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Bob Ross quotes about painting and about life.

Bob Ross (Robert Norman Ross) was an American painter, art instructor and television host.

Ross was the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, an instructional television program from 1983 to 1994.

This program was broadcasted on PBS in the United States and in Canada, Latin America and Europe.

More information about his life at the bottom of this page.

Bob Ross Quotes about Painting and Life

“Believe that you can do it, cause you can do it.”

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

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

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

“Find freedom on this canvas.”

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

“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.”

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“There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.”

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

“Make love to the canvas.”

“Let’s build a happy little cloud.”

“Let’s build some happy little trees.”

“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.”


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Didn’t you know you had that much power? You can move mountains. You can do anything.”

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

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

“You too can paint almighty pictures.”

“Anytime you learn, you gain.”

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

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

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

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

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

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“I like to beat the brush.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I can’t think of anything more rewarding than being able to express yourself to others through painting.”

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

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

“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.”

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

Bob Ross Short Bio

Bob Ross was born in Daytona Beach, Florida on October 29. In 1961 he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was put into service as a medical records technician.

During his 20-year Air Force career, Ross developed a taste for painting after attending an art class at the Anchorage U.S.O. club.

He discovered a TV show called, The Magic of Oil Painting, hosted by German painter Bill Alexander. In this TV show, Alexander taught a painting style that allowed him to finish a painting in a little under 30 minutes.

Ross was inspired by this show, and began selling Alaskan landscapes painted on the inside of novelty gold-mining pans.

Ross retired from the Air Force in 1981 and returned to Florida. In Florida he studied painting under the painter Alexander. He joined the “Alexander Magic Art Supplies Company” and became a traveling salesman and tutor.

Bob Ross became the television host of The Joy of Painting, aired between 1983 and 1994. In each episode, Ross taught techniques for landscape oil painting. This made him a painting teacher for the masses.

He passed away at the age of 52 on July 4, 1995.

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