quotations about the color yellow

Yellow is the perceived color of sunshine. It is associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.

MARCIA MOSES, Understanding Color


Yellow is the brightest and lightest of all colors, and this brilliance is its most noticeable characteristic, which accounts for the way it is used practically and thought of symbolically.

MICHAEL FREEMAN, Mastering Color Digital Photography


In the world of safe hues, like black, red and white, yellow shouts: "Look at me. I'm happy!"

JOY SEWING, "Why a yellow dress is more than a yellow dress", Chron, January 20, 2016


yellow is the colour which is closest to light. We associate the rays of the sun and the stars with it. It is the radiance of the spirit.

UELI SEILER-HUGOVA, Colour: Seeing, Experiencing, Understanding


Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.

PABLO PICASSO, attributed, Managing Creativity


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Yellow is a small wheel of cheddar cheese,
Permeating a musty odor out of the bakers shop
Yellow is a thousand paper cranes,
Floating down a slow, mellow river
Yellow is the round circle of moon,
The light that stays through the coldest night.

ANISHA DATTA, Confessions of a Part-Time Optimist: a Collection of Poems


I used to believe that as a dark-skinned girl I couldn't wear yellow. Growing up I felt like I was too dark -- and as I got older I started to think I was too large to wear such a bright color. It always felt like it wasn't appropriate for me to wear. Then I realized how great it looks on darker skin tones. It wasn't my skin tone or my curves preventing me from wearing the bright hue -- I was just afraid to shine.

MALIA ANDERSON, "A Reminder That Yellow Looks Absolutely Amazing On Curvy Black Women", Essence, March 9, 2017


Yellow is my favorite, but what is yellow? Handmaiden to white, it is a slight tarnish of pure light. Take away a bit of whites absolute luminosity, and what remains is yellow -- sunlike, golden as a crown, buttercups in a field, marsh marigolds, a finch's wing, a plastic flute.

RICHARD GROSSINGER, The Bardo of Waking Life


The yellow glistens.
It glistens with various yellows,
Citrons, oranges and greens
Flowering over the skin.

WALLACE STEVENS, "Study of Two Pears", The Palm at the End of the Mind: Selected Poems and a Play


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The yellow is unsteady. The more I try to capture what it's like now, the less steady it seems. But it's still there, and yellow all right. Perhaps I am trying too hard, and chasing the yellow away.

SUSAN BLACKMORE, Zen and the Art of Consciousness


I told my dentist my teeth are going yellow. he told me to wear a brown tie.

RODNEY DANGERFIELD, attributed, ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color


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We find from experience that yellow excites a warm and agreeable impression.... The eye is gladdened, the heart expanded and cheered, a glow seems at once to breathe toward us.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, Goethe's Theory of Colours


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Now, "the rules" may have you thinking that yellow is not a winter color, but the rules were meant to have their glasses broken on the back of a school bus.

LISA GARTNER, "Hello, Yellow: Steal Michelle Obama's State of the Union Style", Tampa Bay Times, January 13, 2016


Yellow is seen before other colors when placed against black; this combination is often used to issue a warning.

ANN MARIE FIORE, Understanding Aesthetics for the Merchandising and Design Professional


Yellow is the color of the east, childhood, and morning.

JEFFREY D. ANDERSON, Arapaho Women's Quillwork: Motion, Life, and Creativity


Noon yellow is needed to combat my inner albino. But I prefer spreading my shadow thin like mayonnaise.

JAROD KINTZ, The Merits of Marthaism


Yellow is not an in-between color, you're either all in or you're not.

MOBOLAJI DAWODU, "Yellow Is the Color of the Season and This Is How to Wear It", GQ, February 23, 2017


If the Irish spring has a colour, then surely it is yellow. Just think of daffodils. Or the egg-yolk yellow celandines and dandelions pushing their way through the ground. Or the pale lemon flowers of our native primrose, or the fluffy, sweetly-scented blooms of the Mimosa trees adding a flash of exotic colour to sheltered urban gardens at this time of year. Even the hazel's dangling catkins are a pale lemon-yellow, courtesy of the pollen that covers them like a fine dust.

FIONNUALA FALLON, "Yellow shouts spring in the garden", The Irish Times, March 11, 2017


White is too brilliant to be seen, so yellow is its filter, its costume, revealing that pure light has not only brightness but emotional resonance and depth.

RICHARD GROSSINGER, The Bardo of Waking Life


The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks.

RANDALL JARRELL, A Sad Heart at the Supermarket: Essays & Fables