— Graham Greene English writer, playwright and literary critic 1904 - 1991
London Observer (January 2, 1983)
„There are no white skins, and there are no black skins. Humans skins are of different shades of orange.“
— Neil Harbisson Catalan-Irish musician, artist and activist 1984
As quoted in El Punt (28 January 2012). "La teva cara em sona" http://www.elpuntavui.cat/noticia/article/5-cultura/19-cultura/500466-la-teva-cara-em-sona.html
„People will always prefer black-and-white over shades of grey, and so there will always be the temptation to hold overly-simplified beliefs and to hold them with excessive confidence“
— Thomas Gilovich, How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life
„Some things were perfectly clear, seen with the vision of youth.
No doubts and nothing to fear, I claimed the corner on truth.
These days it's harder to say I know what I'm fighting for.
My faith is falling away.
I'm not that sure anymore.
Shades of grey wherever I go
The more I find out the less that I know.
Black and white is how it should be
But shades of grey are the colors I see.“
— Billy Joel American singer-songwriter and pianist 1949
Song lyrics, River of Dreams (1993), Shades of Grey.
„Whenever there is discussion, I make it clear that I do not want any grey zones, just black and white.*
Grey zones do not interest me at all.“
— Niki Lauda Austrian former Formula 1 racing driver 1949 - 2019
„Oh, ‘twould be marvelous if the world and its moral questions were like some game board, with plain black players and white, and fixed rules, and nary a shade of grey.“
— Glen Cook, livro Shadows Linger
Shadows Linger (1984), Chapter 33, “Juniper: The Encounter” (p. 367)
— Chris Heimerdinger, Gadiantons and the Silver Sword
„Black women write differently from white women. This is the most marked difference of all those combinations of black and white, male and female. It's not so much that women write differently from men, but that black women write differently from white women. Black men don't write very differently from white men.“
— Toni Morrison American writer 1931 - 2019
Black Women Writers at Work (1983) by Claudia Tate
„My hair is grey, but not with years,
Nor grew it white
In a single night,
As men's have grown from sudden fears.“
— George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824
The Prisoner of Chillon http://readytogoebooks.com/PC31.htm, st. 1 (1816).
— Victor Hugo, livro Os Miseráveis
„I think people understand things different when they get older. It’s not a question of getting soft, or seeing things in the gray areas instead of black and white. I really believe I’m just understanding things different. Better.“
— Jeff Lindsay, livro Darkly Dreaming Dexter
„As Ralph Ellison wrote more than 35 years ago, 'Why is it so often true that when critics confront the American as Negro, they suddenly drop their advanced critical armament and revert with an air of confident superiority to quite primitive modes of analysis?' Those matters accomplished by whites are routinely subjected to sophisticated modes of analysis. But the when the selfsame matters are accomplished by blacks, the opaque racial prism of analysis precludes such sophistication, and all is seen in black and white. And some who would not venture onto the more sophisticated analytical turf are quite content to play in the minor leagues of primitive harping. The more things change, the more they remain the same.“
— Clarence Thomas Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1948
1990s, I Am a Man, a Black Man, an American (1998)
„In Germany—and this started with a newspaper headline — they call us “the Patchwork Family.” I was, like, Hmm, is this an insult or is this positive? I talked to Seal about it, and we’re, like, it’s actually kind of great — we’re all different shades and we came together and we all love each other. They may call it black and white, but I’m not white, I’m a shade of brown and so is our daughter, Leni. She’s the lightest, then it’s me, then it’s our son, and then it’s Seal. So I think, Hey, it’s actually kind of nice to have a 'patchwork family.'“
— Heidi Klum German model, television host, businesswoman, fashion designer, television producer, and actress 1973
Quoted by Brantley Bardin for Life in 2007 http://www.life.com/Life/article/0,26385,1224195,00.html.
„Let me say it again. I don't believe in black majority rule ever in Rhodesia—not in a thousand years. I repeat that I believe in blacks and whites working together. If one day it is white and the next day it is black, I believe we have failed and it will be a disaster for Rhodesia.“
— Ian Smith Prime Minister of Rhodesia 1919 - 2007
Nigel Rees, "Sayings of the Century", Unwin paperbacks, 1984, p. 247. Radio broadcast, March 20, 1976. Peter Godwin, Comment in the Guardian(UK) Newspaper http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2007/nov/25/comment.zimbabwe.