Vincent van Gogh

37 Quotes by Vincent van Gogh

Presented by Charles L Harmon of Good Luck Domains

The Red Vineyard van Gogh

The Red Vineyard, November 1888, Pushkin Museum, Moscow). Sold to Anna Boch, 1890: Click images to enlarge.

Vincent van Gogh was a gifted painter. During his relatively short lifetime he had lots of problems. The last year and a half or so his problems escalated. He went to a mental hospital for a year.

He painted during that time off and on during times when he was able to paint. Within about three months after his release he passed away at the age of 37. Here are 37 quotes by Vincent van Gogh or attributed to van Gogh. Some of these and other quotes and quotations by van Gogh might reflect his mental state when he said them.

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A good picture is equivalent to a good deed. – Vincent Van Gogh

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An artist needn’t be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men. – Vincent Van Gogh

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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

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But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things. – Vincent Van Gogh

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Conscience is a man’s compass. – Vincent Van Gogh

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Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model. – 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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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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Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. – Vincent Van Gogh

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How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be? – 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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I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater than I am, which is my life, the power to create. – Vincent Van Gogh

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I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. – 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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I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. – 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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Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette Van Gogh

Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette, 1885–1886, oil on canvas, Van Gogh Museum

I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. – 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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I wish they would only take me as I am. – 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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If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things. – Vincent Van Gogh

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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

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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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It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures. – 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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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

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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

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One must work and dare if one really wants to live. – 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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Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul. – 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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The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night van Gogh

The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night, September 1888, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands

The best way to know God is to love many things. – 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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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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The way to know life is to love many things. – Vincent Van Gogh

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There is no blue without yellow and without orange. – 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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