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1853 - 1890, Dutch painter

If you hear a voice within you say "You cannot paint," then by all means paint and that
voice will be silenced.
Vincent van Gogh

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

I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to
love people.
Vincent Van Gogh

How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?
Vincent van Gogh

One cannot always tell what it is that keeps us shut in, confines us, seems to bury us, but
still one feels certain barriers, certain gates, certain walls. Is this all imagination, fantasy? I
do not think so. And then one asks: My God! Is it for long, is it for ever, is it for eternity? Do
you know what frees one from this captivity? It is very deep serious affection. Being friends,
being brothers, love, that is what opens the prison by supreme power, by some magic force.
Vincent van Gogh, letter to his brother, July 1880

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

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

Being friends, being brothers, loving, that is what opens the prison, with supreme power, by
some magic force. Without these one stays dead. But whenever affection is revived, there
life revives.
Vincent van Gogh

To believe in God for me is to feel that there is a God, not a dead one, or a stuffed one, but
a living one, who with irresistible force urges us towards more loving.
Vincent van Gogh

I consciously choose the dog's path through life. I shall be poor; I shall be a painter.
Vincent van Gogh

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

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only
by night.
Vincent van Gogh

I can't change the fact that my paintings don't sell. But the time will come when people will
recognize that they are worth more than the value of the paints used in the picture.
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 am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.
Vincent van Gogh

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

I am not strictly speaking mad, for my mind is absolutely normal in the intervals, and even
more so than before. But during the attacks it is terrible - and then I lose consciousness of
everything. But that spurs me on to work and to seriousness, as a miner who is always in
danger makes haste in what he does.
Vincent van Gogh

Some good must come by clinging to the right. Conscience is a man's compass, and though
the needle sometimes deviates, though one often perceives irregularities in directing one's
course by it, still one must try to follow its direction.
Vincent van Gogh

What can we say if once the hidden forces of sympathy and love have been roused in us?
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

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

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

The thing has already taken form in my mind before I start it. The first attempts are
absolutely unbearable. I say this because I want you to know that if you see something
worthwhile in what I am doing, it is not by accident but because of real direction and
purpose.
Vincent van Gogh

If I were to think of and dwell on disastrous possibilities, I could do nothing. I throw myself
headlong into my work, and come up again with my studies; if the storm within gets too loud,
I take a glass too much to stun myself.
Vincent van Gogh

The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting.
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

It is a pity that, as one gradually gains experience, one loses one's youth.
Vincent van Gogh

I certainly hope to sell in the course of time, but I think I shall be able to influence it most
effectively by working steadily on, and that at the present moment making desperate efforts
to force the work I am doing now upon the public would be pretty useless.
Vincent van Gogh

In an artist's life, death is perhaps not the most diffcult thing.
Vincent van Gogh

I think that everything that is really good and beautiful, the inner, moral, spiritual and sublime
beauty in men and their works, comes from God, and everything that is bad and evil in the
works of men and in men is not from God, and God does not approve of it.
Vincent van Gogh

The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like
speech.
Vincent van Gogh

There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
Vincent van Gogh

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