Notable Quotes
Browse quotes by subject | Browse quotes by author


quotations about color

Color is the overpowering of black.

It is strange how deeply colours seem to penetrate one, like scent.

GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch

Painting dissolves the forms at its command ... it melts them into color.

ALEXANDER ELIOT, Sight and Insight

Green makes me think of silence, or maybe it's loneliness. I get the feeling of a terribly distant star.

KOBO ABE, The Green Stockings

All good color is in some degree pensive, the loveliest is melancholy, and the purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.

JOHN RUSKIN, The Stones of Venice

Color is the overpowering of black.


In general, therefore, color is a means of exerting a direct influence upon the soul. Color is the keyboard. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many strings. The artist is the hand that purposefully sets the soul vibrating by means of this or that key.

VASSILY KANDINKSY, Über das Geistige in der Kunst

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.


Colors are the deeds and sufferings of light.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, Goethe's Approach to Colour

Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No. Just as one can never learn how to paint.

PABLO PICASSO, Arts tie Fiance, no. 6

Color is one of the most marvelous aspects of our existence, Even if one possesses a basic scientific understanding of the phenomenon of color perception--rooted in the absorption and reflection of impartial light waves as they meet objects and environments in the real world, striking the human retina by chance, subsequently setting off a chain of neural excitation--the experience of color loses none of its visceral nature, its emotional power, its potential for fascination.

SADAO HIBI, The Colors of Japan

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way--things I had no words for.

GEORGIA O'KEEFE, Georgia O'Keefe: Nature and Abstraction

White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black. God paints in many colors; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.

G. K. CHESTERTON, Orthodoxy

Color is a sort of mid-point between pure light and pure darkness.

NATHAN CABOT HALE, Abstraction in Art and Nature

People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and its ends, but to me it's quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spat blues. Murky darknesses. In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them.

MARKUS ZUSAK, The Book Thief

Grey has no agenda.... Grey has the ability, that no other colour has, to make the invisible visible.


Color is a highly subjective and powerful means of communicating ideas.

PAUL MARTIN LESTER, Visual Communication: Images with Messages

Red = stop. Green = go. Our use of color is simple and unambiguous as a traffic light, but more often we use it to communicate on a variety of levels. Almost without exception, the use of color as a language means fabrication of some sort or another, interaction with the natural world of plants and minerals, the control and modulation of light and surface.

SADAO HIBI, The Colors of Japan

Fall colors are funny. They’re so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary.

SIOBHAN VIVIAN, Same Difference

Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.

OSCAR WILDE, De Profundis

The world is a carousel of color.


Life is about using the whole box of crayons.

RUPAUL, attributed, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales

All colors will agree in the dark.


The dark background which death supplies brings out the tender colors of life in all their purity.

GEORGE SANTAYANA, Animal Faith and Spiritual Life

Colors are the smiles of Nature. When they are extremely smiling, and break forth into other beauty besides, they are her laughs.

LEIGH HUNT, The Seer: Or, Common-places Refreshed

He that cannot paint must grind the colors.


Blind men shouldna judge o' colors.


We would have difficulty in imagining a world without color, a world of white, and gray, and black forms. When we look at ordinary photographs we see this neutral sort of world, but even then we do not realize the full experience of grayness that living in a really colorless world would give us, because our minds are full of memories of the actual hues of nature, the greens of foliage, the blues of the sky. Therefore, when we look at a photograph these memories are awakened and promptly associate themselves with the gray forms of the print, and impart to them a feeling of color borrowed from our past experiences.

WALTER SARGENT, The Enjoyment and Use of Color

Colors are primordial ideas, children of the aboriginal colorless light and its counterpart colorless darkness.

JOHANNES ITTEN, The Art of Color

Goethe argued there is no color in the physical world; there are only patterns of light and dark. These patterns are a sensation produced by our very souls.

JOHN GAGE, Color and Culture: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction

The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you.

COCO CHANEL, attributed, Glamour, vol. 103


Life Quotes

Love Quotes

Death Quotes

God Quotes

Wisdom Quotes

Hope Quotes

Success Quotes

Women Quotes

Happiness Quotes

Shakespeare Quotes