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50 Frida Kahlo Quotes for Strength and Inspiration

An artist who was empowered by her emotions, you’ll love these Frida Kahlo quotes.

Published on September 16, 2019 6:30 AM EST
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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 Frida Kahlo 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.

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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.

Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón

(July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954)

Frida Kahlo Quotes About Love and Pain

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

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

Frida Kahlo Quotes

3. “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

4. “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

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

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

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

8. “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

More Frida Kahlo quotes about life

Frida Kahlo Quotes

9. “The most interesting thing about the so-called lies of Diego is that, sooner or later, the ones involved in the imaginary tale get angry, not because of the lies, but because of the truth contained in the lies, which always comes forth.” – 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. “I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of ‘madness’. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: ‘Poor thing, she’s crazy!’ (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.)

I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s – my madness would not be an escape from ‘reality’.” – 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

Frida Kahlo Quotes

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

17. “To feel the anguish of waiting for the next moment and of taking part in the complex current (of affairs) not knowing that we are headed toward ourselves, through millions of stone beings – of bird beings – of star beings – of microbe beings – of fountain beings toward ourselves.” – Frida Kahlo

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

Frida Kahlo Quotes

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

20. “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

Frida Kahlo Quotes about Love and Her Art

21. “No moon, sun, diamond, hands —

fingertip, dot, ray, gauze, sea.

pine green, pink glass, eye,

mine, eraser, mud, mother, I am coming.”Frida Kahlo

22. “They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” – Frida Kahlo

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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 cannot speak of Diego as my husband because that term, when applied to him, is an absurdity. He never has been, nor will he ever be, anybody’s husband.” – Frida Kahlo

25. “It was worthwhile to come here only to see why Europe is rotting, why all this people – good for nothing – are the cause of all the Hitlers and Mussolinis.” – Frida Kahlo

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

Frida Kahlo Quotes

27. “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

28. “I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me, too.

Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” – Frida Kahlo

29. “There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.” – Frida Kahlo

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

Frida Kahlo Quotes

31. “I paint my own reality. 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.” – Frida Kahlo

32. “I want to be inside your darkest everything.” – Frida Kahlo

33. “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

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

35. “I love you more than my own skin and even though you don’t love me the same way, you love me anyways, don’t you? And if you don’t, I’ll always have the hope that you do, and I’m satisfied with that. Love me a little. I adore you.” – Frida Kahlo

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

Frida Kahlo Quotes

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

More Frida Kahlo quotes to help you stay strong

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

39. “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

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

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

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

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

44. “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

45. “I love you more than my own skin.” – Frida Kahlo

46. “I tried to drown my sorrows but the bastards learned how to swim.” –Frida Kahlo

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

48. “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

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

50. “Don’t build a wall around your suffering. It may devour you from the inside.” – 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.

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    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.)

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    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

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      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

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    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.

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      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

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    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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