French = vert
German = Grün
Italian = verde
Spanish = verde
emerald, celadon, chartreuse, jade, kelly, lime, malachite, moss,
olive, pea, sage,
Green is associated with both positive qualities (life, health, joy, ecology) and negative qualities such as jealousy, decay, and horror.
The word “green” comes from the Old English verb growan (“to grow”), clearly referencing plants whose chlorophyll appears as green. There are many examples of the of green things, the most common color to humanity, though some eastern cultures have only recently been adding a word for green to their vocabulary.
Many animals, humans included, camouflage themselves in shades of green in order to blend into green backgrounds.
On traffic lights green means “go”, the opposite of red to “stop” - red and green are complementary, or opposite to one another on the traditional color wheel.
In a subtractive color system Green is a “secondary” color from the blending of the primary hues of Blue and Yellow. Green pigment + White pigment produces tints of lighter greens; Green mixed with Black pigment results in darker shades that appear grayish green. Green + Red pigment produce grayish to reddish browns.
• “October is nature's funeral month. Nature glories in death more than in life. The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming - October than May. Every green thing loves to die in bright colors.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher
• “Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” ~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca
• “I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a row of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from and Old Manse
• “I... thanked the Author of my being for the gift of that wild forest, those green mansions where I had found so great a happiness!” ~ William Henry Hudson
• “Absolute green is the most restful color, lacking any undertone of joy, grief, or passion. On exhausted men this restfulness has a beneficial effect, but after a time it becomes tedious.” ~ Wassily Kandinsky
• “In the hierarchy of colors, green represents the social middle class, self-satisfied, immovable, narrow...” ~ Wassily Kandinsky
• “The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea, In a beautiful pea green boat.” Edward Lear
• “I do not like green eggs and ham I do not like them Sam I am.” ~ Dr. Seuss
• “O! beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.” ~ William Shakespeare
• “Green represents the dead image of life.” ~ Rudolph Steiner
• “He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sig of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals.” ~ Oscar Wilde