85 Frida Kahlo Quotes On Art, Love, And Life

Frida Kahlo is the iconic Mexican artist who is remembered worldwide for her paintings, and self-portraits, that express pain and passion, in bold, vibrant colors. Let’s explore and enjoy Frida Kahlo quotes to inspire you to transform pain into power.

Frida has been a legend for people because of her inner strength and resilience. And her life was a testimony of immense struggle and how she overcame it every time with great courage. As a child, she suffered from Polio and also had multiple fractures when she nearly died in a bus accident as a teenager. So we see that many of her beautiful paintings drew inspiration from her real-life experiences of pain, love, body, and more.

Out of 143 artworks of the legendary artist, 55 are Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits which are mostly depictions of physical and mental scars.

Some of her most famous paintings were Frieda and Diego Rivera (1931), Henry Ford Hospital (1932), My Birth (1932), The Two Fridas (1939), and more.

Let us look at some inspirational Frida Kahlo quotes that are deep and thought-provoking on identity, pain, love, and feminism.

Top 10 Frida Kahlo Quotes

1.“There is nothing left everything revolves.” — Frida Kahlo

2.“I hope the exit is joyful. And I hope never to return.” — Frida Kahlo                                                                            frida kahlo quotes images

3. “There is nothing more precious than laughter.” — Frida Kahlo

4.“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” — Frida Kahlo                                                                                 

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frida kahlo famous quotes

5.“Passion is the bridge that takes you from pain to change.” — Frida Kahlo                                                                       

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frida kahlo quote

6.“Only one mountain can know the core of another mountain.” — Frida Kahlo

7.“I tried to drown my sorrows but they learned how to swim.” — Frida Kahlo

8.“Don’t build a wall around your suffering. It may devour you from the inside.” — Frida Kahlo

9.“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light.” — Frida Kahlo

10.“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.” — Frida Kahlo

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11.“Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.” — Frida Kahlo

12.“Diego was everything; my child, my lover, my universe.” — Frida Kahlo

13.“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” — Frida Kahlo                                                           

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quotes by frida kahlo

14.“I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.” — Frida Kahlo

15.“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” — Frida Kahlo                                       

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frida kahlo quotes

16.“I am my own muse; I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.” — Frida Kahlo

17.“You too know that all my eyes see, all I touch with myself, from any distance, is Diego.” — Frida Kahlo

18.“Through the round numbers and the colored nerves the stars are made and the worlds are sounds.” — Frida Kahlo

19.“My painting contains in it the message of pain. I think that at least a few people are interested in it. It’s not revolutionary. Why keep wishing for it to be belligerent? I can’t.” — Frida Kahlo

20.“I warn you that in this picture I am painting of Diego there will be colors which even I am not fully acquainted with. Besides, I love Diego so much I cannot be an objective speculator of him or his life.” — Frida Kahlo

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21.“I was born a bitch. I was born a painter.” — Frida Kahlo

22.“I put on the canvas whatever comes into my mind.” — Frida Kahlo

23.“I had something in my throat. It felt like I had swallowed the whole world.” — Frida Kahlo

24.“To paint is the most terrific thing that there is, but to do it well is very difficult.” — Frida Kahlo

25.“My blood is a miracle that, from my veins, crosses the air in my heart into yours.” — Frida Kahlo

26.“The most important part of the body is the brain. Of my face, I like the eyebrows and eyes.” — Frida Kahlo

27.“Everyone’s opinions about things change over time. Nothing is constant. Everything changes.” — Frida Kahlo

28.“I was a child who went about in a world of colors… My friends, my companions, became women slowly; I became old in instants.” — Frida Kahlo

29.“Pain, pleasure, and death are no more than a process for existence. The revolutionary struggle in this process is a doorway open to intelligence.” — Frida Kahlo

30“A despair which no words can describe. I’m still eager to live. I’ve started to paint again. A little picture to give to Dr. Farill on which I’m working with all my love. I feel uneasy about my painting.” — Frida Kahlo

Inspirational Frida Kahlo Quotes

31.“Why do I need feet when I have wings to fly?” — Frida Kahlo

32.“I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness.” — Frida Kahlo

33.“I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.” — Frida Kahlo

34.“I am that clumsy human, always loving, loving, loving. And loving. And never leaving.” — Frida Kahlo

35.“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” — Frida Kahlo

36.“I am nothing but a “small damned” part of a revolutionary movement. Always revolutionary never dead, never useless.” — Frida Kahlo

37.“It is terrifying to see the rich having parties day and night while thousands and thousands of people are dying of hunger.” — Frida Kahlo

38.“People in general are scared to death of the war and all the exhibitions have been a failure because the rich don’t want to buy anything.” — Frida Kahlo

39.“Years. Waiting with anguish hidden away, my spine broken, and the immense glance, footless through the vast path… Carrying on my life enclosed in steel.” — Frida Kahlo

40.“The most important thing for everyone in Gringolandia is to have ambition and become ‘somebody,’ and frankly, I don’t have the least ambition to become anybody.” — Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo Quotes About Life

41.“Painting completed my life.” — Frida Kahlo

42.“My toys were those of a boy: skates, bicycles.” — Frida Kahlo

43.“I paint flowers to prevent them from dying.” — Frida Kahlo

44.“No place in life is sadder than an empty bed.” — Frida Kahlo

45.“I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” — Frida Kahlo

46.“What do you think matters most for a good marriage?” — Frida Kahlo

47.“They say never trust a limping dog or the tears of a woman.” — Frida Kahlo

48.“It is not worthwhile to leave this world without having had a little fun in life.” — Frida Kahlo

49.“Don’t build a wall around your own suffering, it may devour you from the inside.” — Frida Kahlo

50.“… There is a skeleton (or death) that flees terrified in the face of my will to live.” — Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo Quotes About Love

51.“Love me a little. I adore you.” — Frida Kahlo

52.“Where you cannot love, do not delay.” — Frida Kahlo

53.“I love you more than my own skin.” — Frida Kahlo

54.“I want to be inside your darkest everything.” — Frida Kahlo

55.“Loyalty is important to me. Can you be loyal?” — Frida Kahlo

56.“You are all the combinations of numbers of life.” — Frida Kahlo

57.“Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit.” — Frida Kahlo

58.“Her view of life, she told a friend, was: ‘Make love. Take a bath. Make love again.’” — Frida Kahlo

59.“You deserve a lover who takes away the lies and brings you hope, coffee, and poetry.” — Frida Kahlo

60.“Can one invent verbs? I want to tell you one: I sky you, so my wings extend so large to love you without measure.” — Frida Kahlo

61.“Your word travels the entirety of space and reaches my cells which are my stars then goes to yours which are my light.” — Frida Kahlo

62.“I’d like to paint you, but there are no colors, because there are so many, in my confusion, the tangible form of my great love.” — Frida Kahlo

63.“I’ll wait for you. You responded to a sense with your voice and I’m full of you, waiting for your words which will make me grow and will enrich me.” — Frida Kahlo

64.“You deserve a lover who wants you disheveled, with everything and all the reasons that wake you up in haste and the demons that won’t let you sleep.” — Frida Kahlo

65.“Can verbs be made up? I’ll tell you one. I heaven you, so my wings will open wide to love you boundlessly. I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.” — Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo Quotes

66.“I don’t want you to think like I do. I just want you to think.” — Frida Kahlo

67.“What would I do without the absurd and the ephemeral?” — Frida Kahlo

68.“My paintings are well-painted, not nimbly but patiently.” — Frida Kahlo

69.“I want a storm to come and flood us into a song that no one wrote.” — Frida Kahlo

70.“So forgotten and so firm. Snail shells and the bride-doll, is yours too ~ I mean, it is you.” — Frida Kahlo

71.“I am in agreement with everything my father taught me and nothing my mother taught me.” — Frida Kahlo

72.“Mankind owns its destiny, and its destiny is the earth. We are destroying it until we have no destiny.” — Frida Kahlo

73.“You didn’t understand what I am. I am love. I am pleasure. I am essence. I am an idiot. I am tenacious. I am. I simply am.” — Frida Kahlo

74.“This upper class is disgusting and I’m furious at all these rich people here, having seen thousands of people in abject squalor.” — Frida Kahlo

75.“I have never expected anything from my work but the satisfaction I could get from it by the very fact of painting and saying what I couldn’t say otherwise.” — Frida Kahlo

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76.“I paint flowers so they will not die.” — Frida Kahlo

77.“My painting carries with it the message of pain.” — Frida Kahlo

78.“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t.” — Frida Kahlo

79.“To trap one’s self-suffering is to risk being devoured from the inside.” — Frida Kahlo

80.“I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.” — Frida Kahlo

81.“Surrealism is the magical surprise of finding a lion in a wardrobe, where you were ‘sure’ of finding shirts.” — Frida Kahlo

82.“Really, I do not know whether my paintings are surrealist or not, but I do know that they are the frankest expression of myself.” — Frida Kahlo

83.“You deserve the best, the very best, because you are one of the few people in this lousy world who are honest to themselves, and that is the only thing that really counts.” — Frida Kahlo

84.“I must fight with all my strength so that the little positive things that my health allows me to do might be pointed toward helping the revolution. The only real reason for living.” — Frida Kahlo

85.“They are so damn ‘intellectual’ and rotten that I can’t stand them anymore…I would rather sit on the floor in the market of Toluca and sell tortillas, than have anything to do with those ‘artistic’ bitches of Paris.” — Frida Kahlo

Top 10 Frida Kahlo Quotes In Spanish

86.“Nunca pinto sueños o pesadillas. Pinto mi propia realidad”. – Frida Kahlo

87.“Enamórate de ti. De la vida. Y luego de quien tú quieras”. – Frida Kahlo

88.“Pinto autorretratos porque estoy mucho tiempo sola. Me pinto a mí misma porque soy a quien mejor conozco”. – Frida Kahlo

89.“La parte más importante del cuerpo es el cerebro. De mi rostro me gustan mis cejas y mis ojos”

90.“ No hay nada más hermoso que la risa”. – Frida Kahlo

91. “Quisiera darte todo lo que nunca hubieras tenido, y ni así sabrías la maravilla que es poder quererte”. – Frida Kahlo

92. “Amurallar el propio sufrimiento es arriesgarte a que te devore desde el interior”. – Frida Kahlo


Frida Kahlo’s Life And Facts

Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón was a Mexican painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico.

Born: 6 July 1907, Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico

Died: 13 July 1954, Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico

  • In May 2006, her self-portrait Roots sold for US$5.6 million dollars setting an auction record for a Latin American piece of art.
  • The 500 Mexican peso bill is unique in that it contains two portraits, one on each side. The duo are the famous couple, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, two of the country’s most celebrated artists and personalities.
  • Her last drawing was of a black angel, accompanied by the words: “I joyfully await the exit — and I hope never to return — Frida.”


These quotes provide a glimpse into the mind of Frida Kahlo, a remarkable artist whose work continues to captivate audiences and inspire generations to embrace their individuality and express their truths through art.

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