Artful Eye

From the Mouth of Frida

The salty words of Frieda Kahlo mirrored the depth of her images. Born in Mexico City in 1907, she died there in 1954, only 47.

By Laika Staff

These Kahlo originals are from the collection of quotes in Forever Frida: A Celebration of the Life, Art Loves, Words, and Style of Frida Kahlo, published by Simon and Schuster. Author Kathy Cano-Murillo is founder of the Latina art collective Phoenix Fridas.

Here are some of Forever Frida’s most memorable quotes:

“I was born a bitch, I was born a painter.”


“It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light.”


“It is not worthwhile to leave this world without having had a little fun in life.”


“I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.”


“My blood is a miracle that, from my veins, crosses the air in my heart into yours.”


“Perhaps it is expected that I should lament about how I have suffered living with a man like Diego. But I do not think that the banks of a river suffer because they let the river flow, nor does the earth suffer because of the rains, nor does the atom suffer for letting its energy escape. To my way of thinking, everything has its natural compensation.”


“I don’t want you to think like I do. I just want you to think.”


“Can one invent verbs? I want to tell you one: I sky you, so my wings extend so large to love you without measure.”


“I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of ‘madness.’ Then: 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…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.’”


“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.”


“There is nothing more precious than laughter.”


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


“My blood is a miracle that, from my veins, crosses the air in my heart into yours.”

FOREVER FRIDA, Simon & Shuster — $16.95

Artful Eye

From the Mouth of Frida

The salty words of Frieda Kahlo mirrored the depth of her images. Born in Mexico City in 1907, she died there in 1954, only 47.

By Laika Staff

These Kahlo originals are from the collection of quotes in Forever Frida: A Celebration of the Life, Art Loves, Words, and Style of Frida Kahlo, published by Simon and Schuster. Author Kathy Cano-Murillo is founder of the Latina art collective Phoenix Fridas.

Here are some of Forever Frida’s most memorable quotes:

“I was born a bitch, I was born a painter.”


“It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light.”


“It is not worthwhile to leave this world without having had a little fun in life.”


“I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.”


“My blood is a miracle that, from my veins, crosses the air in my heart into yours.”


“Perhaps it is expected that I should lament about how I have suffered living with a man like Diego. But I do not think that the banks of a river suffer because they let the river flow, nor does the earth suffer because of the rains, nor does the atom suffer for letting its energy escape. To my way of thinking, everything has its natural compensation.”


“I don’t want you to think like I do. I just want you to think.”


“Can one invent verbs? I want to tell you one: I sky you, so my wings extend so large to love you without measure.”


“I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of ‘madness.’ Then: 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…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.’”


“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.”


“There is nothing more precious than laughter.”


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


“My blood is a miracle that, from my veins, crosses the air in my heart into yours.”

FOREVER FRIDA, Simon & Shuster — $16.95

Artful Eye

From the Mouth of Frida

The salty words of Frieda Kahlo mirrored the depth of her images. Born in Mexico City in 1907, she died there in 1954, only 47.

By Laika Staff

These Kahlo originals are from the collection of quotes in Forever Frida: A Celebration of the Life, Art Loves, Words, and Style of Frida Kahlo, published by Simon and Schuster. Author Kathy Cano-Murillo is founder of the Latina art collective Phoenix Fridas.

Here are some of Forever Frida’s most memorable quotes:

“I was born a bitch, I was born a painter.”


“It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light.”


“It is not worthwhile to leave this world without having had a little fun in life.”


“I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.”


“My blood is a miracle that, from my veins, crosses the air in my heart into yours.”


“Perhaps it is expected that I should lament about how I have suffered living with a man like Diego. But I do not think that the banks of a river suffer because they let the river flow, nor does the earth suffer because of the rains, nor does the atom suffer for letting its energy escape. To my way of thinking, everything has its natural compensation.”


“I don’t want you to think like I do. I just want you to think.”


“Can one invent verbs? I want to tell you one: I sky you, so my wings extend so large to love you without measure.”


“I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of ‘madness.’ Then: 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…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.’”


“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.”


“There is nothing more precious than laughter.”


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


“My blood is a miracle that, from my veins, crosses the air in my heart into yours.”

FOREVER FRIDA, Simon & Shuster — $16.95

Artful Eye

From the Mouth of Frida

The salty words of Frieda Kahlo mirrored the depth of her images. Born in Mexico City in 1907, she died there in 1954, only 47.

By Laika Staff

These Kahlo originals are from the collection of quotes in Forever Frida: A Celebration of the Life, Art Loves, Words, and Style of Frida Kahlo, published by Simon and Schuster. Author Kathy Cano-Murillo is founder of the Latina art collective Phoenix Fridas.

Here are some of Forever Frida’s most memorable quotes:

“I was born a bitch, I was born a painter.”


“It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light.”


“It is not worthwhile to leave this world without having had a little fun in life.”


“I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.”


“My blood is a miracle that, from my veins, crosses the air in my heart into yours.”


“Perhaps it is expected that I should lament about how I have suffered living with a man like Diego. But I do not think that the banks of a river suffer because they let the river flow, nor does the earth suffer because of the rains, nor does the atom suffer for letting its energy escape. To my way of thinking, everything has its natural compensation.”


“I don’t want you to think like I do. I just want you to think.”


“Can one invent verbs? I want to tell you one: I sky you, so my wings extend so large to love you without measure.”


“I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of ‘madness.’ Then: 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…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.’”


“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.”


“There is nothing more precious than laughter.”


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


“My blood is a miracle that, from my veins, crosses the air in my heart into yours.”

FOREVER FRIDA, Simon & Shuster — $16.95

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Artful Eye

From the Mouth of Frida

The salty words of Frieda Kahlo mirrored the depth of her images. Born in Mexico City in 1907, she died there in 1954, only 47.

By Laika Staff

These Kahlo originals are from the collection of quotes in Forever Frida: A Celebration of the Life, Art Loves, Words, and Style of Frida Kahlo, published by Simon and Schuster. Author Kathy Cano-Murillo is founder of the Latina art collective Phoenix Fridas.

Here are some of Forever Frida’s most memorable quotes:

“I was born a bitch, I was born a painter.”


“It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light.”


“It is not worthwhile to leave this world without having had a little fun in life.”


“I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.”


“My blood is a miracle that, from my veins, crosses the air in my heart into yours.”


“Perhaps it is expected that I should lament about how I have suffered living with a man like Diego. But I do not think that the banks of a river suffer because they let the river flow, nor does the earth suffer because of the rains, nor does the atom suffer for letting its energy escape. To my way of thinking, everything has its natural compensation.”


“I don’t want you to think like I do. I just want you to think.”


“Can one invent verbs? I want to tell you one: I sky you, so my wings extend so large to love you without measure.”


“I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of ‘madness.’ Then: 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…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.’”


“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.”


“There is nothing more precious than laughter.”


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


“My blood is a miracle that, from my veins, crosses the air in my heart into yours.”

FOREVER FRIDA, Simon & Shuster — $16.95

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