Vincent Van Gogh Quotes & Wallpapers

Vincent Van Gogh
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I am always doing what I can't do so I may learn how to do it. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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It is no more easy to make a good picture than it is to find a diamond or a pearl. It means trouble and you risk your life for it. Vincent Van Gogh
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I don't know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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Just slap something on it when you see a blank canvas staring at you with a sort of imbecility. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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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
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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. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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I take great care of myself by carefully shutting myself away. Vincent Van Gogh
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The more you love, the more you suffer. Vincent Van Gogh
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And when I read, and really I do not read so much, only a few authors, - a few men that I discovered by accident - I do this because they look at things in a broader, milder and more affectionate way than I do, and because they know life better, so that I can learn from them. Vincent Van Gogh
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I am no friend of present-day Christianity, though its Founder was sublime. Vincent Van Gogh
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For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. Vincent Van Gogh
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I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day. Vincent Van Gogh
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The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others. Vincent Van Gogh
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Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy. Vincent Van Gogh
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Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion. Vincent Van Gogh
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Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy, but their good taste and their scientific knowledge of composition were enormous. Vincent Van Gogh
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Art demands persistent work, work in spite of everything, and continuous observations. By persistent, I mean not only continuous work, but also not giving up your opinion at the bidding of such and such a person. Vincent Van Gogh
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Well, I dare not allow myself any illusions, and I am afraid it may never happen that Father and Mother will really appreciate my art. It is not their fault; we do not see the same things with the same eyes, or have the same thoughts raised in us by them. They will never be able to understand what painting is. Vincent Van Gogh
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The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. Vincent Van Gogh
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For great things do not done (sic) just happen by impulse but are a succession of small things linked together. Vincent Van Gogh
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The great isn't something accidental; it must be willed. Vincent Van Gogh
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What is true is that I have at times earned my own crust of bread, and at other times a friend has given it to me out of the goodness of his heart. I have lived whatever way I could, for better or for worse, taking things just as they came. Vincent Van Gogh
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We are surrounded by poetry on all sides... Vincent Van Gogh
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It always strikes me, and it is very peculiar, that, whenever we see the image of indescribable and unutterable desolation-of loneliness, poverty, and misery, the end and extreme of things-the thought of God comes into one's mind. Vincent Van Gogh
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When we are working at a difficult task and strive after a good thing, we are fighting a righteous battle, the direct reward of which is that we are kept from much evil. Vincent Van Gogh
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I consciously choose the dog's path through life. I shall be poor; I shall be a painter... Vincent Van Gogh
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One begins by plaguing oneself to no purpose in order to be true to nature, and one concludes by working quietly from one's own palette alone, and then nature is the result. Vincent Van Gogh
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I am a man of passions, capable of and subject to doing more or less foolish things- which I happen to regret, more or less, afterwards. Vincent Van Gogh
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No, no thought to the winnings. One loves because one loves. Vincent Van Gogh
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Painters understand nature and love it, and teach us to see. Vincent Van Gogh
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Someday death will take us to another star. Vincent Van Gogh
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There may be a time in life when one is tired of everything and feels as if all one does is wrong, and there maybe some truth in it- do you think this is a feeling one must try to forget and to banish, or is it 'the longing for God,' which one must not fear, but cherish to see if it may bring us some good? Is it 'the longing for God' which leads us to make a choice which we never regret? Let us keep courage and try to be patient and gentle. And not mind being eccentric, and make distinction between good and evil. Vincent Van Gogh
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I do not know myself how I paint it. I sit down with a white board before the spot that strikes me. I look at what is before my eyes, and say to myself, that white board must become something. Vincent Van Gogh
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To express the love of two lovers by a marriage of two complementary colors, their mingling and their opposition, the mysterious vibrations of Kindred tones. To express the thought of a brow by the radiance of light tone against a somber background; to express hope by some star, the eagerness of a soul by a sunset radiance. Vincent Van Gogh
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When I have a model who is quiet and steady and with whom I am acquainted, then I draw repeatedly 'til there is one drawing that is different from the rest, which does not look like an ordinary study, but more typical and with more feeling. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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a likeness different from the products of the God-fearing photographer. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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We are having wind and rain here, and I am very glad not to be alone. I work from memory on bad days, and that would not do if I were alone. Vincent Van Gogh
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I cannot help it that my paintings do not sell. The time will come when people will see that they are worth more than the price of the paint. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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If we study Japanese art, we see a man who is undoubtedly wise, philosophic and intelligent, who spends his time doing what? He studies a single blade of grass. Vincent Van Gogh
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People are often unable to do anything, imprisoned as they are in I don't know what kind of terrible, terrible, oh such terrible cage. Vincent Van Gogh
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I am a fanatic! I feel a power within me...a fire that I may not quench, but must keep ablaze. Vincent Van Gogh
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One of the hardest things to do is to paint darkness which nonetheless has light in it. Vincent Van Gogh
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I painted two pictures of myself lately, one of which has rather the true character ... I always think photographs abominable, and I don't like to have them around, particularly not those of persons I know and love.... photographic portraits wither much sooner than we ourselves do, whereas the painted portrait is a thing which is felt, done with love or respect for the human being that is portrayed. Vincent Van Gogh
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I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort and disappointment and perseverance. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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I've never felt a desire (and I don't believe I ever shall) to bring the public to my work... a certain popularity seems to me the least desirable of things. Vincent Van Gogh
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In order to work and to become an artist one needs love. At least, one who wants sentiment in his work must in the first place feel it himself, and live with his heart Vincent Van Gogh
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To suffer without complaint is the only lesson we have to learn in this life Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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Don't lose heart if it's very difficult at times, everything will come out all right and nobody can in the beginning do as he wishes. Vincent Van Gogh
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Great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed. Vincent Van Gogh
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I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. Vincent Van Gogh
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If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. Vincent Van Gogh
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Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all. Vincent Van Gogh
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Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. Vincent Van Gogh
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Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again. Vincent Van Gogh
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Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it. Vincent Van Gogh
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If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men? Vincent Van Gogh
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A good picture is equivalent to a good deed. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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To paint nature you must be in it a long time. Vincent Van Gogh
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Painting demands an intelligent model. Vincent Van Gogh
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One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever come to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on the way. Vincent Van Gogh
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