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Van Gogh Quotes About Life, Creativity and Great Things

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“ Love is eternal, the aspect may change, but not the essence. 
 ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as drawing. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I’ll start with small things. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

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

“ When using colors to recreate a general harmony of tones in nature, one loses it by painfully exact imitation. One keeps it by recreating in an equivalent color range, and that may not be exactly, or far from exactly, like the model. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Both she and I have grief enough and trouble enough, but as for regrets – neither of us have any. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Man is not on the earth solely for his own happiness. He is there to realize great things for humanity. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Rembrandt is so deeply mysterious that he says things for which there are no words in any language. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Art demands constant observation. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ 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. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

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

“ But I must work on in full calmness and serenity… The world concerns me only in so far as I feel a certain debt and duty towards it, because I have walked on the earth for thirty years, and out of gratitude want to leave some souvenir in the shape of drawings or pictures, not made to please a certain tendency in art, but to express a sincere human feeling. So this work is the aim-and through concentration upon that one idea, everything one does is simplified. Now the work goes slowly-a reason the more to lose no time. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I wanted to make people think of a totally different way of living from that which we, educated people, live. I would absolutely not want anyone to find it beautiful or good without a thought. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ To die for the sake of dying – I prefer to die of passion than to die of boredom! ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I am always doing what I can’t do yet in order to learn how to do it. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I wish they would take me as I am. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Conscience is a man’s compass. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

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“ At one time, the earth was supposed to be flat. Well, so it is, even today, from Paris to Asnieres. But that fact doesn’t prevent science from proving that the earth as a whole is spherical. No one nowadays denies it. Well…we are still at the stage of believing that life itself is flat, the distance from birth to death. Yet the probability is that life, too, is spherical and much more extensive and capacious than the hemisphere we know. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ What is done in love is done well. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

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

“ But for one’s health as you say, it is very necessary to work in the garden and see the flowers growing. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ What a simple thing death is, just as simple as the falling of an autumn leaf. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ If one hasn’t a horse, one is one’s own horse. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ There are colors which cause each other to shine brilliantly, which form a couple which complete each other like man and woman. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I want to get to the point where people say of my work, that man feels deeply. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ If I succeed in putting some warmth and love into the work, then it will find friends. Carrying on working is the ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Drawing is the root of everything. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I try more and more to be myself, caring relatively little whether people approve or disapprove. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ One must work and dare if one really wants to live. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I would like to leave this world and never return. I severed my ear, but how I wish that I had severed my heart. I shall never amount to anything. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Many people seem to think it foolish, even superstitious, to believe that the world could still change for the better. And it is true that in winter it is sometimes so bitingly cold that one is tempted to say, ‘What do I care if there is a summer; its warmth is no help to me now.’ Yes, evil often seems to surpass good. But then, in spite of us, and without our permission, there comes at last an end to the bitter frosts. One morning the wind turns, and there is a thaw. And so I must still have hope. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Bookstores always remind me that there are good things in this world. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I am a fanatic! I feel a power within me…a fire that I may not quench, but must keep ablaze. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I do not intend to spare myself, not to avoid emotions or difficulties. I don’t care much whether I live a longer or shorter time… the world concerns me only in so far as I feel a certain debt toward it, because I have walked on this earth for thirty years, and out of gratitude I want to leave some souvenir. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ One must spoil as many canvases as one succeeds with. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Spring is the fresh green of young corn and the pink blush of blossoms. Autumn contrasts the yellowed foilage with violet hues. Winter is the white of snow against its black forms … Summer is the contrast of blues and the golden bronze of the corn. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ And painted portraits have a life of their own that comes from deep in the soul of the painter and where the machine can’t go. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ There is peace even in the storm ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ One of the hardest things to do is to paint darkness which nonetheless has light in it. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Great things do not just happen by impulse, ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ 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. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I am unable to describe exactly what is the matter with me; now and then there are horrible fits of anxiety, apparently without cause, or otherwise a feeling of emptiness and fatigue in the head. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I began to paint again, even though I could barely hold the brush, but knowing exactly what I wanted to paint, I began three more large canvases… of large wheat fields under cloudy skies, and it did not take a great deal to express sadness and loneliness… I believe these paintings say what words cannot. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Find things beautiful as much as you can, most people find too little beautiful. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Do not think too deeply about these things – gradually they will become clearer to you ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ 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. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I cannot help thinking that the best way of knowing God is to love many things. Love this friend, this person, this thing, whatever you like, and you will be on the right road to understanding Him better. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ There is no blue without yellow and without orange. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ The painter of the future will be a colorist unlike anything yet. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ 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. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ If one wants to be active, one must not be afraid of going wrong, one must not be afraid of making mistakes now and then. Many people think that they will become good just by doing no harm — but that’s a lie…. That way lies stagnation, mediocrity. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Doing little things well is a step toward doing big things better. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ The great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. And great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

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

“ If one truly loves nature one finds beauty everywhere. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort and disappointment and perseverance. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Here everything is so wholly what I consider beautiful. In other words, there is peace here. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Sometimes art seems to be something very sublime, and, as you say, something sacred. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Occasionally, in times of worry, I’ve longed to be stylish, but on second thought I say no-just let me be myself-and express rough, yet true things with rough workmanship. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ A woman is not old as long as she loves and is loved ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ We have very beautiful bad weather here at present – rain, wind, thunder – but with splendid effects; that’s why I like it. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Everywhere we look, complex magic of nature blazes before our eyes. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

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

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

“ To know life, one must love many things. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Describing Starry Night: Firmament and planets both disappeared, but the mighty breath which gives life to all things and in which all is bound up remained. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ The cypresses are always occupying my thoughts. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I see more and more that my work goes infinitely better when I am properly fed, and the paints are there, and the studio and all that… I wish I could manage to make you really understand that when you give money to artists, you are yourself doing an artist’s work, and that I only want my pictures to be of such a quality that you will not be too dissatisfied with your work. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I use color in a completely arbitrary way in order to express myself powerfully. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ The great artist is the simplifier. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ But on the road that I’m on I must continue; if I do nothing, if I don’t study, if I don’t keep on trying, then I’m lost, then woe betide me. That’s how I see this, to keep on, keep on, that’s what’s needed. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ A good picture is equivalent to a good deed. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ There is no such thing as an ugly woman. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ One of the reasons why I have no regular job, and why I have not had a regular job for years, is quite simply that my ideas differ from those of the gentlemen who hand out the jobs to individuals who think as they do. It is not just a question of my appearance, which is what they have sanctimoniously reproached me with. It goes deeper, I do assure you. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Only when I fall do I get up again. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Admire as much as you can. Most people do not admire enough. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ The sunflower is mine, in a way. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ My sketchbook is a witness of what I am experiencing, scribbling things whenever they happen. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I always think photographs abominable, and I don’t like to have them around, particularly not those of persons I know and love. Those photographic portraits wither much sooner than we ourselves do, whereas the painted portrait is a thing which is felt, done with love. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

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

“ You have to first experience what you want to express ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I hope I shall be able to make some drawings in which there is something human. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ At times it is not easy for me to take up living again. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ In my view, I am often immensely rich, not in money, but (although just now perhaps not all the time) rich because I have found my metier, something I can devote myself to heart and soul and that gives inspiration and meaning to my life. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I take great care of myself by carefully shutting myself away. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Purity of soul and impurity of body can go together. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ To stick to the present and not let it pass without drawing some profit from it, that’s what I think duty is. …let us perservere as far as we can rather today than tomorrow. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ But you people do not understand me, and I am afraid you never will. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ How lovely yellow is! It stands for the sun. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Everyone who works with love and with intelligence finds in the very sincerity of his love for nature and art a kind of armor against the opinions of other people. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ 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. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

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

“ Great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Often whole days pass without my speaking to anyone, except to ask for diner or coffee. And it has been like that form the beginning. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ But you must love with a sublime , genuine , profound sympathy , with devotion, with intelligence , and you must try all the time to understand Him more, better and yet more. That will lead to God , that will lead to an unshakeable faith . ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ There is nothing more beautiful than nature early in the morning. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

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

“ Let us keep courage and try to be patient and gentle. And let us not mind being eccentric, and make distinction between good and evil. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ In an artist’s life, death is perhaps not the most difficult thing. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ We spent our whole lives in unconsous excercise of the art of expressing our thoughts with the help of words ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ It astonishes me already when I compare my condition today with what it was a month ago. Before that I knew well enough one could fracture one’s legs and arms and recover afterward, but I did not know that you could fracture the brain in your head and recover from that too. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I am not strictly speaking mad, for my mind is absolutely normal in the intervals, and even more so than before. But during the attacks it is terrible – and then I lose consciousness of everything. But that spurs me on to work and to seriousness, as a miner who is always in danger makes haste in what he does. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Christ is more of an artist than the artists; he works in the living spirit and the living flesh, he makes men instead of statues. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ It is only too true that a lot of artists are mentally ill – it’s a life which, to put it mildly, makes one an outsider. I’m all right when I completely immerse myself in work, but I’ll always remain half crazy. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ If only we try to live sincerely, it will go well with us, even though we are certain to experience real sorrow, and great disappointments, and also will probably commit great faults and do wrong things, but it certainly is true, thatit is better to be high-spirited, even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent. 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. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

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

“ 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. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ To do good work one must eat well, be well housed, have one’s fling from time to time, smoke one’s pipe, and drink one’s coffee in peace ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ 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. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

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

“ I never get tired of the blue sky. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

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

“ 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 ”- Vincent Van Gogh

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

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

“ Accurate drawing, accurate colour, is perhaps not the essential thing to aim at, because the reflection of reality in a mirror, if it could be caught, colour and all, would not be a picture at all, no more than a photograph. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say “he feels deeply, he feels tenderly”. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Van Gogh was so under appreciated in his time, he sold only one of his 900 paintings while alive. Posthumously, he became one of the most famous artists of all time and his work is now considered priceless. Oh the irony. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I tried to express through red and green the terrible passions of humanity. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ If you end up falling in love with someone, it’s because of them. If you end up hating someone, it’s because of you. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ 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

“ It is the language of nature to which one has to listen. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ The world concerns me only in so far as I feel a certain indebtedness and duty toward it because I have walked this earth for thirty years, and, out of gratitude, want to leave some souvenir in the shape of drawings or pictures — not made to please a certain taste in art, but to express a sincere human feeling. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see nothing but a little smoke at the top of the chimney and then go on their way. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Art is to console those who are broken by life. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

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

“ The more you love, the more you suffer. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ 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. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ So often, a visit to a bookshop has cheered me, and reminded me that there are good things in the world. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Art is something greater and higher than our own skill or knowledge or learning. That art is something which, though produced by human hands, is not wrought by hands alone, but wells up from a deeper source, from a man’s soul. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ The sadness will last forever. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Try to walk as much as you can, and keep your love for nature, for that is the true way to learn to understand art more and more. Painters understand nature and love her and teach us to see her. If one really loves nature, one can find beauty everywhere. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ but as a succession of small things linked together. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I confess I do not know why, but looking at the stars always makes me dream. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ The sight of stars makes me dream. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures; one must, without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ It’s as interesting and as difficult to say a thing well as to paint it. There is the art of lines and colours, but the art of words exists too, and will never be less important. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Just slap anything on when you see a blank canvas staring you in the face like some imbecile. You don’t know how paralyzing that is, that stare of a blank canvas is, which says to the painter, ‘You can’t do a thing’. The canvas has an idiotic stare and mesmerizes some painters so much that they turn into idiots themselves. Many painters are afraid in front of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of the real, passionate painter who dares and who has broken the spell of `you can’t’ once and for all. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ The more I become decomposed, the more sick and fragile I am, the more I become an artist. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ 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. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ One can speak poetry just by arranging colors well, just as one can say comforting things in music. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I am no friend of present-day Christianity, though its Founder was sublime. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Suffice it to say that black and white are also colors… for their simultaneous contrast is as striking as that of green and red, for instance. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

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

“ Whatever plan one makes, there is a hidden difficulty somewhere. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ One must never let the fire go out in one’s soul, but keep it burning. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ In spite of everything, I shall rise again ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I must continue to follow the path I take now. If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it — keep going, keep going come what may. But what is your final goal, you may ask. That goal will become clearer, will emerge slowly but surely, much as the rough draught turns into a sketch, and the sketch into a painting through the serious work done on it, through the elaboration of the original vague idea and through the consolidation of the first fleeting and passing thought. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ No, no thought to the winnings. One loves because one loves. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I am an artist… It’s self-evident that what that word implies is looking for something all the time without ever finding it in full. It is the opposite of saying, ‘I know all about it. I’ve already found it.’ As far as I’m concerned, the word means, ‘I am looking. I am hunting for it. I am deeply involved.’ ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Painting is like having a bad mistress who spends and spends and it’s never enough … I tell myself that even if a tolerable study comes out of it from time to time, it would have been cheaper to buy it from somebody else. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ The beginning is perhaps more difficult than anything else, but keep heart, it will turn out all right. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ My brushwork is quite unsystematic. I slam the paint on in all sorts of ways and leave each result to take care of itself. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ The large majority of people are asleep and do not wish to wake up. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ We are surrounded by poetry on all sides. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Success is sometimes the outcome of a whole string of failures. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Love is something eternal. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Art, although produced by man’s hands, is something not created by hands alone, but something which wells up from a deeper source out of our soul…..My sympathies in the literary as well as in the artistic field are drawn most strongly to those artists in whom I see most the working of the soul. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ 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. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ So let us go forward quietly, each on his own path, forever making for the light. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ It is not only by one’s impulses that one achieves greatness, but also by patiently filing away the steel wall that separates what one feels from what one is capable of doing. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

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

“ 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. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ 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. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I am risking my life for my work, and half my reason has gone. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul, and yet no one ever comes to sit by it. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I shouldn’t precisely have chosen madness if there had been any choice, but once such a thing has taken hold of you, you can’t very well get out of it. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ For great things do not done just happen by impulse but are a succession of small things linked together. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

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

“ If you study Japanese art you see a man who is undoubtedly wise, philosophic and intelligent, who spends his time how? In studying the distance between the earth and the moon? No. In studying the policy of Bismarck? No. He studies a single blade of grass. But this blade of grass leads him to draw every plant and then the seasons, the wide aspects of the countryside, then animals, then the human figure. So he passes his life, and life is too short to do the whole. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ The diseases that we civilized people labor under most are melancholy and pessimism. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

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

“ 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. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Love always causes trouble, that’s true, but in its favour, it energizes. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ Someday death will take us to another star. ”- Vincent Van Gogh

“ I want to paint what I feel, and feel what I paint. ”- Vincent Van Gogh