Frida Kahlo Quotes

Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly? I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better. Can verbs be made up? I’ll tell you one. I heaven you, so my wings will open wide to love you boundlessly. I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint. 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. Only one mountain can know the core of another mountain. I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive. I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling. I paint flowers so they will not die. Painting completed my life. I lost three children and a series of other things that would have fulfilled my horrible life. My painting took the place of all of this. I think work is the best. My painting carries with it the message of pain. The most important part of the body is the brain. Of my face, I like the eyebrows and eyes. Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away. Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit. You deserve a lover who makes you feel safe, who can consume this world whole if he walks hand in hand with you; someone who believes that his embraces are a perfect match with your skin. 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. I love you more than my own skin. I want to be inside your darkest everything. I am that clumsy human, always loving, loving, loving. And loving. And never leaving. It is terrifying to see the rich having parties day and night while thousands and thousands of people are dying of hunger… I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you. I was a child who went about in a world of colors… My friends, my companions, became women slowly; I became old in instants. 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. Pain, pleasure and death are no more than a process for existence. The revolutionary struggle in this process is a doorway open to intelligence. I hope the exit is joyful. And I hope never to return. I am in agreement with everything my father taught me and nothing my mother taught me. You deserve a lover who wants you disheveled, with everything and all the reasons that wake you up in a haste and the demons that won’t let you sleep. They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality. At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can. Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing. What I wanted to express very clearly and intensely was that the reason these people had to invent or imagine heroes and gods is pure fear. Fear of life and fear of death.

Frida Kahlo

1907 - 1954