„For some reason, people think that music must tell us only about the pinnacles of the human spirit, or at least about highly romantic villains. Most people are average, neither black nor white. They're gray. A dirty shade of gray. And it's in that vague gray middle ground that the fundamental conflicts of our age take place.“

Page 94
Testimony (1979)

Adopted from Wikiquote. Last update Nov. 21, 2021. History
Dmitri Shostakovich photo
Dmitri Shostakovich32
Russian composer and pianist 1906 - 1975

Related quotes

Karen Marie Moning photo
Thomas Middleton photo

„Black spirits and white, red spirits and gray,
Mingle, mingle, mingle, you that mingle may.“

—  Thomas Middleton, The Witch

The Witch (1616), Act v. Sc. 2. Compare: Macbeth, act iv. sc. 1. According to Steevens, "the song was, in all probability, a traditional one"; Collier says, "Doubtless it does not belong to Middleton more than to Shakespeare"; Dyce says, "There seems to be little doubt that ‘Macbeth’ is of an earlier date than ‘The Witch’".

Blake Ross photo

„I’m a firm believer in shades of gray.“

—  Blake Ross Software developer 1985

Blog entry http://www.blakeross.com/2006/11/17/on-the-ucla-tasering/

Lisa Ling photo

„There’s so much gray to every story—nothing is so black and white.“

—  Lisa Ling American journalist, television presenter, and author 1973

Lois Duncan photo
William Sharp (writer) photo

„The gray silence, the gray waves, the gray wastes of the sea.“

—  William Sharp (writer) Scottish writer 1855 - 1905

Longing, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

Jeff Lindsay photo
Dr. Seuss photo

„Gray day. Everything is gray. I watch. But nothing moves today.“

—  Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

Julian May photo
Christopher Golden photo
Ogden Nash photo

„Miranda in Miranda's sight
Is old and gray and dirty;
Twenty-nine she was last night;
This morning she is thirty.“

—  Ogden Nash American poet 1902 - 1971

Many Long Years Ago (1945), A Lady Thinks She Is Thirty

Adolph Freiherr Knigge photo

„Rise in the presence of a gray head.“

—  Adolph Freiherr Knigge, book Über den Umgang mit Menschen

Vor einem grauen Haupte sollst du aufstehen!
Über den Umgang mit Menschen (1788)

Miguel de Cervantes photo

„In the night all cats are gray.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright 1547 - 1616

Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part II (1615), Book III, Ch. 33.

Markus Zusak photo

„The day was gray, the color of Europe.“

—  Markus Zusak, book The Book Thief

Source: The Book Thief

Bill Cosby photo

„gray hair is gods graffiti“

—  Bill Cosby American actor, comedian, author, producer, musician, activist 1937

Related topics