Quotes van gogh


Quotes Vincent van Gogh

Vincent Willem van Gogh, (1853-1890), Painter and draftsman, Post-Impressionism

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Potato Eaters, (1885)

« Whenever I feel the need for religion, I go out at night and paint the stars. »

« It is good to love as much as one can, because that is where the true strength lies, and he who loves much accomplishes great things and feels capable, and what is done out of love is well done. »

« Fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm, terrible. But that does not prevent them from setting sail. »

The Plain of La Crau Near Arles (1888)

« If we advance in one thing and understand it well, we gain, by degrees, the knowledge of many other things. »

« I dream of painting and then I paint my dreams. »

« Let us not forget that small emotions are the captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it. »

Japonaiserie - Plum Blossoms, (1887)

« It is better to be daring, even if you make mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and overly cautious. »

« Of course, for art, where time is needed, it would not be bad to live more than one life. »

« Conscience is a man's compass. »

Sower at Sunset, (1888)

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

« How beautiful the world is for those who can retain the memory of what they have seen! It is never then a burden, nor a true loneliness, for each day is a holiday, and the days and weeks are a sort of chorus line that pass with a rhythmic step, behind the scenes of memory, down the background of the years. »

« Art is man added to nature. »

Red Vineyard, (1888)

« Find beauty in as much as you can; most people find nothing beautiful enough. »

« I am very sad and feel more unhappy than I can say, and I do not know how far I have got... I do not know what to do or what to think, but I most desperately want to get away from here... I feel such melancholy. »

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

Starry Night Over the Rhône, (1888)

« Poetry is everywhere, but putting it on paper is, unfortunately, more difficult than seeing it. »

« To suffer without complaining is the only lesson we have to learn in this life. »

« Have you followed my advice? Have you parted with the books of Jules Michelet, Ernest Renan, etc.? Read all that if you can. Changing one's diet stimulates the appetite. »

The Sunflowers, (1888)

« I have...a terrible need...shall I say the word?...of religion. Then I go out at night and paint the stars. »

« A good picture is equivalent to a good deed. »

« Working hard, old boy, I hope to do something good one day. I haven't yet, but I am pursuing it and fighting for it. »

Gauguin's Chair, (1888)

« Conscience is a man's compass. »

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

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

Sower with Setting Sun, (1888)

« For me, work is an absolute necessity, I cannot leave it out of my life. »

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

« I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate. »

Van Gogh's Chair, (1888)

« What is drawing? How does one learn? It is working through an invisible iron wall that seems to stand between what one feels and what one can do. »

« I deliberately took the dog path through life. I shall be poor. I shall be a painter. »

« I dream my paintings and then paint my dreams. »

Terrace of Café at Night, (1888)

« I believe there is nothing more artistic than truly loving people. »

« 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. »

Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles, (1888)

« Having much spirit is better, even if one makes more mistakes, than being narrow-minded and too prudent for everyone. »

« 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. »

« Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more. »

Langlois Bridge at Arles with Women Washing, (1888)

« I often feel the same way, not only in financial matters, but in my art and my life in general. But do you think it is something exceptional? Don't you think that every man with a little spirit and energy has those moments? Moments of melancholy, of anguish, to a greater or lesser extent, and I think they are moments of every conscious person. It seems that some people are not conscious of themselves. »

« Love always brings difficulties, it's true, but it gives energy. »

« In love there is power, and anyone who loves much, does much and can achieve much, because that is what love does. »

quotes-van-gogh The Yellow House, (1888)

« Sometimes it is good to go out into the world and interact with people, because one feels obligated and called to do so, but he who prefers to remain alone and quietly work, and would only like to have very few friends, is the one who moves with the most confidence among men and the world. »

« Paintings have a life of their own that comes from the soul of the painter. »

« I have a terrifying lucidity at moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream. »

Landscape with House and Ploughman, (1889)

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

« Do you know what makes the prison disappear? Every deep, genuine affection. Being friends, being brothers, being loved by someone, that's what makes life worth living. Without these affections, one is dead. But whenever these affections are revived, there's life again. »

« I can't change the fact that my paintings don't sell. But the time will come when people will recognize that they are worth more than the value of the paints used in the picture. »

Wheatfield with Cypresses, (1889)

« If one remains a faithful lover of what is truly worth loving, and not an insignificant residue of love and unworthy and meaningless things, one will gain more happiness and grow stronger. »

« It is necessary to have loved, to have lost love, and then to love again. »

« The one who lives sincerely and finds true sorrows and disappointments, and who does not let them overcome him, is worth more than the one who always has the wind at his back and only knows relative prosperity. »

Lilies, (1889)

« If one continues to love sincerely what is truly worthy of love and does not waste love on insignificant, meaningless, and tasteless things, gradually more light will be achieved and one will become stronger. »

« One can have, in the depths of the soul, a warm heart, and yet, no one may come to it. »

« There is in almost every man a poet who died young and whom the man survived. »

Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, (1889)

« To draw is to struggle to break through an invisible iron wall that seems to rise between what you feel and what you are capable of doing. »

« Only in front of the canvas painting do I feel a little bit of life. »

« Never let the fire of your soul be extinguished, but instead fan it. »

The Starry Night, by Vincent van Gogh, 1889, (Post-Impressionism), Oil on canvas, 73.7 x 92.1 cm., MoMA Museum of Modern Art NY

« I'd rather not eat lunch for six months and save money that way. »

« Art is a battle. In art, one must even risk their skin. »

« It is an admirable thing to look at an object and find it beautiful, to reflect on it, retain it and then say: I am going to draw it. »

Self-portrait, (1889)

« I've been outside since 4am, because it's difficult to be on the streets during the day because of the passersby. »

« To arrive at truth, it is necessary to work for a long time and a lot. »

« It seems absurd to me that men want to appear as something other than what they are. »

Auvers Town Hall on July 14th, (1890)

« There are things in the color that arise in me while I paint, big and intense things. »

« I see in my work an echo of what is in nature. Nature has spoken to me, told me something, and I have noted it in shorthand. »

« Precisely because I seek a true friendship, it is so difficult for me to resign myself to a conventional friendship. »

Almond Blossom, (1890)

« I've been so immersed in painting that I literally forgot to eat and drink. »

« Suffering is what drives artists to express themselves with greater energy. »

« At times I feel a storm of desire to embrace something, even a woman of the class of a cheap whore. »

Dr. Paul Gachet, (1890)

« His brush is at the service of his spirit. »

« We are not on earth to have fun, it is not necessary to live better than others. »

« I increasingly believe that we should not judge God for this world, it is his study that went wrong. »

Trigal con cuervos, (1890)

« For art, it wouldn't be bad to live more than one life. »

« I work out of necessity, to avoid suffering these torments. »

« I always have hope of finding something there inside, in the study of color. »

Round of the Prisoners, (1890)

« However, there will come a day when it will be seen that this is worth more than the price of the paints and my life. »

« I, for my part, am determined to have no other weapons than my brush and my pen. »

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

The Church at Auvers, (1890)

« They come out without stopping, one after another, some canvases that I paint very quickly, but which are meticulously calculated in advance. So, when they tell you that they are made very quickly, you can answer them that they are the ones who have looked too quickly. »

« Not all my days are lucid enough to write to you with any logic. »

« I have an absolute faith in art. », Vincent van Gogh