112 Bob Ross Quotes about Life’s Happy Accidents


Do you enjoy getting swept away to a land of pure joy whenever you watch Bob Ross create one of his artworks? To celebrate the legacy of the legend himself, we have dug up some of the most mesmerizing Bob Ross quotes. PS: You may also like our list of beautifully inspirational art quotes.

If you’ve ever watched Bob Ross’ wonderful TV show The Joy of Painting, you know how captivating the man with the Afro, the deep, soothing voice, and the bright smile is. Simply calling it a television program hosted by a painter would be an understatement. It is a delightful voyage into the world of art. Bob Ross brilliantly interweaves masterful art lessons with marvelous stories and hilarious, thoughtful comments.

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”
Bob Ross

Watching Bob Ross can be a transcendental experience. The way he is able to turn unrecognizable dots of paint into the most realistic depictions of nature is simply mind-blowing. What’s fascinating is how quickly he turns a blank canvas into a gorgeous landscape filled with numerous details.

Bob Ross quotes

Enjoy this wonderful selection of beautiful Bob Ross quotes

It only takes Bob Ross 30 minutes to create one of his wonderful artworks. But painting is only one part that has made him a favorite among audiences. The other part is his softspoken character and the way he encourages his viewers to make their own “happy accidents.”

112 Bob Ross Quotes about the Joy of Painting

There’s no other way to say it than to describe Bob Ross as a one-of-a-kind. There are so many elements of his show that will leave you brimming with pure joy and love. From the way he describes the trees he’s painting as “little rascals” to his charming stories about animals, he has this unique ability to help you block out everything in your life that could drag you down.

If you’re looking for a handy selection of some of his ideas and thoughts, look no further. In the following, you can find some of the most remarkable Bob Ross quotes full of soothing and uplifting statements from the legend himself.

Here’s our list of Bob Ross quotes


“Let’s get crazy.”
Bob Ross

Let's get crazy


“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.”
Bob Ross

You can do it



“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.”
Bob Ross

Talk to trees


“You have unlimited power on this canvas – can literally, literally move mountains”
Bob Ross

Unlimited power


“Truly, you have experienced the joy of painting!”
Bob Ross

The joy of painting


“I believe, I believe every day is a good day when you paint.”
Bob Ross

Every day is a good day


“Let’s build a happy little cloud.
Let’s build some happy little trees.”
Bob Ross

A happy little cloud


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

A vision in your mind


“Exercising the imagination, experimenting with talents, being creative; these things, to me, are truly the windows to your soul.”
Bob Ross

The windows to your soul


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

Nothing in the world


“Now then, let’s come right down in here and put some nice big strong arms on these trees. Tree needs an arm too. It’ll hold up the weight of the forest. Little bird has to have a place to set there. There he goes…”
Bob Ross


“I started painting as a hobby when I was little. I didn’t know I had any talent. I believe talent is just a pursued interest. Anybody can do what I do.”
Bob Ross



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

A tree as a friend


“I never turn down requests for interviews. I’m just rarely asked.”
Bob Ross

Requests for interviews


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

If you practice enough


“I don’t intimidate anyone. Instead, I try to get people to believe in themselves.”
Bob Ross

I don't intimidate anyone


“Wash the brush, and just beat the devil out of it.”
Bob Ross

Wash the brush


“Within one hour of touching the brush to canvas for the first time, my students have a total, complete painting.”
Bob Ross

A total, complete painting


“With thinned paint on the liner brush, sign your painting.”
Bob Ross

Sign your painting


“Stand back and admire!”
Bob Ross

Stand back


“You have just completed a masterpiece: sign it and be proud!”
Bob Ross


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


“We show people that anybody can paint a picture that they’re proud of. It may never hang in the Smithsonian, but it will certainly be something that they’ll hang in their home and be proud of. And that’s what it’s all about.”
Bob Ross


“This is your world
You’re the creator
Find freedom on this canvas
Believe, that you can do it,
‘Cause you can do it.
You can do it.”
Bob Ross


“What can be painted can be punished.”
Bob Ross

What can be painted


“People see you on television, and they think you make the same amount of money that Clint Eastwood does. But this is PBS. All these shows are done for free.”
Bob Ross


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


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


“Just let go — and fall like a little waterfall.”
Bob Ross


“Gotta give him a friend. Like I always say, ‘Everyone needs a friend.’”
Bob Ross


“I stay hidden. I’m sort of hard to find.”
Bob Ross

Stay hidden


“I tell people, ‘You can do this.’ And they write back and say, ‘You were right. I can do this. And now I believe I can do anything.'”
Bob Ross


“Maybe this cloud has a little friend. Maybe this little friend’s named Clyde. He lives right up here.”
Bob Ross


“Tell you what – we just take that old dark color that we had.”
Bob Ross


“Maybe there lives a happy little evergreen tree right there.”
Bob Ross


“And if it does nothing else for you, it should make you happy.”
Bob Ross

It should make you happy


“I know you can do this. So certainly, if I know it, you know it, too.”
Bob Ross


“I was the guy who makes you scrub the latrine, the guy who makes you make your bed, the guy who screams at you for being late to work. The job requires you to be a mean, tough person. And I was fed up with it. I promised myself that if I ever got away from it, it wasn’t going to be that way anymore.”
Bob Ross


“Mix up a little more shadow color here, then we can put us a little shadow right in there. See how you can move things around?”
Bob Ross


“There are thousands of very, very talented artists who will never be known, even after they are dead.”
Bob Ross


“It’s hard to see things when you are too close. Take a step back and look.”
Bob Ross


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


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


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


“Ever make mistakes in life? Let’s make them birds. Yeah, they’re birds now.”
Bob Ross


“Go out on limb. That’s where the fruit is.”
Bob Ross

Go out on a limb


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


“The only thing worse than yellow snow is green snow.”


“Trees cover up a multitude of sins.”
Bob Ross


“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…”
Bob Ross


“Oooh, if you have never been to Alaska, go there while it is still wild. My favorite uncle asked me if I wanted to go there, Uncle Sam. He said if you don’t go, you’re going to jail. That is how Uncle Sam asks you.”
Bob Ross


“We get letters every day from people wanting more mountains. As many as I paint, they still say, ‘Give me more mountains.’
Bob Ross


“Believe that you can do it cause you can do it.”
Bob Ross

Believe that you can


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


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


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


“Anytime you learn, you gain.”
Bob Ross


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


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


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


“I like to beat the brush.”
Bob Ross


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


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


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


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


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


“Don’t forget to make all these little things individuals — all of them special in their own way.”
Bob Ross


“Find freedom on this canvas.”
Bob Ross


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


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


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


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


“See how it fades right into nothing. That’s just what you’re looking for.”
Bob Ross


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


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


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


“We have been brainwashed to believe that Michelangelo had to pat you on the head at birth.”
Bob Ross


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


“I don’t intimidate anyone.”
Bob Ross


“Good job! Well done!”
Bob Ross


“If you study my paintings, there are no signs of human life.”
Bob Ross


“There are no mistakes, only happy little catastrophes.”
Bob Ross


“Most painters want recognition, especially by their peers.”
Bob Ross


“You can do anything here — the only prerequisite is that it makes you happy.”
Bob Ross


“That’s where the crows will sit. But we’ll have to put an elevator to put them up there because they can’t fly, but they don’t know that, so they still try.”
Bob Ross


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


“Remember our Golden Rule: A thin paint sticks to a thick paint.”
Bob Ross


“Decide where your little footy hills live.”
Bob Ross


“People might look at you a bit funny, but it’s okay. Artists are allowed to be a bit different.”
Bob Ross


“Let’s just blend this little rascal here, ha! Happy as we can be.”
Bob Ross


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


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


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


“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.”
Bob Ross


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


“Make love to the canvas.”
Bob Ross


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


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


“Stones are all different colors, sometimes they are just red!”
Bob Ross


“And that makes it look like birch trees, isn’t that sneaky? Heh. Ha. It’s gorgeous.”
Bob Ross


“We don’t know where it goes. We don’t really care.”
Bob Ross


“As my son Steve says, just ‘smoosh’ it in there. It’s not a real word, but people seem to know what it means.”
Bob Ross


“You know me, I gotta put in a big tree.”
Bob Ross


“Try to imagine that you are a tree. How do you want to look out here?
Bob Ross


“I can’t go over 30 minutes, because we have a mean ol’ director with no sense of humor.”
Bob Ross


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


“One of the questions that I hear over and over and over is, ‘What do we do with all these paintings we do on television?’ Most of these paintings are donated to PBS stations across the country. They auction them off, and they make a happy buck with ’em.”
Bob Ross


“Traditionally, art has been for the select few.”
Bob Ross


“If you learned how to make a cloud, your time is not wasted.”
Bob Ross


“Little raccoons and old possums ‘n’ stuff all live up in here. They’ve got to have a little place to sit.”
Bob Ross


“Be sure to use odorless paint thinner. If it’s not odorless, you’ll find yourself working alone very, very quick.”
Bob Ross


“Tender as a mothers love… And with my mother, that was certainly true.”
Bob Ross

We hope you enjoyed this collection of Bob Ross quotes.

Did the quotes in the above bring back all those wonderful memories from the time when you were watching Bob Ross’ program? It’s quite wonderful to be reminded of all the thoughtful ideas Bob Ross spoke about during his show. The great thing is that you can always watch one of his episodes whenever you want to escape from life for a little bit.

What‘s your favorite quote from the famous painter?

Is there a particular phrase by Bob Ross he always mentions in his show that you just love? We‘re excited to hear from you in the comment section below. Until then, „happy painting and God bless!”

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