There are a million reasons to love the late Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo. Her vision, her talent, her zest for life, her determination, her style, the complexity of her relationship with Diego Rivera…. her eyebrows. Oh, and since she was so well known for her self-portraits, it sort of makes her the first selfie queen.

In honor of her birthday, here are 10 quotes, along with different paintings of hers, that perfectly capture her badassery and prove her legacy is timeless.

“I am my own muse. The subject I know best.”

Frida Kahlo

Me and My Parrots, 1941

 

“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”

Frida Kahlo

The Frame, 1938

 

“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”

Frida Kahlo

Self-Portrait with Portrait of Dr. Farill, 1951

 

“I paint flowers so that they do not die.”

Frida Kahlo

Self-portrait dedicated to Dr. Eloesser, 1940

 

“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.”

Frida Kahlo

Without Hope, 1945

 

“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.”

Frida Kahlo

Self-Portrait with Monkey, 1938

” I was born a witch. I was born a painter.”

Frida Kahlo

Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940

 

“I love you more than my own skin.”

Frida Kahlo

Diego In My Thoughts, 1940

 

“I want to be inside your darkest everything.”

Frida Kahlo

The Two Fridas, 1939

 

“I hope the leaving is joyful; and I hope never to return.”

Frida Kahlo

The Broken Column, 1944

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