The Quote Garden

 I dig old books.

 Est. 1998

Home      Search      About      Contact      Terms      Privacy

Quotations:  Crayons, Coloring,
Colored Pencils, Chalk, & Coloring Books

Welcome! I've had a shoebox full of crayons and have loved to color since I was a little girl, and I still do — yes, now, even into my 40s! I put together this page about crayons, colored pencils, and coloring years ago, but now the craziest thing has happened — a trend in adult coloring books. Personally, I still prefer the little kiddie ones, or to simply draw my own wild creations, but it's cool that people are taking the time to add a little creativity into their lives. Grab your favorite colors and de‑stress! See also: Color, Blue, Brown, Gray, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow  —ღ Terri, October 2015

Give crayons. Adults are disturbingly impoverished of these magical dream sticks. ~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers, tweet, 2009,

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a coloured pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling. ~G.K. Chesterton, "On Lying in Bed," Tremendous Trifles, 1909

Coloring outside the lines is a fine art. ~Kim Nance

...oleaginous sticks of pleasure... ~Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, 1986  [describing Crayola® crayons —tg]

A box of new crayons! Now they're all pointy. Lined up in order. Bright and perfect! Soon they'll be a bunch of ground-down, rounded indistinguishable stumps, missing their wrappers and smudged with other colors. Sometimes life seems unbearably tragic. ~Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes, 1995

If you're ever in a jam, a crayon scrunched up under your nose makes a good pretend mustache. ~"Phil's-osophy" by Phil Dunphy, Modern Family, "Schooled," 2012, written by Steven Levitan and Dan O'Shannon  [S4, E2]

After eating a very big piece of cake, Desdemona decides she needs some quiet time. She will make magic with color. ~Patty Gannon, Desdemona and the Eggs, 2011  [By the by, in case you were wondering, it's extra-rich double dark chocolate cake! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

I'm protesting adulthood—
in my blanket fort, coloring.
~Internet meme, c. 2013

Color affects us. Everyone should have a paintbox and a large box of crayons. ~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers, tweet, 2015,

If you want an interesting adult party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of Crayolas for everybody. ~Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, 1986

Never invest in any idea you can't illustrate with a crayon. ~Peter Lynch

Life is about using the whole box of crayons. ~RuPaul, unverified

Actually... all education is self-education. A teacher is only a guide, to point out the way, and no school, no matter how excellent, can give you an education... What you receive is like the outlines in a child's coloring book. You must fill in the colors yourself. ~Louis L'Amour, The Lonesome Gods, 1983

Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons. ~Al Hirschfeld, unverified

Life lesson from the nursery: Broken crayons can still color. ~Author unknown

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A Beauty Bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air — explode softly — and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth — boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn't go cheap, either — not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination. ~Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, 1986

The handwriting on the wall means the grandchildren found the crayons. ~Author unknown

And in our painting books we spread
Pools of yellow, blue, and red —
Though it doesn't matter
Terribly much unless we spatter.
~Harry Behn (1898–1973), "Coloring," The Little Hill, 1949

I love crayons — especially new crayons with no broken tips. I love how they smell — and how smooth they feel between my fingers. I love imagining what marvelous pictures the crayons will create. But what I love most of all are the colors — so many colors. ~Mary Wince

Biographical Sketch, In Fugitive Crayons, of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford  ~John Pinkerton, 1799

My childhood smells like a box of Crayola crayons. ~Terri Guillemets

I've never liked crayons very much. They just don't have any flavor at all. ~Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes, 1988  [Calvin —tg]

Crayons today are more widely used in elementary art programs than any other medium. Indeed, they have become such an accepted part of the classroom scene in the last fifty years that most students are unaware of the part crayons have played in the history of art beginning centuries ago. The was crayon has a distinguished history of use by great artists from Phidias to Picasso, and, today, crayons just like the ones children color with in schools are being used by artists in the fine art and commercial fields in ever increasing numbers. The use of wax as an artist's material goes back to the golden age of Greek art... Sometime during the fifteenth century, artists began to mold pigments and binders into colored sticks or "crayons." ~Reynolds Girdler, Jr., "Crayons in the History of the Arts," in Art Education, 1967

Now a short stub in a box filled with pointy crayons—
      Scarlet was the most beloved.
~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers tweet,

[T]he colored pencil. The day we received our first full box of assorted colors we felt grown-up, the passage from baby status to childhood was complete. The broken wax crayon stubbles were immediately thrown out to make way for the more elegant and "mature" pencils. ~Bernard Aimé Poulin (b.1945), The Complete Colored Pencil Book, 2011

If you're traveling with two young kids in the back seat, it isn't really a vacation. It's World War III with coloring books. ~Robert Orben, 2100 Laughs For All Occasions, 1983

Have you ever seen the back seat of a car after two kids have spent three weeks in it? Crayola Canyon!… Everything is covered with wax. Looks like Madame Tussauds during a heat wave! ~Robert Orben, 2100 Laughs For All Occasions, 1983

Picasso is an artist, dear. 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, Crawling Arnold, 1961

Hey Duncan. It's me, Red Crayon. We need to talk. You make me work harder than any of your other crayons. All year long I wear myself out coloring fire engines, apples, strawberries and everything else that's red. I even work on holidays! I have to color all the Santas at Christmas and all the hearts on Valentine's day! I need a rest! ~Drew Daywalt, The Day the Crayons Quit, 2013

People overestimate the pleasure they'll get from having more stuff. This does not apply to new rose bushes, crayons, or yarn stashes. ~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers, tweet, sepia coffee in a wisteria flowered mug, dandelion sunshine spilling through the periwinkle sky... ~Terri Guillemets, "Crayons & caffeine," 2009

I can tell it's probably not going to be much of a productive day when I spend ten minutes over morning coffee trying to match each color of the sunrise to its corresponding crayon. ~Terri Guillemets, "Carnation pink & atomic tangerine," 2016

Home      Search      About      Contact      Terms      Privacy

published 2009 Apr 29
revised 2015, 2018, 2021
last saved 2023 Jan 19