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Inspirational Art Quotes by the famous Dutch expressionist painter Vincent van Gogh
Born Vincent Willem van Gogh - Zundert, Netherlands - 30th of March, 1853 / Died - 29th of July, 1890 France
Popular Vincent van Gogh paintings include "Starry Night over the Rhone", "Cafe Terrace at Night", "Sunflowers", and "Self Portrait".
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  • "I see more and more that my work goes infinitely better when I am properly fed, and the paints are there, and the studio and all that. But have I set my heart on my work being a success? A thousand times no. I wish I could manage to make you really understand that when you give money to artists, you are yourself doing an artist's work, and that I only want my pictures to be of such a quality that you will not be too dissatisfied with your work."
    Vincent van Gogh
  • "An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men."
    Vincent van Gogh
  • "I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate."
    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
  • "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
  • "You can't be at the pole and the equator at the same time. You must choose your own line, as I hope to do, and it will probably be color."
    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
  • "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
  • "I am risking my life for my work, and half my reason has gone."
    Vincent van Gogh
  • "Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it."
    Vincent van Gogh
  • "The work is an absolute necessity for me. I can't put it off, I don't care for anything but the work; that is to say, the pleasure in something else ceases at once and I become melancholy when I can't go on with my work. Then I feel like a weaver who sees that his threads are tangled, and the pattern he had on the loom is gone to hell, and all his thought and exertion is lost."
    Vincent van Gogh
  • "What am I in the eyes of most people.. a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person.. somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then.. even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart."
    Vincent van Gogh
  • "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."
    Vincent van Gogh

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  • "I have often neglected my appearance. I admit it, and I also admit that it is "shocking." But look here, lack of money and poverty have something to do with it too, as well as a profound disillusionment, and besides, it is sometimes a good way of ensuring the solitude you need, of concentrating more or less on whatever study you are immersed in."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech."
    Vincent van Gogh
  • "I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.'"
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  • "The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting."
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  • "I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."
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  • "My opinion is that the best thing would be to work on till art lovers feel drawn toward it of their own accord, instead of having to praise or to explain it."
    Vincent van Gogh

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  • "I am risking my life for my work, and half my reason has gone."
    Vincent van Gogh