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Quotations about the Color Green

Welcome to my page of quotations about green — my favorite color, the color of living nature, of trees, of serenity!  —ღ Terri

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

Happiness? The color of it must be spring green... the regenerative power of nature explodes in every weed, stalk, branch. Working in the mild sun, I feel the green fuse of my body, too. Surges of energy, kaleidoscopic sunlight through the leaves, the soft breeze... this mindless simplicity can be called happiness. ~Frances Mayes, Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy, 1999,

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), "The Garden," translated

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 radiant world... ~James Oppenheim, "Sonnets: X," War and Laughter, 1916

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. ~Derek Jarman (1942–1994), "Green Fingers," Chroma: A Book of Colour — June '93, 1994

I'm grateful for everything that's green. ~Audrey Hepburn (1929–1993)

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, 2018

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

By June all the pinks and faint lilacs of infant leaves have gone and the woodland is unbroken green. But not all the same green, by any means. I still can spot the pines and the hemlocks from down here in the valley. I can pick out the aspens, partly by color, partly by the twinkle of those fluttery leaves. I know how dark is the green of the white oak leaf, how bright the green of the sugar maple, how yellow the poplar leaf can look in certain light. The woodland wears a Joseph's-coat, but all its colors are green. ~Hal Borland, "The Green, Green World," A Countryman's Woods, 1983

earth's favorite color is spring
spring's best-loved color is green
and green himself loves to party
with yellow, red, orange, and pink
~Terri Guillemets, "Parti-colored," 2008

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

What is green? the grass is green,
With small flowers between.
~Christina G. Rossetti, Sing-Song: A Nursery Rhyme Book, 1872

The distant lawnmower scents the air with green. ~Derek Jarman (1942–1994), "Green Fingers," Chroma: A Book of Colour — June '93, 1994

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

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