Vincent Van Gogh Quotes & Wallpapers

Vincent Van Gogh
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I tried to express through red and green the terrible passions of humanity. Vincent Van Gogh
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Do not become the slave of your model. Vincent Van Gogh
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Do not think too deeply about these things - gradually they will become clearer to you Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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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
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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
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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
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I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate. Vincent Van Gogh
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I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say "he feels deeply, he feels tenderly". Vincent Van Gogh
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Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life. Vincent Van Gogh
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Instead of trying to reproduce exactly what I see before me, I make an arbitrary use of color to express myself more forcefully. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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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
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Man is not on the earth solely for his own happiness. He is there to realize great things for humanity. Vincent Van Gogh
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One can speak poetry just by arranging colors well, just as one can say comforting things in music. Vincent Van Gogh
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Sometimes I long so much to do landscape, just as one would go for a long walk to refresh oneself, and in all of nature, in trees for instance, I see expression and a soul. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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There is nothing more beautiful than nature early in the morning. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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Doing little things well is a step toward doing big things better. Vincent Van Gogh
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The beginning is perhaps more difficult than anything else, but keep heart, it will turn out all right. Vincent Van Gogh
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Here everything is so wholly what I consider beautiful. In other words, there is peace here. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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You can feel the stars and the infinity of the sky since life, in spite of everything, is like a dream. Vincent Van Gogh
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I try more and more to be myself, caring relatively little whether people approve or disapprove. Vincent Van Gogh
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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. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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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
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I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. Vincent Van Gogh
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Rembrandt is so deeply mysterious that he says things for which there are no words in any language. Vincent Van Gogh
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Art is jealous, and demands our whole strength ... . Vincent Van Gogh
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I'm now painting with all the elan of a Marseillais eating soup, which won't surprise you when I tell you I'm painting large sunflowers. The idea? To decorate the studio, now there's hope of Gauguin living here. I aim at a dozen panels of sunflowers in the room I've set aside for Gauguin.... Vincent Van Gogh
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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. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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I believe it is one's duty to paint the rich and magnificent aspects of nature. We need gaiety and happiness, hope and love. Vincent Van Gogh
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What I need is courage, and this often fails me. And it is also a fact that since my disease, when I am in the fields I am overwhelmed by a feeling of loneliness to such a horrible extent that I shy away from going out. But this will change all the same as time goes on. Only when I stand a painting before my easel do I feel somewhat alive. Never mind, this is going to change too, for now my health is so good that I suppose the physical part of me will gain the victory. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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So often, a visit to a bookshop has cheered me, and reminded me that there are good things in the world. 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
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To the one party, woman is always heresy and diabolical. To me, the opposite. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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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
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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
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What is done in love is done well. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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Study, analyse the social structure - that's always far more effective than moralising. Vincent Van Gogh
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If you work diligently... without saying to yourself beforehand, 'I want to make this or that,' if you work as though you were making a pair of shoes, without artistic preoccupation, you will not always find you do well. But the days you least expect it, you will find a subject which holds its own with the work of those who have gone before. Vincent Van Gogh
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My great longing is to make those very incorrectnesses, those deviations, remodellings, changes in reality, so that they may become, yes, lies if you like - but truer than the literal truth. Vincent Van Gogh
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I have played hell somewhat with the truthfulness of the colours. Vincent Van Gogh
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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. Vincent Van Gogh
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Love is eternal, the aspect may change, but not the essence. ? Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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It's better to have a gay life of it than to commit suicide. Vincent Van Gogh
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I can't work without a model. I won't say I turn my back on nature ruthlessly in order to turn a study into a picture, arranging the colors, enlarging and simplifying; but in the matter of form I am too afraid of departing from the possible and the true. Vincent Van Gogh
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For the great doesn't happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together. Vincent Van Gogh
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Great things do not just happen by impulse, but as a succession of small things linked together. Vincent Van Gogh
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Drawing is the root of everything, and the time spent on that is actually all profit. Vincent Van Gogh
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My sketchbook is a witness of what I am experiencing, scribbling things whenever they happen. Vincent Van Gogh
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Love a friend, love a wife, something, whatever you like, but one must love with a lofty and serious intimate sympathy, with strength, with intelligence, and one must always try to know deeper, better, and more. Vincent Van Gogh
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Everywhere we look, complex magic of nature blazes before our eyes. Vincent Van Gogh
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... life is too short to do the whole. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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What lives in art and is eternally living, is first of all the painter and then the painting. Vincent Van Gogh
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I work as diligently on my canvases as the laborers do in their fields. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God's help I shall succeed. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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There is no blue without yellow and without orange. Vincent Van Gogh
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I wish they would only take me as I am. Vincent Van Gogh
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I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners. Vincent Van Gogh
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