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

Doris Lessing

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

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

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

Natural colour of earth is neighter black nor white, it seems pretty multicolour.

Pabitra Adhikari

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

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

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

Peter Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Janet Jackson

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

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

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

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

Trae Young

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 Eco8

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

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

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

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

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

Ridley Scott

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

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

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

Jim Henson

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

Gisele Bundchen

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

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

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

Theodor W. Adorno

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Samuel Goldwyn

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

Henry Rollins

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

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

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

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

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

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

I prefer to work with grey characters rather than black and white.
George R. R. Martin
There are very few really stark black and white stories.

Jim Lehrer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sissy Spacek

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

Robert Frank

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

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

Will Arnett

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

Joe Wurzelbacher

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

Sophie Turner

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

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

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

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

Jidenna

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Faith Ringgold

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

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

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

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

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

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

Although humans see reality in colour, for me, black and white has always been connected to the image’s deeper truth, to its most hidden meaning.

Peter Lindbergh

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

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

Heidi Klum

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

Brad Paisley

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

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

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

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

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

Bonnie Raitt

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

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

Danny Boyle

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

Leonard Nimoy

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

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

Pauline Hanson

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

Bill Skarsgard

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 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

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

There are very few really stark black and white stories.

Jim Lehrer