I drank because I wanted to drown my sorrows, but now the damned things have learned to swim.Frida KahloLetter to Ella Wolfe, "Wednesday 13," 1938, quoted in Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera (1983) ISBN 0-06-091127-1 , p.197. In a footnote (p.467), Herrera writes that Kahlo had heard this joke from her friend, the poet José Frías.
I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to return.Frida KahloLast words in her diary (July 1954)
I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.Frida KahloQuoted in Antonio Rodríguez, "Una pintora extraordinaria," Así (17 March 1945)
I have suffered two grave accidents in my life, one in which a streetcar knocked me down... The other accident is Diego.Frida KahloQuoted in "Imagen de Frida Kahlo" by Gisèle Freund in Novedades (Mexico City) (10 June 1951)
They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.Frida KahloQuoted in Time Magazine, "Mexican Autobiography" (27 April 1953)
I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.Frida KahloQuoted in Time Magazine, "Mexican Autobiography" (27 April 1953)
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