Black & White Proverbs

Sayings about Black, Gray & White

Golden dishes will never turn black. ~ Yiddish Proverb

In the darkness all cows are black. ~ Slovak Proverb

A white dog does not bite another white dog. ~ Kenyan Proverb

The white man lives in the castle; when he dies, he lies in the ground. ~ Ghanaian Proverb

Death is the black camel that kneels before every door. ~ Turkish Proverb

Grey hair is a sign of age, not of wisdom. ~ Greek Proverb

When the white man wins, it is a battle. ~ Native American Proverb

The white flower has bloomed — it is time to sleep outside. ~ Fijian Proverb

The devil is not as black as he is painted. ~ Traditional Proverb

Is the white camel made of fat? ~ Berber Proverb

Out of a white egg often comes a black chick. ~ Italian Proverb

Black souls wear white shirts. ~ Ukrainian Proverb

A black hen lays a white egg. ~ English Proverb

The good white man dies, the bad one remains. ~ Haitian Proverb

There’s a black sheep in every flock. ~ Traditional Proverb

If the fire does not burn you the smoke will blacken you. ~ French Proverb

All cats are grey in the dark. ~ Traditional Proverb

Grey hairs are death’s blossoms. ~ English Proverb

He who runs from the white ant may stumble upon the stinging ant. ~ Nigerian Proverb

A black cow also gives white milk. ~ Sierra Leonean Proverb

Black soil produces white bread. ~ Norwegian Proverb

Frequent washing makes not the crow whiter. ~ Danish Proverb

Under white ashes there is glowing coal. ~ Italian Proverb

Ask me what are my virtues, not about the color of my skin. ~ Arabian Proverb

The viper assumes the colors of his surroundings. ~ African Proverb

Even though chickens don’t wash, their eggs are still white. ~ Sierra Leonean Proverb

The umbrella was made for rainy days; the white man uses it for the sun. ~ Jamaican Proverb

Soap is grey but it used to be white. ~ Russian Proverb

Coffee should be black as Hell, strong as death, and sweet as love. ~ Turkish Proverb

A malicious man is like a coal sack — black on the outside and even blacker inside. ~ Spanish Proverb

Fools never get grey hair. ~ French Proverb

The gravity of the earth is so strong that the old grey man walks crooked. ~ Armenian Proverb

It is difficult to catch a black cat in a dark room, especially when it is not there. ~ Chinese Proverb

Every man has one black patch, and some have two. ~ United States Proverb

The person who doesn’t scatter the morning dew will not comb grey hairs. ~ Irish Proverb

When a dove begins to associate with crows its feathers remain white but its heart grows black. ~ German Proverb

As long as the white man stutters, the interpreters have a lot of work. ~ African Proverb

The black man steals just half of very little, but the white man steals the whole sugar plantation. ~ Jamaican Proverb

Lawyers and painters can soon change white to black. ~ Danish Proverbs

A black plum is as sweet as a white. ~ English Proverbs

The white man never forgets Europe. ~ Congolese Proverb

Not all that is black is charcoal. ~ Filipino Proverb

All poor people ain’t black, and all black people ain’t poor. ~ African-American Proverb

Men make the earth black from green leaves. ~ Turkish Proverbs

Put your hand in your conscience and see if it does not come out as black as pitch. ~ Dutch Proverbs

When a dove begins to fly with crows, its feathers remains white but its heart grows black. ~ German Proverbs

White flowers are not to be found in a coal sack. ~ Walloon Proverb

Even though chickens don’t wash, their eggs are still white.~ Sierra Leonean Proverb

From the black earth there grows the finest grain. ~ Yiddish Proverbs

First God, then the white man. ~ Indian Proverbs


All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

The color of truth is gray. ~ Andre Gide

A lucky man is rarer than a white crow.~ Juvenal

There is no twilight zone of honesty in business. A thing is right or it’s wrong. It’s black or it’s white.~ John F. Dodge

The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.~ Author Unknown

Simple style is like white light. It is complex, but its complexity is not obvious.~ Anatole France

When the white man came, we had the land and they had the bibles. Now they have the land and we have the bibles.~ Chief Dan George

You don’t need to know who’s playing on the White House tennis court to be a good president. A president has many roles.~ James Baker

If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.~ Richard M. Nixon

Gray hair is God’s graffiti. ~ Bill Cosby

Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young. ~ Philo

It always looks darkest just before it gets totally black.~ Charlie Brown

Someday, someone will follow in my footsteps and preside over the White House as the President’s spouse. And I wish him well.~ Barbara Bush

I realize that I’m black, but I like to be viewed as a person, and this is everybody’s wish.~ Michael Jordan

I used to be snow white, but I drifted.~ Mae West

There’s only one free person in this society, and he is white and male.~ Hazel Scott

Gray hairs seem to my fancy like the soft light of the moon, silvering over the evening of life. ~ Jean Paul Richter

Old age is far more than white hair, wrinkles, the feeling that it is too late and the game finished, that the stage belongs to the rising generations. ~ Andre Maurois

A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.~ Groucho Marx

I do not think white America is committed to granting equality to the American Negro. This is a passionately racist country; it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future.~ Susan Sontag

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

I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black.~ Pierre Auguste Renoir

With an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, even a stock broker, can gain a reputation for being civilized.~ Oscar Wilde Quotes

Sorrows are like thunderclouds, in the distance they look black, over our heads scarcely gray.~ Jean Paul Richter

When a woman dresses up for an occasion, the man should become the black velvet pillow for the jewel.~ John Weitz

No gray hairs streak my soul, no grandfatherly fondness there! I shake the world with the might of my voice, and walk — handsome, twenty-two year old. ~ Vladimir Mayakovsky

In the end, anti black, anti female, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing: antihumanism.~ Shirley Chisholm

My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder. ~ William Golding

Gray skies are just clouds passing over. ~ Duke Ellington

It’s an art to live with pain… mix the light into gray. ~ Eddie Vedder

By common consent, gray hairs are a crown of glory: the only object of respect that can never excite envy. ~ George Bancroft

The glory of young men is their strength, and the beauty of old men is their gray head. ~ Bible

I’m comfortable being old… being black… being Jewish.~ Billy Crystal

And so this is Xmas for black and for white, for yellow and red, let’s stop all the fight.~ John Lennon

When I was a little kid I thought I would grow up to be black and sing jazz in nightclubs.~ Molly Ringwald

Sorrows are like thunderclouds; in the distance they look black, over our heads scarcely gray. ~ Jean Paul Richter

There is an incredible amount of magic in black men that nobody has been able to wipe out. But everybody has tried.~ Toni Morrison

Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow — red, yellow, brown, black and white — and we’re all precious in God’s sight.~ Jesse Jackson

It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart. ~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

If I was forced to choose between the penitentiary and White House for four years, I would say the penitentiary, thank you.~ William T. Sherman

The law is simply expediency wearing a long white dress.~ Quentin Crisp

Many foxes grow gray but few grow good. ~ Benjamin Franklin

The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.~ Lao-Tzu

Regrets are the natural property of gray hairs. ~ Charles Dickens Quotes

You cannot make a revolution in white gloves.~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black. ~ Pierre Auguste Renoir

Time; that black and narrow isthmus between two eternities.~ Charles Caleb Colton

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.~ Susan B. Anthony

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

Black & White Proverbs

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