100 Beautiful Colour Quotes To Inspire You

Joan Agie
Dec 12, 2023 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on Feb 21, 2021
Everyone is amazed by color and the deep emotion it evokes

Color can be defined as the way our eyes perceive the different hues in a subject.

Almost every painter in the art community has quoted their love for colors. Their words have now become influential color quotes.

We have listed some famous quotations on colors for you. Quotes about color can surely inspire you today! With the best color quotes from the art school community, artists and painters, as well as amateur artists, these color quotes (even including green color quotes!) will give you insight into how color and shapes have affected everything in art.

For more quotes about art, check out these rainbow quotes and art quotes for kids.

Insightful Color Quotes

Here are some thought-provoking color quotes from the artistic community. You can surely find your favorite color quote from the ones given below.

1. “There are no gray issues. Life is black and it's white. There's no in-between.”

- Zakk Wylde.

2. “I believe the future is bright. I think people who see life painted in dark colors are the ones who do not take ownership.”

- Maelle Gavet.

3. “Each life is a unique blend of energy that colors the planet.”

- Lauren Roedy Vaughn.

4. “Life can be just black and white, but with imagination, life is a kaleidoscope of exhilarating colors and breathtaking adventures.”

- Wes Adamson.

5. “But if one stops believing in dreams, life loses its meaning, loses its colors.”

- Cristiane Serruya.

6. “Life is not black and white. The closes we ever get to either of those colors is wearing them.”

- Karen Marie Moning.

7. “Black and white creates a strange dreamscape that color never can.”  

- Jack Antonoff.

8. “The world is in color, you have to work at black and white.”

- Andrew Maclean.

9. “Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.”

- Eliott Erwitt.

10. “When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!”

- Ted Grant.

11. “To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.”

- Andri Cauldwell.

12. “The most colorful thing in the world is black and white, it contains all colors and at the same time excludes all.”

- Vikrmn.

13. “The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.”

- Coco Chanel.

14. “Color is a power which directly influences the soul.”

- Wassily Kandinsky.

15. “Color helps to express light—not the physical phenomenon, but the only light that really exists, that in the artist's brain.”

- Henri Matisse.

16. “If one could only catch that true color of nature—the very thought of it drives me mad.”

- Andrew Wyeth.

17. “Instead of trying to reproduce exactly what I see before me, I make more arbitrary use of color to express myself more forcefully...”

- Vincent Van Gogh.

18. “Life is a train of moods like a string of beads and as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue, and each shows only what lies in its focus.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

19. “Color is the place where our brain and the universe meet.”

- Paul Klee.

20. “Of all God’s gifts to the sighted man, color is holiest, the most divine, the most solemn.”

- John Ruskin.

21. “Light is a thing that cannot be reproduced, but must be represented by something else – by color.”

- Paul Cezanne.

22. “Be sensitive to your sensitive inner capacities to respond to color.”

- Nathan Cabot Hale.

23. “Not only can color, which is under fixed laws, be taught like music, but it is easier to learn than drawing, whose elaborate principles cannot be taught.”

- Eugene Delacroix.

24. “I found I could say things with colors that I couldn’t say any other way – things that I had no words for.”

- Georgia O Keeffe.

25. “Man needs color to live; it’s just as necessary an element as fire and water.”

- Fernand Léger.

26. “Color, in my opinion, behaves like man in two distinct ways: first in self-realization and then in realization of relationships with others.”

- Josef Albers.

Inspirational Color Quotes

Quotes have a wonderful way of inspiring us. These painter color quotes of the day will help inspire you and make things around you look bright and wonderful, what more could you ask for?

27. “Allow one color, or just a couple of analogous colors, to dominate the mood of the painting; and let the others fulfill a supporting role.”

- Zoltan Szabo.

28. “Colors express the main psychic functions of man.”

- Carl Jung.

29. “The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color...”

- Hans Hofmann.

30. “In Autumn you can take one maple leaf and see almost all the colors of the rainbow in it – although you would need your imagination to see blue.”

- Dorthe Eisenhardt.

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

- Oscar Wilde.

32. “A color is as strong as the impression it creates.”    

- Ivan Albright.

33. “I'm always attracted to colors of the brain.”    

- Michael Bassey Johnson.

34. “Color is basically immobile, and yet it must move..”    

- Federico Fellini.

35. “Like beautiful melodies and poignant words, color draws from the deep emotions within us.”    

- Joen Wolfrom.

36. “The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.”    

- John Ruskin.

37. “If I could find anything blacker than black, I'd use it.”

- J. M. W. Turner.

38. “I can paint you the skin of Venus with mud, provided you let me surround it as I will.”

- Eugene Delacroix.

39. “Black is like a broken vessel, which is deprived of the capacity to contain anything.”

- Leonardo da Vinci.

40. “Colors pursue me like a constant worry. They even worry me in my sleep.”

- Claude Monet.

41. “In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light.”

- Hans Hofmann.

42. “If you see a tree as blue, then make it blue.”

- Paul Gauguin.

43. “This mystic quality of color should... find expression in a work of art.”

- Hans Hofmann.

44. “If the rainbow had an eighth color, it would be you.”

- Scarlett Lucia Rey.

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

- Rabindranath Tagore.

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

- Roma Tearne.

47. “Color possesses me. I don't have to pursue it. It will possess me always"

- Paul Klee.

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

- Paul Martin Lester.

49. “Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.”

- Mattie Stepanek.

50. “The ones who are crazy enough to think they can color the world are the ones who do.”

- Steve Jobs.

51. “Colors must fit together as pieces in a puzzle or cogs in a wheel.”

- Hans Hofmann.

52. “The first stab of love is like a sunset, a blaze of color.”

- Anna Godbersen.

53. “Color in a painting is like enthusiasm in life.”

- Vincent Van Gogh.

Color Quotes About Life

A color quote about life can be really inspiring. Colors have their own deep and mysterious language, especially in the eyes of a painter.

These color and artist quotes are sure to help you draw a parallel between life and art. Find your favorite color quote from the ones given below. These color quotes are everything we have been looking for!

54. “Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world.”

- Joel Sternfeld.

55.  “Just as a flower which seems beautiful and has color but no perfume, so are the fruitless words of the man who speaks them but does them not.”

- John Dewey.

56. “I still come closest to success with drawing. When I use color, the results are dubious, for these painfully gained experiences bear less fruit.”

- Paul Klee.

57. “Love was a feeling completely bound up with color, like thousands of rainbows superimposed one on top of the other.”

- Paulo Coelho.

58. "I would rather have had you by my side than all the blue in the world."

- Maggie Nelson, 'Bluets'.

59. “Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.”

- Claude Monet.

60. “Color and I are one. I am a painter.”

- Paul Klee.

61. “It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block.”

- Paul Gauguin.

62. “Color is vibration like music; everything is vibration.”

- Marc Chagall.

63. “Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.”

- Paul Gauguin.

64. “All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.”

- Marc Chagall.

65. “Color hides a power still unknown but real, which acts on every part of the human body.”

- Wassily Kandinsky.

66. “Sometimes I imagine colors as if they were living ideas, being of pure reason with which to communicate.”

- Paul Cezanne.

67. “I want to know one thing. What is color?”

- Pablo Picasso.

68. “Art without color would lose much of its purpose.”

- Andrew Loomis.

69. “It's a good thing that when God created the rainbow he didn't consult a decorator or he would still be picking colors.”

- Sam Levenson.

70. “Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No.”

- Pablo Picasso.

71. “I am as curious about color as one would be visiting a new country, because I have never concentrated so closely on color expression.”

- Henri Matisse.

72. “Think colour! Know how to imagine it!”

- Gustave Moreau.

Color Quotes From Books

These are also some color quotes from the literature community. The common ground between a writer and painter is that they both appreciate creative expression. A good color quote can definitely make your day, so check out these awesome quotes below.

73. “Isn't it strange that I know you'd risk your life to save mine, but I don't even know what your favorite color is?”

- Suzanne Collins, ‘Catching Fire’.

74. “Once I’d dreamed and breathed and thought in colour and light and shape.”

- Sarah J. Maas, ‘A Court Of Thorns And Roses’.

75. “And all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet.”

- Shel Silverstein, ‘Where The Sidewalk Ends’.

76. “He had a colorless translucence about him that made him seem as if he were in the earliest stages of progressive invisibility.”

- Laura Hillenbrand, ‘Seabiscuit: An American Legend’.

77. “You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.”

- Jennifer Niven, ‘All The Bright Places’.

78. “He was a man of black and white. And she was color. All the color he had.”

- Fredrik Backman, ‘A Man Called Ove’.

79. “Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.”

- Khaled Hosseini, ‘The Kite Runner’.

Color Quotes From Movies

Here are some color quotes from the film community. Which is your favorite?

80. “It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.”

- Alex, ‘A Clockwork Orange’.

81. “I wanted those waters to be blue, but they were black, nighttime waters, and how I suffered then, straining to recall the color that in my youth I had taken for granted.”

- Louis, ‘Interview With The Vampire’.

82. “I remember being on a black-and-white set all day and then going out into daylight and being amazed by the colour.”

- Jeff Bridges.

83. “We're supposed to be at home David! We're supposed to be in color!”

- Jennifer, ‘Pleasantville’.

84. “I only work in black and sometimes very, very dark grey.”

- Batman, ‘The Lego Movie’.

85. “Anna: I never knew winter could be so beautiful.

Olaf: Yeah, it really is beautiful, isn't it? But it's so white. Y'know, how about a little color?”

- ‘Frozen’.

Famous Color Quotes

These are some famous quotes about colors to end our list of color quotes.

86. “In slow motion, I watch the colors blur; people and faces all become a massive wash.”

- Sarah Kay, ‘Pieces Of Glass: A Moment Of Tragedy, A Lifetime Of Faith’.

87. “Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.”

- Robert Frank.

88. “It's ok to show all your colors.”

- Luis Guzman.

89. “How can any one paint who cannot grade colors?”

- Maria Montessori.

90. “Life is a painting, and you are the artist. You have on your palette all the colors in the spectrum - the same ones available to Michelangelo and da Vinci.”

- Paul J. Meyer.

91. “I kind of do the drawing with the painting in mind, but it's very hard to guess at a size or a color and all the colors around it and what it will really look like.”

- Roy Lichtenstein.

92. “Color does not add a pleasant quality to design – it reinforces it.”

- Pierre Bonnard.

93. “Coloring outside the lines is a fine art.”

- Kim Nance.

94. “I’m like a tree. My leaves might change color, but my roots are the same.”

- Rose Namajunas.

95. “I prefer living in color.”

- David Hockney.

96. “Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colors; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow.”

- Khalil Gibran.

97. “There’s a reason we don’t see the world in black and white.”

- Celerie Kemble.

98. “I've been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black.”

- Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

99. “The mixture of pain and anger, from past experiences, are the most sincere colors to create new horizons on my canvas.”

- Efrat Cybulkiewicz.

100. “Fall comes with different colors to challenge a green Summer.”

- Neamat Alishiryan.

At Kidadl, we have carefully crafted interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone. If you liked our quote suggestions for 100 beautiful color quotes to inspire you, then why not have a look at these Picasso quotes or Henri Matisse quotes too?

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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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