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Best and Memorable Quotes By Vincent Willem van Gogh 
“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

“Normality is a paved road It's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”

“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.”

“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

“Art is to console those who are broken by life.”

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”

“Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.”

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”

“I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.”

“What is done in love is done well.”

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

“I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process.”

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything”

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

“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 try more and more to be myself, caring relatively little whether people approve or disapprove.”

“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.”

“The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting.”

“I will not live without love.”

“One must work and dare if one really wants to live.”

“The sadness will last forever.”

“In spite of everything, I shall rise again.”

“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.”

“Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.”

“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.”

“I’ll start with small things.”

“Conscience is a man’s compass.”

“To do good work one must eat well, be well housed, have one’s fling from time to time, smoke one’s pipe, and drink one’s coffee in peace.”

“There is peace even in the storm.”

“As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.”

“But you people do not understand me, and I am afraid you never will.”

“If you end up falling in love with someone, it’s because of them. If you end up hating someone, it’s because of you.”

“Someday death will take us to another star.”

“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.”

“Great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed.”

“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.”

“The diseases that we civilized people labor under most are melancholy and pessimism.”

“Still, there is a calm, pure harmony, and music inside of me.”

“Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.”

“No blue without yellow and without orange, and if you do blue, then do yellow and orange as well, surely.”

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

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

“The sight of stars makes me dream.”

“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.”

“Success is sometimes the outcome of a whole string of failures.”

“Exaggerate the essential, leave the obvious vague.”

“We spent our whole lives in unconsous excercise of the art of expressing our thoughts with the help of words.”

“The beginning is perhaps more difficult than anything else, but keep heart, it will turn out all right.”

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

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”

“Don’t lose heart if it’s very difficult at times, everything will come out all right and nobody can in the beginning do as he wishes.”

“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.”

“It is a pity that, as one gradually gains experience, one loses one’s youth.”

“I cannot help thinking that the best way of knowing God is to love many things. Love this friend, this person, this thing, whatever you like, and you will be on the right road to understanding Him better.”

“The sunflower is mine, in a way.”

“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.”

“To paint nature you must be in it a long time.”

“I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say “he feels deeply, he feels tenderly”.”

“Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.”

“I have walked the earth for thirty years and, out of gratitude, want to leave some souvenir.”

“Art is but imitation of nature.”

“Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.”

“One can never study nature too much and too hard.”

“Many painters are afraid of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of the truly passionate painter who dares-and who has once broken the spell of ‘you can’t.’”

“The more you love, the more you suffer.”

“Seek only light and freedom and do not immerse yourself too deeply in the worldly mire.”

“But you must love with a sublime, genuine, profound sympathy, with devotion, with intelligence, and you must try all the time to understand Him more, better and yet more. That will lead to God, that will lead to an unshakeable faith .”

“Everywhere we look, complex magic of nature blazes before our eyes.”

“Painters understand nature and love it, and teach us to see.”

“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.”

“Painting demands an intelligent model.”

“We are having wind and rain here, and I am very glad not to be alone. I work from memory on bad days, and that would not do if I were alone.”

“I am astonished at the high prices paid for works by painters who are dead, prices none of them could expect when they were alive. It is a kind of tulip trade, in which living painters suffer but do not profit.”

“Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life.”

“For me work is an absolute necessity, indeed I can’t really drag it out, I take no more pleasure in anything than in work, that’s to say, pleasure in other things stops immediately and I become melancholy if I can’t get on with the work.”

“We take death to reach a star.”

“I must continue to follow the path I take now. If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it – keep going, keep going come what may.”

“Sometimes I long so much to do landscape, just as one would go for a long walk to refresh oneself, and in all of nature, in trees for instance, I see expression and a soul.”

“I wish they would take me as I am.”

“I want to get to the point where people say of my work, that man feels deeply.”

“If the storm within gets too loud, I take a glass too much to stun myself.”

“Painting it was hard graft. There are one and a half large tubes of white in the ground – yet that ground is very dark...”

“Since visiting the abatoirs of S. France I have stopped eating meat.”

“The victory one would gain after a whole life of work and effort is better than one that is gained sooner.”

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

“I am a man of passions, capable of and subject to doing more or less foolish things- which I happen to regret, more or less, afterwards.”

“Surely the true path is to dive deep into nature.”

“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.”

“Oh! I must somehow manage to do a figure in a few strokes.”

“But on the road that I’m on I must continue; if I do nothing, if I don’t study, if I don’t keep on trying, then I’m lost, then woe betide me. That’s how I see this, to keep on, keep on, that’s what’s needed.”

“Art demands constant observation.”

“How right it is to love flowers and the greenery of pines and ivy and hawthorn hedges; they have been with us from the very beginning.”

“One of the hardest things to do is to paint darkness which nonetheless has light in it.”

“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.”

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

“Rembrandt is so deeply mysterious that he says things for which there are no words in any language.”

“Just dash something down if you see a blank canvas staring at you with a certain imbecility. You do not know how paralyzing it is, that staring of a blank canvas which says to the painter you don’t know anything.”

“When we are working at a difficult task and strive after a good thing, we are fighting a righteous battle, the direct reward of which is that we are kept from much evil.”

“Christ is more of an artist than the artists; he works in the living spirit and the living flesh, he makes men instead of statues.”

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