December 1, 2016

Vincent van Gogh Quotes

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

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

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

“But are not this struggle and even the mistakes one may make better, and do they not develop us more, than if we kept systematically away from emotions?”

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

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

“Do you know what makes the prison disappear? Every deep, genuine affection. Being friends, being brothers, loving, that is what opens the prison, with supreme power, by some magic force. Without these one stays dead. But whenever affection is revived, there life revives.”

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

“For great things do not done (sic) just happen by impulse but are a succession of small things linked together.”

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

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

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

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

“I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.”

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

“I believe so… Don’t accuse anybody else.”

“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.”

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

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

“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 feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love 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.”

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

“I wish they would only take me as I am.”

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

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

“Let me stop there, but my God, how beautiful Shakespeare is, who else is as mysterious as he is; his language and method are like a brush trembling with excitement and ecstasy. But one must learn to read, just as one must learn to see and learn to live.”

“Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.”

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

“Love is something 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 it was a good lamp, but now it is shedding light, too, and that is its real function.”

“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.”

“Now for the past five years or so, I don’t know how long exactly, I have been more or less without permanent employment, wandering from pillar to post. You will say, ever since such and such a time you have been going downhill, you have been feeble, you have done nothing. Is that entirely true?”

“Oh, Theo, why should I change — I used to be very passive and very gentle and quiet — I’m that no longer, but then I’m no longer a child either now — sometimes I feel my own man.”

“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 may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul and yet no one ever come to sit by it. Passersby see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on the way.”

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

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

“Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.”

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

“Some good must come by clinging to the right. Conscience is a man’s compass, and though the needle sometimes deviates, though one often perceives irregularities in directing one’s course by it, still one must try to follow its direction.”

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

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

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

“The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

“The thing has already taken form in my mind before I start it. The first attempts are absolutely unbearable. I say this because I want you to know that if you see something worthwhile in what I am doing, it is not by accident but because of real direction and purpose.”

“The way to know life is to love many things.”

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”

“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.”

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

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

“Try to grasp the essence of what the great artists, the serious masters, say in their masterpieces, and you will again find God in them. One man has written or said it in a book, another in a painting.”

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

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