Quotes about the Color Red

No things could seem further apart than the doubt of grey and the decision of scarlet. Yet grey and red can mingle, as they do in the morning clouds. ~G.K. Chesterton, “The Glory of Grey,” Alarms and Discursions, 1910

When in doubt, wear red. It always stands out in a room full of people. ~Bill Blass (1922–2002)

Red is a strong, ostentatious, and warm colour; and, being so beyond every other, it is therefore the fit symbol of war, pomp, and power. From its hot and fiery nature, it is expressive of anger and the ardent passions. ~W.J. & G.A. Audsley, Taste versus Fashionable Colours: A Manual for Ladies on Colour in Dress, 1863

A thimbleful of red is redder than a bucketful. ~Henri Matisse (1869–1954)

It is the colour of the interior of our bodies. Red is the centre. ~Anish Kapoor, in conversation with John Tusa, 2003

The scarlet poppies stand erect and tall,
Color that burns as if no frost could tame…
~Celia Thaxter, “Schumann’s Sonata in A Minor,” 1881

Red evokes many emotions. It’s impulsive, lively, passionate, energetic, and powerful. ~Joen Wolfrom, Adventures in Design, 2011

Red protects itself. No colour is as territorial. It stakes a claim, is on the alert against the spectrum. ~Derek Jarman (1942–1994), “On Seeing Red,” Chroma: A Book of Colour — June ’93, 1994

Colors work you over… A certain blue enters your soul. A certain red has an effect on your blood-pressure. ~Henri Matisse, 1952, translated

Red is a favourite colour with all the nations of the world. Just as it gives life to the human face by making the circulation of the blood transparent, so it animates all surfaces where it appears, and enlivens all the harmonies in which it plays a part. Occupying a place between the liveliness of light and the quiet of dark colours, red has an expression of dignity, magnificence, and pomp. ~Charles Blanc, “Personal Adornment: Colours and Their Expression,” Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875, translated from French

Blue is the male principle, robust and spiritual. Yellow the female principle, gentle, cheerful, and sensual. Red is matter, brutal and heavy and always the color which must be fought and overcome by the others! ~Franz Marc, letter to August Macke, 1910 December 12th, translated

Wasn’t Dorian Grey’s brain speckled with the scarlet stain of insanity? ~Derek Jarman (1942–1994), “On Seeing Red,” Chroma: A Book of Colour — June ’93, 1994