The evening advanced. The shadows lengthened. The waters of the lake grew pitchy black. The gliding of the ghostly swans became rare and more rare.— Wilkie Collins
Relaxing Black Swan quotations
No amount of observations of white swans can allow the inference that all swans are white, but the observation of a single black swan is sufficient to refute that conclusion.
Technical things are getting more mechanical.
Take 'Swan Lake,' the Black Swan pas de deux. Now, my goodness, they're turning not just 32 fouettes - but double or triple pirouettes.
Missing a train is only painful if you run after it! Likewise, not matching the idea of success others expect from you is only painful if that’s what you are seeking.
Perfection is not just about control, it is also about letting go.
The central idea in The Black Swan is that: rare events cannot be estimated from empirical observation since they are rare.
The only person standing in your way is you.
Fall down again, Bella?' No, Emmett, I punched a werewolf in the face.
Holland is a dream, Monsieur, a dream of gold and smoke-smokier by day, more gilded by night. And night and day that dream is peopled with Lohengrins like these, dreamily riding their black bicycles with high handle-bars, funereal swans constantly drifting throughout the whole country, around the seas, along the canals.
So the world is much more correlated than we give credit to.
And so we see more of what Nassim Taleb calls "black swan events" - rare events happen more often than they should because the world is more correlated.
Remember that you are a Black Swan.
Coal-black is better than another hue In that it scorns to bear another hue;
For all the water in the ocean Can never turn the swan's black legs to white, Although she lave them hourly in the flood.
The raven once in snowy plumes was drest, White as the whitest dove's unsullied breast, Fair as the guardian of the Capitol, Soft as the swan; a large and lovely fowl His tongue, his prating tongue had changed him quite To sooty blackness from the purest white.
People who think they know what is going to happen next are fools.
Surprises - or what the brilliant author Nassim Taleb calls 'Black Swans' - are inevitable. Some are likely to be desperately unpleasant too
A rare bird on this earth, like nothing so much as a black swan.
With 'Black Swan,' the ballerina saga flips its tiara and goes on a hallucinatory bender, a scary acid trip where transfiguration and disfiguration meet.
In economic life and history more generally, just about everything of consequence comes from black swans; ordinary events have paltry effects in the long term.
I always believed I was an ugly duckling in a family of swans, you know? I was such a black sheep, and it was the same way in high school... I was just kind of that awkward theater kid with a bunch of athletes... it was very Glee.
Ideas come and go, stories stay.
I have this really morbid, awesome love for the movie Black Swan.
Slashing its way to the finish line, Black Swan is the first ballet movie for highbrow horror fans for whom ballet itself signifies little to nothing. Those of us who know and love ballet can only look on it with a different kind of horror.
Everything will be better in the morning. It always is.
A rare bird upon the earth and very much like a black swan.
No number of sightings of white swans can prove the theory that all swans are white. The sighting of just one black one may disprove it.
Where are the leaders?' Sapphique asked.
'In the fortresses,' the swan replied. 'And the poets?' 'Lost in dreams of other worlds.' 'And the craftsmen?' 'Forging machines to challenge the darkness.' 'And the Wise, who made the world?' The swan lowered its black neck sadly. 'Dwindled to crones and sorcerers in towers.
Last year when "Black Swan," "True Grit" and "King's Speech" all grossed over $100 million, it gave studios and independent financiers the confidence to make daring movies. You know, and not do the same old you-know-what.