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Famous Vincent Van Gogh Quotes




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.

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.

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

Conscience is a man's compass.

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

There is no blue without yellow and without orange.

A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.

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.


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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The way to know life is to love many things.

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.


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