130 Bob Ross Quotes to Make Your Life Better

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We’ve compiled a list of 130 quotes for you.

Read the full collection below.

And make sure to check out these Georgia O’Keeffe quotes and Leonardo da Vinci quotes.

Bob Ross Quotes

1. “We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”

2. “Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you’re willing to practice, you can do.”

3. “There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend.”

4. “Just let go – and fall like a little waterfall.”

5. “I guess I’m a little weird. I like to talk to trees and animals. That’s okay though; I have more fun than most people.”

6. “Let’s get crazy.”

7. “I can’t think of anything more rewarding than being able to express yourself to others through painting. Exercising the imagination, experimenting with talents, being creative; these things, to me, are truly the windows to your soul.”

8. “The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe.”

9. “All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.”

10. “Wash the brush, just beats the devil out of it.”

11. “Mix up a little more shadow color here, then we can put us a little shadow right in there. See how you can move things around? You have unlimited power on this canvas – can literally, literally move mountains”

12. “Believe that you can do it because you can do it.”

13. “I started painting as a hobby when I was little. I didn’t know I had any talent. I believe talent is just a pursued interest. Anybody can do what I do.”

14. “This is your world

You’re the creator

Find freedom on this canvas

Believe, that you can do it,

‘Cause you can do it.

You can do it.”

15. “You do your best work if you do a job that makes you happy.”

16. “Let’s build a happy little cloud.

Let’s build some happy little trees.”

17. “Now then, let’s come right down in here and put some nice big strong arms on these trees. Tree needs an arm too. It’ll hold up the weight of the forest. Little bird has to have a place to set there. There he goes…”

18. “Trees don’t grow even; they don’t grow straight just however it makes them happy.”

19. “People might look at you a bit funny, but it’s okay. Artists are allowed to be a bit different.”

20. “I don’t know if anything in nature ever grows exactly the same, but they are always exactly as the way it should be, perfectly itself.”

21. “Don’t be afraid to scrape the paint off and do it again. This is the way you learn, trial and error, over and over, repetition. It pays you great dividends, great, great dividends.”

22. “Sometimes you can amaze yourself.”

23. “There’s nothing in the world that breeds success like success.”

24. “What can be painted can be punished.”

25. “I think there’s an artist hidden at the bottom of every single one of us.”

26. “It’s hard to see things when you are too close. Take a step back and look.”

27. “We don’t laugh because we feel good, we feel good because we laugh.”

28. “You can do anything your heart can imagine.”

29. “Everyone is going to see things differently – and that’s the way it should be.”

30. “People look at me like I’m a little strange, when I go around talking to squirrels and rabbits and stuff. That’s ok. That’s just ok.”

31. “Oooh, if you have never been to Alaska, go there while it is still wild. My favorite uncle asked me if I wanted to go there, Uncle Sam. He said if you don’t go, you’re going to jail. That is how Uncle Sam asks you.”

32. “Any way you want it to be, that’s just right.”

33. “Ever make mistakes in life? Let’s make them birds. Yeah, they’re birds now.”

34. “You too can paint almighty pictures.”

35. “No pressure. Just relax and watch it happen.”

36. “Don’t forget to make all these little things individuals – all of them special in their own way.”

37. “It’s the imperfections that make something beautiful, that’s what makes it different and unique from everything else.”

38. “Find freedom on this canvas.”

39. “It’s so important to do something every day that will make you happy.”

40. “Happy painting and God Bless, my friend.”

41. “Make love to the canvas.”

42. “[Painting] will bring a lot of good thoughts to your heart.”

43. “We artists are a different breed of people. We’re a happy bunch.”

44. “I stay hidden. I’m sort of hard to find.”

45. “We want happy paintings. Happy paintings. If you want sad things, watch the news.”

46. “That’s a crooked tree. We’ll send him to Washington.”

47. “Every day is a good day when you paint.”

48. “I think each of us, sometime in our life, has wanted to paint a picture.”

49. “We tell people sometimes: We’re like drug dealers, come into town and get everybody absolutely addicted to painting. It doesn’t take much to get you addicted.”

50. “They say everything looks better with odd numbers of things. But sometimes I put even numbers – just to upset the critics.”

51. “Gotta give him a friend. Like I always say, ‘Everyone needs a friend.’”

52. “See how it fades right into nothing. That’s just what you’re looking for.”

53. “If I paint something, I don’t want to have to explain what it is.”

54. “Water’s like me. It’s lazy. Boy, it always looks for the easiest way to do things.”

55. “Never think about the mistakes you made. Think about the mistakes you will make.”

56. “Once in a while you need a little sorrow in your life.”

57. “There are thousands of very, very talented artists who will never be known, even after they are dead.”

58. “In painting, you have unlimited power. You have the ability to move mountains. You can bend rivers. But when I get home, the only thing I have power over is the garbage.”

59. “Don’t forget to tell these special people in your life just how special they are to you.”

60. “I like to beat the brush.”

61. “Talk to the tree, make friends with it.”

62. “I taught my son to paint mountains like these, and guess what? Now he paints the best darn mountains in the industry.”

63. “I really believe that if you practice enough you could paint the ‘Mona Lisa’ with a two-inch brush.”

64. “Be so very light. Be a gentle whisper.”

65. “Use absolutely no pressure. Just like an angel’s wing.”

66. “You need the dark in order to show the light.”

67. “You can do anything you want to do. This is your world.”

68. “You have to allow the paint to break to make it beautiful.”

69. “However you think it should be, that’s exactly how it should be.”

70. “In nature, dead trees are just as normal as live trees.”

71. “You can have anything you want in the world – once you help everyone around you get what they want.”

72. “If you do too much, it’s going to lose its effectiveness.”

73. “This is happy place; little squirrels live here and play.”

74. “That’s where the crows will sit. But we’ll have to put an elevator to put them up there because they can’t fly, but they don’t know that, so they still try.”

75. “The least little bit can do so much.”

76. “Remember how free clouds are. They just lay around in the sky all day long.”

77. “Put light against light – you have nothing. Put dark against dark – you have nothing. It’s the contrast of light and dark that each give the other one meaning.”

78. “We don’t really know where this goes – and I’m not sure we really care.”

79. “If we’re going to have animals around, we all have to be concerned about them and take care of them.”

80. “You can do anything here – the only prerequisite is that it makes you happy.”

81. “Go out on a limb – that’s where the fruit is.”

82. “Isn’t it fantastic that you can change your mind and create all these happy things?”

83. “Anytime you learn, you gain.”

84. “It’s life. It’s interesting. It’s fun.”

85. “How do you make a round circle with a square knife? That’s your challenge for the day.”

86. “Here’s your bravery test!”

87. “Traditionally, art has been for the select few.”

88. “Maybe in our world there lives a happy little tree over there.”

89. “I don’t intimidate anyone. Instead, I try to get people to believe in themselves.”

90. “Within one hour of touching the brush to canvas for the first time, my students have a total, complete painting.”

91. “I tell people, ‘You can do this.’ And they write back and say, ‘You were right. I can do this. And now I believe I can do anything.’”

92. “The only thing worse than yellow snow is green snow.”

93. “Trees cover up a multitude of sins.”

94. “One of the questions that I hear over and over and over is, ‘What do we do with all these paintings we do on television?’ Most of these paintings are donated to PBS stations across the country. They auction them off, and they make a happy buck with ’em.”

95. “If you learned how to make a cloud, your time is not wasted.”

96. “Look around. Look at what we have. Beauty is everywhere – you only have to look to see it.”

97. “Be sure to use odorless paint-thinner. If it’s not odorless, you’ll find yourself working alone very, very quick.”

98. “We show people that anybody can paint a picture that they’re proud of. It may never hang in the Smithsonian, but it will certainly be something that they’ll hang in their home and be proud of. And that’s what it’s all about.”

99. “Let’s just blend this little rascal here, ha! Happy as we can be.”

100. “If you study my paintings, there are no signs of human life.”

101. “We get letters every day from people wanting more mountains. As many as I paint, they still say, ‘Give me more mountains.”

102. “Whatever makes you happy, you put in your world.”

103. “Think about a cloud. Just float around and be there.”

104. “Possessing talent is nothing more than the continuous pursuit of a life-long interest.”

105. “We want our happy little clouds to float across the sky.”

106. “Everybody has dreams. You are living the American dream, what’s wrong with pushing to secure it for everyone?”

107. “Remember, you can do anything in your world that you want to.”

108. “I’ve never claimed that this is investment art. When we first started out, all the art colleges and universities across the country would sort of badmouth what we were doing. It’s funny that a lot of them now are sending us letters saying, ‘We may not totally agree with the way you paint, but we appreciate what you’re doing, because you’re sending literally thousands of people into art colleges.”

109. “I have to paint fast on television because of the limited time, but I don’t want people to see what I’m showing them as work, something to worry and fret over. This is supposed to be fun.”

110. “I never turn down requests for interviews. I’m just rarely asked.”

111. “Tender as a mothers love… And with my mother, that was certainly true.”

112. “I remember when my Dad told me as a kid, ‘If you want to catch a rabbit, stand behind a tree and make a noise like a carrot. Then when the rabbit comes by you grab him.’ Works pretty good until you try to figure out what kind of noise a carrot makes…”

113. “You can do it! I know you can.”

114. “If painting teaches you nothing else, it teaches you to look at nature with different eyes, it will teach you to see things that have been there all your life, and you have never noticed.”

115. “Each one of us will see nature through different eyes, and that’s the way you should paint; just the way you see it.”

116. “Imagination is like any other muscle in your body, the more you practice, the better it becomes.”

117. “Just let your imagination take you anywhere you want to go. It’s your world, and in your world, you make all the decisions.”

118. “We’re gonna make some big decisions in our little world.”

119. “I’d like to just take him home and just keep him as a pet. But that’s not what he’s meant to be. He’s meant to be free.”

120. “We have no limits to our World. We’re only limited by our imagination.”

121. “I don’t always paint trees. But when I do, I feel happy. Trees have a way of inspiring happiness.”

122. “Everything’s not great in Life, but we can still see beauty in it.”

123. “You’re the greatest thing that has ever been or ever will be. You’re special. You’re so very special.”

124. “We each see the world in our own way. That’s what makes it such a special place.”

125. “That is when you can experience true joy, when you have no fear.”

126. “Everyone needs a friend. Friends are the most valuable things in the world.”

127. “If you don’t think you can do this – you’re not realizing how simple it is.”

128. “Anything that you can visualize in your mind, you can do.”

129. “We don’t need to set the sky on fire, a little glow will do just fine.”

130. “Don’t be afraid to make these big decisions. Once you start, they sort of just make themselves.”

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