Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life. His suicide at 37 followed years of mental illness and poverty. Van Gogh was unsuccessful during his lifetime, and was considered a madman and a failure. He became famous after his suicide, and exists in the public imagination as the quintessential misunderstood genius, the artist “where discourses on madness and creativity converge”.
Do Not Quench Your Inspiration And Your Imagination; Do Not Become The Slave Of Your Model.
I Often Think That The Night Is More Alive And More Richly Colored Than The Day.
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.
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.
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.
There Is No Blue Without Yellow And Without Orange.
I Wish They Would Only Take Me As I Am.
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.
When I Have A Terrible Need Of - Shall I Say The Word - Religion. Then I Go Out And Paint The Stars.
As We Advance In Life It Becomes More And More Difficult, But In Fighting The Difficulties The Inmost Strength Of The Heart Is Developed.
What Would Life Be If We Had No Courage To Attempt Anything?
Great Things Are Done By A Series Of Small Things Brought Together.
The More I Think About It, The More I Realize There Is Nothing More Artistic Than To Love Others.
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.
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.
Paintings Have A Life Of Their Own That Derives From The Painter's Soul.
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.
It Is Better To Be High-spirited Even Though One Makes More Mistakes, Than To Be Narrow-minded And All Too Prudent.
An Artist Needn't Be A Clergyman Or A Churchwarden, But He Certainly Must Have A Warm Heart For His Fellow Men.
A Good Picture Is Equivalent To A Good Deed.
If Boyhood And Youth Are But Vanity, Must It Not Be Our Ambition To Become Men?
The Way To Know Life Is To Love Many Things.
If You Hear A Voice Within You Say 'You Cannot Paint,' Then By All Means Paint, And That Voice Will Be Silenced.
I See Drawings And Pictures In The Poorest Of Huts And The Dirtiest Of Corners.
One Must Work And Dare If One Really Wants To Live.
Even The Knowledge Of My Own Fallibility Cannot Keep Me From Making Mistakes. Only When I Fall Do I Get Up Again.
How Can I Be Useful, Of What Service Can I Be? There Is Something Inside Me, What Can It Be?
I Feel That There Is Nothing More Truly Artistic Than To Love People.
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.
But I Always Think That The Best Way To Know God Is To Love Many Things.
Painting Is A Faith, And It Imposes The Duty To Disregard Public Opinion.
Poetry Surrounds Us Everywhere, But Putting It On Paper Is, Alas, Not So Easy As Looking At It.
Love Always Brings Difficulties, That Is True, But The Good Side Of It Is That It Gives Energy.
I Put My Heart And My Soul Into My Work, And Have Lost My Mind In The Process.
The Best Way To Know God Is To Love Many Things.
Those Dutchmen Had Hardly Any Imagination Or Fantasy, But Their Good Taste And Their Scientific Knowledge Of Composition Were Enormous.
The Fishermen Know That The Sea Is Dangerous And The Storm Terrible, But They Have Never Found These Dangers Sufficient Reason For Remaining Ashore.
I Am Still Far From Being What I Want To Be, But With God's Help I Shall Succeed.
For My Part I Know Nothing With Any Certainty, But The Sight Of The Stars Makes Me Dream.
I Dream Of Painting And Then I Paint My Dream.
Conscience Is A Man's Compass.