These short Frida Kahlo quotes reflect the thoughts, ideas, dreams and musings of the famous Mexican artist. They are collected from interviews, writings and personal diary entries over the course of her lifetime.
The powerful words and expressions of Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo is considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists; a powerful symbol of individualism built through a life of suffering and tragedy. Her self portraits are icons of feminism, non-conformity and the fighting spirit.
These short Frida Kahlo quotes may inspire and empower you to find your own voice in this world.
Frida quotes on life and living
Kahlo suffered physically throughout her life. At the age of six, she contracted polio and became bedridden for nine months. The disease resulted in damage to her right leg and foot that she battled the rest of her life.
An accident in 1925 left her with life-long injuries to her leg and hip. A streetcar struck a bus in which she was traveling, leaving her impaled by the bus handrail. The rail damaged her pelvis near her spine.
She said of the accident, “The handrail pierced me as the sword pierces the bull.”
In 1953 part of her leg had to be amputated to stop the spread of gangrene. Throughout her recovery periods Kahlo suffered from depression.
These quotes provide a window into the life of the great artist:
Don’t build a wall around your own suffering – it may devour you from the inside.
At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.
I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.
There is nothing more precious than laughter.
I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.
Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.
I’ll do what I can to escape from my world.
I am a poor little deer.
I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim.
Mankind owns its destiny, and its destiny is the earth. We are destroying it until we have no destiny.
I had something in my throat. It felt like I had swallowed the whole world.
I hope the exit is joyful and i hope never to return.
Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.
Frida’s family home where she was born and grew up is now a museum called the Blue House (La Casa Azul) in Coyoacán, Mexico City. You can see artifacts from her life, including her death mask, and several important paintings on display at the Museo Frida Kahlo.
Frida Kahlo quotations on life and living
To trap one’s self-suffering is to risk being devoured from the inside.
Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.
Everything exists, and moves, under only one law = life =
People in general are scared to death of the war and all the exhibitions have been a failure, because the rich bitches don’t want to buy anything.
I want a storm to come and flood us into a song that no one wrote.
Pain, pleasure and death are no more than a process for existence. The revolutionary struggle in this process is a doorway open to intelligence
I could kill that guy and eat it afterwards…
What would I do without the absurd and the ephemeral?
I don’t like the gringos at all. They are very boring and all have faces like unbaked rolls.
Today is like always.
… there is a skeleton (or death) that flees terrified in the face of my will to live.
It was worthwhile to come here only to see why Europe is rottening, why all this people – good for nothing – are the cause of all the Hitlers and Mussolinis.
Frida was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico.
Frida Kahlo love and romance quotes
Kahlo’s greatest love was the famous painter and muralist Diego Rivera. The couple married in 1929. Diego was 20 years older than Frida. Many of her quotes reflect her love for Rivera and the passion of their relationship.
I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.
I am that clumsy human, always loving, loving, loving. And loving. And never leaving.
Diego was everything; my child, my lover, my universe.
I love you more than my own skin.
Passion is the bridge that takes you from pain to change.
I have not forgotten you–the nights are long and difficult.
Your word travels the entirety of space and reaches my cells which are my stars then goes to yours which are my light.
Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic.
I want to be inside your darkest everything.
Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit.
My blood is a miracle that, from my veins, crosses the air in my heart into yours.
There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.
Only one mountain can know the core of another mountain.
The 2002 film Frida starred Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo and Alfred Molina as Diego Rivera. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning for Best Makeup and Original Score.
Frida on creativity, art and painting
I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.
I paint flowers so they will not die.
Painting completed my life.
I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.
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Really, I do not know whether my paintings are surrealist or not, but I do know that they are the frankest expression of myself.
I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.
I am my own muse, I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.
The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to.
I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.
Surrealism is the magical surprise of finding a lion in a wardrobe, where you were ‘sure’ of finding shirts.
My painting carries with it the message of pain.
The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.
I never knew I was a surrealist till Andre Breton came to Mexico and told me I was.
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.
A few of Frida Kahlo’s most notable paintings:
- Frieda and Diego Rivera
- The Suicide of Dorothy Hale
- The Broken Column
- Henry Ford Hospital
- The Two Fridas
Frida Kahlo poetic quotes
Many of these short Frida Kahlo quotes come from her personal diary entries. Long recovery periods throughout her life left her bedridden. She filled her diary with images and words that expressed her thoughts and dreams. Towards the end of her life, many of the images represented death, skeletons and angels.
Feet, what do I need them for
If I have wings to fly.
i was born a bitch.
i was born a painter.
You are all the combinations
Nothing compares to your hands…
My body is filled with you for days and days.
No moon, sun, diamond, hands — fingertip, dot, ray, gauze, sea. pine green, pink glass, eye, mine, eraser, mud, mother, I am coming.
Frida quotes in Spanish
Here are a few more Frida Kahlo quotations in her native language:
Traté de ahogar mis penas… pero las condenadas aprendieron a nadar.
(I tried to drown my sorrows … but the condemned ones learned to swim.)
Quisiera darte todo lo que nunca hubieras tenido, y ni así sabrías la maravilla que es poder quererte
(I would like to give you everything you never would have, and even then you would not know the wonder it is to be able to love you)
Vivir de recuerdos es morir.
(To live on memories is to die.)
Pies pa’ que los quiero, si tengo alas pa’ volar
(Feet, why do I want them, if I have wings to fly)
Que todo termina en un instante
(That everything ends in an instant / Painful Planatera)
Kahlo Spanish quotes with translations
La belleza y la fealdad son un espejismo, porque los demás terminan viendo nuestro interior.
(Beauty and ugliness are a mirage, because others end up seeing our inside.)
Espero que la salida sea alegre y espero no volver nunca más.
(I hope the departure is happy and I hope never to return.)
Si actuas como si supieras lo que estas haciendo, puedes hacer lo que quieras.
(If you act as if you know what you are doing, you can do whatever you want.)
Te vas? No. Alas rotas.
(You go? No. Broken wings.)
Amurallar el propio sufrimiento es arriesgarse a que te devore desde el interior.
(To wall your own suffering is to risk being devoured from within.)
Donde no puedas amar, no te demores
(Where you can not love, do not delay)
Lo que no me mata, me alimenta.
(What does not kill me, feeds me.)
Kahlo died July 13, 1954 at age 47, possibly from a pulmonary embolism. Rumors of suicide persist to this day, but have not been confirmed.
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