10 Inspiring Quotes from Frida Kahlo to Honor Hispanic Heritage Month

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by exploring the inspiring words of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Known for her self-portraits and reflection on Mexican culture and identity, Frida Kahlo’s quotes embody strength, resilience and perseverance.

Kahlo has been one of my favorite artists since I was a teenager, and now as a woman I love being able to teach my own daughters about her strength, resilience, and inspired world view. 

Below I’m sharing 10 of my favorite Frida Kahlo quotes in Spanish and English. I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I do!

10 Inspiring Frida Kahlo Quotes

“Donde no puedas amar, no te demores.”
(Where you cannot love, do not prolong your stay.)

“Pies, ¿para qué los quiero si tengo alas pa’ volar?”
(Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?)

“Al final del día, podemos aguantar mucho más de lo que pensamos que podemos.” 
(At the end of the day, we can handle so much more than we think.)

“Pintar era llorar con los ojos” (Painting was crying with the eyes)

“No esperes a que te den las cosas. Sal y conquístalas”
(Do not wait for things to be given to you, go out and conquer them)

“Cada vez que creas que la tristeza ha dado fin, aparece una nueva.”
(Every time you think sadness has come to an end, a new one appears)

“Nunca pinto sueños o pesadillas, pinto mi propia realidad”
(I never paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality)

“Enamórate de ti, de la vida y luego de quien tú quieras”
(Fall in love with yourself, with life and then with whoever you want.)

“Amurallar el propio sufrimiento es arriesgarte a que te devore desde el interior.”
(To wall oneself in suffering is to risk being devoured from within.) 

“El dolor no es algo que se pueda evitar. Pero el sufrimiento, sí.” (Pain is not something that can be avoided. But suffering, yes.)

These Frida Kahlo quotes serve as a reminder to harness our own strength and persevere through life’s challenges. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by exploring the powerful words of Frida Kahlo. Am I missing any of your favorite Frida Kahlo quotes? Share them below! 

Who was Frida Kahlo?

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter, known for her self-portraits that reflected her personal struggles, physical pain, and strong sense of identity. She was born in 1907 in Mexico City, and despite battling polio as a child, she went on to study medicine before a bus accident changed her life forever. Kahlo suffered lifelong physical pain from her injuries, which inspired much of her artwork.

Her style is characterized by vivid colors, surreal imagery, and folk art influences. Kahlo’s paintings often featured Mexican culture and traditions, feminism, politics, and social justice. She was married to the famous Mexican painter Diego Rivera and had many affairs throughout her life. Kahlo died in 1954 at the age of 47. Her legacy as an artist has since grown, and she is regarded as one of the most important figures in Mexican art history.

Check out some of my favorite paintings and portraits from Frida Kahlo here!

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