79+ Best Vincent Van Gogh Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Vincent Willem van Gogh was one of the world’s greatest artists, with paintings such as ‘Starry Night’ and ‘Sunflowers’. He was a post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the 20th-century art. Powerful Vincent Van Gogh quotes will change how you view the world and inspire you to find beauty in everything.

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Most Famous Quotes By 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

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

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

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. – Vincent Van Gogh

Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all. – Vincent Van Gogh

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. – Vincent Van Gogh

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

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. – Vincent Van Gogh

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

Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model. – Vincent Van Gogh

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

I don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream. – Vincent Van Gogh

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

There is no blue without yellow and without orange. – Vincent Van Gogh

If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere. – Vincent Van Gogh

I now consider myself to be at the beginning of the beginning of making something serious – Vincent Van Gogh

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

I put my heart and my soul into my work and have lost my mind in the process. – Vincent Van Gogh

There is but one Paris and however hard living may be here, and if it became worse and harder even—the French air clears up the brain and does good—a world of good. – Vincent Van Gogh

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

A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke. – Vincent Van Gogh

I’ll start with small things. – Vincent Van Gogh

There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. – 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 don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream. – Vincent Van Gogh

And then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough? – Vincent Van Gogh

Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul. – Vincent Van Gogh

I would rather die of passion than of boredom. – Vincent Van Gogh

The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too. – Vincent Van Gogh

Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. – 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

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

I assure you that there’s a lot involved in compositions with figures. … It’s like weaving… you must control and keep an eye on several things at once. – 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

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

As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward. – Vincent Van Gogh

If I am worth anything later, I am worth something now. For wheat is wheat, even if people think it is a grass in the beginning. – Vincent Van Gogh

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

Someone has a great fire in his soul, and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see nothing but a little smoke at the top of the chimney and then go on their way. – Vincent Van Gogh

Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it. – Vincent Van Gogh

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

The sadness will last forever. – Vincent Van Gogh

Exaggerate the essential, leave the obvious vague. – Vincent Van Gogh

Success is sometimes the outcome of a whole string of failures. – Vincent Van Gogh

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

I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle. – Vincent Van Gogh

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

There is peace even in the storm. – Vincent Van Gogh

I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart. – 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

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

Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence. – Vincent Van Gogh

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

Admire more, most people don’t admire enough. – Vincent Van Gogh

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

What a splendid thing watercolor is to express atmosphere and distance, so that the figure is surrounded by air and can breathe in it. – 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. If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. – Vincent Van Gogh

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

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

Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion. – Vincent Van Gogh

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

Drawing is the root of everything, and the time spent on that is actually all profit. – 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

Go out and paint the stars. – Vincent Van Gogh

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

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

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

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

Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it. – Vincent Van Gogh

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

I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate. – Vincent Van Gogh

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

Keep going, keep going come what may. – Vincent Van Gogh

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

Close friends are truly life’s treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone. – Vincent Van Gogh

I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say, ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly’. – Vincent Van Gogh

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

I’m drawing a great deal and think it’s getting better. – Vincent Van Gogh

I wish they would only take me as I am. – Vincent Van Gogh

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