“Mortals. Everything is so black and white to you.” ― Kami Garcia, Beautiful Creatures
“You have a consistent character yourself and you wish all the facts of life to be consistent, but they never are. For instance you despise public service because you want work always to correspond to its aims, and that never happens.
You also want the activity of each separate man to have an aim, and love and family life always to coincide––and that doesn’t happen either. All the variety, charm and beauty of life are made up of light and shade.
” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
There’s so much grey to every story – nothing is so black and white. Lisa Ling
There’s something really appealing about the simplicity of black-and-white images. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
There is no black-and-white situation. It’s all part of life. Highs, lows, middles. Van Morrison
Black and white creates a strange dreamscape that color never can. Jack Antonoff
“At first, all is black and white.Black on white.That’s where I’m walking, through pages.These pages.Sometimes it gets so that I have one foot in the pages and the words, and the other in what they speak of.” ― Markus Zusak, Underdog
“Don’t ever let the light of your soul dim, even if the world seems black and white.” ― Tilicia Haridat
“This world that we live in would be perfect if there were less prejudice and people who think they are better than others.” ― Werley Nortreus
“A zebra will never see the funny side of things because he is always thinking in black & white.” ― Anthony T. Hincks
“When I was a little girl, everything in the world fell into either of these two categories: wrong or right. Black or white. Now that I am an adult, I have put childish things aside and now I know that some things fall into wrong and some things fall into right.
Some things are categorized as black and some things are categorized as white. But most things in the world aren’t either! Most things in the world aren’t black, aren’t white, aren’t wrong, aren’t right, but most of everything is just different.
And now I know that there’s nothing wrong with different, and that we can let things be different, we don’t have to try and make them black or white, we can just let them be grey. And when I was a child, I thought that God was the God who only saw black and white.
Now that I am no longer a child, I can see, that God is the God who can see the black and the white and the grey, too, and He dances on the grey! Grey is okay.” ― C. JoyBell C.
Life isn’t black and white. It’s a million gray areas, don’t you find? Ridley Scott
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
Things are not quite so simple always as black and white. Doris Lessing
“WHETHER IT’S A CHILD’S TOY OR A NATION’S OIL, IT’S ALL THE SAME, the Red Rider said. YOU FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU WANT. AGGRESSION. IT’S THE SPICE OF LIFE. War was right: people had to fight for what they wanted.
Or maybe balance, as Famine has said — strength matched with temperance. No, she thought. Not balance, Control. IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT CONTROL, War agreed merrily. [as in the meaning of why wars happen]” ― Jackie Kessler, Rage
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.
“Ought one to surrender to authority even if one believed that that authority was wrong? If the answer was yes, then I knew that I would always be wrong, because I could never do it. Then how could one live in a world in which one’s mind and perceptions meant nothing and authority and tradition meant everything? There were no answers.
” ― Richard Wright, Black Boy
“What if — is more complicated than that? What if maybe opposite is true as well? Because, if bad can sometimes come from good actions—? where does it ever say, anywhere, that only bad can come from bad actions? Maybe sometimes — the wrong way is the right way? You can take the wrong path and it still comes out where you want to be? Or, spin it another way, sometimes you can do everything wrong and it still turns out to be right?” ― Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
Black-and-white always looks modern, whatever that word means. Karl Lagerfeld
There are infinite shades of grey. Writing often appears so black and white. Rebecca Solnit
“I am a writer. I live a thousand different lives in a thousand different places, in a galaxy of black and white words. Lend me your imagination, reader, and let me show you new places, new people, and fantastic worlds, in all the myriad colors of your mind.
” ― Christine Stobbe
“I am very cautious of people who are absolutely right, especially when they are vehemently so.” ― Michael Palin, Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years
In the early days I had a very black-and-white view of everything. I think that’s kind of natural for anyone who’s just embraced Islam – or any religion – as a convert. It was important for me to duck out of the fast and furious life I’d been living as a pop star.
I was in a different mood. Cat Stevens
“Winters are a desolate time where all senses are wiped away, and here in Canada, this is especially true. All smells are sucked clean from the air, leaving only a harsh, icy crispness. Colours are stripped away, leaving a stark white landscape, a sky which stays black at night and gray in the day, a world of only three shades.
Stay outside too long, and your hands will get so cold that they’ll go numb and turn red, like the claws of a lobster. During a whiteout, even sight itself is reduced to nothingness.” ― Rebecca McNutt, Listen is Silent, or The Usurer
I collect primarily ceramics but also black-and-white photography and some bits of contemporary. Jonathan Anderson
“A rock is harder than a feather, you can talk and jabber and make exceptions, but in the end, if you have to choose which one is gonna hit you on the head, you’ll choose the feather every single time.” ― Andrew Klavan, The Truth of the Matter
100 years ago, movies were black-and-white, silent, and 16 frames a second. So 100 years from now, what are they going to be? Peter Jackson
“The eye should learn to listen before it looks.” ― Robert Frank
“Its not easy taking your own advice, accepting what you don’t like hearing, & seeing the grey amongst the black & white.” ― April Mae Monterrosa
I’m very black and white about what I like or don’t like, and I’ve always been that way. Ryan Murphy
Everything is very black and white for me. I don’t really like playing mind games. Zayn Malik
“Things are always either black or white. The grey in between is only a confusion.” ― Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land
“The first draft is black and white. Editing gives the story color.” ― E.J. Hill
Period recreation is very difficult unless you make a black-and-white movie. Alan Parker
Our culture thrives on black-and-white narratives, clearly defined emotions, easy endings, and so, this thrust into complexity exhausts. Caroline Knapp
When I first started dating my husband, I had this weird fascination with the circus and clowns and old carnival things and sideshow freaks and all that. About a month after we started dating, he bought me this amazing black-and-white photo book on the circus in the 1930s, and I started sobbing.
I remember being on a black-and-white set all day and then going out into daylight and being amazed by the colour. Jeff Bridges
It’s about you. If you win, it’s you; if you lose, it’s you. Black and white. Nowhere to hide. Greg Rusedski
“Loo, life is black and white. You don’t know what’s good for you, because you don’t see the black and white! You don’t see where the black lines end and where the white lines begin! You’re going to grow up to be no good if you keep on that way.
It’s impractical. I only have one child, and I won’t have her growing up to be impractical. I can’t think of a worse thing to be than impractical!” ― C. JoyBell C., Saint Paul Trois Chateaux: 1948
When I take a black-and-white portrait, it’s not particularly meant to please you. It’s meant to talk to you; it’s meant to shame you. It’s meant to scream out at you, and it has a message. Don McCullin
My mother didn’t let me see color films. I saw a lot of black-and-white films. The first time I saw Basil Rathbone, I was completely taken. To me, that was the epitome of great acting, was Basil Rathbone – not only in Sherlock Holmes, but the Sheriff of Nottingham, and all the terrible characters he had to play alongside Errol Flynn.
We are all somewhere or the other a little grey, not black and white. We have our imperfections. Kriti Sanon
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
My black-and-white work is more of a celebration, and the color work became more of a critique of society. Martin Parr
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.
“Our personal past is only available to us now through black-and-white film, it’s a medium for communication with the dead, including our dead selves, the way we used to be, which is why we’re drawn to it.
” ― Frank Lentricchia, The Sadness of Antonioni
Nothing is black-and-white, except for winning and losing, and maybe that’s why people gravitate to that so much. Steve Nash
“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!” ― Ted Grant
“No person is completely wicked, just as no person is perfect. We are all grey” ― Shinde Sweety, Arjun: Without a Doubt
Look at any black-and-white movie; everybody is smoking. Loni Anderson
Life is not black and white; there is some gray nuance to it. Pilou Asbaek
I can be pretty harsh and judgmental. I’m a very harsh and judgmental person. I like morals, right and wrong. I like to see things in black-and-white when I can, so I will hold a lot of guys to an impossible standard. Jessica Williams
I remember lying on the floor of my room, staring at a black-and-white television for most of the ’80s – watching ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ ‘Facts of Life,’ ‘Silver Spoons,’ Saturday morning cartoons, and ‘Murder, She Wrote’ while eating an insane amount of Stouffer’s French bread pizza.
I was sucked into it all. Jim Rash
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
I’ve struggled with gender norms my whole life, always feeling like I wasn’t black-and-white; I was in this gray area, and gray areas really scare people because you can’t define them. Evan Rachel Wood
I used to rely on black-and-white, and while I was working on ‘Smile,’ I learned to adapt to color on my end. Raina Telgemeier
Being glamorous is about strength and confidence. It’s black and white – dramatic. You have to be strong. Catherine Zeta-Jones
“The most colorful thing in the world is black and white, it contains all colors and at the same time excludes all.” ― Vikrmn, 10 Alone
“If you look beyond the lies, then you will see the truth.Remember: Just because it’s black and white, doesn’t automatically make it a zebra.” ― Anthony T. Hincks
“Even when your life is full of color, you still need to be reminded that things come in black and white.” ― Anthony T. Hincks
“For grey matter, there is no black and white. If you think in black and white, then you do not use enough brain functions.” ― Petek Kabakci
I am just pitifully nostalgic. I can’t help but roll my eyes at myself frequently. I mean, I still shoot black-and-white film. And I am constantly reminiscing about the ‘good old days.’ I’m 28 years old.
There haven’t even been that many ‘good old days.’ But still, I love to look back. Chris Lowell
I’m a black-and-white type of dude. If you say something, I believe you’re gonna do it. Demetrious Johnson
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.
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
If everything isn’t black and white, I say, ‘Why the hell not?’ John Wayne
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
Just simple things – I like black and white, monochrome; I like suits. Vanessa Kirby
I don’t believe there’s two sides to every story. It’s black and white. There’s right and wrong. Joe Wurzelbacher
“It’s because I know that life is really black and white that I miss my life of colors.” ― Anthony T. Hincks
I think if you live in a black-and-white world, you’re gonna suffer a lot. I used to be like that. But I don’t believe that anymore. Bradley Cooper
I don’t see the world completely in black and white. Sometimes I do. Benicio Del Toro
Color can do anything that black-and-white can. Vincente Minnelli
I’ve been fascinated by the Internet from the very start. In 2001, I had made a funny black-and-white film called ‘How to Dance Properly,’ a short video of me dancing to a Madonna song. I sent it to 17 of my friends on a Thursday, and by Monday, one million people a day were logging on to view it.
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
Life isn’t always black and white. You’re not always sure you’re right. At least I’m not. Brad Paisley
“Books bring alluring colors to our mundane black and white world.” ― Caleb Reese
The over-all point is that new technology will not necessarily replace old technology, but it will date it. By definition. Eventually, it will replace it. But it’s like people who had black-and-white TVs when color came out.
They eventually decided whether or not the new technology was worth the investment. Steve Jobs