Vincent Van Gogh Quotes & Wallpapers

Vincent Van Gogh
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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

The great artist is the simplifier. Vincent Van Gogh

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

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

I assure you that there's a lot involved in compositions with figures. ... It's like weaving... you must control and keep an eye on several things at once. Vincent Van Gogh

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

...to look at the stars always makes me dream, as simply as I dream over the black dots of a map representing towns and villages. Why, I ask myself, should the shining dots of the sky not be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France? Vincent Van Gogh

I believe I do much better for the time being by first copying some good things than by working without that foundation 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

Normality is a paved road: It's comfortable to walk,? but no flowers grow on it. Vincent Van Gogh

I will not live without love. Vincent Van Gogh

For me work is an absolute necessity, indeed I can't really drag it out, I take no more pleasure in anything than in work, that's to say, pleasure in other things stops immediately and I become melancholy if I can't get on with the work. Vincent Van Gogh

I myself am quite absorbed by the delicate yellow, delicate soft green, delicate violet of a ploughed and weeded piece of soil. 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

I confess I do not know why, but looking at the stars always makes me dream. 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

In the fullness of artistic life there is, and remains, and will always come back at times, that homesick longing for the truly ideal life that can never come true. Vincent Van Gogh

What is drawing? How does one get there? It's working one's way through an invisible iron wall that seems to stand between what one feels and what one can do. How can one get through that wall? - since hammering on it doesn't help at all. In my view, one must undermine the wall and grind through it slowly and patiently. Vincent Van Gogh

The large majority of people are asleep and do not wish to wake up. 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

It always strikes me, and it is very peculiar, that when we see the image of indescribable and unutterable desolation - of loneliness, of poverty and misery, the end of all things, or their extreme - then rises in our mind the thought of God. Vincent Van Gogh

Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. Vincent Van Gogh

...and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough? 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

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

It is true that every day has its own evil, and its good too. But how difficult must life be, especially farther on when the evil of each day increases as far as worldly things go, if it is not strengthened and comforted by faith. And in Christ all worldly things may become better, and, as it were, sanctified. Theo, woe is me if I do not preach the Gospel; if I did not aim at that and possess faith and hope in Christ, it would be bad for me indeed, but no I have some courage. Vincent Van Gogh

One must learn to read, just as one must learn to see and learn to live. Vincent Van Gogh

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

One should arrive at leading one's conscience to a state of development so that it becomes the voice of a better and higher self, of which the ordinary self is a servant. Vincent Van Gogh

Still, there is a calm, pure harmony, and music inside of me. Vincent Van Gogh

As you can see, I am immersing myself in color-I've held back from that until now; and I don't regret it. Vincent Van Gogh

You have first to experience what you want to express. Vincent Van Gogh

I have walked the earth for thirty years and, out of gratitude, want to leave some souvenir. 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

The world concerns me only in so far as I have a certain debt and duty to it, because I have lived in it for thirty years and owe to it to leave behind some souvenir in the shape of drawings and paintings - not done to please any particular movement, but within which a genuine human sentiment is expressed. Vincent Van Gogh

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

The sadness will last forever. Vincent Van Gogh

It is difficult to know oneself, but it isn't easy to paint oneself either. Vincent Van Gogh

Yellow is capable of charming God. 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

Fortunately for me, I know well enough what I want, and am basically utterly indifferent to the criticism that I work to hurriedly. In answer to that, I have done some things even more hurriedly theses last few days. Vincent Van Gogh

Christ alone, of all the philosophers, magicians, etc., has affirmed eternal life as the most important certainty, the infinity of time, the futility of death, the necessity and purpose of serenity and devotion. He lived serenely, as an artist greater than all other artists, scorning marble and clay and paint, working in the living flesh. In other words, this peerless artist, scarcely conceivable with the blunt instrument of our modern, nervous and obtuse brains, made neither statues nor paintings nor books. He maintained in no uncertain terms that he made ... living men, immortals. 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

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

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

Do not become the slave of your model. Vincent Van Gogh

No blue without yellow and without orange, and if you do blue, then do yellow and orange as well, surely. Vincent Van Gogh

That this awareness of my own fallibility will prevent me from making many mistakes doesn't alter the fact that I'm bound to make a great many mistakes anyway. But if we fall, we get up again! Vincent Van Gogh

If one keeps loving faithfully what is really worth loving, and does not waste one's love on insignificant and unworthy and meaningless things, one will get more light by and by and grow stronger. Vincent Van Gogh

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

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

As a painter I shall never signify anything of importance. I feel it Absolutely. Vincent Van Gogh

The uglier, older, meaner, iller, poorer I get, the more I wish to take my revenge by doing brilliant color, well arranged, resplendent. Vincent Van Gogh

Modern reality has got such a hold on us that... when we attempt to reconstruct the ancient days in our thoughts...the minor events of our lives tear us away from our meditations, and... thrust us back into our personal [problems] Vincent Van Gogh

Well, I am ploughing on my canvases as they do on their fields (the peasants). It goes badly enough in our profession - in fact that has always been so, but at the moment it is very bad. Vincent Van Gogh

There certainly is an affinity between a person and his work, but it is not easy to define what this affinity is, and on that question many judge quite wrongly. Vincent Van Gogh

I am painting with the same enthusiasm as a Marseillaise eats bouillabaisse ... I am painting big sunflowers. Vincent Van Gogh

I'll start with small things. Vincent Van Gogh

The sight of stars makes me dream. Vincent Van Gogh

Surely the true path is to dive deep into nature. Vincent Van Gogh

What has changed is that my life then was less difficult and my future seemingly less gloomy, but as far as my inner self, my way of looking at things and of thinking is concerned, that has not changed. But if there has indeed been a change, then it is that I think, believe and love more seriously now what I thought, believed and loved even then. Vincent Van Gogh

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. 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

I have a firm faith in art, a firm confidence in its being a powerful stream which carries a man to a harbor, though he himself must do his bit 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

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

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

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

Only when I fall do I get up again. 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



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