dealings or associations.”

Jon M. Huntsman Sr.

“There is no greater dishonesty than man effecting his own private gains at the expense of others.”

Leonard Read

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

Christina Rossetti

“I feel like athletes lean into this indestructible character. But unless you’re doing something really shady, no one nails every day of their life. You’re always going to have rough patches.”

Mary Cain

“I feel like an ‘8 Mile’ Eminem compared to ‘My Name is.’ Whenever my name is brought up, it’s in a ‘Slim Shady’ way, and it’s funny, and I’m lighthearted, but at the same time, every once in a while, I like to take it seriously.”

Michael Beasley

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