Colors Sayings and Quotes

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


Color is the overpowering of black; white the final victory over black.     

Dejan Stojanovic

Color is like music. The palette is an instrument that can be orchestrated to build form.     

John French Sloan

Fall colors are funny. They're so bright and intense and beautiful. It's like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary.     

Siobhan Vivian

Colour creates, enhances, changes, reveals and establishes the mood of the painting.     

Kiff Holland

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

Joanna Field

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

Antonio Gaudi

Color is simply energy, energy made visible. Colors stimulate or inhibit the functioning of different parts of our body. Treatment with the appropriate color can restore balance and normal functioning.     

Laurie Buchanan

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

Oscar Wilde

Colors are forces, radiant energies that affect us positively or negatively, whether we are aware of it or not.     

Johannes Itten

Color provokes a psychic vibration. Color hides a power still unknown but real, which acts on every part of the human body.     

Wassily Kandinsky

Colors answer feeling in man; shapes answer thought; and motion answers will.     

John Sterling

Color is determined by amount, application and placement.     

Charles Emerson

Red was ruby, green was fluorescent, yellow was simply incandescent. Color was life. Color was everything. Color, you see, was the universal sign of magic.     

Tahereh Mafi

Color is the essence of painting, which the subject always killed.     

Kazimir Malevich

All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.     

Marc Chagall

There is a logic of colors, and it is with this alone, and not with the logic of the brain, that the painter should conform.     

Paul Cezanne

Colors express the main psychic functions of man.     

Carl Jung

The sound of colors is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with base notes, or dark lake with the treble.     

Wassily Kandinsky

Colors are the smiles of Nature. When they are extremely smiling, and break forth into other beauty besides, they are her laughs.     

Leigh Hunt

The colour of fear is never dark or black; it has the colour of thunderbolt; usually white, but can appear in different hues depending on how the fear travels through to get inside your heart.     

Munia Khan

Color is a plastic means of creating intervals color harmonics produced by special relationships, or tensions. We differentiate now between formal tensions and color tensions, just as we differentiate in music between counterpoint and harmony.     

Hans Hofmann

Color is only beautiful when it means something.     

Robert Henri

Colors close together on the color wheel are analogous and will make a calm room. Colors that are farther apart are complementary and add drama.     

David Bromstad

A color strategy is like a recipe for harmony a set of color relationships that are proven to work well and can be used as a formula for building our color composition.     

Mitchell Albala

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

David Katz

Colors must fit together as pieces in a puzzle or cogs in a wheel.     

Hans Hofmann

A color is as strong as the impression it creates.     

Ivan Albright

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

Walter J. Phillips

Colors are light's suffering and joy .     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life.     

Vincent Van Gogh

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

Pierre Bonnard

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.     

Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Some colors are very difficult to render, and you must compensate to get the color you want on the screen.     

Claude Chabrol

Color is something we see with our eyes, but love is something we see with our heart.     

Joan Walsh Anglund

Colour could give rise to sensations which would interfere with our conception of space.     

Georges Braque

Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.     

Pablo Picasso

Colours are brighter when the mind is open.     

Adriana Alarcon

A colour is luminous if it is a little bit lighter and a hell of a lot brighter than the colour beside it. Use any colour as long as the value is right     

John Leonard

Even when your life is full of color, you still need to be reminded that things come in black and white.     

Anthony T. Hincks

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

Colours are the deeds of light, its deeds and sufferings.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Color, like everything else concerning visual expression, usually boils down to a gift, an innate sensibility and sensitivity. Ultimately, artists develop their own palette and color sense.     

Scott Kahn

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

Ernest Lawson

Colors produce a spiritual vibration, the impression they create is important only as a step towards this vibration.     

Wassily Kandinsky

Purer colors have in themselves, independently of the objects they serve to express, a significant action on the feelings of those who look at them.     

Henri Matisse

Colors are vibrating light energies, each color ray produces a sound that affects matter.     

Jacqueline Ripstein

Color is all. When color is right, form is right. Color is everything, color is vibration like music; everything is vibration.     

Marc Chagall

We colour the world, Not with the darkness of our pasts, But with the rainbow of our hope.     

Jenim Dibie

Color helps to express light, not the physical phenomenon, but the only light that really exists, that in the artist's brain.     

Henri Matisse

When the color goes out of your soul, you are left with an empty heart.     

Anthony T. Hincks