Welcome to my page of quotations about green — my favorite color, the color of living nature, of trees, of serenity!
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
Archaic green colours time. Passing centuries are evergreen… Red explodes and consumes itself. Blue is infinite. Green clothes the earth in tranquility, ebbs and flows with the seasons. In it is the hope of Resurrection. We feel green has more shades than any other colour, as the buds break the winter dun in the hedges. Hallucinatory sunny days. ~Derek Jarman (1942–1994), “Green Fingers,” Chroma: A Book of Colour — June ’93, 1994
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
The distant lawnmower scents the air with green. ~Derek Jarman (1942–1994), “Green Fingers,” Chroma: A Book of Colour — June ’93, 1994
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
Original post date: 2010 Nov 11
1st major revision: 2018 Mar 14