"They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality." - Frida Kahlo

Frida kahlo painting the two fridas , 1939; Muray
Frida kahlo painting the two fridas , 1939; Muray

What a woman. Eyebrows, mustache and all...she was beautiful. An intriguing introspective I strongly admire to be, Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was a Mexican artist recognized for her painstakingly vibrant, "let me blow your mind real quick" self-portraits. Provocative in every way, Frida shared all that she was, through intensely intimate works of art that explored even the darkest of self. But beyond her strokes lay her mind -- a power in itself. Below are 15 Frida Kahlo quotes you need to read today. I hope she inspires you.

I am my own muse, I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.

I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of ‘madness’. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: Poor thing, she’s crazy! (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s – my madness would not be an escape from ‘reality’.

You deserve the best, the very best, because you are one of the few people in this lousy world who are honest to themselves, and that is the only thing that really counts.

They are so damn ‘intellectual’ and rotten that I can’t stand them anymore. I would rather sit on the floor in the market of Toluca and sell tortillas, than have anything to do with those ‘artistic’ bitches of Paris.

I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.

Feet, what do I need them for if I have wings to fly.

Gisèle Freund
Gisèle Freund

 I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me, too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.

I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.

I paint flowers so they will not die.

Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.

Only one mountain can know the core of another mountain.

Pain, pleasure and death are no more than a process for existence. The revolutionary struggle in this process is a doorway open to intelligence.

Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.

I hope the exit is joyful. And I hope never to return.

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