38 Vincent Van Gogh Quotes On Life and Painting That Will Inspire You

Vincent van Gogh has not only left behind some of the remarkable piece of modern art but also his own philosophies about life, which we will discuss in the below mentioned Vincent van Gogh quotes. Crafted around 2000 artworks, he holds the position of the greatest artist ever born in the history of the planet. The astonishing fact is that most of his artworks were created in less than two years before his death.

The tragedy was that it takes a little time for the world to understand the genius of Vincent van Gogh. Failed and living in poverty and poor mental health, Vincent van Gogh committed suicide at a young age of 37. If he had lived longer the world would be surprised to see the masterpieces he could have made. You may find the following Vincent van Gogh quotes captivating and equally enlightening.

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

2. 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

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

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

5. I dream my painting and I paint my dream. – Vincent van Gogh

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

7. I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart. – Vincent van Gogh

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

9. 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. Vincent van Gogh

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

11. Conscience is a man’s compass. – Vincent van Gogh

12. The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting. – Vincent van Gogh

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

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

15. Happiness… it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. – Vincent van Gogh

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

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

18. 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

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

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

21. 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

22. The sadness will last forever. – Vincent van Gogh

23. Our greatest glory consists not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall. – Vincent van Gogh

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

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

26. 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

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

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

29. 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

30. …and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough? – Vincent van Gogh

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

32. If one wants to be active, one must not be afraid of going wrong, one must not be afraid of making mistakes now and then. Many people think that they will become good just by doing no harm – but that’s a lie. – Vincent van Gogh

33. 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

34. Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much perfoms much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. – Vincent van Gogh

35. Art is to console those who are broken by life. – Vincent van Gogh

36. Exaggerate the essential, leave the obvious vague. – Vincent van Gogh

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

38. 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

Which of the Vincent Van Gogh quotes do you enjoy reading the most? Let me know in the comments below.

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Nakul Grover

Nakul Grover, author of Superhuman In You and the one who runs this blog. He has been writing on self-improvement since 2014. Featured on various websites, his works have helped thousands of people to live an extraordinary life. He loves spending his leisure hours in reading books and learning new skills.

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