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Black is the colour of coal, ebony, and of outer space.  It is the darkest colour, the result of the absence of or complete absorption of light.  It is the opposite of white (the combined spectrum of colour or light) and represents the absence of color.  Black was one of the first colors used by artists in neolithic cave paintings.  In the Roman Empire, it became the color of mourning, and over the centuries it was frequently associated with death, evil, witches, and magic.  According to surveys in Europe and North America, it is the colour most commonly associated with mourning, the end, secrets, magic, power, violence, evil, and elegance.


  • By degrees we beheld the infinite Abyſs, fiery as the smoke of a burning city; beneath us at an immense distance was the sun, black but shining round it were fiery tracks on which revolv'd vast spiders, crawling after their prey; which flew or rather swum in infinite deep, in the most terrific shapes of animals sprung from corruption. & the air was full of them, & seemd composed of them; these are Devils. and are called Powers of the air [...]
  • Criminals are a superstitious cowardly lot.  So my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts.  I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible...a.a... [as if in answer, a huge bat flies in the open window!] a bat!
    • Bruce Wayne in "The Batman Wars Against the Dirigible of Doom," Detective Comics 33 (November 1939), written by Gardner Fox.  The beginning of this story was republished as "The Legend of the Batman—Who He Is and How He Came to Be!" Batman 1 (Spring 1940).
  • We chanced in passing by that afternoon
    To catch it in a sort of special picture
    Among tar-banded ancient cherry trees,
    Set well back from the road in rank lodged grass,
    The little cottage we were speaking of,
    A front with just a door between two windows,
    Fresh painted by the shower a velvet black.
  • Black, (blak), adj. Destitute of light, devoid of color, enveloped in darkness. Hence, utterly dismal or gloomy, as "the future looked black.
  • I dress in black because it makes me look less fat, it's as simple as that.  It's not a gothic flourish.
    • Alan Moore, from "Alan Moore Interview" by Matthew De Abaitua (initially released 1998, republished 1 October 2011)]; later published in Alan Moore: Conversations (2011) edited by Eric L. Berlatsky.
  • The walls are cracked and water runs upon them in thin threads without sound, black and glistening as blood.
    • Equality 7-2521 in chap. I of Ayn Rand's Anthem (New York, N. Y.: New American Library, 1995; orig. 1938, 1946), p. 18.
  • And beyond the City there lies the plain, and beyond the plain, black upon the black sky, there lies the Uncharted Forest.
    • Equality 7-2521 in chap. II of Ayn Rand's Anthem (New York, N. Y.: New American Library, 1995; orig. 1938, 1946), p. 47.
  • …nothing is more uncommon than a very large or a very small man; and this applies generally to all extremes, whether of great and small, or swift and slow, or fair and foul, or black and white; and whether the instances you select be man or dogs or anything else, few are the extremes, but many are in the mean between them.
  • No way, no way.  Tried it once, doesn't work.  You got four guys all fighting over who's gonna be Mr. Black, but they don't know each other, so nobody wants to back down.  No way.  I pick.  You're Mr. Pink.  Be thankful you're not Mr. Yellow.

From music[edit]

  • Nah nah nah
    The good guys dress in black, remember that
    Just in case we ever face to face and make contact
    The title held by me, M. I. B.
    Means what you think you saw, you did not see
    So don't blink be what was there is now gone
    The black suits with the black Ray Bans on

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