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Frida Kahlo Quotes for Strength and Inspiration

The legendary artist is still an icon and inspiration to admirers today, and these Frida Kahlo quotes will paint their beauty in your mind.

Open up your mind to all the colors and explore these quotes with an open heart that’s ready to be filled with inspiration!

Frida Kahlo has been a long-time icon of mine.

She inspires the art I create, the woman I am, and the boundaries I know I can push because she blazed a trail.

Frida was SO far ahead of her time.

When you look back, you would be in awe.

If you read her diary from the last year of her life, so full of emotion and art, you see that the “Art journal” is not the new fad they claim it to be.

But it was something she was doing out of art and instinct many decades ago.

This was a woman who dealt with and survived a great deal but always did so with a sense of pride, strength, and dignity.

I hope you will be inspired by her as much as I am.

Born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón on July 6, 1907, in Mexico City, Frida enjoyed art from an early age.

She died on 13 July 1954 at the age of 47.

For more inspiration, be sure to also check out our collection of quotes about painting and art.

Frida Kahlo Quotes About Love and Pain

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

Frida Kahlo Quotes about wings

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

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Frida Kahlo Quotes about surviving

3. “Painting completed my life.” – Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo Quotes about painting

4. “Only one mountain can know the core of another mountain.” – Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo Quotes about mountains

5. “I hope the exit is joyful. And I hope never to return.” – Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo Quotes and sayings

6. “Pain, pleasure, and death are no more than a process for existence.” – Frida Kahlo

7. “Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.” – Frida Kahlo

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

Frida Kahlo quotes about life

9. “My painting carries with it the message of pain.” – Frida Kahlo

10. “I was born a bitch. I was born a painter.” – Frida Kahlo

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

12. “At the end of the day we can endure much more than we think we can.”― Frida Kahlo

13. “I am my own muse, I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.” – Frida Kahlo

14. “I drank because I wanted to drown my sorrows, but now the damned things have learned to swim.” – Frida Kahlo

15. “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

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

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17. “You are all the combinations of numbers of life.” –Frida Kahlo

18. “I paint flowers so they will not die.” – Frida Kahlo

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

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

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Frida Kahlo Quotes about Love and Her Art

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

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

23. “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

24. “I put on the canvas whatever comes into my mind.” – Frida Kahlo

25. “Diego was everything; my child, my lover, my universe.” – Frida Kahlo

What are your thoughts on these powerful Frida Kahlo quotes?

I hope that you have found some inspiration and insight from the words of Frida.

Long before it was “allowed” or acceptable, she was paving the way for strong women to do what they loved, and to speak their mind without having to edit herself.

This is only a taste of her words.

I encourage you to explore this inspirational woman further, as I know you will grow to respect and be endeared by her.

She was no shrinking violet – she painted vibrant flowers, and she was one as well.

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Lead Contributor
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  1. Amy A

    July 12, 2020 at 5:08 PM

    Redirecting you to the artist Oroma Elewa, who said “I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The one I want to better.” It seems this quote has been widely misattributed to Frida Kahlo. I suggest that you go to @oroma.elewa on Instagram and see for yourself.

  2. spankwire

    November 23, 2019 at 9:08 PM

    would have it, she cornered the artist one day while he was atop a ladder working on a mural; she demanded he come down, have a look, and tell her straight out whether she was good enough. “Look, I have not come to flirt or anything, even if you are a woman-chaser,” she told him. “I have come to show you my painting. If you are interested in it, tell me so; if not, likewise.” (More likely, Frida met Diego at a party hosted by photographer and activist Tina Modotti. But the story of tracking him down and challenging him from her place beneath the ladder better suited her sense of self-drama.)

  3. Dona Spiff

    March 17, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    As a huge fan of Frida please correct


    Frida said: ” I paint self-portraits
    because I am so often alone,
    because I am the person I know

    • Dr. Nikki Martinez

      March 19, 2019 at 3:52 PM

      I am aware the second quote is “another,” quote of hers, as I did not set to use “all” of her quotes she ever stated, and if you search the first quote, you will find it attributed to her again, and again and again. As a huge Frida fan, I did not haphazardly choose these. Might she have chosen a quote from a source and incorporated it as “her own?” Absolutely. However, historically, if you search the source reference, this comes up as a quote by Frida time and again, and as “Frida quotes,” and that which she is famous for having said, it is included. Thank you for pointing out ‘her’ original inspiration, if that is the source, but I was not confusing my quotes in attribution, this consistently comes up as attributed to Frida. Thank you for your comment. – Dr. Nikki Martinez

  4. A.T.

    March 11, 2019 at 1:16 AM

    I like what you wrote! I am a half century’s old and have loved Frida since age 2 before she was popular amongst the masses. We both lost our babies at the same geographical place, different time; I feel I will be forever tied to her because of this.

    • Dr. Nikki Martinez

      March 16, 2019 at 9:00 PM

      Thank you for sharing this. She really does have a way of connecting with so many of us, and she was not afraid to share what was raw, painful, and beautiful. – Dr. Nikki Martinez

  5. No

    September 5, 2018 at 1:14 AM

    One thing I find irritating about these websites is that they try to whitewash her political history with endless quotes about feelings. She was a communist, and her unshakable faith in communism guided her life as much as her artwork and relationships did.

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