Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life in France, where he died. 

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The way to know life is to love many things.

Love is eternal - the aspect may change, but not the essence. 

The sadness will last forever.

Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination, do not become the slave of your model.

Conscience is a man's compass.

When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.

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

Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy but their good taste and their scientific knowledge of composition were enormous.

I am still far from being what I want to be but with God's help I shall succeed.

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 done well.

I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting but I cannot suffering as I am do without something which is greater than I am which is my life the power to create.

Love always brings difficulties that is true but the good side of it is that it gives energy.

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

The more I think about it the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.

Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.

Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul.

If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well one has at the same time insight into and understanding of many things.

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

Painting is a faith and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.

I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself and the paintings appear as in a dream.

I put my heart and my soul into my work and have lost my mind in the process.

How can I be useful of what service can I be? There is something inside me what can it be?

It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to the feeling for the things themselves for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.

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

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

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.

There is no blue without yellow and without orange.

One must work and dare if one really wants to live.

The best way to know God is to love many things.

I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners.

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.

Poetry surrounds us everywhere but putting it on paper is alas not so easy as looking at it.

There may be a great fire in our hearts yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.

An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

If boyhood and youth are but vanity must it not be our ambition to become men?

I wish they would only take me as I am.

As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.

It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent.

One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.