Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

Vincent Van Gogh Quotes…
Vincent Willem van Gogh is considered the most celebrated Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most influential and prominent figures in the history of Western art.

He painted about 2,100 artworks in just over a decade, including around 860 oil paintings. They include still lifes, landscapes, portraits of other people and self-portraits as well. His art is distinguished by bold colors and expressive and dramatic brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. Despite his unrelenting talent, he was not commercially successful during his time.

Van Gogh had a short and turbulent life and suffered from delusions and psychotic episodes.

Throughout his life he barely managed to make ends meet and it was only posthumously that his works earned the deserved fame. The only painting he sold in his lifetime was ‘The Red Vineyard’.

Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

Though he was unsuccessful during his lifetime and was considered a madman and a failure by most people, Van Gogh is now deemed as one of the most talented artists of all time. Not only that, his works are among the world’s most valuable and prized paintings to have ever sold at auction.

We have compiled some of the most memorable Vincent Van Gogh quotes and sayings that show his thoughts and views regarding life, art, night, and many more.

Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

“I wish they would take me as I am.”

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

 “A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.” 

“Art is to console those who are broken by life.”

“Exaggerate the essential, leave the obvious vague.”

“The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting.”

Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

“I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.”

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

“I don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.”

“To suffer without complaint is the only lesson we have to learn in this life”

 “Seek only light and freedom and do not immerse yourself too deeply in the worldly mire.”

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”

“It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning.”

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”

Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

Van Gogh Quotes

“In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism, skepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live more musically.”

 “If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

“If I am worth anything later, I am worth something now. For wheat is wheat, even if people think it is a grass in the beginning.”

“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too”

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”

“Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.”

“In spite of everything, I shall rise again; I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.”

“Close friends are truly life’s treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.”

“Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.”

Van Gogh Quotes

“And when I read, and really I do not read so much, only a few authors, – a few men that I discovered by accident – I do this because they look at things in a broader, milder and more affectionate way than I do, and because they know life better, so that I can learn from them.”

“I feel such a creative force in me: I am convinced that there will be a time when, let us say, I will make something good every day , on a regular basis….I am doing my very best to make every effort because I am longing so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things mean painstaking work, disappointment, and perseverance.”

“Love is eternal — the aspect may change, but not the essence. There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning. The lamp was there and was a good lamp, but now it is shedding light too, and that is its real function. And love makes one calmer about many things, and that way, one is more fit for one’s work.”

“At present I absolutely want to paint a starry sky. It often seems to me that night is still more richly coloured than the day; having hues of the most intense violets, blues and greens. If only you pay attention to it you will see that certain stars are lemon-yellow, others pink or a green, blue and forget-me-not brilliance. And without my expatiating on this theme it is obvious that putting little white dots on the blue-black is not enough to paint a starry sky.”

“What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion. Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.”Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

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