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Top 336 Black And White Quotes of 2019

“I personally pledge myself to openly counsel, aid, and abet youth, both black and white, to quarantine any Jim Crow conscription system.”

― A. Philip Randolph

“You know, one of the things I like about this world, or at least I like about the way we’re presenting this world, is these issues are terribly complicated – not nearly as black and white as we’re led to believe.”

― Aaron Sorkin

“I do feel in 2018 that pro wrestling has gone in such a different direction. Before, things were so black and white; now, it’s shades of grey. It’s not so much good guys and bad guys: there are people who are put in situations who do the right or wrong things, but people react to them like they are stars.”

― Adam Cole

“After I work with my editor to get the manuscript in good shape, I sketch and lay out a whole book loosely, usually in black and white. You learn things about your text when you have to think about pacing and page-turns.”

― Adam Rex

“If you remember back to some of the television we saw, Buzz and Neil on the Moon with Apollo 11. Black and white. They were bouncing around a lot. They were really bouncing on their tip toes. Quite fun to do.”

― Alan Bean

“I don’t judge my effectiveness by how many words I say. I think liberals often see nuances in things… Conservatives tend to see things in black and white. It gives them an air of certainty and conviction that might make them more comfortable to watch.”

― Alan Colmes

“I’ve never had much interest in spinoffery – the idea of writing in someone else’s universe generally leaves me cold – but ‘Doctor Who’ is different. I’ve grown up with it. It’s been part of my life since I was tiny, watching Jon Pertwee on a grainy black and white television in Cornwall and being terrified out of my mind.”

― Alastair Reynolds

“The United States is not a nation of black and white people. Any fool can see that white people are not really white, and that black people are not black.”

― Albert Murray

“It seems that our politicians see the world in black and white, so why not our artists? Did Woody Allen’s ‘Manhattan’ have to be in black and white? No. But is it fantastic that it was? To see New York like that? Yes!”

― Alexander Payne

“Even drawing gray hair at all is difficult to render in black and white.”

― Alison Bechdel

“When I was saying, ‘White people go to hell,’ I never had trouble finding a publisher. But when I say, ‘Black and white unite and fight, destroy capitalism,’ then you suddenly become unreasonable.”

― Amiri Baraka

“I wanted to be Amish when I was a kid. You just wear black and white – what could be better? One less thing to worry about.”

― Anderson Cooper

“I did pose for ‘Black and White’ magazine, a prestigious, artistic publication, several years ago… I did this as a piece of art and make no apologies for the creative decisions I’ve made as an artist in my 20-year career.”

― Andrea Thompson

“Freedom is a struggle, and we do it together. Not only together as black citizens, but black and white together.”

― Andrew Young

“I love… anything in black and white. Just put it on the TV, I’ll watch.”

― Anna Chlumsky

“I’m very proud of the Rome episode of ‘No Reservations’ because it violated all the conventional wisdom about making television. You’re never, ever supposed to do a food or travel show in black and white.”

― Anthony Bourdain

“First and foremost, telling historical stories is very tricky because it is something that is known. It is not like you can tell a lie or change something that is written in black and white.”

― Anthony Hemingway

“I think the most overused words in our vocabulary in the South are black and white.”

― Artur Davis

“There are many movies which come with an attitude of black and white. I am good and you are bad. And there are many movies that are also trying to see the reality as it is or to discover what really is behind the character or events.”

― Ashraf Barhom

“Binaries, whether it’s ‘man’ or ‘woman,’ or ‘black’ and ‘white,’ were created to separate us. So without binary, there is only ‘us,’ which makes us all equal.”

― Asia Kate Dillon

“I like to think that Junie B. looks at the world – and this isn’t a negative comment on her – from the lowest common denominator. It’s not all gray to her; it’s all black and white.”

― Barbara Park

“I grew up watching ‘The Lone Ranger.’ I would get up every Saturday morning, earlier than all the other kids, to watch a black and white western with Clayton Moore that hadn’t filmed a new episode since 1957.”

― Ben Domenech

“I don’t see the world completely in black and white. Sometimes I do.”

― Benicio Del Toro

“While Donald Trump is busy insulting one group after another, Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Yes. We become stronger when black and white, Latino, Asian-American, Native American – when all of us stand together.”

― Bernie Sanders

“Choices of right or wrong are not presented to you in black and white. If they were, I’m sure most people would choose white.”

― Bethany McLean

“When I grew up, there was still black and white TV. I was told to never get out of bed once you’re put to bed. I’d sneak down the hallway, try to avoid the creaking floor boards and go in and watch the ‘Midnight Movie.’”

― Bill Moseley

“In movies we tend make things black and white: you’re either this, or you’re that.”

― Bill Skarsgard

“Me don’t dip on nobody’s side. Me don’t dip on the black man’s side, not the white man’s side. Me dip on God’s side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white.”

― Bob Marley

“As far as memories go, I was around for the very first WrestleMania. I was a young kid upstairs at my uncle’s restaurant in a change room or staff room watching it, I think, illegally, on a black and white television.”

― Bobby Roode

“I never saw music in terms of men and women or black and white. There was just cool and uncool.”

― Bonnie Raitt

“You can’t go wrong mixing classic graphics in black and white. It’s very Parisienne.”

― Brad Goreski

“Life isn’t always black and white. You’re not always sure you’re right. At least I’m not.”

― Brad Paisley

“I remember watching William Hartnell as the first ‘Doctor.’ Black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself. I was petrified, but even though I’d watch most of it from behind the sofa through my fingers, I became a fan.”

― Bradley Walsh

“How do we refresh our language? Why do we still use, like, a 150-year-old classification system to talk about people? It’s so weird! We still call people black and white?”

― Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

“Law in Ukraine is not black and white; it is shades of gray.”

― Brandon Webb

“I tend to look for the good in bad people and the bad in good people, to make them human. ‘Cause I don’t think that people generally are that black and white. Maybe in movie-land they can be… but that isn’t necessarily all there is.”

― Brendan Gleeson

“I spent a lot of years trying to outrun or outsmart vulnerability by making things certain and definite, black and white, good and bad. My inability to lean into the discomfort of vulnerability limited the fullness of those important experiences that are wrought with uncertainty: Love, belonging, trust, joy, and creativity to name a few.”

― Brene Brown

“I believe very strongly that when it comes to desire, when it comes to attraction, that things are never black and white, things are very much shades of grey.”

― Brian Molko

“I believe that writers run out of material, I really do. I believe very strongly in the fact that when the natural time is up, writers actually do run out of material. To me it’s black and white. When there’s a song there’s a song, when there’s not there’s not.”

― Brian Wilson

“I prefer black and white and portrait photography. I like old, you know, interesting faces, so I think black and white brings out the contrast.”

― Brooklyn Beckham

“The protests and pain over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown had me wondering if we can ever experience the world as others do. For no matter how disputed the circumstances of both cases, many people see what happened in black and white.”

― Campbell Brown

“For so long, black conservatives have not been able to have a voice; people who have bi-racial children, people in bi-racial relationships, it has been so black and white. I blame Obama. His eight years in office did a lot of damage in terms of race relations in this country.”

― Candace Owens

“Most makeup campaigns are not in black and white.”

― Carine Roitfeld

“When a sports movie really works, it gets you on all levels, because the stakes are high. It’s black and white. It’s win or lose.”

― Carla Gugino

“We think the Puritans always dressed in black and white, which they didn’t. They loved very bright colors. And there were other differences in perceptions that gave one a very different view of them.”

― Carlisle Floyd

“I just love the black and white movies.”

― Carol Kane

“When someone talks about Western films, you probably think of those old black and white cowboy films your granddad likes. But the Western is a wonderful genre because it is usually a story of a lone hero fighting against corruption in a dangerous world.”

― Caroline Lawrence

“When I was a kid, I knew the black and white version of ‘Jane Eyre,’ and I guess I became interested in the idea of romantic love – of unrequited love and the tragedies of that; of what are the important things in life; what should one value over other materials.”

― Cary Fukunaga

“We’re all complex creatures, and we shouldn’t have to pick one thing to be passionate about. Life isn’t black and white, so we shouldn’t live that way.”

― Cassadee Pope

“Being glamorous is about strength and confidence. It’s black and white – dramatic. You have to be strong.”

― Catherine Zeta-Jones

“I think, in the United States, we talk about race as a black and white issue… We’re generally talking about it as if it’s a binary equation whereas, in fact, there’s more than two races and, in fact, those races blend together. There are a lot of different ways that people identify.”

― Celeste Ng

“Everybody wants to talk about black and white, when the situation is really about rich people against poor people.”

― Charles Barkley

“One of my earliest recollections is being woken up at some ungodly hour in the morning by my parents and sat in front of the fairly new black and white television, watching a grainy image of a man in a white suit climbing down a ladder. It was the first moon landing, and I became a sort of spaceman, as many kids were.”

― Charles Stross

“I get the Swansea-Cardiff thing: I was a Swansea player; I loved playing against Cardiff. But when I played for Wales and played with Jason Perry or Nathan Blake, I never saw them as blue and white and me as black and white.”

― Chris Coleman

“I’m not a painter by any stretch of the imagination; I’m a dyed-in-the-wool traditional illustrator, and I begin with black and white. If I need colour, I add it over the top. There’s a calligraphic element to it… it’s about the texture of lines on the page.”

― Chris Riddell

“I like making black and white films in natural surroundings, but I much prefer shooting a color film inside a studio where the colors are easier to control.”

― Claude Chabrol

“’Star Wars’ is very black and white, and honestly, I like it that way. But fantastical settings like that work best when the characters within them feel real. Real people have conflicts and make mistakes and get it wrong sometimes.”

― Claudia Gray

“To me, Punisher is pretty black and white. He’s very simple, and at the same time, he’s very complex. I don’t know why I think I understand the guy, but I feel I do.”

― CM Punk

“I can’t imagine seeing Batman in black and white. It was such a colourful TV series. I know. I’m ancient. It wasn’t abnormal to be without a television in those days. People who had colour were special.”

― Colin Firth

“I read that prior to the advent of color TV, most people dreamed in black and white.”

― Damian Loeb

“Celluloid will be the next decade’s black and white.”

― Danny Boyle

“I’m normally late, so I just kind of throw on the sort of thing that’s at hand. And then I’ll go through phases of wearing the same thing again and again and again – and my wardrobe is mainly about black and white, so it goes together. I’ll play with certain elements, but I don’t really think about it too much.”

― Daphne Guinness

“In my Philly neighborhood, black and white kids hung together without even thinking about it. The spirit of Martin Luther King was alive and well.”

― Daryl Hall

“Most kids are smarter than most grown-ups. Kids see the world in black and white… They look through all the garbage and see a world run by fools and dullards and lazy people. And there’s nothing they can do about it because they have no power.”

― Dav Pilkey

“Franz Kline, who became known for his black and white paintings, did a whole series of gorgeous landscapes and wonderful portraits that may still hang in Greenwich Village.”

― David Amram

“The Americans at heart are a pure and noble people; things to them are in black and white. It’s either ‘rawk’ or it’s not. We Brits putter around in the grey area.”

― David Bowie

“If I’m doing a logo, I’ll do it in black and white. Once the form is feeling right, only then do I start exploring the color palettes. A good example was the process of rebranding the Salvador Dali Museum. I did at least 100 versions in black and white.”

― David Carson

“It’s good to play something that’s black and white, and a guy that sees right and wrong. I’ve never played a character like that.”

― David Lyons

“I can still remember them wheeling the black and white TV sets into our classroom at school so we could watch the men landing on the Moon, and that obviously had a huge impact. I later found out those people flying Apollo were ex-military test pilots, so I decided to join the Air Force and become a test pilot.”

― David Mackay

“I started as a black and white photographer, but the colors I was seeing were just so lurid and compelling and awful at the same time. They got me looking at other contemporary art. I was gravitating more and more toward work that had visceral power, that wasn’t necessarily about being beautiful but had some kind of horror in the palette.”

― David Maisel

“The government, for example, has determined that black people (somehow) have fewer abilities than white people, and, so, must be given certain preferences. Anyone acquainted with both black and white people knows this assessment is not only absurd but monstrous. And yet it is the law.”

― David Mamet

“I’ve not been in a live-in relationship. But I’ve been exposed to various kinds of equations that can exist between people. When I came from Bangalore, it was black and white. Over the years, I’ve realised that there’s more to what we see on a day-to-day basis. There are all kinds of relationships, all kinds of equations.”

― Deepika Padukone

“Other black and white films have also been released in colour, but ‘Hum Dono’ is better than all of them. When you watch ‘Hum Dono Rangeen,’ you will feel as though it was shot in colour; you won’t feel that I have got the reels painted by brush.”

― Dev Anand

“Americans have an interesting conundrum, a black and white line: You’re on one side or the other of Puritanism or licentiousness. But that gray area where people abide, between their ears or on the Internet, needs to be fleshed out more in terms of permission granted.”

― Diane Lane

“The world of superheroes is black and white; the world of monsters is not. Sometimes you need evil to fight evil.”

― Donna Langley

“Things are not quite so simple always as black and white.”

― Doris Lessing

“It’s a dirty little secret that I’m pretty self-conscious about coloring my own work. I just see so many people who love color more than me that I get freaked out every time I hit Photoshop. Black and white? I know exactly what to do, but color offers a million solutions to problems I don’t even know exist.”

― Doug TenNapel

“A lot of times, politics, global issues are very black and white. There is a place for that, but it’s also fantastic to have art side by side, from different viewpoints, open for interpretations.”

― Du Yun

“It felt very fresh to me, and it feels very contemporary – this idea that conflict’s not being about good and evil and not necessarily being black and white. If you dig deep enough, you’ll often find that people do things because they feel that they have to as opposed to because they are evil.”

― Duncan Jones

“I am a picky eater. By that I mean, I love to pick the raisins out of oatmeal raisin cookies, the chips out of chocolate chip cookies, the white side off of black and white cookies, and the vanilla center out of Oreos.”

― Dylan Lauren

“Dallas was a Black and White society at that time; it didn’t have the diversity it has now.”

― Eddie Bernice Johnson

“Some white people hate black people, and some white people love black people, some black people hate white people, and some black people love white people. So you see it’s not an issue of black and white, it’s an issue of Lovers and Haters.”

― Eden Ahbez

“At first I read mostly books by Southern authors – black and white – because almost all the people I knew were born and raised in the South, starting with my mother. I remember I got a lot of Erskine Caldwell.”

― Edward P. Jones

“I grew up watching old black and white movies where Marlene Dietrich or Jean Harlow would go walking down some cobblestone street in ripped stockings and head into some smoky boite and sing for a pathetic living. That’s so what I wanted to be.”

― Ellen Greene

“I’ve changed the way I look a bit but not intentionally. I’ve cut my hair. I’ve got a bit of pink in it and lately I’ve become a bit monochrome, wearing a lot of black and white.”

― Ellie Goulding

“Life is about the gray areas. Things are seldom black and white, even when we wish they were and think they should be, and I like exploring this nuanced terrain.”

― Emily Giffin

“Yeah, I did see where the people dissing me were coming from. But, it’s like, anything that happened in the past between black and white, I can’t really speak on it, because I wasn’t there. I don’t feel like me being born the color I am makes me any less of a person.”

― Eminem

“My computer background is a black and white picture I took of the Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum in Brazil.”

― Emma Ishta

“The summer of 1991, I took $2,000 of my savings and a desktop program, and I asked my friends to write 800 words about something they cared about. I got eight or nine articles and put them together. It was no frills, black and white, no graphics. I printed them out and just dumped piles around D.C.”

― Eric Liu

“’Hollywood maids’ are so idiotic. They grin at everything. I told Norman Lear I didn’t want to play a maid because of that ‘hee-hee/grin-grin’ attitude, and he said, ‘Who said I wanted that?’ He told me he wanted two strong women that are the black and white of the same coin. I said, ‘Oh, well – in that case, I’ll be right there!’”

― Esther Rolle

“The other two things are… well, I had a huge appetite for old black and white movies on BBC 2. At the weekends they used to run matinees, and the more romantic the better.”

― Ewan McGregor

“Here I come with these images of black and white people, and a lot of people got angry at me.”

― Faith Ringgold

“Your man Daddy Yankee, some black and white people who know what’s going on in the ‘hood and the clubs are supporting him and loving him. But he’s speaking Spanish, and he’s speaking directly to the Latino people, and the people who know the language really dig it.”

― Fat Joe

“Maybe black and white is the best medium for landscapes, I don’t know.”

― Fay Godwin

“In a way, ‘Sin City’s designed to be paced somewhere between an American comic book and Japanese manga. Working in black and white, I realized that the eye is less patient, and you have to make your point, and sometimes repeat it. Slowing things down is harder in black and white, because there isn’t as much for the eye to enjoy.”

― Frank Miller

“I think a comedian has a more specific job. Whereas a musician can fall into different categories, you know, of making background music or doing a soundtrack or wanting to be in a band or writing the song, or writing your own songs. And then comedy is a very black and white thing. You want to make people happy.”

― Fred Armisen

“Traditional paintings have few figures in them and value negative space. Japanese calligraphy and brush paintings are in black and white. Haiku is the shortest poem form in the world. These are a few examples of a minimalistic aesthetic in Japanese art and culture.”

― Fumio Sasaki

“The middle of ‘America’s Women’ is about the Civil War, and how women, black and white, confronted slavery and abolition. As in every other period of crisis, the rules of sexual decorum were suspended due to emergency.”

― Gail Collins

“I don’t understand people who dream in black and white. I just don’t get it. My dreams have always been vivid color.”

― Gary Ross

“The world doesn’t see a lot of gray. The world sees black and white, and then it understands.”

― George C. Wolfe

“It’s not even about black and white anymore, because so many people are from mixed backgrounds and mixed ethnicities, and it’s just a great time to be able to pull all that together.”

― George Lopez

“I prefer to work with grey characters rather than black and white.”

― George R. R. Martin

“I don’t think anyone is black and white and I think we change our minds and our attitudes about certain things as we grow to our maturity.”

― Giancarlo Esposito

“I had been a fan of Gene Wilder’s for many years, but the first time I saw him in person, my heart fluttered – I was hooked. It felt like my life went from black and white to Technicolor.”

― Gilda Radner

“What I think is a really special movie is ‘Black and White’ with Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, which Mike Binder directed. I got to see a screening of it, and I think Kevin and Octavia and Anthony Mackie and Bill Burr all give such beautiful performances in that movie.”

― Gillian Jacobs

“Perhaps I am old-fashioned, but black and white films still hold an affectionate place in my heart; they have an incomparable mystique and mood.”

― Ginger Rogers

“The idea of the museum is to show my work since the start, and I wanted to show all of it, not just to choose between different pieces. They are grouped together in themes – minimalism, androgyny, black and white, graphic, flowers, and so on – from the earliest designs to the most recent ones.”

― Giorgio Armani

“It’s unfortunate that in an interview sometimes things can seem so black and white.”

― Gisele Bundchen

“Black and white is so familiar. It’s how we see the printed word in books, so it’s kind of neutral in a way. Yet it’s ironic that black and white is so charged socially, what with its association with race.”

― Glenn Ligon

“Today we’re just growing and consuming, and I think maybe there’s a sadness in that. People are longing for a time when there was a black and white and good and bad.”

― Gore Verbinski

“I really see food as subjective. It’s a creative outlet. It’s something that you do for fun. It’s a gray area. It’s not black and white or right and wrong.”

― Graham Elliot

“Human nature is not black and white but black and grey.”

― Graham Greene

“My teammates at Duke – all of them, black and white – were a band of brothers who came together to play at the highest level for the best coach in basketball.”

― Grant Hill

“It’s about you. If you win, it’s you; if you lose, it’s you. Black and white. Nowhere to hide.”

― Greg Rusedski

“I was watching a black and white television in Cairo, MI., at my grandparents’ house, and I watched Neil Armstrong step on the moon. At that point, it set the bit for me to be an astronaut, and it was kind of like a dream, but it really wasn’t reality.”

― Gregory H. Johnson

“I’ve read quite a few readers’ reviews of my book on Amazon, saying, ‘Ah, he criticises the free market, he advocates central planning.’ I don’t do that for a minute! But this is our black and white, dichotomous way of thinking – which has really been harmful.”

― Ha-Joon Chang

“When movies first came out, maybe they were in black and white and there wasn’t any sound and people were saying the theater is still the place to be. But now movies and theater have found their own place in the world. They are each legitimate art forms.”

― Hans Zimmer

“No characters in ‘Stay Close,’ including the leads, are black and white. I want them to be grey. I think that makes for a much more interesting reading experience, something that will stay with you a little bit longer.”

― Harlan Coben

“Sometimes even when the book is over I don’t know who’s good and who’s bad. It’s really more interesting, I think, to write about gray characters than it is to write about black and white.”

― Harlan Coben

“I don’t know why we work, my husband and I. We just do. We are black and white – yin and yang.”

― Heidi Klum

“Diversity doesn’t mean black and white only.”

― Henry Louis Gates

“I like boring black and white films with subtitles. I’m basically a drip.”

― Henry Rollins

“College was where I got to actually experience the difference between black and white.”

― Ilyasah Shabazz

“The world is not black and white; there are lots of shades of grey. There are good things and bad things in every era, and I think it’s kind of very blindfolded to say one era was wonderful, as it was wonderful, but there were a lot of bad things as well.”

― Iris Apfel

“It was illegal for black people and white people to play checkers together in Birmingham. And there were even black and white Bibles to swear to tell the truth on in many parts of the South.”

― Isabel Wilkerson

“Black and white creates a strange dreamscape that color never can.”

― Jack Antonoff

“Everything always looked better in black and white. Everything always looked as if it were the first time; there’s always more people in a black and white photograph. It just makes it seem that there were more people at a gig, more people at a football match, than with colour photography. Everything looks more exciting.”

― Jack Lowden

“Washington is a great international city and in the congregation we have people who are rich and poor, black and white, and from every part of the world.”

― James Green Somerville

“We were living in a tumultuous time, when the world was upside down. Freeman produced a show that was black and white, the good guys versus the bad guys.”

― James MacArthur

“There are bad people and there are bad corporations. Just as there are good people and good corporations. That might seem too black and white, but what can I tell ya?”

― James Murdoch

“I had that upbringing. Of watching ‘Bonanza,’ watching ‘Hee Haw,’ which both black and white would watch. I rode horses. I did gun spinning as a kid. I do these things.”

― Jamie Foxx

“I’ve always been a tomboy. I’ve always liked to wear red, black, and white, and mostly pants.”

― Janet Jackson

“But I think the possibility of a black and white society feeding each other’s expertises, living harmoniously, will probably go along in fits and starts now but at least it has a great constitution now to back it up.”

― Janet Suzman

“I started ‘Society’s Child’ on a bus in East Orange as I was going home from school. I saw a black and white couple sitting there and started thinking about it.”

― Janis Ian

“Just telling a story. That’s cinema. It’s not silent, black and white. It’s a simple story that’s well made.”

― Jean Dujardin

“It would be much easier to just make black, brown and beige clothes. But I do not see the world in black and white and beige. I find colors incredibly important.”

― Jean Pigozzi

“The definition of marriage cannot be disputed. It’s right there in black and white and it’s been the same since the start of Wikipedia.”

― Jesse Tyler Ferguson

“I have a black pair of suede Jimmy Choos. I’ve only worn them once to a Sony event. The heels have these arrow plates in a pattern. There’s gold, black and white and they’re amazing!”

― Jessica Mauboy

“Not unlike our country’s history, my personal history was founded upon an unfortunate history of racial conflict between black and white.”

― Jidenna

“I do remember doing shows strictly in black and white, too, so you’re right.”

― Jim Henson

“NBC was trying to convert all of their local programming to color right away to encourage the sale of the sets, so I barely remember working in black and white, although I do know that I did do it, but there was not a major difference, though.”

― Jim Henson

“There are very few really stark black and white stories.”

― Jim Lehrer

“I’m a multi-racial person – I’m black and white – and growing up in North Carolina, I’ve dealt with a lot of racism. Growing up as a kid, I’ve seen it. I’ve been through it in many forms and fashions.”

― Jimmy Graham

“I watch these old films in black and white, and suddenly the door opens, and there I am. The other day, I was wearing the most awful hat.”

― Joan Hickson

“I was kind of a dark kid. I loved Halloween, and I loved vampires and the black and white old monster movies.”

― Joe Manganiello

“I don’t believe there’s two sides to every story. It’s black and white. There’s right and wrong.”

― Joe Wurzelbacher

“When I was young, I had a very clear point of view on things in life, on moral questions. There was a black and white viewpoint on my world. As I’ve gotten older, I see the grey areas appear.”

― Joel Edgerton

“Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world.”

― Joel Sternfeld

“Any time you stop looking at evil as a black and white thing, it’s helpful. So the fact that there won’t be any obligatory Islamic terrorist stereotypes in movies any more, that’d be helpful.”

― John Cusack

“Now we have black and white elected officials working together. Today, we have gone beyond just passing laws. Now we have to create a sense that we are one community, one family. Really, we are the American family.”

― John Lewis

“And then I went to visit my sister in the states and all of a sudden it was just like, it’s like… it’s like the movie Wizard of Oz when all of a sudden it changes from Black and White to glorious Technicolor.”

― John Mahoney

“I think part of the problem that the Republicans have is that the base has, in many cases, certain litmus test issues on which they are black and white on their thinking.”

― John Quelch

“Whatever it takes to get the image to reach that level is what that photographer needs to do. And for me, I just have such a love of the tactile and sensuous quality of a black and white silver gelatin print.”

― John Sexton

“I support any procedure that allows photographers to express themselves, whether that involves color, black and white, platinum, palladium and digital technology.”

― John Sexton

“Today my passion is still black and white. Today if I have an array of cameras in front of me the one I would reach for that I would feel most comfortable with would be a 4 X 5 View camera. I was once working in a sort of soft light situation.”

― John Sexton

“I look at graphic design as communication, meaning that the work has to have a vibe to connect to the viewer or perceiver. I make a black and white drawing and then add color digitally, bringing in a contemporary pattern to the composition to create a vibrance.”

― John Van Hamersveld

“In 1970, I was turning 29 years old, just 4 years out of art school. I had created a black and white drawing style mascot portrait called ‘Johnny.’ I made a poster for it and sent it around the world to corporate art departments.”

― John Van Hamersveld

“If everything isn’t black and white, I say, ‘Why the hell not?’”

― John Wayne

“My characters make incomprehensible decisions until you stand in their shoes. Then it makes more sense. Life is very rarely black and white, and most people are trying to do their best. I try not to judge.”

― Jojo Moyes

“In college, when a girlfriend asks you to watch a film in black and white, you do it. That’s when I discovered a lot of films. I was really obsessed with Bergman, the whole world he creates. One that I always quote a lot is ‘Autumn Sonata.’ When you see women go through issues with their mom, you realize how right and poignant Bergman was.”

― Jonás Cuarón

“During the decades after Brown v. Board of Education there was terrific progress. Tens of thousands of public schools were integrated racially. During that time the gap between black and white achievement narrowed.”

― Jonathan Kozol

“The more film I watch, the more John Ford looks like a giant. His politics aren’t so good, and you have to learn to accept John Wayne as an actor, but he’s a poet in black and white.”

― Jonathan Lethem

“Since I am from Spain, once the morning has gone, I like to take a nap while falling asleep to black and white movies. It feels less lonely. There is a comfort in hearing their voices, like when you’re a child and your mother tells you a story before bedtime.”

― Jordi Molla

“I’ll shout it if they want: Down with isms! Up with a Left that is capable of thinking outside the box! In other words, I am more than completely cured of simplifications, of dividing the world into good and evil, of thinking in black and white. I have repented!”

― Jose Mujica

“As I’ve said repeatedly, Republicans are very good at describing things in black and white; Democrats are very good at describing the 11 shades of gray.”

― Joseph C. Wilson

“When you get to know a lot of people, you make a great discovery. You find that no one group has a monopoly on looks, brains, goodness or anything else. It takes all the people – black and white, Catholic, Jewish and Protestant, recent immigrants and Mayflower descendants – to make up America.”

― Judy Garland

“With the black and white films, one was concerned with tone.”

― Julie Harris

“When you look at Darling and the Oscars, it has to be luck. It was a black and white film and it was the last time that there was a black and white Oscar.”

― Julie Harris

“I managed to get a short film with Channel 4 Films. I cast a young actor who’d done a bit of television before, a young actor called Ewan McGregor. That was very first thing. This writer had won this competition, and I made this little short, black and white movie. I think for both Ewan and I it was the start of our careers.”

― Justin Chadwick

“As a keeper, you have to understand that your job is black and white: you make a save, or you don’t; you can be the hero – or the goat.”

― Karen Bardsley

“Ever since I made the short film ‘Black And White,’ which had almost no dialogues, the idea of making a silent feature film fascinated me.”

― Karthik Subbaraj

“My favourite actors are all dead or dying. I just love Jimmy Stewart, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn – I was named after her – and Cary Grant. I just love old black and white movies and the stars in them. It must have been a great time to be in Hollywood.”

― Katharine Isabelle

“Although black and white Americans live, work, and learn together now, there is still injustice in America.”

― Kathleen Sebelius

“My sexuality is not black and white. I’m a gay man who has occasionally drifted. I am not bi. I’ve had perfectly pleasant romances with women, but they weren’t sustainable. My passion wasn’t there. I would always be looking at guys.”

― Kehinde Wiley

“I love seeing people’s reactions to gifts that I’ve created from my line, such as my gold horn ring, bottle openers, my ‘Fallen’ leather jacket and my Slither black and white sweater.”

― Kelly Wearstler

“People are much more complicated in real life, but my characters are as subtle and nuanced as I can make them. But if you say my characters are too black and white, you’ve missed the point. Villains are meant to be black-hearted in popular novels. If you say I have a grey-hearted villain, then I’ve failed.”

― Ken Follett

“I wanted to do something heroic if I was going to be on TV. And the first thing that appeals to me once I have decided I don’t want to be the bad guy is to find things that are not black and white.”

― Kevin Bacon

“I think it’s because it was an emotional story, and emotions come through much stronger in black and white. Colour is distracting in a way, it pleases the eye but it doesn’t necessarily reach the heart.”

― Kim Hunter

“Sexism isn’t a one-size-fits-all phenomenon. It doesn’t happen to black and white women the same way.”

― Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

“Me and my parents would watch old ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Dracula’ and all those old black and white movies – as a kid, I’d lie in bed thinking that they would come out at night.”

― King Diamond

“Because, also the world of showbiz is not just black and white, good and bad.”

― Klaus Schulze

“We are all somewhere or the other a little grey, not black and white. We have our imperfections.”

― Kriti Sanon

“When you’re the victim of the behavior, it’s black and white; when you’re the perpetrator, there are a million shades of gray.”

― Laura Schlessinger

“For me, Africa is a land of light and contrast. Black and white is the best way to express the solitary emotion and vitality of wildlife.”

― Laurent Baheux

“It was 100 percent music. There was no ego involved, no attitudes, no black and white, it was pure music.”

― Lee Konitz

“Which is probably the reason why I work exclusively in black and white… to highlight that contrast.”

― Leonard Nimoy

“I did not move into developing or processing color. I stayed with black and white. I still think to this day that I prefer to work in black and white if it has to do with poetry or anything other than specific reality. I have worked in color when I thought it was the appropriate way to express the thought that I was working on.”

― Leonard Nimoy

“Black and white players hadn’t appeared together in public before Teddy Wilson and I began working with B.G.”

― Lionel Hampton

“There’s so much grey to every story – nothing is so black and white.”

― Lisa Ling

“I have just one black and white photograph left of my mother when she was younger. She was 17 when it was taken and beautiful with wispy curls and eyes that shone like dark marbles.”

― Liz Murray

“I want to be known for what I am, black and white, because I’m proud of both.”

― Logic

“I’m proud to be black and white and look the way I look. I’m proud to not speak down on women or glorify things that are unimportant.”

― Logic

“Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.”

― Louis Aragon

“I think I have a different view of what pop is and what can be acceptable in that realm. I feel good about that. I want fans to see that not everything’s so black and white with genres.”

― LP

“My entertainment was going to the local dollar movie theatre on the weekend, where I watched old black and white movies. If you wanted current movies, you had to drive to the big city.”

― L’Wren Scott

“The world is becoming very black and white. People are striving for perfection where only the best is acceptable. If we continue down this road, then we will lose everything that is human.”

― Madeline Stuart

“The great thing about getting older is that you become more mellow. Things aren’t as black and white, and you become much more tolerant. You can see the good in things much more easily rather than getting enraged as you used to do when you were young.”

― Maeve Binchy

“In a culture defined by shades of gray, I think the absolute black and white choices in dark young adult novels are incredibly satisfying for readers.”

― Maggie Stiefvater

“There’s this Method Man album called ‘Tical.’ It’s his first album. I would just listen to that every day, because the album feels like, if it were a film, it would be black and white. It feels like there’s a war percolating throughout the album itself. It’s dark, and it has a nice forward pace to it.”

― Mahershala Ali

“It’s never black and white on ‘Game of Thrones.’ If you think it’s black and white, you’re watching it wrong.”

― Maisie Williams

“Schoolkids – black and white – would call me Kunta Kinte as a cuss. If ever my hair was particularly messy, if ever I looked scruffy at school, I would be called Kunta Kinte. My first impression was that it was bad to be African and bad to be associated with him.”

― Malachi Kirby

“By dismantling the narrow politics of racial identity and selective self-interest, by going beyond ‘black’ and ‘white,’ we may construct new values, new institutions and new visions of an America beyond traditional racial categories and racial oppression.”

― Manning Marable

“War’s not black and white; it’s gray. If you don’t fight in the gray area, you’re going to lose.”

― Marcus Luttrell

“When I first read Barbara Tuchman’s ‘The Guns of August’ in the autumn of 1963, it was as though history went from black and white to Technicolor.”

― Margaret MacMillan

“Ballet, there’s a right way to do things, and it’s black and white, and it’s all striving for perfection. Acting is not that way. It’s very gray, and the messier you can be, the better. The mistakes that you make are the gold and the beautiful stuff.”

― Margaret Qualley

“I don’t look at things in black and white. There are big gray areas. There’s a lot of slippage.”

― Mark Bradford

“So I still seized the power, but I felt that if I officially made myself the boss, in black and white, it would be too intimidating for the other producers and the other men who worked on the show. In other words, I had the power, but I gave them the title.”

― Marlo Thomas

“You can’t shoot in sepia, so converting into black and white and then into brown makes everything feel less real.”

― Martin Parr

“The natural response of the old-timers is to build a strong moral wall against the outside. This is where the world starts to be painted in black and white, saints inside, and sinners outside the wall.”

― Mary Douglas

“I work in colour sometimes, but I guess the images I most connect to, historically speaking, are in black and white. I see more in black and white – I like the abstraction of it.”

― Mary Ellen Mark

“I like the way Quentin Tarantino creates a scene using a series of close-ups or showing very cool images of a person or people walking on some ordinary street in slow motion. I wish I could achieve that kind of slow-motion effect in manga, but it’s rather difficult to draw; the only things we can play with are tones of black and white.”

― Masashi Kishimoto

“Even on tour, where I perform songs from ‘City Of Black And White,’ I still do songs from ‘Nothing Left To Lose.’ I never turned my back on that material. On some albums, you change – that’s all. The trick is to follow your heart and do what feels right.”

― Mat Kearney

“’City Of Black And White’ was me trying to do something more mature, more adult contemporary.”

― Mat Kearney

“We’re so quick to go to make things black and white, and to put things in their box. But everything is this mixture – and that’s what this world is – is this blend of different things.”

― Matisyahu

“In the beginning it was all black and white.”

― Maureen O’Hara

“At first, I didn’t like coming down to Los Angeles at all. It’s like, everything’s black and white compared to where I live out in the middle of nowhere. There’s, like, 400 people in my town!”

― Max Thieriot

“I agree with Balzac and 19th-century writers, black and white, who say, ‘I write for money.’ Yes, I think everybody should be paid handsomely; I insist on it, and I pay people who work for me, or with me, handsomely.”

― Maya Angelou

“Just as black and white, when mixed, make grey, in many ways that’s what it did to my self-identity: it created a murky area of who I was, a haze around how people connected with me. I was grey. And who wants to be this indifferent colour, devoid of depth and stuck in the middle? I certainly didn’t.”

― Meghan Markle

“To describe something as being black and white means it is clearly defined. Yet when your ethnicity is black and white, the dichotomy is not that clear. In fact, it creates a grey area.”

― Meghan Markle

“I do know how life can go one way or another and that it’s not all just black and white, and there are many different situations and twists and turns in life.”

― Mel Rodriguez

“In music, the Specials brought a city, Coventry, bombed out for a second time and riven with racism, to a celebration between black and white musicians and their music.”

― Melvyn Bragg

“That first company I started made a lot of money for the venture capitalists – nearly $30 million – but next to nothing for the founders. The companies I started after that varied between failures and mediocre successes. But at no point did I ever consider getting a ‘real job.’ That felt like a black and white world, and I wanted Technicolor.”

― Michael Arrington

“Like many insects, flies are most sensitive to green light. This means that they would see their world as ‘black and white,’ in that they can’t see the multiple colors required to reconstruct a color image of the world. They do, however, have specialized cells that enable them to see ultraviolet wavelengths.”

― Michael Dickinson

“Maybe I was just born in the wrong era, man. I’m a bit of a throwback to the days of black and white movies. Those guys back then, they had a certain kind of directness about them. A lot of the screenplays, the plots were very simplistic – they gave rise to a type of anti-hero that maybe I suit better.”

― Michael Madsen

“The issues a president faces are not black and white, and cannot be boiled down into 140 characters. Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military at your command, you can’t make snap decisions. You can’t have a thin skin or the tendency to lash out.”

― Michelle Obama

“I have visited some places where the differences between black and white are not as profound as they used to be, but I think there is a new form of racism growing in Europe and that is focused on people who are Middle Eastern. I see it.”

― Montel Williams

“The human brain works as a binary computer and can only analyze the exact information-based zeros and ones (or black and white). Our heart is more like a chemical computer that uses fuzzy logic to analyze information that can’t be easily defined in zeros and ones.”

― Naveen Jain

“It’s not hard to get your way when it’s your way or the highway. People either follow suit or they’re not around. I don’t really like the sound of that, ’cause that sounds like a temper tantrum. I’m just very black and white when it comes to my business. There’s really no gray area.”

― Nicki Minaj

“Did you know that the human voice is the only pure instrument? That it has notes no other instrument has? It’s like being between the keys of a piano. The notes are there, you can sing them, but they can’t be found on any instrument. That’s like me. I live in between this. I live in both worlds, the black and white world.”

― Nina Simone

“It’s near impossible to make a movie in black and white in the system.”

― Noah Baumbach

“The only question we should ask is, ‘Are they good?’ I’ve met great actors, black and white, and I’ve met bad actors, black and white.”

― Noma Dumezweni

“I like black and white films. I don’t exactly know why – probably because there is a stylization which is removed from actual life, unlike a color film.”

― Norman McLaren

“I wanted to do the whole album in black and white, and it really killed me that when you see it in the light it’s got green in it. I don’t know what the hell that was about.”

― Nuno Bettencourt

“We have a vision of South Africa in which black and white shall live and work together as equals in conditions of peace and prosperity.”

― Oliver Tambo

“We believe it is comprehensive international sanctions against the white regime that will save us from the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of South Africans, black and white.”

― Oliver Tambo

“There has always been quite a strong black and white art tradition in Australia, with quite a large contingent of cartoonists, given the size of the population.”

― Pat Oliphant

“When we don’t have information, we go to the simplest outlook, to black and white. But then we have to lie to ourselves. Black is never as black as you’re painting it and white is never as white.”

― Patricia Sun

“When I look into the crowd, I see young and old, black and white – it’s amazing that I’m able to connect with so many different kinds of people.”

― Patti LaBelle

“My relationship with ‘Star Wars’ is that I’m old enough that I saw it when it first came out – ‘A New Hope,’ that is – and it was like when Dorothy steps out of black and white into Technicolor. I was transported from a gray, miserable 1970s London into a different galaxy, and I didn’t know what it was, but I wanted to be a part of it.”

― Paul Bettany

“In tragedy, it’s hard to find a good resolution; it’s not black and white: it’s a big fog of gray.”

― Paul Dano

“When images are in black and white, they seem timeless. When you see Carrie Otis in an ad from 1989 next to an ad with Klara Wester from 2009, you don’t see a 20-year difference between the pictures.”

― Paul Marciano

“The Jam went through a phase of wearing satin jackets. But that was pre-getting signed and making it, when we were still playing the pubs and clubs – around ’75. Shocking, really – what would you call them apart from ‘horrible?’ We’d wear these white zip-up bomber jackets with black kind of loon pants and black and white shoes.”

― Paul Weller

“This nation is being divided into black and white, and the present system encourages this.”

― Pauline Hanson

“Juggling is very, very straightforward; very, very black and white; you’re manipulating objects, not people. And that’s always appealed to me.”

― Penn Jillette

“Entertainment came out of this thing called a television, and it was gray. Most of the films that we saw at the cinema were black and white. It was a gray world. And music somehow was in color.”

― Pete Townshend

“My mother was a member of the Cape Coloured community. ‘Coloured’ is the South African word for the half-caste community that was a by-product of the early contact between black and white.”

― Peter Abrahams

“There’s a generation of children who don’t like black and white movies. There’s a level of impatience or intolerance now.”

― Peter Jackson

“I am more of an old black and white movies fan.”

― Peter Tork

“Prince William looks good in uniform and Man-at-Hackett black and white tie (he has grown up wearing it constantly); less certain in his suits, which sometimes look borderline archaic; and variable in casual. But completely comfortable in the Sloane uniform of non-designer jeans and chocolate-brown suede loafers. He’ll look fine in Boden.”

― Peter York

“Most Australians live in the cities on the east coast, where contact between black and white occurred as much as 200 years earlier than on the west coast – and where 95 percent of Australians are able to live 95 percent of their lives without ever seeing an Aboriginal face.”

― Phillip Noyce

“Life is not black and white; there is some gray nuance to it.”

― Pilou Asbaek

“We were in the heart of the ghetto in Chicago during the Depression, and every block – it was probably the biggest black ghetto in America – every block also is the spawning ground practically for every gangster, black and white, in America too.”

― Quincy Jones

“I still remember how me and my husband spent 30 minutes trying to convince our then 10 and 12 year old son and daughter that they really would love this black and white movie called, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’.”

― Rachel Campos-Duffy

“When my dad, Tommy Tucker Kelly, was about six, he started out with his dad on ‘The Black and White Minstrel’ Shows.”

― Rachel Tucker

“In the history of photography, we have many masterpieces in terms of black and white books. You have Bresson’s ‘Decisive Moment,’ Frank’s ‘The Americans’… many masterpieces. But there is nothing to this caliber in color. Well, I think I’ll waltz with my muse and hope that I might be able to produce something on this order in color.”

― Ralph Gibson

“We must always embrace individual liberty and enforce the constitutional rights of all Americans-rich and poor, immigrant and native, black and white.”

― Rand Paul

“There are infinite shades of grey. Writing often appears so black and white.”

― Rebecca Solnit

“My books tend to have a lot of questions in them, and they tend to avoid black and white, for lack of a better metaphor.”

― Rebecca Stead

“I lived and grew up in the black and white period of photojournalism.”

― Rene Burri

“Americans are inclined to see the world and foreign affairs in black and white.”

― Richard Kerry

“I feel like I get a variety of people in my crowd. Because of that, there’s a nice amount of Hispanic people and Latinos that come to my shows. There’s also a really big amount of Black and White people.”

― Rico Nasty

“Life isn’t black and white. It’s a million gray areas, don’t you find?”

― Ridley Scott

“I grew up in Ohio, where civil-rights accomplishments had already begun to accelerate before Martin Luther King appeared. In hindsight, we know that many people, black and white, were instrumental in changing the Jim Crow status quo on all levels.”

― Rita Dove

“There’s no black and white in this world; it’s all grey. That’s what people are like! No one think they’re a baddie. Everyone thinks they’re trying to do their bit to make the world a better place.”

― Riz Ahmed

“Kids today don’t watch a black and white movie.”

― Robert Englund

“Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.”

― Robert Frank

“We make artificial divisions everywhere: Democrats and Republicans, black and white, millennials and baby boomers. Even those of us who are against building walls find ourselves pointing accusing fingers at those wall-builders.”

― Robert J. Waldinger

“And all of this, all these physical aspects of painting at that time excited me very much. You could do a picture in just black and white. I mean all the things, whether you’re soliciting permission or not, do give you permission.”

― Robert Rauschenberg

“All of the films that I’ve made are about the country I live in and grew up in… And I think if you’re going to put an artist’s eye to it, you’re going to put a critical eye to it. I’ve always been interested in the gray area that exists between the black and white, or the red and blue, and that’s where complexity lies.”

― Robert Redford

“We promote Asian storytelling – not just Asian stories but Asian people in stories with the full spectrum of the human experience. When you say, ‘Oh, it’s not enough attention on Asians. It’s more black and white,’ that game becomes like you’re playing the discrimination Olympics.”

― Ronny Chieng

“I’m always interested in furthering our sport. Like, I would love to be a correspondent newsperson, somebody who informs the fans a little bit more and able to bring a little more closure to our sport where it’s more of a black and white as opposed to the gray area.”

― Roy Nelson

“Barbara and I wanted to do a television special, and she put it together with T Bone Burnett, and they came up with the idea of it being black and white. It was fabulous; we had a great time. It was wonderful.”

― Roy Orbison

“I’m very black and white about what I like or don’t like, and I’ve always been that way.”

― Ryan Murphy

“At pivotal moments throughout history, there have always been grey areas, and there likely will be in the future. Courage now lies not in the black and white, as in the past, but in the grey.”

― Safak Pavey

“Come election time, black and white politicians put on their costumes of compassion and care, shake black hands, kiss black babies, sing ‘We Shall Overcome’ in black , and pray that we will ignore the reality of everyday suffering and the damage that is being done to our future in exchange for our votes.”

― Salim Akil

“When I drive through a field, I want to see green grass sometimes, and I don’t want to see black and white.”

― Sam Mendes

“I was trying to establish an identity in music, and black and white had nothing to do with it.”

― Sam Phillips

“I grew up on what everybody called a plantation – but believe me, it wasn’t a plantation. It was just an old farm. I grew up with a lot of black people working in the fields, and it was during the Depression between 1930 and the war, so we were all poor – black and white.”

― Sam Phillips

“I have a massive phobia for schedules and calendars. I need people to tell me where I need to be. I can’t bear to see it in black and white. I think it’s a fear of being pinned down.”

― Sam Taylor-Johnson

“Color television! Bah, I won’t believe it until I see it in black and white.”

― Samuel Goldwyn

“To me, most of life kind of lives in the grey and I don’t just mean morally. I just mean kind of everything. If things were black and white it would be a lot clearer as to what to do all the time.”

― Sarah Paulson

“Relations between black and white would be greatly improved if we were more accepting of our fears and our feelings and more vocal about it.”

― Sarah Silverman

“There are so many aspects of human sexuality that we’re afraid to talk about, because people still don’t understand it. It’s not just black and white, you know?”

― Sasha Grey

“In the end, the only heritage we have is our planet, and I have decided to go to the most pristine places on the planet and photograph them in the most honest way I know, with my point of view, and of course it is in black and white, because it is the only thing I know how to do.”

― Sebastiao Salgado

“I think things like food, the food of the south is sort of the common tie that binds us all, Black and White, the sense memories. It’s a very particular part of the country.”

― Sela Ward

“I’m a multi-faceted woman and person, like all women are – there’s no black and white. We have shades of grey in the middle. And even many more colours that other people don’t see!”

― Shakira

“We don’t live in a world that’s black and white.”

― Shannon Elizabeth

“I loved old black and white movies, especially the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals. I loved everything about them – the songs, the music, the romance and the spectacle. They were real class and I knew that I wanted to be in that world.”

― Sharon Stone

“What I really resent most about people sticking labels on you is that it cuts off all the other elements of what you are because it can only deal with black and white; the cartoon.”

― Siouxsie Sioux

“With my coloring, I’m nothing in black and white. I’ve seen my films sometimes on black-and-white TV. Disaster.”

― Sissy Spacek

“England is so black and white, so plain, like a burger with nothing on it. No salad, nothing. That’s why it’s so real.”

― Skepta

“There are no black and white, good or bad characters in ‘Game Of Thrones,’ but Joffrey was an exception. Just pure evil.”

― Sophie Turner

“There’s a lot of Americans, black and white, who think that we’ve arrived where we need to be and nothing else needs to be done and affirmative action needs to be dismantled.”

― Spike Lee

“It is not that Shakespeare’s art is in technicolor and fancy, and that real life is black and white and tedious. The life that Shakespeare was living was the only life he had, and he had to use it to create what he was doing.”

― Stephen Greenblatt

“When the Beatles were on ‘Ed Sullivan,’ life went from black and white to color like in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ – and the irony I’m in the band Toto is not lost on me.”

― Steve Lukather

“I’m seeing the world partially through the eyes of a kid. Not all the time. There’s no black and white to it. But sometimes I’m seeing it like I’m 4.”

― Steven Wright

“The way I was brought up by my parents and guided through my football life by the influences of various managers means that in some ways I am black and white.”

― Stuart Pearce

“I was looking at this picture of Brooke Shields at Studio 54 the other day. Everyone in the shot looks amazing because they have these black and white cameras with a flash. I think that’s what photographers should go back to.”

― Suki Waterhouse

“Rates of black poverty have decreased. Black teen-pregnancy rates are at record lows – and the gap between black and white teen-pregnancy rates has shrunk significantly. But such progress rests on a shaky foundation, and fault lines are everywhere.”

― Ta-Nehisi Coates

“The troops aren’t red and blue. They’re not black and white. They’re not male and female. They are Americans! When they put their uniforms on, they are Americans. And that’s a fact.”

― Tamron Hall

“I take it seriously that it’s a privilege and honor to be a role model to young girls, both black and white. It’s not something I take lightly.”

― Tamron Hall

“I dug up some old John Buscema ‘Conan’ comics. Man, when Alfredo Alcala was inking, that was some of the most beautiful black and white comic art ever published. The stories are good, too, though early ’70s comics based on Conan is a festival of sexist, racist stereotypes.”

― Ted Naifeh

“It’s said that most Americans under the age of 30 reflexively dislike movies made before 1970, especially those that were shot in black and white. If this is so, I suspect it’s because such films portray an America that no longer exists.”

― Terry Teachout

“South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white.”

― Thabo Mbeki

“Freedom would be not to choose between black and white but to abjure such prescribed choices.”

― Theodor W. Adorno

“Coming up as a female rapper – well, a female artist in general – everything is just so black and white.”

― Tink

“What we’re doing with Band of Brothers is trying to put it into human terms, so it is not just a flickering, black and white myth on a screen, it is a resonant story. I want the audience to recognize themselves in these men. They’re not just mythic heroes.”

― Tom Hanks

“My parents used to rent old movies – my whole childhood is in black and white – and it was my dream to make films.”

― Tom Rachman

“My ideal kinda guy, if I was really gonna go there even though he’s married, is Mark Wahlberg. To me he’s a little black and white, the kinda guy who would understand if I pull my weave out.”

― Toni Braxton

“We want to live in the black and white, but we don’t. The world is gray. And, I’m always fascinated by people who are clearly, ‘This is black and this is white, and that’s the way life is.’ Life always has something to say about that.”

― Tony Goldwyn

“I grew up with very elegant parents; their black and white photographs and style are still a huge source of inspiration in designing my collections.”

― Tory Burch

“Our world was Northern, black and white, so it was a great thing for my sisters and me to sit down at Christmastime and watch these fabulous MGM musicals. All that color, all those beautiful costumes.”

― Tracie Bennett

“I’m light-skinned. I’m mixed with black and white.”

― Trae Young

“For years, ‘Drag Race’ was gay people’s best kept secret. When I started doing drag, people didn’t know anything about it. Look at it now: it’s like it’s gone from black and white to IMAX.”

― Trixie Mattel

“I started to work in television for three or four years, in 1954. There was one channel of television, black and white. But it could be entertaining and educational. During the evening they showed important plays, opera or Shakespeare’s tragedies.”

― Umberto Eco

“I don’t think paper will go away. I do believe that the value of paper will change, and Xerox is working on changing that value. Consider a color page. Actual life is in color, but you keep reproducing it in black and white. You remove value. It’s a bad thing to do.”

― Ursula Burns

“We have been playing to a 70-30 black to white audience. And we are just doing what should come next, trying to attract a larger house, trying to reach an audience that’s half black and white.”

― Valerie Simpson

“Just simple things – I like black and white, monochrome; I like suits.”

― Vanessa Kirby

“I’m black and white, so either, sometimes, you’re not considered by the breakdown of the script: you’re not ‘black enough’ for this role. Or you’re not ‘white enough’ for this role. Or, like, looking up to people, who do I identify with? And not seeing Barbies that maybe look like me.”

― Vanessa Morgan

“Football became my life at five or six. The earliest memory I have is of playing in my first boots, a pair of black and white Alan Balls. It was 1970, four years after the World Cup, and I scored three goals at school.”

― Vinnie Jones

“My goal was to tell a dialogue between high fashion and streetwear. So, the name Off-White, in my mind, is between black and white. So, that middle ground is a mixture between both genres of fashion.”

― Virgil Abloh

“One of the things that I like about ‘Narcos’ is that not only Pablo but with all the characters – this is not a black and white show. This is not a regular American cop show where two cool cops go to save a country from a bad guy. All the characters are very complex.”

― Wagner Moura

“When in life do you get a black and white printout that says this is what you should do? It just doesn’t happen.”

― Warren Littlefield

“In papergaming, players can look at a character sheet of their own creation and see all of their skills, right there, in black and white.”

― Warren Spector

“Sidney Poitier became a star in part by helping black and white Americans negotiate their new relationship in the post-Civil Rights era.”

― Wesley Morris

“Everything’s not black and white. We choose to make bad decisions or not.”

― Will Arnett

“I can’t stop watching black and white movies. I live in a world of Warner Brothers movies and all of that stuff from an older era, and I love them. I still love them. When I look at them, I sometimes think I was born in the wrong time.”

― William Forsythe

“We talk of a rainbow nation – in a country that remains dichotomized between black and white. We must acknowledge that the rainbow, in fact, is still a dream.”

― Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

“To me, a poem that’s in rhyme and meter is the difference between watching a film in full color and watching a film in black and white. Not that a few black and white films aren’t wonderful. So are certain successful pieces of free verse.”

― X. J. Kennedy

“It is not productive to see things in simple black and white, and talk in either anti-nuclear or pro-nuclear terms.”

― Yoshihiko Noda

“I was looking around this room, this sea of industry folk. If I had have worn black and white, somebody would have asked me to get them a cocktail; the only other people of colour there were servers.”

― Yvonne Orji

“My life is black and white and mixed. My mother’s a Rastafarian, my dad was a short white guy – it’s not an affectation. It’s also the lives of millions of people throughout the world.”

― Zadie Smith

“That’s why for Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society the colors are black and white. There are no gray issues. Life is black and it’s white. There’s no in-between.”

― Zakk Wylde

“Everything is very black and white for me. I don’t really like playing mind games.”

― Zayn Malik

“Some girls like to say one thing and mean another. And me being who I am, I’m very straightforward. Everything is very black and white for me. I don’t really like playing mind games.”

― Zayn Malik

“I lived through many battles – the 1973, I was young; in 1982 with the Israeli invasions, and 2006 between Hezbollah and Israel. Before I emigrated to the States in ’83, I had my own very black and white views of the Israelis and the Jews in general. But you start to understand that no matter what you think, there are two perspectives.”

― Ziad Doueiri

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