27 Bob Ross Quotes to Paint Happy Trees With

(Last Updated On: August 1, 2021)

Maybe you’re picking up landscape painting, or maybe you stumbled upon that stream that’s basically constantly streaming Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting all the time. Or maybe you’ve just seen some nice clips of Robert Normal Ross and thought he had a really nice vibe that made you as happy as his little trees. Whatever reason, here are some Bob Ross quotes to enjoy some chill vibes with.

Here’s something about Bob Ross you might not know, the technique he uses to paint landscapes relatively quickly is directly because of the military. Ross served in the US Air Force for 20 years–starting as a medical records technician in 1961. Anyway, while in Alaska, Ross fell in love with the landscapes and learned to paint during breaks. Then he’d sell them to tourist shops. Pretty convenient side hustle. 

On Self-Motivation (and also getting good at painting)

“We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”

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

“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.”

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

“You too can paint almighty pictures.”

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

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

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

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

“Anytime you learn, you gain.”

On Other People

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

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

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

“I guess I’m a little weird. I like to talk to trees and animals. That’s OK though; I have more fun than most people.”

On Trees & Nature

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

“Look around. Look at what we have. Beauty is everywhere — you only have to look to see it.”

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

“I remember when my Dad told me as a kid, ‘If you want to catch a rabbit, stand behind a tree and make a noise like a carrot. Then when the rabbit comes by you grab him.’ Works pretty good until you try to figure out what kind of noise a carrot makes…”

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

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

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

On Painting

“Make love to the canvas.”

“I like to beat the brush.”

“Find freedom on this canvas.”

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

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

“We tell people sometimes: We’re like drug dealers, come into town and get everybody absolutely addicted to painting. It doesn’t take much to get you addicted.”

“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.”


See if you know the other stuff Bob Ross liked to paint here.

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