Quotes about the Color Green

Green is the color of Mother Earth. ~”Pawnee Beliefs,” Myths and Legends of the Great Plains, selected and edited by Katharine Berry Judson,” 1913

Green is a cool, calm, and refreshing colour. To the human eye there is no colour so grateful as green, being a temperate and retiring, as well as a most beautiful and cheerful colour. ~W.J. & G.A. Audsley, Taste versus Fashionable Colours: A Manual for Ladies on Colour in Dress, 1863

No white nor red was ever seen
So amorous as this lovely green.
~Andrew Marvell (1621–1678), “Thoughts in a Garden”

Green is the peculiar garb of spring; Nature displays it at that season alone in freshness and vigour. It is the symbol of youth, mirth, hope, gladness, tenderness, bountifulness, and prosperity. ~W.J. & G.A. Audsley, Taste versus Fashionable Colours: A Manual for Ladies on Colour in Dress, 1863

Green is the prime color of the world; —
Nothing is more beautiful than flowers,
Without voice but with sweetest breath,
Of many colors born in earth’s green cradle,
To become springtime stars of the wind.
~Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600–1681), from “The Scarf and the Flower,” translated from Spanish and poetically abridged by Terri Guillemets

The colour with which nature has tinted the background of all her pictures, green, is the most suitable ground for other colours. It unites wonderfully well with the yellow and blue which have produced it; it heightens red, and there is no flower or ripe fruit which it does not set off to greater advantage… it is both gay and modest, bright and tender. Green can only awaken amiable and gentle thoughts, remembrances gracious as those of spring, and other promises of nature: green gives repose to the mind, as it does to the sight. ~Charles Blanc, “Personal Adornment: Colours and Their Expression,” Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875, translated from French

Green is fresh and grateful at seasons when Nature arrays herself in bright and burning colours. ~W.J. & G.A. Audsley, Taste versus Fashionable Colours: A Manual for Ladies on Colour in Dress, 1863

This young dandy — Thomas Griffiths Wainewright — sought to be somebody, rather than to do something. He recognised that Life itself is an art. He was keenly sensitive to the value of beautiful surroundings. He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament. And, like Baudelaire he was extremely fond of cats. ~Oscar Wilde, “Pen, Pencil and Poison,” 1889 [a little altered –tg]

Green, which occupies the middle station in the natural scale of colours and in relation to light and shade, is the most effective, distinct, and striking of the compound colours. From citrine to olive, it contrasts more agreeably with all colours than any other individual colour. It has, accordingly, been adopted with perfect wisdom in nature as the general garb of the vegetal creation. ~George Field, Chromatography, 1835–1841

Green is associated with vigour and freshness and is hence symbolical of youth, the spring of life. Poets call it cheerful. It is the symbol of hope and immortality; the figure of old Saturn or Time is crowned with evergreen. ~George Field, Chromatography, 1835–1841