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50 Beautiful Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

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50 Beautiful Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

Which are your favorite Vincent Van Gogh quotes?

We all first learned of Vincent Van Gogh in art class at school, when our teachers told us he cut his own ear off. I’m pretty sure that it was later revealed it was an accident, and not done of his own accord.

Van Gogh was one of the most influential painters in history, and therefore we all studied his work when we were in full-time education. Van Gogh was born in the Netherlands in 1853, and passed away in France, in 1890.

Here’s our collection of Vincent Van Gogh quotes:


50 Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

1. “Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.” Vincent van Gogh

2. “Conscience is a man’s compass” – Vincent van Gogh

3. “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent van Gogh

4. “I consciously choose the dog’s path through life. I shall be poor; I shall be a painter…” – Vincent van Gogh

5. “I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” – Vincent van Gogh

6. “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

7. “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

8. “Occasionally, in times of worry, I’ve longed to be stylish, but on second thought I say no—just let me be myself—and express rough, yet true things with rough workmanship.” – Vincent van Gogh

9. “Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.” – Vincent van Gogh


10th of 50 Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

“The way to know life is to love many things.” – Vincent van Gogh


11. “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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12. “Drawing is the root of everything, and the time spent on that is actually all profit.” – Vincent van Gogh

13. “How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?” – Vincent van Gogh

14. “I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.” – Vincent van Gogh

15. “I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners.” – Vincent van Gogh

16. “If you hear a voice within you saying, ”You are not a painter,” then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh

17. “It is only too true that a lot of artists are mentally ill- it’s a life which, to put it mildly, makes one an outsider. I’m all right when I completely immerse myself in work, but I’ll always remain half crazy.” – Vincent van Gogh

18. “One can speak poetry just by arranging colors well, just as one can say comforting things in music.” – Vincent van Gogh

19. “Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.” – Vincent van Gogh

20. “There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” – Vincent van Gogh


21st of 50 Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

“As you can see, I am immersing myself in color – I’ve held back from that until now; and I don’t regret it.” – Vincent van Gogh


22. “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

23. “I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.” – Vincent van Gogh

24. “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

25. “I wish they would only take me as I am.” – Vincent van Gogh

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26. “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

27. “Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy.” – Vincent van Gogh

28. “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

29. “Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.” – Vincent van Gogh

30. “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

31. “But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.” – Vincent van Gogh


32nd of 50 Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” – Vincent van Gogh


33. “I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God’s help I shall succeed.” – Vincent van Gogh

34. “I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people” – Vincent van Gogh

35. “I’m drawing a great deal and think it’s getting better.” – Vincent van Gogh

36. “It always strikes me, and it is very peculiar, that when we see the image of indescribable and unutterable desolation – of loneliness, of poverty and misery, the end of all things, or their extreme – then rises in our mind the thought of God.” – Vincent van Gogh

37. “Love is eternal – the aspect may change, but not the essence. 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. The lamp was there and was a good lamp, but now it is shed.” – Vincent van Gogh

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38. “One must spoil as many canvases as one succeeds with.” – Vincent van Gogh

39. “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

40. “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” – Vincent van Gogh


41st of 50 Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

“By working hard, old man, I hope to make something good one day. I haven’t yet, but I am pursuing it and fighting for it…” – Vincent van Gogh


42. “For the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together.” – Vincent van Gogh

43. “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

44. “I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.” – Vincent van Gogh

45. “Ideas for work are coming to me in abundance…I’m going like a painting-locomotive.” – Vincent van Gogh

46. “It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all to prudent.” – Vincent van Gogh

47. “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

48. “One must work and dare if one really wants to live.” – Vincent van Gogh

49. “The more I think about it,the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others” – Vincent van Gogh

50. “You write in your letter something which I sometimes feel also: Sometimes I do not know how I shall pull through.” – Vincent van Gogh


Which are your favorite Vincent Van Gogh quotes? Leave a comment below.

Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan has been running Wealthy Gorilla and studying self-development, personal finance and investment for the last 7 years, whilst traveling the world and being able to call Bali, Indonesia, his HQ. To this day, Wealthy Gorilla has become one of the fastest growing self-development sites in the world; with over 160 million views worldwide, and more than 200,000 followers on social media. Dan's mission is simply, to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; "Because of you, I never gave up."

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  1. Seth

    Oct 30, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Awesome list!! I particularly like #44 since I feel I work better during the night.
    This list reminds me of a funny story about Van Gogh: A French thief was stealing paintings and got into his car. Before long, he was caught by the police. They questioned him on why he didnt drive away. He replied, “I didn’t have enough Monet for Degas to make the Van Gogh.”

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