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Quotes By Vincent van Gogh

Date of Birth: March 30, 1853     Date of Death: July 29, 1890

As a boy Vincent van Gogh was not a very happy child, but he loved to draw. His failure to become a Christian Pastor, and his love of art is what made him decide to become an artist. He is known as an impressionist painter. His thousands of paintings were created with oil paint and watercolors. Two of his most famous paintings are a self-portrait and “The Starry Night”. Most of his life van Gogh suffered with mental illness and died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.



I dream my painting and I paint my dream.  ~ Vincent van Gogh


I would rather die of passion than of boredom.  ~ Vincent van Gogh


I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.  ~ Vincent van Gogh


I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.  ~ 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


I don't know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.  ~ Vincent van Gogh


There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.  ~ 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


Only when I fall do I get up again.  ~ 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


I will not live without love.  ~ Vincent van Gogh


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


Exaggerate the essential, leave the obvious vague.  ~ Vincent van Gogh


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


If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.  ~ Vincent van Gogh


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


It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning.  ~ Vincent van Gogh


I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process.  ~ 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


One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.  ~ Vincent van Gogh


I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.  ~ Vincent van Gogh


Whoever loves much, performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.  ~ 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 the end we shall have had enough of cynicism, skepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live more musically.  ~ Vincent van Gogh


Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.  ~ Vincent van Gogh


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


I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.  ~ Vincent van Gogh




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