Following are best Van Gogh quotes that provide an insight of his thinking process and values.

Vincent Van Gogh was a dutch painter. He is considered the most famous post impressionist painter and influential figure in the history of Western art. Van Gogh was born on 30th March 1853 in Zundert, Netherlands. He created about 2000 artworks including hundreds of oil paintings, portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. Most of his works are created within the last two years of his life. He was considered quiet and thoughtful even as a child. He suffered from severe depression and other mental illnesses. As a result, he committed suicide at 37.


“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 dream my painting and I paint my dream.”
Vincent van Gogh

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

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

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

“Life itself, too, is forever turning an infinitely vacant, dispiriting blank side towards man on which nothing appears, any more than it does on a blank canvas. But no matter how vacant and vain, how dead life may appear to be, the man of faith, of energy, of warmth, who knows something, will not be put off so easily.”
Vincent van Gogh

“And the memories of all we have loved stay and come back to us in the evening of our life. They are not dead but sleep, and it is well to gather a treasure of them.”
Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

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“I don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.”
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

“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

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

“That I was not suited to commerce or academic study in no way proves that I should also be unfit to be a painter.”
Vincent van Gogh

“To understand blue you must first understand yellow and orange.”
Vincent van Gogh, Van Gogh’s ‘Diary’: The Artist’s Life In His Own Words And Art

“If one loves nature one finds beauty everywhere.”
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, which is my life, the power to create.”
Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

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

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”
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.”
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“The sadness will last forever.”
Vincent van Gogh

“I work as diligently on my canvases as the laborers do in their fields.”
Vincent van Gogh

“Sometimes, dear brother, I know so well what I want. I am quite able to do without God, both in my life and in my painting, but what I cannot do without, unwell as I am, is something greater than myself, which is my life, the power to create.”
Vincent van Gogh

“She and I are two unhappy ones who keep together and carry our burdens together, and in this way unhappiness is changed to joy, and the unbearable becomes bearable.”
Vincent van Gogh

“I hope to depart in no other way than looking back with love and wistfulness and thinking, oh paintings that I would have made.”
Vincent van Gogh

“I believe more and more that God must not be judged harshly on this earth. It is one of His sketches that has turned out badly.”
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“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
Vincent van Gogh Quotes

“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

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

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

“I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.”
Vincent van Gogh

“It must be good to die in the knowledge that one has done some truthful work…and to know that, as a result, one will live on in the memory of at least a few and leave a good example for those who come after.”
Vincent van Gogh

“Many painters are afraid of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of the painter who dares and who has broken the spell of ‘you can’t’ once and for all.”
Vincent van Gogh

“In would rather die of passion than of boredom.”
Vincent van Gogh

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“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”
Vincent van Gogh

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

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

“So what do you want? Does what happens inside show on the outside? There is such a great fire in one’s soul, and yet nobody ever comes to warm themselves there, and passersby see nothing but a little smoke coming from the top of the chimney, and go on their way.”
? Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”
Vincent van Gogh Quotes

“Fortunately for me, I know well enough what I want, and am basically utterly indifferent to the criticism that I work to hurriedly. In answer to that, I have done some things even more hurriedly theses last few days.”
Vincent van Gogh

“Illusions may fade, but the sublime remains.”
Vincent van Gogh

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

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“I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.”
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 Quotes

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

“The world concerns me only in so far as I have a certain debt and duty to it, because I have lived in it for thirty years and owe to it to leave behind some souvenir in the shape of drawings and paintings – not done to please any particular movement, but within which a genuine human sentiment is expressed.”
Vincent van Gogh

“It is not only by one’s impulses that one achieves greatness, but also by patiently filing away the steel wall that separates what one feels from what one is capable of doing.”
Vincent van Gogh

“The earth from afar shines like a star.”
Vincent van Gogh

“It is a sad and very melancholy scene, which must strike everyone who knows and feels that we also have to pass one day through the valley of the shadow of death, and “que la fin de la vie humaine, ce sont des larmes ou des cheveux blancs.” What lies beyond this is a great mystery that only God knows, but He has revealed absolutely through His word that there is a resurrection of the dead.”
Vincent van Gogh, Dear Theo

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

“I feel that there’s nothing more genuinely artistic than to love people.”
Vincent van Gogh

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

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

“Exaggerate the essential, leave the obvious vague.”
Vincent van Gogh

“There is peace even in the storm.”
Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

“I take great care of myself by carefully shutting myself away.”
Vincent van Gogh

“The more you love, the more you suffer.”
Vincent van Gogh

“I wanted to make people think of a totally different way of living from that which we, educated people, live. I would absolutely not want anyone to find it beautiful or good without a thought.”
Vincent van Gogh

“How difficult it is to be simple!”
Vincent van Gogh

“There is nothing more beautiful than nature early in the morning.”
Vincent van Gogh

“I thought I would be understood without words.”
Vincent van Gogh Quotes

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“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, The Letters of 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 shedding light too, and that is its real function. And love makes one calmer about many things, and that way, one is more fit for one’s work.”
Vincent van Gogh Quotes

“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

“The more ugly, old, nasty, ill, and poor I become the more I want to get my own back by producing vibrant, well-arranged, radiant colour.”
Vincent van Gogh

“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.”
Vincent van Gogh

“I have tried to express the idea that the café is a place where one can ruin oneself, go mad, or commit a crime.”
Vincent van Gogh

“The cure for him would be to take a good long look at some potato plants, which have lately had such a deep and distinctive colour and tone, instead of driving himself mad looking at pieces of yellow satin and gold leather.”
Vincent van Gogh Quotes

“There are often beams in our eye that we know not of. Let us therefore ask that our eye may become single, for then we ourselves shall become wholly single.”
Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? If you hear a voice within saying ‘You are not a painter’ then by all means paint – and that voice will be silenced.”
Vincent van Gogh, Conversations with Van Gogh

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“So often, a visit to a bookshop has cheered me, and reminded me that there are good things in the world.”
Vincent van Gogh

“I wish they would take me as I am.”
Vincent van Gogh

“To suffer without complaint is the only lesson we have to learn in this life.”
Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

“Someday death will take us to another star.”
Vincent van Gogh Quotes

“We are surrounded by poetry on all sides…”
Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

“Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.”
Vincent van Gogh Quotes

“There are two ways of reasoning about painting: how to do it and how not to do it; how to d it with great deal of drawing and not much colour, how not to do it with a great deal of colour and not much drawing.”
Vincent van Gogh

“Bookstores always remind me that there are good things in this world.”
Vincent van Gogh

“My interest in drawing has died down here in England, but maybe I’ll be in the mood again some day or other. Right now I am doing a great deal of reading.”
Vincent van Gogh, Works of Vincent van Gogh

“Where friendship blooms, life is reborn.”
Vincent van Gogh

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

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

“I will not live without love.”
Vincent van Gogh

“What preys on my mind is simply this one question: what am I good for, could I not be of service or use in some way?”
Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

“Let me stop there, but my God, how beautiful Shakespeare is, who else is as mysterious as he is; his language and method are like a brush trembling with excitement and ecstasy. But one must learn to read, just as one must learn to see and learn to live.”
Vincent van Gogh

“Love is something eternal… The aspect may change but not the essence.”
Vincent van Gogh Quotes

“What would be of life if we didn´t have the courage of doing something new?”
Vincent van Gogh

“And sometimes there is relief, sometimes there is new inner energy, and one stands up after it; till at last, someday, one perhaps doesn’t stand up any more, que soit, but that is nothing extraordinary, and I repeat, in my opinion, such is the common.”
Vincent van Gogh Quotes

“One of the most beautiful things to do is to paint darkness, which nevertheless has light in it.”
Vincent van Gogh, Cartas a Theo

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“The sunflower is mine, in a way.”
Vincent van Gogh

“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.”
Vincent van Gogh

“If you don’t have a dog–at least one–there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.”
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

“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 Quotes

“In my view, I am often immensely rich, not in money, but (although just now perhaps not all the time) rich because I have found my metier, something I can devote myself to heart and soul and that gives inspiration and meaning to my life.”
Vincent van Gogh

“A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.”
Vincent van Gogh

“Future generations will probably be able to enlighten us on this very interesting subject, and then science itself—with all due respect—may reach conclusions that are more or less in keeping with Christ’s sayings about the other half of our life.”
Vincent van Gogh

“It’s not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.”
Vincent van Gogh Quotes

“I am unable to describe exactly what is the matter with me; now and then there are horrible fits of anxiety, apparently without cause, or otherwise a feeling of emptiness and fatigue in the head.”
Vincent van Gogh

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“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
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 Quotes

“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

“I’m such a nobody.”
Vincent van Gogh

“There was a sentence in your letter that struck me, “I wish I were far away from everything, I am the cause of all, and bring only sorrow to everybody, I alone have brought all this misery on myself and others.” These words struck me because that same feeling, just the same, not more nor less, is also on my conscience.”
Vincent van Gogh, Dear Theo

“Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.”
Vincent van Gogh

“One begins by plaguing oneself to no purpose in order to be true to nature, and one concludes by working quietly from one’s own palette alone, and then nature is the result.”
Vincent van Gogh

“I’ll start with the small things.”
Vincent van Gogh

“The way to know life is to love many things.”
Vincent van Gogh

“Do you know what frees one from this captivity? It is every deep serious affection. Being friends, being brothers, love, these open the prison by supreme power, by some magic force. Where sympathy is renewed, life is restored.”
Vincent van Gogh

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“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

“Only when I fall do I get up again.”
Vincent van Gogh

“Admire as much as you can. Most people do not admire enough.”
Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

“Whoever loves much, performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”
Vincent van Gogh Quotes

“We spent our whole lives in unconscious exercise of the art of expressing our thoughts with the help of words.”
Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

“It always strikes me, and it is very peculiar, that, whenever we see the image of indescribable and unutterable desolation—of loneliness, poverty, and misery, the end and extreme of things—the thought of God comes into one’s mind.”
Vincent van Gogh

“That is how I look at it; to continue, to continue, that is what is necessary.”
Vincent van Gogh, Dear Theo

“There is safety in the very heart of danger.”
Vincent van Gogh

“In order to work and to become an artist one needs love. At least, one who wants sentiment in his work must in the first place feel it himself, and live with his heart.”
Vincent van Gogh

“The simple minded know many things that the wise ignore.”
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“When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion, then I go out and paint the stars.”
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 Quotes

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

“I feel such a creative force in me: I am convinced that there will be a time when, let us say, I will make something good every day , on a regular basis….I am doing my very best to make every effort because I am longing so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things mean painstaking work, disappointment, and perseverance.”
Vincent van Gogh

“The lamps are burning and the starry sky is over it all.”
Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

“I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort and disappointment and perseverance.”
Vincent van Gogh

“Love a friend, love a wife, something, whatever you like, but one must love with a lofty and serious intimate sympathy, with strength, with intelligence, and one must always try to know deeper, better, and more.”
Vincent van Gogh

“When I see how several painters I know here are struggling with their watercolors and paintings so that they can’t see a solution anymore, I sometimes think: Friend, the fault is in your drawing. I don’t regret for a moment that I did not go in for watercolor and oil painting straight away. I am sure I will catch up if only I struggle on, so that my hand does not waver in drawing and perspective.”
Vincent van Gogh

“My great longing is to learn to make those very incorrectnesses, those deviations, remodellings, changes of reality, so that they may become, yes, untruth if you like – but more true than the literal truth.”
Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

“Well, what shall I say; our inward thoughts, do they ever show outwardly? There may be a great fire in our soul, but no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a little bit of smoke coming through the chimney, and pass on their way.”
Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

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“I confess I do not know why, but looking at the stars always makes me dream.”
Vincent van Gogh Quotes

“And when I read, and really I do not read so much, only a few authors, – a few men that I discovered by accident – I do this because they look at things in a broader, milder and more affectionate way than I do, and because they know life better, so that I can learn from them.”
Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

“But for one’s health as you say, it is very necessary to work in the garden and see the flowers growing.”
Vincent van Gogh

“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.”
Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

“Success is sometimes the outcome of a whole string of failures.”
Vincent van Gogh, Van Gogh

“Seek only light and freedom and do not immerse yourself too deeply in the worldly mire.”
Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

“Drawing is the root of everything!”
Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

“One must seize the reality of one’s fate and that’s that.”
Vincent van Gogh

“The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”
Vincent van Gogh Quotes

“Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.”
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“I think that I still have it in my heart someday to paint a bookshop with the front yellow and pink in the evening…like a light in the midst of the darkness.”
Vincent van Gogh Quotes

“What is done in love is done well.”
Vincent van Gogh

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

“If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. 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

“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

“I shouldn’t precisely have chosen madness if there had been any choice, but once such a thing has taken hold of you, you can’t very well get out of it.”
Vincent van Gogh Quotes

“But what I wanted to say is this: After the period of melancholy is over you will be stronger than before, you will recover your health, & you will find the scenery round you so beautiful that you will want nothing but paint.”
Vincent van Gogh

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

“In the fullness of artistic life there is, and remains, and will always come back at times, that homesick longing for the truly ideal life that can never come true.”
Vincent van Gogh

“If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it.”
Vincent van Gogh

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“The best way to know life is to love many things.”
Vincent van Gogh

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

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me want to dream.”
Vincent van Gogh, Van Gogh’s Starry Night Notebook

“What color is in a picture, enthusiasm is in life.”
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

“If you work with love and intelligence, you develop a kind of armour against people’s opinions, just because of the sincerity of your love for nature and art. Nature is also severe and, to put it that way, hard, but never deceives and always helps you to move forward.”
Vincent van Gogh

“I thought I would be understood without words.”
Vincent van Gogh

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”
Vincent van Gogh

“What am I in the eyes of most people? A good-for-nothing, an eccentric and disagreeable man, somebody who has no position in society and never will have. Very well, even if that were true, I should want to show by my work what there is in the heart of such an eccentric man, of such a nobody.”
Vincent van Gogh

“It is only right and proper to be moved by the Bible, but present-day reality has so strong a hold over us that even when we try to imagine the past the minor events in our lives immediately wrench us out of our musings, and our own adventures throw us back irrevocably upon our personal feelings—joy, boredom, suffering, anger, or a smile.”
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