Quotes about the Color Orange

Orange is the only one of the secondary colors which is never sombre. ~The Detroit Journal Year-Book for 1889

A mixture of light and heat… orange plays a brilliant part in the decoration of the universe. It gives life to the harmonies of the dawn, and mingling with the dramatic scene of declining day, it adds its numberless vibrations to the endless novelty of spectacle which the sinking sun presents. ~Charles Blanc, “Personal Adornment: Colours and Their Expression,” Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875, translated from French

Orange is a stimulating, flamboyant, energetic color. It is warm and playful. Orange is a difficult color to ignore. It demands attention. ~Joen Wolfrom, Adventures in Design, 2011

Orange is the most exciting of all colors to the eye, and that which makes the most vivid impression on it. ~Mrs. Merrifield, “On the Harmony of Colors in Dress,” 1855

Orange. — This bright color appears frequently in nature: in the brilliant sunset it is the most prominent color; in the autumn the forest gives it in abundance; and it is seen in the fire, when it is as active as the leaping flame, constantly changing its tone until it merges into its black cap of smoke. Nature gives many birds and butterflies a touch of this color, and the yolk of the egg is a very rich orange. The half-ripe berries of the bitter-sweet, the marigold, the zinnia, all glow with this bright color — and the pumpkin and the squash and the carrot. ~Prang, Hicks, & Clark, Color Instruction, 1893

…the ancient roof-tiles — a rose-pink that is unique in the world for me, a color that has never been rendered except in words, that supernatural color needed for a roof-tile… ~François Mauriac (1885–1970), “Man and Nature, and Art, and what it should be,” Nouveaux Mémoires Intérieurs, 1965, translated from the French by Herma Briffault