Quotes and Sayings about Colors



"I don't want to imitate life in movies; I want to represent it. And in that representation, you use the colors you feel, and sometimes they are fake colors. But always it's to show one emotion."
- Pedro Almodovar
(Related: Life, Movies, Colors, Emotion, Want)

"I used this line to demonstrate how important colors are in movies: It's not a caprice."
- Pedro Almodovar
(Related: Colors)

"You look rather rash my dear your colors don't quite match your face."
- Daisy Ashford
(Related: Colors)

"My drawings at first were made altogether in watercolors, but they wanted softness and a great deal of finish."
- John James Audubon
(Related: First)

"I try to construct a picture in which shapes, spaces, colors, form a set of unique relationships, independent of any subject matter. At the same time I try to capture and translate the excitement and emotion aroused in me by the impact with the original idea."
- Milton Avery
(Related: Time, Idea, Colors, Emotion, Excitement, Relationships)

"Nature is my springboard. From her I get my initial impetus. I have tried to relate the visible drama of mountains, trees, and bleached fields with the fantasy of wind blowing and changing colors and forms."
- Milton Avery
(Related: Nature, Colors, Drama, Fantasy, Mountains, Trees, Wind)

"You don't want a million answers as much as you want a few forever questions. The questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study a lifetime and you see different colors from the same jewel."
- Richard Bach
(Related: Answers, Colors, Light, Questions, Study, Want)

"Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Colors, Existence)

"The goal is always to make a nice tableau painting with the voice. The more color I can find, the more shadow I can find - the goal is always to make more nuance and colors."
- Cecilia Bartoli
(Related: Goal, Colors, Painting, Shadow, Voice)

"Twilight is about getting older and relationships - not about a murder mystery. It's about love when you reach a certain age; nothing is in primary colors."
- Robert Benton
(Related: Love, Age, Colors, Murder, Mystery, Nothing, Relationships, Twilight)

"Neither, I must say with all due respect, is it the power of teachers and students. Basically the true and real power is with working people of all colors, of all beliefs, of all national origins."
- Harry Bridges
(Related: Power, People, Beliefs, Colors, Respect, Students, Teachers)

"We've been in a war and a recession. That's why acccent colors with yellow and purple are popular. They're optimistic and flirty and happy colors."
- David Bromstad
(Related: War, Colors, Popular)

"He who never sacrificed a present to a future good or a personal to a general one can speak of happiness only as the blind do of colors."
- Olympia Brown
(Related: Happiness, Blind, Colors, Future, Present)

"The colors I use may clash or vibrate against one another but this is done intentionally."
- Frank Bruno
(Related: Colors, May)

"I've tried everything. I've done therapy, I've done colonics. I went to a psychic who had me running around town buying pieces of ribbon to fill the colors in my aura. Did the Prozac thing."
- Jim Carrey
(Related: Buying, Colors, Running, Therapy)

"I like making black and white films in natural surroundings, but I much prefer shooting a color film inside a studio where the colors are easier to control."
- Claude Chabrol
(Related: Control, Colors, Film)

"Some colors are very difficult to render, and you must compensate to get the color you want on the screen."
- Claude Chabrol
(Related: Colors, Want)

"All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites."
- Marc Chagall
(Related: Colors, Friends, Lovers, Neighbors, Opposites)

"You must try to match your colors as nearly as you can to those you see before you, and you must study the effects of light and shade on nature's own hues and tints."
- William Merritt Chase
(Related: Nature, Colors, Light, Study)

"I loved downers, almost any kind. Loved the colors of them. Loved them yellow... I did. I would just have a bouquet in my hands at night."
- Rosemary Clooney
(Related: Colors, Night)

"I did some pastels and I did other pieces in which there was just basically one color per square, and then they would get bigger and I could get 2 or 3 colors into the square, and ultimately I just started making oil paintings."
- Chuck Close
(Related: Colors, Oil)

"Knowing how to paint and to use one's colors rightly has not any connection with originality. This originality consists in properly expressing your own impressions."
- Thomas Couture
(Related: Colors, Connection, Originality)

"I much prefer playing the bad guys. I think they are always the most interesting characters. I liken it to painting: if you're playing the good guy, you get three colors: red, white and blue. But if you're the bad guy, you get the whole palette."
- Ronny Cox
"It's such a human condition, whether you're a great track star or a great knitting person or you paint watercolors - someone knows who you are."
- Tony Curtis
"What a privilege to be here on the planet to contribute your unique donation to humankind. Each face in the rainbow of colors that populate our world is precious and special."
- Morris Dees
(Related: Colors, Privilege, World)

"Simultaneity in light is harmony, the rhythm of colors which creates the Vision of Man."
- Robert Delaunay
(Related: Vision, Colors, Harmony, Light, Man)

"In this movement of colors I find the essence, which does not arise from a system, or an a priori theory."
- Robert Delaunay
(Related: Colors, Theory)

"But what is of great importance to me is observation of the movement of colors."
- Robert Delaunay
(Related: Colors, Importance, Observation)

"Light in Nature creates the movement of colors."
- Robert Delaunay
(Related: Nature, Colors, Light)

"And then we watched an amazing number of movies from the late '60s and '70s, which is my favorite time, and we studied their camera movements, their stocks, the way they lit stuff, the colors they used."
- Ted Demme
(Related: Movies, Time, Colors, Favorite)

"Everybody thinks they know what art should be. But very few of them have the sense that is necessary to experience painting, that is the sense of sight, that sees colors and forms as living reality in the picture."
- Otto Dix
(Related: Art, Experience, Colors, Living, Painting, Reality, Sense, Sight)

"I then realized that I could never be satisfied again with the mere natural charm of my voice, that I had to constantly paint when singing, melting all the colors, expressing reds and blacks that had to be less primary but bursting with subtly colored combinations."
- Placido Domingo
(Related: Charm, Colors, Singing, Voice)

"I knew exactly what I was, and there was no hang-up with me. None whatsoever. The fact that the pigment of my skin maybe being lighter brown than other people of my race, maybe some of them, but you know our race has all colors."
- Billy Eckstine
(Related: People, Being, Colors, Fact, Race, Skin)

"And as he spoke of understanding, I looked up and saw the rainbow leap with flames of many colors over me."
- Black Elk
(Related: Colors, Understanding)

"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Nature, Colors, Spirit)

"I think there is a special bond between Carolina athletes. A lot of people seem to wear our gear because it is fashionable. They love the colors. It's Michael Jordan's school!"
- Lorrie Fair
(Related: Love, People, Athletes, Colors)

"In Torch Song, I did that character almost non-stop from 1978 until I made the movie in 1987. Then I had some failure, which also colors how you react to doing other things."
- Harvey Fierstein
(Related: Character, Failure, Colors, Song)

"We think the Puritans always dressed in black and white, which they didn't. They loved very bright colors. And there were other differences in perceptions that gave one a very different view of them."
- Carlisle Floyd
(Related: Colors, Perceptions)

"I've got no respect for any young man who won't join the colors."
- Nathan Bedford Forrest
(Related: Colors, Man, Respect)

"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
(Related: Hope, Colors, Despair, Mankind, Photography)

"Only when human sorrows are turned into a toy with glaring colors will baby people become interested - for a while at least. The people are a very fickle baby that must have new toys every day."
- Emma Goldman
(Related: People, Baby, Colors, Day, Will)

"Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss!"
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Related: Beauty, Happiness, Nature, Romance, Colors, Taste)

"One gets to the heart of the matter by a series of experiences in the same pattern, but in different colors."
- Robert Graves
(Related: Heart, Colors)

"In my experience a painting is not made with colors and paint at all. I don't know what a painting is; who knows what sets off even the desire to paint?"
- Philip Guston
(Related: Experience, Colors, Desire, Painting)

"It's ok to show all your colors."
- Luis Guzman
(Related: Colors)

"There are infinite shadings of light and shadows and colors... it's an extraordinarily subtle language. Figuring out how to speak that language is a lifetime job."
- Conrad Hall
(Related: Colors, Infinite, Job, Language, Light, Shadows)

"Red is one of the strongest colors, it's blood, it has a power with the eye. That's why traffic lights are red I guess, and stop signs as well... In fact I use red in all of my paintings."
- Keith Haring
(Related: Power, Blood, Colors, Eye, Fact)

"Programmers and marketing people know how to get into your subconscious - they spend millions of dollars researching colors, shapes, designs, symbols, that affect your preferences, and they can make you feel warm, trusting, like buying. They can manipulate you."
- Richard Hatch
(Related: People, Buying, Colors, Marketing)

"We had people of all backgrounds coming together - all races, all creeds, all colors, all status in life. And coming together there was a kind of quiet dignity and a kind of sense of caring and a feeling of joint responsibility."
- Dorothy Height
(Related: Life, People, Caring, Colors, Dignity, Feeling, Quiet, Responsibility, Sense)

"The colors I choose there was to paint the first hotel, the Disneyland Hotel. Because of the cloudy sky we had in Paris, it had to be a particular kind of color who will fight those grey days. And also something you can see when you're driving up 'There it is! We're arriving!'"
- John Hench
(Related: Colors, Driving, Fight, First, Paris, Sky, Will)

"We've achieved this feeling, for instance, with the colors. The colors in the park are harmonious with each other, not like in big cities where they don't."
- John Hench
(Related: Cities, Colors, Feeling)

"Color is a very critical thing. I've found that architects don't like colors. Engineers too. And so somebody has to stand in. Because this is the finish of it. It is the emotional part of a structure. I had great satisfaction in doing that."
- John Hench
(Related: Colors, Satisfaction)

"Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in fine gay colors that are but skin-deep."
- Matthew Henry
(Related: Colors, Gay, Skin, Temptation)

"After some time, with my eyes closed, I began to enjoy this wonderful play of colors and forms, which it really was a pleasure to observe. Then I went to sleep and the next day I was fine. I felt quite fresh, like a newborn."
- Albert Hofmann
(Related: Time, Colors, Day, Eyes, Play, Pleasure, Sleep)

"Colors must fit together as pieces in a puzzle or cogs in a wheel."
- Hans Hofmann
(Related: Colors)

"You will see, in the future I will live by my watercolors."
- Winslow Homer
(Related: Future, Will)

"Colors are the smiles of nature."
- Leigh Hunt
(Related: Nature, Colors, Smiles)

"We had a very exhaustive, extensive search for the guy that is going lead our football team over the next few years. We spent about two months in an in-depth interview process, and Bret came out with flying colors. We are absolutely thrilled that he is our head coach."
- Ron Jaworski
(Related: Coach, Colors, Flying, Football, Months, Years)

"One of the reasons I came to Berkeley was because I saw so many students of all different colors speaking so many different languages and ferociously presenting all these different views. I thought, this is the 21st century and I want to be here!"
- June Jordan
(Related: Thought, Colors, Students, Want)

"It's really easy to get colors right. It's really hard to get black - and neutrals - right. Black is certainly a color but it's also an illusion."
- Donna Karan
(Related: Colors, Illusion, Right)

"White is actually one of my favorite colors. I have a white car. I love white."
- Kim Kardashian
(Related: Love, Car, Colors, Favorite)

"Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up."
- Allen Klein
(Related: Humor, Attitude, Colors, Will, World)

"Novel writing should never be confused with journalism. Unfortunately, in the case of Primary Colors, a fair number of journalists confused."
- Joe Klein
(Related: Colors, Journalism, Writing)

"I'll never forget the fall colors on the Berkshires."
- William Standish Knowles
(Related: Colors, Forget)

"Although I had resigned my commission as an officer two years before, I immediately left Switzerland, accompanied by my wife, in order to report for duty. As it happened, a wire reached me a day later calling me to the colors."
- Fritz Kreisler
(Related: Wife, Colors, Day, Duty, Order, Years)

"Most cartoons are those colors. They have been for 35 years."
- John Kricfalusi
(Related: Cartoons, Colors, Years)

"The beggar wears all colors fearing none."
- Charles Lamb
(Related: Colors)

"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
(Related: God, Colors)

"A hundred things are done today in the divine name of Youth, that if they showed their true colors would be seen by rights to belong rather to old age."
- Wyndham Lewis
(Related: Age, Colors, Rights, Name, Old, Today, Youth)

"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
(Related: Colors, Mind, Painting, Will)

"I think it's time to do clean-up for a generation. I believe this is one of the movies that hits home for all colors and all races. Everybody I talk to, black or white, suburban, rich or poor, can relate to rejection, can relate to not having a father or a mother."
- Derek Luke
(Related: Home, Movies, Time, Mother, Father, Colors, Poor, Rejection, Talk)

"It's important for me to see as many colors in the character as possible."
- Kelly Lynch
(Related: Character, Colors)

"People that are 40, they don't sit around at talk about gray hair and how it covers their hair. They talk about highlighting, of course they're covering gray, but they don't talk about it that way. They're going to get their colors because they need a little lightening."
- Andie MacDowell
(Related: People, Colors, Hair, Talk)

"The mind is like a richly woven tapestry in which the colors are distilled from the experiences of the senses, and the design drawn from the convolutions of the intellect."
- Carson McCullers
(Related: Design, Colors, Intellect, Mind, Senses)

"I give bird songs to those who dwell in cities and have never heard them, make rhythms for those who know only military marches or jazz, and paint colors for those who see none."
- Olivier Messiaen
(Related: Cities, Colors, Jazz, Military, Songs)

"By giving the public a rich and full melody, distinctly arranged and well played, all the time creating new tone colors and patterns, I feel we have a better chance of being successful. I want a kick to my band, but I don't want the rhythm to hog the spotlight."
- Glenn Miller
(Related: Time, Successful, Being, Chance, Colors, Giving, Public, Want)

"Even colors were important to me. If it was a somber scene, the colors were muted and dark. If it was a happy or seductive scene, the colors were brighter."
- Donna Mills
(Related: Colors)

"I use colors to bring fine points of story and character."
- Vincente Minnelli
(Related: Character, Colors)

"I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music."
- Joan Miro
(Related: Music, Colors, Poems, Words)

"My characters have undergone the same process of simplification as the colors. Now that they have been simplified, they appear more human and alive than if they had been represented in all their details."
- Joan Miro
(Related: Colors, Now)

"I am just learning to notice the different colors of the stars, and already begin to have a new enjoyment."
- Maria Mitchell
(Related: Colors, Enjoyment, Learning, Stars)

"My father taught me to paint when I was young with watercolors and so I learned at a very young age the essential elements of the value of light and composition."
- Matthew Modine
(Related: Age, Father, Light, Value)

"A lot of the American press at the time was saying 'just watch what happens when Bertelsmann tries to buy EMI, that will be a moment of truth that will show the Commission's true colors.' Well, that deal never happened either."
- Mario Monti
(Related: Time, Truth, American, Colors, Press, Saying, Will)

"The colors live a remarkable life of their own after they have been applied to the canvas."
- Edvard Munch
(Related: Life, Colors, Remarkable)

"Some colors reconcile themselves to one another, others just clash."
- Edvard Munch
(Related: Colors)

"By painting colors and lines and forms seen in quickened mood I was seeking to make this mood vibrate as a phonograph does. This was the origin of the paintings in The Frieze of Life."
- Edvard Munch
(Related: Life, Colors, Painting)

"Death is pitch-dark, but colors are light. To be a painter, one must work with rays of light."
- Edvard Munch
(Related: Death, Work, Colors, Light)

"I painted the picture, and in the colors the rhythm of the music quivers. I painted the colors I saw."
- Edvard Munch
(Related: Music, Colors)

"Every time I get a script it's a matter of trying to know what I could do with it. I see colors, imagery. It has to have a smell. It's like falling in love. You can't give a reason why."
- Paul Newman
(Related: Time, Love, Colors, Reason, Trying)

"The art of an artist must be his own art. It is... always a continuous chain of little inventions, little technical discoveries of one's own, in one's relation to the tool, the material and the colors."
- Emil Nolde
(Related: Art, Artist, Colors, Inventions)

"My Panasonic typewriter can make graphs. It types in four different colors."
- Heather O'Rourke
(Related: Colors)

"Thank you for allowing me to use colors as rich and deep as you please. I had always wanted to do so, yet was never allowed because of the color capabilities of our lithographers. Now that I have done it, I don't think I'll ever go back."
- Maxfield Parrish
(Related: Colors, Deep, Now)

"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
(Related: Colors)

"Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions."
- Pablo Picasso
(Related: Colors, Emotions)

"Gardening is how I relax. It's another form of creating and playing with colors."
- Oscar de la Renta
(Related: Gardening, Colors, Relax)

"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night."
- Rainer Maria Rilke
(Related: Heart, Colors, Night)

"There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; its what we do with them that's important."
- Jim Rohn
(Related: Colors)

"Sixteen million colors in your palette are hard for any artist, especially a beginner, to turn down."
- Buffy Sainte-Marie
(Related: Artist, Colors)

"I do not deny that I have made drawings and watercolors of an erotic nature. But they are always works of art. Are there no artists who have done erotic pictures?"
- Egon Schiele
(Related: Art, Nature, Artists)

"They that are against superstition oftentimes run into it of the wrong side. If I wear all colors but black, then I am superstitious in not wearing black."
- John Selden
(Related: Colors, Superstition, Wrong)

"The makeup is simply an extension of the personality and colors, clothing, makeup all express something."
- Gene Simmons
(Related: Colors, Makeup, Personality)

"Lots of colors appear when you're working with other people."
- Jean Stapleton
(Related: People, Colors)

"Colors answer feeling in man; shapes answer thought; and motion answers will."
- John Sterling
(Related: Thought, Answers, Colors, Feeling, Man, Will)

"Michael would take us on location and see how the colors worked in the forests and fields."
- Madeleine Stowe
(Related: Colors)

"The mind wears the colors of the soul, as a valet those of his master."
- Anne Sophie Swetchine
(Related: Soul, Colors, Mind)

"How does a pansy, for example, select the ingredients from soil to get the right colors for the flower? Now there's a great miracle. I think there's a supreme power behind all of this. I see it in nature."
- Clyde Tombaugh
(Related: Nature, Power, Colors, Example, Now, Right)

"I find that acrylics dry very fast - which is supposed to be its charm; however, I find that because of that quality they don't blend as nicely as the oils. The oils, for one thing, are softer and more flexible than the acrylics. Also, the colors are brighter with oils."
- Boris Vallejo
(Related: Quality, Charm, Colors)

"The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it."
- Voltaire
(Related: Colors, Contrast, Effect, Eye, May, Painting)

"The West is color. Its colors are animal rather than vegetable, the colors of earth and sunlight and ripeness."
- Jessamyn West
(Related: Colors, Earth)

"God's colors all are fast."
- John Greenleaf Whittier
(Related: God, Colors)

"Beauty seen is never lost, God's colors all are fast."
- John Greenleaf Whittier
(Related: Beauty, God, Colors)

"There are lighter colors of granite and I like to break the rules."
- Douglas Wilson
(Related: Colors, Rules)

"That's why for Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society the colors are black and white. There are no gray issues. Life is black and it's white. There's no in-between."
- Zakk Wylde
(Related: Life, Society, Colors)