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Colors

  • Red has been praised for its nobility of the color of life. But the true color of life is not red. Red is the color of violence, or of life broken open, edited, and published. Or if red is indeed the color of life, it is so only on condition that it is not seen. Once fully visible, red is the color of life violated, and in the act of betrayal and of waste.

  • Color is spirit made visible.

  • The West is color ... Its colors are animal rather than vegetable, the colors of earth and sunlight and ripeness. Tawny, buff, ocher, umber, tan, beige, sienna, sorrel, bay, blood-bay, chestnut, roan, palomino: the colors of objects bleached, sun-drenched, dry, aromatic, warm; the color of stubble fields, of barley, of foothills, of sage, of ocean and desert sands; colors capable of reflecting light like a mirror.

    • Jessamyn West,
    • "The West -- A Place to Hang Your Dreams," in Woman's Home Companion ()
  • But when I fell in love with black, it contained all color. It wasn't a negation of color. It was an acceptance. Because black encompasses all colors. Black is the most aristocratic color of all. The only aristocratic color. For me this is the ultimate. You can be quiet and it contains the whole thing. There is no color that will give you the feeling of totality. Of peace. Of greatness. Of quietness. Of excitement. I have seen things that were transformed into black, that took on just greatness.

  • Some of us come on earth seeing. Some of us come on earth seeing color.

    • Louise Nevelson,
    • in Laurie Lisle, Louise Nevelson: A Passionate Life ()
  • Colours are what drive me most strongly.

    • Stevie Smith,
    • "On Writing," in Hermione Lee, ed., Stevie Smith: A Selection ()
  • Nature, when undisturbed, is never monotonous, you know. Even when using green, the most frequent color on her palette, she throws in contrasting tints by way of expression, and you will seldom see two sides of a leaf of the same hue, and the leaf stem frequently gives a good dash of bronze or purple.

  • The meaning of a word — to me — is not as exact as the meaning of a color. Colors and shapes make a more definite statement than words.

  • The amount of time that a young girl spends wearing pink will be inversely proportional to her future income.

    • Sandy Lerner,
    • in Kathy Sheridan, "The Life and Opinions of Sandy Lerner, Ungentlewoman," More ()
  • Black was bestlooking. ... Ebony was the best wood, the hardest wood; it was black. Virginia ham was the best ham. It was black on the outside. Tuxedos and tail coats were black and they were a man's finest, most expensive clothes. You had to use pepper to make most meats and vegetables fit to eat. The most flavorsome pepper was black. The best caviar was black. The rarest jewels were black: black opals, black pearls.

  • [At first sight of the Acropolis:] It's beige! My color!

  • Green is the fresh emblem of well-founded hopes. In blue the spirit can wander, but in green it can rest.

  • Of all colors, brown is the most satisfying. It is the deep, fertile tint of the earth itself; it lies hidden beneath every field and garden; it is the garment of multitudes of earth's children, from the mouse to the eagle ...

  • Purple puts us in touch with the part of ourselves that is regal. Purple is the queen in all women; it helps us keep our backs straight and heads held high.

  • Black was my favorite. The most sophisticated flavor in jelly beans, someone once told me.

  • She hates the color pink. Grown-ups think it should be her favorite color. Pink innocence, pink dreams, pink the color of something alive but not quite allowed to be fully living.

  • I love blue more than any other color. I am inordinately attracted to any blue substance: to minerals like turquoise and lapis lazuli, to sapphires and aquamarines; to cobalt skies and blue-black seas; Moslem tiles — and to a blue flower whether or not it has any other merit.

  • Time is purple / Just before night.

    • Mary O'Neill,
    • "What Is Purple?" in Hailstones and Halibut Bones ()
  • You think dark is just one color, but it ain't. There're five or six kinds of black. Some silky, some woolly. Some just empty. Some like fingers. And it don't stay still. It moves and changes from one kind of black to another. Saying something is pitch black is like saying something is green. What kind of green? Green like my bottles? Green like a grasshopper? Green like a cucumber, lettuce, or green like the sky is just before it breaks loose to storm? Well, night black is the same way. Might as well be a rainbow.

  • Beauty without color seems somehow to belong to another world.

  • Color does to me what the touch of the earth did to the giant Antaeus — sends new life, vitality, courage, initiative surging through me. Sometime the scientists will discover that color is a renewer of life.

  • Azalea — whitest of white! / ... / A very rapture of white; / A wedlock of silence and light.

  • It's incredible to think that carpets can create a state of mind, but I am so suggestible to colors and textures that I'm sure a red carpet would keep me forever optimistic ...

    • Sylvia Plath,
    • 1961, in Aurelia Schober Plath, ed., Letters Home ()
  • I had forgotten what mustard fields looked like ... Sheet upon sheet of blazing yellow, half-way between sulphur and celandine, with hot golden sunshine pouring down upon them out of a dazzling June sky. It thrilled me like music.

  • Every gaudy color / Is a bit of truth.

    • Nathalia Crane,
    • "The Vestal," The Janitor's Boy and Other Poems ()
  • When asked to identify colors, don't incriminate yourself.