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10 life-affirming quotes from Frida Kahlo on her birthday

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Frida Kahlo, born July 6, 1907, was a Mexican painter who concentrated on surrealism and feminism, often painting herself throughout immaculate self portraits. She was known also for her truly poetic and inspiring thoughts of philosophy and life.

In honor of what would be her 109th birthday, we’ve collected her most profound quotes. 

“I love you more than my own skin and even though you don’t love me the same way, you love me anyways, don’t you? And if you don’t, I’ll always have the hope that you do, and i’m satisfied with that. Love me a little. I adore you.”

“...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 drank because I wanted to drown my sorrows. But now the damned things have learned to swim, and now decency and good behavior weary me.”

“I paint flowers so they will not die.”

“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.”

“I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”

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

“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”

“They are so damn 'intellectual' and rotten that I can't stand them anymore....I [would] rather sit on the floor in the market of Toluca and sell tortillas, than have anything to do with those 'artistic' bitches of Paris.”

“I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness”. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, 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, would be in agreement with all the worlds. 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”.”




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