A collection of proverbs and quotes about the color Black.

Black swan

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

Groucho Marx

A black hen lays a white egg.

English proverb

A black plum is as sweet as a white.

Big black bugs bleed blue black blood but baby black bugs bleed blue blood.

Tongue twister.

Black as the devil, Hot as hell, Pure as an angel, Sweet as love.

Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand

Black cows give white milk.

Black holes aren't as black as they are painted.

Illustrated Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe
Stephen Hawking

Black soil produces white bread.

Norwegian proverb

Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water.

Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love.

Death is the black camel that kneels before every door.

Turkish proverb

Ebony and Ivory live together in perfect harmony
Side by side on my piano keyboard, Oh Lord why don't we?

Ebony and Ivory lyrics
Paul McCartney

Golden dishes will never turn black.

Hagrid's beetle-black eyes looked very anxious under his wild eyebrows.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling

He is the black sheep of the family.

(He is a disreputable member of the family.)

It always looks darkest just before it gets totally black.

Charlie Brown

Men make the earth black from green leaves.

Turkish proverb

Out of a white egg often comes a black chick.

Italian proverb

The black dog gets the food; the white dog gets the blame.

The blacker the berry the sweeter the juice.

The devil is not as black as he is painted.


The gardener’s hands are black with earth but his loaves are white.

Albanian proverb

The spider lay dead beside him, and his sword-blade was stained black.

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo killed a spider

The zebra told the white horse, "I am white," and told the black horse, "I am actually black".

There is a black sheep in every flock.

In each group there is always someone who doesn’t behave like the others.

Two fat tears leaked out of Hagrid's beetle-black eyes and fell slowly into his tangled beard.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling

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

German proverb

See also: Quotes and Proverbs about the color White.