Vincent Van Gogh Quotes & Wallpapers

Vincent Van Gogh
Total Quotes: 448


The only thing to do is to go one's own way, to try one's best, to make the thing live. Vincent Van Gogh

What am I in most people's eyes? A nonentity or an eccentric and disagreeable man... I should want my work to show what is in the heart of such an eccentric, of such a nobody. Vincent Van Gogh

There is no blue without yellow and without orange, and if you put in blue, then you must put in yellow, and orange too, mustn't you? Oh well, you will tell me that what I write to you are only banalities. Vincent Van Gogh

In a sense I'm glad that I've never learned how to paint. Vincent Van Gogh

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

Only he can be an artist who has a religion all his own - an original way of viewing infinity. Vincent Van Gogh

Ah, Manet has come very, very close to it and Courbet - the marrying of form and colour. Vincent Van Gogh

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

I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate. 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

Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life. Vincent Van Gogh

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

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

Doing little things well is a step toward doing big things better. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

To the one party, woman is always heresy and diabolical. To me, the opposite. 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

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

You can feel the stars and the infinity of the sky since life, in spite of everything, is like a dream. Vincent Van Gogh

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

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

There is nothing more beautiful than nature early in the morning. 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Art is jealous, and demands our whole strength ... . Vincent Van Gogh

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

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

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

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

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

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

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. Vincent Van Gogh

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

Study, analyse the social structure - that's always far more effective than moralising. Vincent Van Gogh

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

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

I have played hell somewhat with the truthfulness of the colours. Vincent Van Gogh

Love is eternal, the aspect may change, but not the essence. ? Vincent Van Gogh

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

For the great doesn't happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together. Vincent Van Gogh

Great things do not just happen by impulse, but as a succession of small things linked together. Vincent Van Gogh

Drawing is the root of everything, and the time spent on that is actually all profit. Vincent Van Gogh

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

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

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

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

Let life be beautiful like summer flowers and death be like autumn leaves. Rabindranath Tagore What a simple thing death is, just as simple as the falling of an autumn leaf. Vincent Van Gogh

There is but one Paris and however hard living may be here, and if it became worse and harder even-the French air clears up the brain and does good-a world of good. Vincent Van Gogh

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

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. 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

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

But by fighting the difficulties in which one finds oneself, an inner strength develops from within our heart, which improves in life's fight. Vincent Van Gogh

A good painting should be the equivalent of a good deed. Vincent Van Gogh

But what's your ultimate goal, you'll say. That goal will become clearer, will take shape slowly and surely, as the croquis becomes a sketch and the sketch a painting, as one works more seriously, as one digs deeper into the originally vague idea, the first fugitive, passing thought, unless it becomes firm. Vincent Van Gogh

... life is too short to do the whole. Vincent Van Gogh



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