100 Best Black Hat Quotes (With Pictures)

Black hat quotes are phrases associated with villains, scammers, and other shady characters.

Whether you’re looking for quotes about black hat SEO, black hat hackers, or just general quotes about black hats, we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular black hat quotes out there.

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Black Hat Quotes

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  1. When I hear of an ‘equity’ in a case like this, I am reminded of a blind man in a dark room—looking for a black hat—which isn’t there.—Charles Bowen
  2. The wacky thing about those bad guys is that you can’t count on them to be obvious. They forget to wax their mustaches and goatees, leave their horns at home, send their black hats to the dry cleaner’s. They’re funny like that.—Jim Butcher
  3. Weapons of mass destruction aren’t pulled out of a black hat like a white rabbit at a magic show. They’re produced in factories. There’s science and technology involved. They’re not produced in a hole in the ground or in a basement.—Scott Ritter
  4. As the children were sitting there eating pears, a girl came walking along the road from town. When she saw the children she stopped and asked, “Have you seen my papa go by?” “M-m-m,” said Pippi. “How did he look? Did he have blue eyes?” “Yes,” said the girl. “Medium large, not too tall and not too short?” “Yes,” said the girl. “Black hat and black shoes?” “Yes, exactly,” said the girl eagerly. “No, that one we haven’t seen,” said Pippi decidedly.—Astrid Lindgren
  5. When your characters are not white hats or black hats but something in between, you do have to be very careful about your details. So, that takes a while. I’m not interested in white hats and black hats. I don’t think that’s how people are in real life.—Victor Levin
  6. Somebody has to wear the black hat and give the audience someone to shake their fists at. They want someone to hate. And if that’s what you want to pay me to do, I’m happy to do it!—Jane Elliot
  7. “I think you’re begging the question,” said Haydock, “and I can see looming ahead one of those terrible exercises in probability where six men have white hats and six men have black hats and you have to work it out by mathematics how likely it is that the hats will get mixed up and in what proportion. If you start thinking about things like that, you would go round the bend. Let me assure you of that!”—Agatha Christie
  8. We love a world in which the people in the white hats get rewarded and the people in the black hats pay the price. And that I have to say doesn’t happen very often, particularly in a very complex economy. We’re in a time of panic where people have lost trust in what the banks are doing, what the investment firms are doing – lost trust beyond a level of reasonableness, to be honest. And, it’s got to be stopped.—Rebecca M. Blank
  9. So for Bullitt, I just put my black hat back on.—Robert Vaughn
  10. I do not think I had ever seen a nastier-looking man. Under the black hat, when I had first seen them, the eyes had been those of an unsuccessful rapist.—Ernest Hemingway

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  1. U.S. foreign policy is Manichaean. It’s like a Hollywood movie. You have to know who has the white hat and who has the black hat and then go against the black hat.—Carlos Fuentes
  2. Lady Mary came last. She looked magnificent, even regal. Her dress was highly fashionable; dark slate blue overlaid with black fleur-de-lis and stitched with jet beads across the throat and bosom, the sleeves garnered. A black hat adorned her head at a rakish angle, dashing and precarious.—Anne Perry
  3. Claire was struggling through last summer’s diary volume when Myrnin popped in through the portal, wearing a big floppy black hat and a kind of crazy/stylish pimp coat that covered him from neck to ankles, black leather gloves, and a black and silver walking stick with a dragon’s head on it. And, on his lapel was a button that said, If you can read this, thank a teacher.—Rachel Cain
  4. Why are you not where you belong? / A black hat on a hook says nothing. / Ashes mirror ashes / In a mirroring window.—Mary Jo Bang
  5. Just because I don’t have on a silly black costume and carry a silly broom and wear a silly black hat, doesn’t mean that I’m not a witch. I’m a witch all the time and not just on Halloween.—E.L. Konigsburg
  6. None of us are good or evil, and that frustrates us because we want to see others as wearing a white hat or black hat. My hat is grey.—Mike Cernovich
  7. …just because I don’t have on a silly black costume and carry a silly broom and wear a silly black hat, doesn’t mean that I’m not a witch. I’m a witch all the time and not just on Halloween.—E. L. Konigsburg
  8. My mother’s favorite photograph was one of herself at twenty-four years old, unbearably beautiful, utterly glamorous, in a black-straw cartwheel hat, dark-red lipstick, and a smart black suit, her notepad on a cocktail table. I know nothing about that woman.—Amy Bloom
  9. The whites have always had the say in America. White people made Jesus white, angels white, the Last Supper white. If I threaten you, I’m blackmailing you. A black cat is bad luck. If you’re put out of a club, you’re blackballed. Angel’s-food cake is white; devil’s-food cake is black. Good guys in cowboy movies wear white hats. The bad guys always wore black hats.—Muhammed Ali
  10. I got into my very theatrical phase. I wore only black: a big black hat and wild hair and wild black clothes, and I carried a sword stick. I went there still looking like Miss Florida, and I came back looking very different.—Delta Burke

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  1. Punctuationally speaking, wonder is a period at the end of a statement we’ve long taken for granted, suddenly looking up and seeing the sinuous curve of a tall black hat on its head, and realizing it was a question mark all along.—David James Duncan
  2. Started and made a move to fetch it, but I grabbed his collar, and we both watched as the black hat—Craig Johnson
  3. There are the guys that wear the white hats and they’re painting the picture of someone to wear the black hat and they chose me – even though they don’t really know me.—Patrick Reed
  4. In families children tend to take on stock roles, as if there were hats hung up in some secret place, visible only to the children. Each succeeding child selects a hat and takes on that role: the good child, the black sheep, the clown, and so forth.—Ellen Galinsky
  5. Scarecrow thin, but immaculate in black long-sleeved shirt and slacks, with his big black hat and that grin just a little too wide to be sane… he did. He looked good.—Richard Roberts
  6. I don’t think I have a black-hat image.—Harold Simmons
  7. We understand a person with problems, someone who is wrong about a lot of things in his or her life, who makes messes. We don’t understand someone who is constantly right, who is only felled by Kryptonite. Chuck Klosterman had a pretty great book about this whole thing—I Wear The Black Hat—that came out last year and which I greatly enjoyed.—Tod Goldberg
  8. They were heading I judged for the Sixth Precinct. Had I had the black hat with me, and sufficient men and horses and lariats and .30-30s, and popular support from the masses and a workable revolutionary ideology and/or a viable myth pattern, I would have rescued them.—Donald Barthelme
  9. When you are trying to get a shot, you can’t be pleasing everybody. And I tend to be sort of collaborative and a bit of a pleaser. And when I’m directing, people just sort of call me Black Hat Gabriela. Because suddenly they’re like, “What happened to you?” Because I stop listening. And I feel strident. I feel rude. And I feel un-collaborative.—Liz W. Garcia
  10. I watch these old films in black and white, and suddenly the door opens, and there I am. The other day, I was wearing the most awful hat.—Author Joan Hickson
  11. What do you think it is to be normal?’ Why in the world would you want to be?’ she says. I don’t know. I guess that’s the problem.’ I don’t think normal is that great.’ But so many people choose it,’ I reply. I don’t think that’s it at all. I think most everyone is normal and some of us, for whatever reason, choose to reject that and wear ruby red slippers or old black hats.’ Well, why do we choose the hard road?—Patrick Jones
  12. A good earthy witch is more honest than some city rogue tricked out in black cone-hat and robe of stars.—Fritz Leiber
  13. While, as I recall, conservative little boys practice quick draw with their cap guns while playing cowboys and Indians, apparently liberal little boys practice how fast they can throw up their hands to surrender to the guys in the black hats.—Tony Blankley
  14. My grandfather used to wear a black hat and coat. You are my children. You are my jewels. We old ones invest our future in you.—Diane Samuels
  15. The Zionists indeed learnt well from the Nazis. So well that it seems that their morally repugnant treatment of the Palestinians, and their attempts to destroy Palestinian society within Israel and the occupied territories, reveals them as basically Nazis with beards and black hats.—Norman Finklestein
  16. If you ain’t got your black hat, there ain’t no use in filling out an application—Greg Moore
  17. I will continue wearing the white hat and black mask until I ride up into the big ranch in the sky.—Clayton Moore
  18. Americans see everything too simply-a good guy, a bad guy, does he have a white hat or a black hat? But it’s the wrong question.—Claire Messud

Black Hat Novel Quotes

This is a collection of black hat quotes from novels.

  1. Eve: Anyway, thanks for riding to the rescue. You need a white hat. Good guys wear white, right?
    Roarke: I look better in black.—Author: J.D. Robb
  2. The villain is the person who knows the most but cares the least.—Chuck Klosterman, author of I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling With Villains
  3. He wore a gleaming top hat. He had a pomaded, uptwirled black moustache. He looked like a first-class funeral.—Joseph Roth
  4. There was some banging around in the hall, and Aunt Prue appeared in the doorway in an equally large and disturbing hat. This one was black, with a wraparound veil that made Aunt Prue look like the mother of a mob boss at his funeral.—Kami Garcia
  5. You’re playing the creepy vibe a little hard,” I said. “Might as well go for broke, put on a black top hat and pipe in some organ music.—Jim Butcher
  6. Sophie got out the modish black-and-white, which was the only hat even remotely likely to interest this lady. The lady looked at it with contempt. “This one doesn’t do anything for anybody. You’re wasting my time, Miss Hatter.” “Only because you came in and asked for hats,” Sophie said.—Diana Wynne Jones
  7. We all eventually become whatever we pretend to hate.—Chuck Klosterman

Black Hat Movie Quotes

Here are some memorable quotes from the 2015 crime drama, Black Hat, featuring Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis.

  1. The real hit is still to come—Nicholas Hathaway
  2. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I don’t even know who I am. Where I am. In what country. And you know me?—Sadak
  3. Hey. You wanna raise me up out of here, solve your trade exchange dilemma, and I get furlough for a couple weeks? You kidding me? You have any idea how much progress you’re gonna make on a strike this complex without someone like me? Zero.—Nicholas Hathaway
  4. Is this the attack tool? With it you open up a terminal, and that gives you a command line? That how you broke into the network and plussed-up the balances?—Assistant Warden Jeffries
  5. No. I use it to call Santa in the North Pole and tell him to do Christmas early this year.—Nicholas Hathaway
  6. The U.S. Government would like your technical advice on this. In exchange for that, we’re going to furlough you right out of here. You sign that on the last page, and we’ll get you processed.—George Reinker
  7. You can call me “chica” any time you want.—Carroll Barrett
  8. I’m sorry for what happened to you.—Chen Lein
  9. If we want clues to the hacker’s identity, we need a man named Hathaway.—Chen Dawai
  10. This isn’t a negotiation—Frank
  11. You have to run.—Chen Dawai
  12. The moment you connect, you lose control. This isn’t about money. This isn’t about politics. I can target anyone, anything, anywhere. No fingerprints, no trace, no mercy.—Gary Baker

20 Black Hat SEO Quotes

Black Hat SEO is unethical and unscrupulous search engine optimization (SEO) that goes against the guidelines of search engines, such as Google and Bing.

  1. Black Hat SEO – Ultimately this approach results in spammy, crappy pages, which often get banned very fast, often leading to severe punishment for the marketer, ruining their chance of building something sustainable in the future.You might make a few grand this way, but will continuously have to be on the lookout for search engine updates and come up with new ways to dodge the rules.– Neil Patel
  2. Black hat SEO techniques have been one of those sneaky shortcuts which many startups used to overgrow in a short time. But as fast they grew, more quickly they fell—Omnikick
  3. Are you trying to build a long-lasting business? If your answer is yes, you should avoid Black Hat SEO at all costs.—WordStream
  4. Duplicate contents are not always a black hat. It depends on how you do it. For example, you can copy a part of a blog, a piece of content, quotation or any other information that can add value to the users. It’s not considered as spam by Google.—Omnikick
  5. If Google detects that your website is using black hat SEO, they may issue a penalty. Receiving a penalty from Google will trigger an update to its PageRank algorithm such that your website’s ranking performance will be downgraded or, in worst-case scenarios, entirely delisted by the search engine.—Tyler Gallagher
  6. I have been stalking your work for years, this is by far my favorite article. Your black hat techniques were quite clever and creative, in a douchey kinda way. This article is a great cautionary tale of how focusing on short term gain can deprive you of creating long term value. People will eventually catch on, and then you have to start all over again.—Melissa Lin
  7. Google has warned that black hat tactics are “unethical, overly aggressive digital marketing efforts where a company tries to manipulate search engine results in an unfair way.” Despite Google’s warnings, many Internet companies persist in providing black hat SEO services. The truth is, using black hat tactics on your site can be as scary as facing these slasher movie murderers.—Breeanne Martin
  8. SEO isn’t about gaming the system anymore; it’s about learning how to play by the rules.—Jordan Teicher
  9. Easy wins in SEO don’t usually last long.—Joost De Valk
  10. There are two reasons why you may report black hat SEO. Either your website has been attacked through a malicious hack, virus or negative SEO campaign of spammy links, or you see spammy web results on a competitive keyword your website is ranking on.—WordStream

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  1. Black hat SEO uses redirects outside of the purpose they are intended for.—Padraig O’Connor
  2. Black hat techniques are quite risky to practice because they are usually detected sooner or later.—Kasia Perzyńska
  3. Black hat SEO gets its name from old cowboy movies where the bad guys wear a black hat.—Jon Clark
  4. Black hat SEO refers to those marketers who manipulate best practice techniques to essentially ‘cheat’ the system.—Morgan Mitchell
  5. Avoid doing anything considered black hat at all times!—Neil Patel
  6. Neil, as usual, never ceases to amaze me. I’ve been building a health related site recently and was watching the 100k blog challenge unfold. I am emulating that progress now. Doing blackhat is enticing BUT, what the conclusion stated is what sums everything up. This is great “If I focused all of my energy on legitimate white hat techniques, I wouldn’t have gone through as many sites. Instead, I would have had one much larger site that still existed today.” And this is how I want my business to work and be. One huge site that crushes it legitimately! Awesome.—Matt Ortolani
  7. There are two main kinds of search engine optimization: white hat and black hat SEO. White hat websites use legitimate techniques to rank for keywords that are relevant to its content. Black hat content is geared towards search engines, not humans. This means misleading both the reader and the algorithms.—Scott Mcgovern
  8. In the old days of Black Hat SEO, these techniques, tricks, tactics or however you’d like to call them may have worked, until the search engines started taking actions and updating algorithms to penalize websites using such Black Hat SEO Techniques. And, as the search engines don’t like to let themselves and their users be tricked, they took measures to keep the search results as clean and accurate as possible.—Razvan Gavrilas
  9. The main goal of black hat SEO is to improve search engine rankings or search engine results as fast as possible. The usual goal is to increase website traffic and get ranked higher in the search engine results.—Zero Gravity Marketing
  10. Do you know the difference between white hat vs. black hat SEO? If you don’t, all your hard work doing search engine optimization could backfire.—Sharon Hurley

20 Black Hat Hacker Quotes

  1. Black Hat hackers are criminals who break into computer networks with malicious intent.—Kaspersky
  2. Black Hat hackers have the advantage because they do not have to follow any rules of engagement and can perform any type of attack, even those that are disruptive.—Thomas Wilhelm
  3. We are hacking the world and you can do nothing. The more you try to bring us down, the more we will stand up to fight.—ABHi_abhishek
  4. Computer hackers do not need to know each other’s real names, or even live on the same continent, to steal millions in mere hours.—Robert Mueller
  5. Black hat hackers are malicious hackers, sometimes called crackers. Black hats lack ethics, sometimes violate laws, and break into computer systems with malicious intent, and they may violate the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of an organization’s systems and data.—
  6. There is a very thin line sepearting “LEARN TO HACK” and “HACK TO LEARN” called ethics, which defines the color of the hat of a hacker.—VISHAL
  7. Blackhats are distinguished from whitehats, the good guys, who are often found working to foil the efforts of the blackhats, and grayhats, who ride the line between the two, often crossing from one side to the other.—Jason Andress/Steve Winterfeld
  8. Human stupidity, that’s why Hackers always win.― Med Amine Khelifi
  9. We face cyber threats from state-sponsored hackers, hackers for hire, global cyber syndicates, and terrorists. They seek our state secrets, our trade secrets, our technology, and our ideas – things of incredible value to all of us. They seek to strike our critical infrastructure and to harm our economy.—James Comey
  10. Amateurs hack systems. Professionals hack people.—Bruce Schneier
  11. Richard Stallman, the famed software freedom stalwart, coined the terms black and white hat hackers.—Thomas W. Edgar/David O. Manz
  12. New security loopholes are constantly popping up because of wireless networking. The cat-and-mouse game between hackers and system administrators is still in full swing.—Kevin Mitnick
  13. Black hat hackers are malicious hackers, sometimes called crackers. Black hats lack ethics, sometimes violate laws, and break into computer systems with malicious intent, and they may violate the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of an organization’s systems and data.—Eric Conrad
  14. If you spend more on coffee than on IT security, you will be hacked. What’s more, you deserve to be hacked.—Richard Clarke
  15. Most hackers are young because young people tend to be adaptable. As long as you remain adaptable, you can always be a good hacker.― Emmanuel Goldstein
  16. In recent decades, there have been several notable black hat hackers, whose exploits helped to define many of the laws we have in place today.—Katie Terrell Hanna/Taina Teravainen
  17. Time is what determines security. With enough time, nothing is unhackable.—Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel
  18. If you wanna know how not secure you are, just take a look around. Nothing’s secure. Nothing’s safe. I don’t hate technology, I don’t hate hackers, because that’s just what comes with it, without those hackers we wouldn’t solve the problems we need to solve, especially security.—Fred Durst
  19. I will say that one of the things that hackers, of all shapes and sizes, prize the most in this world is anonymity and stealth and deniability. And by indicting them publicly, among other things, we strip them of that.—Christopher A. Wray
  20. Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for. I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual, but you can’t stop us all… after all, we’re all alike.—The Mentor

Black Hat Conference Quotes

The Black Hat conference is an annual security event attended and hosted by security experts and hackers.

  1. There’s also usually a black hat contingent at most mainstream security conferences. Since information security and hacking are two sides of the same coin, many hackers go to security conferences and many security professionals go to hacker events—neither community seems to mind.—Ed Moyle
  2. I don’t think that we will create anything perfect. At best, we’re going to create a defensible system.—Chris Inglis
  3. Every year, the Black Hat security conference gathers the best and most frightening security research in one (sometimes digital) place.—Max Eddy, Kim Key, and Neil J. Rubenking

Black Hat Villainous Quotes

As the main character of Villainous, a Cartoon Network Animated TV Series, Black Hat is a mischievous and witty villain who always has schemes up his sleeve.

  1. Hello my villainous viewers! It is I, Black Hat! Here once again to provide you with the latest items to destroy all the goody-goody two-shoes in your life.—Black Hat
  2. One more thing…mayday, mayday, mayday—Black Hat
  3. Hello, villains! Black Hat here with more goods you need to destroy the heroes in your life!—Black Hat
  4. I hope so, doctor, for your own sake.—Black Hat
  5. This is Black Hat! Here to make your most wicked thoughts come to life! Literally!—Black Hat
  6. Now THAT is entertainment!—Black Hat
  7. It should be, doctor. She’s a member of that pathetic hero club.—Black Hat
  8. Let’s get married today.—Black Hat
  9. Hello Villians!—Black Hat
  10. Of course I do, you idiot.—Black Hat

Here is a good video with even more Black Hat Villainous quotes:

YouTube video by SpilC—Black Hat Quotes

Fear of a Black Hat Quotes

Check out these quotes from the movie, Fear of a Black Hat

  1. Boy, I’m telling you, you brothers are gonna be large! But like I said, you got to be careful. Because y’all are telling the truth, and the white man don’t want you all saying what you’re saying.—Geoffrey Lennox
  2. So what you tryin’ to say? You tryin’ to say that I’m, like, paranoid ‘n stuff? Do I look like the kind of person that would be paranoid?”—Larry B. Scott
  3. The black man was the first sensitive man, long before Alan Alda.—Christopher Lawrence
  4. So, what’s the deal with the hats?—Rusty Cundieff
  5. Are these guns registered with the state?—Nina Blackburn
  6. Why would you need a bazooka?—Larry B. Scott
  7. The butt is like society…—Rusty Cundieff

XKCD Black Hat Quotes

XKCD is a comic on the web created and written by the talented, Randall Munroe. Black Hat is a character in the webcomic series.

Here are some XKCD black hat quotes:

  1. I’m planning to catch an international space station. Not saying which.—Black Hat
  2. Good, he’ll be home any—oh crap, we forgot to clean the ceiling.—Black Hat
  3. Making the world a weirder place.—Black Hat
  4. You’re my deadest darling danish.—Black Hat
  5. Thank you for calling the Black Hat Support Line, your first source for LINUX support.—Black Hat
  6. For a dollar, I’ll promise to pull the switch if one of the five people is you.—Black Hat
  7. Do you sell a shock collar that can fit around a Roomba?—Black Hat

Final Thoughts: Black Hat Quotes

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