Black is the color of coal, ebony, and the night sky. It is the very darkest color, the result of the absence of or complete absorption of light. It is the opposite of white.
In the Western World, it is the color most commonly associated with mourning, the end, secrets, magic, power, violence, evil, and elegance.
Famous quotes containing the word black:
“Know that, on the right hand of the Indies, there is an island called California, very near to the Terrestrial Paradise, which was peopled with black women.... Their arms were all of gold.”
—For the State of California, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)
“I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day.
What hours, O what black hours we have spent
—Gerard Manley Hopkins (18441889)
“Quadroon mermaids, Afro angels, black saints
balanced upon the switchblades of that air
—Robert Earl Hayden (19131980)