Color Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old color quotes, color sayings, and color proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Color is only beautiful when it means something.     

Robert Henri

Color does not add a pleasant quality to design - it reinforces it.     

Pierre Bonnard

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.

Claude Monet

Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.     

Antoni Gaudi

Coloring outside the lines is a fine art.

Kim Nance

Colors are the smiles of nature.

Leigh Hunt

I think the names of colors are at the edge, between where language fails and where it's at its most powerful.

A.S. Byatt

All the other colors are just colors, but purple seems to have a soul ? when you look at it, it's looking back at you.

Uniek Swain

Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.

Oscar Wilde

Each color lives by its mysterious life.     

Wassily Kandinsky

Colors speak all languages.     

Joseph Addison

Colours are brighter when the mind is open.

Adriana Alarcon

A color is as strong as the impression it creates.

Ivan Albright

Color is the fruit of life.     

Guillaume Apollinaire

All colours will agree in the dark.     

Francis Bacon

A dominant colour possesses tremendous power in making a painting unique.

Mary Bassi

Color... thinks by itself, independently of the object it clothes.     

Charles Baudelaire

Colour is a creative element, not a trimming.

Piet Zwart

Color is an intense experience on its own.     

Jim Hodges

Colors express the main psychic functions of man.     

Carl Gustav Jung

Good colour really means good taste; and 'powerful' colour means a reserve, to give a climax its full force, and not 'red, white, and blue all over.     

John F. Carlson

Color, rather than shape, is more closely related to emotion.

David Katz

It almost always happens that true, but exaggerated, coloring is more agreeable than absolute coloring.

Michel Eugene Chevreul

Colour should be used to depict the three major emotions in a man's life ? anticipation, realization and retrospection.     

Ernest Lawson

Color is a matter of taste and of sensitivity.     

Edouard Manet

Colour is, on the evidence of language alone, very bound up with the feelings.

Marion Milner

Colour is as variable and evanescent in the form of pigment as in visible nature.

Walter J. Phillips

Color is the language of the poets. It is astonishingly lovely. To speak it is a privilege.     

Keith Crown

Not only can color, which is under fixed laws, be taught like music, but it is easier to learn than drawing, whose elaborate principles cannot be taught.

Eugene Delacroix

Color is born of the interpenetration of light and dark.     

Sam Francis