150 Red Quotes That Will Spark Your Love and Passion

These top 150 quotes about the color red will ignite your love for someone and will encourage you to keep on doing the things you love.

So, if you want to get inspired, this collection is a perfect match for you.

Did you know that red is the first color that humans recognize, after black and white?

It’s the color that newborns first see before other colors, and first for those suffering from temporary color blindness after a brain injury when they start to see again.

Start reading the full collection here.

And don’t forget to check out these blue quotes and green quotes too.

Best Red Quotes

1. “A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses.” – Oscar Wilde

2. “If I could tell you about red I would sing to you of fire sweet like cherries burning like cinnamon smelling like a rose in the sun.” – Dixie Dawn Miller Goode

3. “If you want to understand Jesus, you have to study the whole Bible. Christian duty is not defined solely by the words in red.” – Randall Terry

4. “Red is the first color of spring. It’s the real color of rebirth. Of beginning.” – Ally Condie

5. “I will never know how you see red, and you will never know how I see it.” – Anne Carson

6. “Red was the only color worthy of that name, the only true color.” – Michel Pastoureau

7. “The blue of my eyes is extinguished in this night, the red gold of my heart.” – Georg Trakl

8. “Bright red was the color of blood sacrifice, as well as a symbol of the very sin for which the sacrifice was supposed to atone.” – Amy Butler Greenfield

9. “Red protects itself. No color is as territorial. It stakes a claim, is on the alert against the spectrum.” – Derek Jarman

Famous Quotes About the Color Red

10. “The man who invented the red carpet needed his head examined.” – Prince Philip

11. “I like the color red because it’s a fire. And I see myself as always being on fire.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

12. “Red lips and fragrance always top off an outfit for me.” – Christina Aguilera

13. “The core of my work is dedicated not to pleasing women, but to pleasing men. Men are like bulls. They cannot resist the red sole.” – Christian Louboutin

14. “Lipstick can glam up a whole look, especially in red.” – Rihanna

15. “I want a red to be sonorous, to sound like a bell. If it doesn’t turn out that way, I add more reds and other colors until I get it.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir

16. “Red-red wine, you make me feel so grand. I feel a million dollars when you’re just in my hand.” -Neil Diamond

17. “Rich in meaning, red was a color of great power and prestige in Renaissance Europe.” – Amy Butler Greenfield

18. “In my mind, I see all of my passionate memories in bright, burning Red.” – Taylor Swift

19. “There is certainly a red for everyone.” – Christian Dior

20. “When I haven’t any blue I use red.” – Pablo Picasso

21. “I write to create red in a world that often appears black and white.” – Terry Tempest Williams

22. “Their lips were four red roses on a stalk.” – William Shakespeare

23. “There is no light in earth or heaven But the cold light of stars, and the first watch of night is given to the red planet Mars.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

24. “A thimbleful of red is redder than a bucketful.” – Henri Matisse

Profound Red Quotes

25. “Some people can’t see the color red. That doesn’t mean it isn’t there.” – Sue Grafton

26. “And now she lies flat on her folded arms. Face down, and towards the dust, her red mouth leans. And it is full of silence like all red things.” – Brewster Ghisilen

27. “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” – Isaiah 1:18

28. “A red apple isn’t red, nor the lemon yellow. The sky is seldom blue, only when it isn’t.” – Keith Crown

29. “Libraries are the thin red line between civilization and barbarism.” – Neil Gaiman

30. “Doubt is a great worm in a crispy, red apple.” – Sally Gardner

31. “Red lips are not so red as the stained stones kissed by the English dead.” – Wilfred Owen

32. “There is a shade of red for every woman.” – Audrey Hepburn

33. “For I think of you, flung down brutal darkness. Crushed and red, with a pale face. I think of you, with your hair disordered and dripping. And myself, rising red from that embrace.” – Conrad Potter Aiken

34. “In red, you feel naked even when you are dressed.” – Chloe Thurlow

35. “Of all the hues, reds have the most potency. If there is one electric blue, a dozen reds are so charged. Use them to punctuate white, burn into bronzes, or dynamite black.” – Jack Lenor Larsen

36. “Full often when our fathers saw the Red above the Green / They rose in rude but fierce array, with sabre, pike and scian.” – Thomas Davis

37. “A bull becomes furious only if he is presented with red cloth; a philosopher, on the other hand, goes into a rage as soon as the color is mentioned.” – Johann Von Goethe

38. “He tried to imagine the sound of the color red.” – Pete Hamill

39. “Don’t paint the apple; paint the red.” – Arthur Lismer

Short Red Quotes

40. “Painters use red like spice.” – Michael Derek Elworthy

41. “I always liked red. It’s a picker-upper.” – Nancy Reagan

42. “Put on your red shoes, and dance the blues.” – David Bowie

43. “Red goes with everything and red goes with nothing.” – Chloe Thurlow

44. “When in doubt, make a red painting.” – Kay WalkingStick

45. “Red is a benevolent dictatorship.” – James Jannard

46. “Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.” – Bill Blass

47. “Nothing attracts attention like a red dress.” – Laura Bush

48. “People abusing their power makes me see red.” – Neil Jackson

49. “That red carpet has to be felt to be believed.” – William H. Macy

50. “Their silver war is being paid for in red blood.” – Victoria Aveyard

51. “The red was something none of them could contain.” – E.J. KohLismer

52. “How red the rose that is the soldier.” – Wallace Stevens

53. “Some red star had come too close to the earth.” – Oscar Wilde

54. “Never trust a man in red trousers.” – Mika

Red Quotes About Love

55. “Red roses for young lovers. French beans for longstanding relationships.” – Ruskin Bond

56. “Red is for fire red is for love too it lies in our hands what we wanna choose.” – Shivangi Lavaniya

57. “Who trusted God was love indeed and love creation’s final law though nature, red in tooth and claw with ravine, shrieked against his creed.” – Tennyson

58. “I love your lips when they’re wet with wine and red with wicked desire.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

59. “I love red so much, I almost want to paint everything red.” – Alexander Calder

60. “When you came, you were like red wine and honey, and the taste of you burnt my mouth with its sweetness.” – Amy Lowell

61. “We live in an age, in an era where there is so much negativity, there is so much violence in the world, there is so much unrest and people are at war, that I wanted to promote the word love and red signifies love.” – Elton John

62. “I’m in love with red. I think it’s such a passionate color. Every flag of every country pretty much has red in it. It’s power, there’s no fence sitting with red. Either you love it or you don’t. I think it’s blood and strength and life. I do love red. I love all colors. Great shades of blue, you find them in nature. They’re all magic.” – Bryan Batt

63. “Red and raw like my heart, pried from yours, the two beatings, no longer together, but a thousand miles between them when only yesterday they thumped in unison.” – Ellen Hopkins

64. “Blood is blood and it’s all red. Show me what’s in your heart and in your eyes.” James Frey

65. Stronger than alcohol, vaster than poetry, ferment the freckled red bitterness of love!” – Arthur Rimbaud

66. “With a smile that glow’d celestial rosy red, love’s proper hue.” – John Milton

67. “Our love is like a red, red rose… and I am a little thorny.” – Jim Carrey

68. “Oh my love’s like a red, red rose. That’s newly sprung in June; Oh my love’s like the melody. That’s sweetly played in tune.” – Robert Burns

69. “Ev’ry heart beats true ‘neath the Red, White, and Blue.” – George M. Cohan

Red Quotes About Life

70. “Life is simple, it’s either cherry red or midnight blue.” – Lou Gramm

71. “The true color of life is the color of the body, the color of the covered red, the implicit and not explicit red of the living heart, and the pulses. It is the modest color of the unpublished blood.” – Alice Meynell

72. “She’s applying her lipstick; I’ve always believed that the universe invented the color red solely for Latinas.” – Junot Diaz

73. “Roses are red, And ready for plucking, You’re sixteen, And ready for high school.” – Kurt Vonnegut

74. “Red, of course, is the color of the interior of our bodies. In a way, it’s inside out, red.” – Anish Kapoor

75. “The first color to be registered in our ancestors’ brains was most likely red, the color of blood (connoting danger) and fire (power, both beneficial and destructive).” – Dov Michaeli

76. “Red, I write is the color of life. Its blood, passion, rages. Its menstrual flow and after birth. Beginnings and violent end. Red is the color of love. Beating hearts and hungry lips. Roses, Valentines, cherries. Red is the color of shame. Crimson cheeks and spilled blood. Broken hearts opened veins. A burning desire to return to white.” – Mary Hogan

77. “The ‘pure’ red of which certain abstractionists speak does not exist. Any red is rooted in blood, glass, wine, hunters’ caps and a thousand other concrete phenomena. Otherwise, we would have no feeling toward red and its relations.” – Robert Motherwell

78. “The reason why the stone is red is its iron content, which is also why our blood is red.” –

Inspirational Quotes About Red

79. “Life moves out of a red flare of dreams Into a common light of common hours, Until old age brings the red flare again.” – William Butler Yeats

80. “You can spend a lifetime studying the interaction of colors, and painting how red can dance, so when the viewer ‘gets it’ and says ‘Aha!’ their way of seeing is transformed.” – Gayle Konantz

81. “Red’s preeminence is found again in everyday life and in material civilization. Around the Mediterranean, it occupied an early place in the building of houses and towns(bricks, tiles), on movable objects(various ceramics and pottery), on fabrics and clothing(red tones had prestige), as well as on finery, jewels, and personal accessories, where it served as protection, embellishment, or a source of good luck.” – Michel Pastoureau

82. “Tout le sang qui coulé rouge; All blood is red.” – Eugene Bullard

83. “For her everything was red, orange, gold-red from the sun on the closed eyes, and it all was that color, all of it, the filling, the possessing, the having, all of that color, all in blindness of that color.” – Ernest Hemingway

84. “I ain’t a communist necessarily, but I’ve been in the red all my life.” – Woody Guthrie

Quotes About the Meaning of Red

85. “Red is such an interesting color to correlate with emotion because it’s on both ends of the spectrum. On one end you have happiness, falling in love, infatuation with someone, passion, all that. On the other end, you’ve got obsession, jealousy, danger, fear, anger, and frustration.” – Taylor Swift

86. “Red is a color I’ve felt very strongly about. Maybe red is a very Indian color, maybe it’s one of those things that I grew up with and recognize at some other level.” – Anish Kapoor

87. “They averred that the symbol was not mere scarlet cloth tinged in an earthly dyepot, but was red-hot with infernal fire, and could be seen glowing all alight whenever Hester Prynne walked abroad in the nighttime. And we must need to say it seared Hester’s bosom so deeply, that perhaps there was more truth in the rumor than our modern incredulity may be inclined to admit.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

88. “Red is the archetypal color, the first color humans mastered, fabricated, reproduced, and broke down into different shades, first in painting and later in dyeing. This has given it primacy over all other colors through the millennia.” – Michel Pastoureau

89. “Red is the great clarifier bright and revealing. I can’t imagine becoming bored with red it would be like becoming bored with the person you love.” – Diana Vreeland

90. “The color red is associated with romance and blood, but not at the same time.” – Dov Davidoff

91. “Red is one of the strongest colors, its blood, it has a power with the eye. That’s why traffic lights are red I guess, and stop signs as well… In fact, I use red in all of my paintings.” – Keith Haring

92. “Red is a strong, happy, optimistic color, and I like having fun with it, you know? Like, when colors clash—I love that strangeness.” – Victoria Beckham

93. “Red is the color of blood, and I will seek it. I have sought it in the grass. It is the color of steep sun seen through eyelids.” – Conrad Potter Aiken

94. “What is red? A poppy’s red. In its barley bed.” – Christina Georgina Rossetti

95. “If hot red is for anger and rage, pink is the color of a soft burning—hot enough to light up the dark corners of sadness and grief, but cool enough to be tender, innocent, open.” – Ibi Zoboi

96. “For thousands of years in the West, red was the only color worthy of that name, the only true color as much on the chronological as hierarchical level, it out-stripped all others.” – Michel Pastoureau

97. “According to slightly different usage, red is the color that marks punishment, from the red link used to correct pupils’ papers to the red iron used to brand former criminals and convicts.” – Michel Pastoureau

98. “In marketing practices, red is used primarily to attract attention.” – Michel Pastoureau

99. “Red stimulates and excites your nerves, pulse rate, and blood circulation, and lends energy to your entire system. When you are fatigued, lethargic, or sluggish for any reason, red has an energizing influence.” – Tae Yun Kim

Red Quotes About Fashion and Style

100. “Candy apple red is my favorite color. It’s a powerful color to wear. It’s always been that way I’ve always been really attracted to that color.” – Carly Rae Jepsen

101. “But for real, for me, I feel like with the red lipstick thing it all depends on the pair of complexions. I’m just being for real. You have to be fair-skinned to get away with that.” – Rocky

102. “Red carpets and dressing up are a part of work that I enjoy less than some people.” – Sally Phillips

103. “If I decide to make a coat red in the show, it’s not just red, I think: is it communist red? Is it cherry cordial? Is it ruby red? Or is it apple red? Or the big red balloon red?” – Lady Gaga

104. “The shiny red color of the soles has no function other than to identify to the public that they are mine. I selected the color because it is engaging, flirtatious, memorable, and the color of passion.” – Christian Louboutin

105. “Red lipstick has always been a classic. You have seen the red lip on people from Marilyn Monroe to Marilyn Manson. The right shade of red can turn a boring look into a bold, eye-catching statement.” – Jeffree Star

106. “The bride hath paced into the hall, red as a rose is she.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

107. “Want your pretty red lips, red lips. Girl you know what you do to me. You got that red lipstick on (on, on). Baby kiss me til your lipstick gone (Ooh).” – Tremain Neverson

108. “Look real quickly over there. The hottest girl with auburn hair. She’s a beauty, not a queen. Queens don’t come in red and green.” – Beau Golden

109. “In Hebrew texts, red clothing is often worn by rich men, and also by valiant soldiers.” – Amy Butler Greenfield

110. “I want to be different. If everyone is wearing black, I want to be wearing red.” – Maria Sharapova

111. “Lipstick is the red badge of courage.” – Man Ray

112. “Black is too morbid; red will set them on edge; pink is too juvenile; orange is freakish.” – Lauren Oliver

113. “Never wear a red t-shirt to Target. I enjoy helping people, but not every two minutes.” – Kevin Nealon

114. “My mother warned me to avoid things colored red.” – Claes Oldenburg

Red Quotes That Will Make You Smile

115. “She’s wearing a tight red sweater and a red skirt and enough makeup to scare a hooker.” – Kathryn Stockett

116. “Red serpents, fiery forms, and yelling hags, fit company for mad adventurers.” – Philip Freneau

117. “Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that’s bad for you!” – Tommy Smothers

118. “Mars tugs at the human imagination like no other planet. With a force mightier than gravity, it attracts the eye to the shimmering red presence in the clear night sky.” – John Noble Wilford

119. “I wanted to write a book that talked about the emotions of children, which is the rainbow. We all have moods. We talk about being blue when we’re sad and being yellow when we’re cowards, and when we’re mad, we’re red.” – Dolly Parton

120. “The white rose and the red rose. So sisters two were named yes named. The white one was so quiet. The red one laughed and flamed.” – Bjornstjerne Bjornson

121. “He says I’m beautiful as a red tomato.” – Jeanne DuPrau

122. “Red lips like a living, laughing rose.” – Adela Florence Nicolson

123. “I’m crap at lying. I go bright red.” – Ruth Wilson

124. “Now the last red ray is gone; Now the twilight shadows hie.” – Sarah Chauncey Woolsey

125. “Santa knows physics: of all colors, red Light penetrates fog best. That’s why Benny the blue-nosed reindeer never got the gig.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

126. “Looking up at that starry sky gave him the creeps: it was too big, too black. It was all too possible to imagine it turning blood-red, all too possible to imagine a face forming in lines of fire.” – Stephen King

127. “You can have my credit card, baby, but keep your red-hot fingers off of my heart, lady.” – George Michael

128. “He is white-livered and red-faced.” – William Shakespeare

129. “I am old enough to know that a red carpet is just a rug.” – Al Gore

Red Quotes About Nature

130. “Nature, red in tooth and claw.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

131. “The red squirrel is more common and less dignified than the gray, and oftener guilty of petty larceny about the barns and grain fields.” – John Burroughs

132. “Bet you don’t know why the sun sets red. You see, light is made up of lots of colors. And out of all those colors, red is the one that travels the farthest.” – Axel

133. “Now when the primrose makes a splendid show, And lilies face the March-winds in full blow, And humbler growths as moved with one desire put on, to welcome spring, their best attire, Poor Robin is yet flowerless; but how gay With his red stalks upon this sunny day!” – William Wordsworth

134. “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.” – Martin Luther King

135. “When the only color is red sky in the morning. Everywhere I’m seeing red, red, red, red.” – Walker Kevin

136. “Red are the beaks of our feathered friends, the parrot, and the myna! Cherish red, love, for the beautiful season is tinged with red!” – Narsinh Mehta

137. “The red sun was pasted in the sky like a wafer.” – Stephen Crane

138. “Deep red are the flowers that drop from the kesudo tree.” – Narsinh Mehta

139. “Sunset angles through the heavy curtains, drawn against the light. Dust motes dance in the red beams, ash above a dying fire. I feel like I am inside a heart, surrounded by bloody red.” – Victoria Aveyard

Red Quotes to Inspire You

140. “The spirit of arrogance most definitely makes you shine. It paints a bright red target on your own forehead.” – Criss Jami

141. “Your goal over time is to use less red ink every day.” – Keith Rabois

142. “I was always a character actor. I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood.” – Paul Newman

143. “Artists can color the sky red because they know it’s blue. Those of us who aren’t artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we’re stupid.” – Jules Feiffer

144. “I am flushed and warm. I think I may be enormous, I am so stupidly happy, my wellingtons squelching and squelching through the beautiful red.” – Sylvia Plath

145. “Rejection process is not fun. It’s the red pen on the page, the discarded sketch, sometimes is the only way forward.” – Jonah Lehrer

146. “Music is not written in red, white, and blue. It is written in the heart’s blood of the composer.” – Nellie Melba

147. “You can’t go wrong with the use of red; every painting should have red in it.” – George De Groat

148. “Let the colors of your ideas are red so that all can easily notice them! And what is red? Red is scream, red is power, red is assertion!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

149. “Everything utilitarian needs a little red edge.” – Reno Dakota

150. “A monster, some called her. But in the shadows, only said in whispers, she was an angel in red.” – Emory R. Frie

Among All the Colors, Which Is Your Favorite? Is It Red?

The color red can be associated  with the happiest feelings as well as with the worst. It represents energy, vitality, passion, anger, power, excitement, and sacrifice. Also it relates to warmth, danger, love, sex, death, rage, lust and beauty. Red awaken us to take action, get us motivated, and by wearing red we let people know that we feel confident and ready to show the world what we can do.

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