Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón was born July 6, 1907… she died six days after her 47th birthday on July 13, 1954. Frida, one of Mexico’s greatest and the world’s beloved painters, is the embodiment of patience, perseverance, and passion. The world responds to her, viscerally. Frida Kahlo quotes, paintings, and likenesses are woven into our collective consciousness.
Our Frida… that’s how many people feel for her.
Frida endured and thrived among numerous challenges that would rock the foundation and resolve of most people. A life of pain, physical and emotional, for sure.
But, oh, what a life.
I see pain in her work, I don’t see the tragedy in her. I see something altogether different when I view Frida as the woman. Her life… Oh, what a life! A life of courage… when I see Frida’s work, when I read her journal, the dozen times I watched Salma Hayek’s soul filled portrayal, when I think of Frida, I think of courage.
Courage to be herself, to be unique, and to not give a f—- what anyone else thought about her. An OG savage, so to say. Frida lived her life on terms she decided. Look at her works – look at Las Dos Fridas, for example…. How is she not daring life to try to give her another tragedy to beat her down? Even when her body and circumstances appeared to fail her, she owned every bit of it and put it into tremendous paintings, drawings, and writings.
Without further ado….
12 Frida Kahlo Quotes to Light Your Soul on Fire
“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”
“There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.”
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me, too. 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.”
“I cannot speak of Diego as my husband because that term, when applied to him, is an absurdity. He never has been, nor will he ever be, anybody’s husband.”
“I want to be inside your darkest everything.”
“The most important thing for everyone in Gringolandia is to have ambition and become ‘somebody,’ and frankly, I don’t have the least ambition to become anybody.”
“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.”