Quote Collector

In this post, Dr. J discusses her passion for quotations and explains why we feature so many of them on our site. She’ll also take you behind the scenes at JTH and reveal how our quotations are chosen.

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The Dream by Frida Kahlo
Frida Dolorosa

For Frida Kahlo, a bed was more that just a place of rest, it was also a reminder of a near-death experience. After almost dying in a traffic accident when she was 18, Kahlo was confined to a hospital bed for months. Due to her pain, she was often suspended in a trance-like state between sleep and wakefulness. But there was a silver lining; she credited the accident for turning her into a painter.

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Frida Kahlo's Self-Portrait Detail
Birth of Venus by Botticelli
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You might not think of Botticelli’s The Birth of Venuswhen you look at this self-portrait of Frida Kahlo. But Kahlo painted this picture to win back her first love, who was a great admirer of Botticelli’s masterpiece. If you look closely, you can see that Kahlo borrowed many elements from the renaissance classic. And what better muse could she have chosen for a picture inspired by love than the goddess of love herself?

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