Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

Famous Quotes of Vincent Van Gogh


Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter known for his vibrant and emotional works of art. He was born on March 30, 1853, in the small village of Zundert in the southern Netherlands. His parents were upper-middle-class and his father was a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church. Van Gogh had a difficult childhood, struggling with mental health issues and feeling disconnected from his family and community.

After a series of failed attempts at various careers, including as an art dealer and a teacher, van Gogh turned to painting. He taught himself to draw and paint, and soon began producing works that were characterized by their bold colors and expressive brushstrokes. However, his mental health continued to deteriorate, and he suffered from bouts of depression and anxiety.

Van Gogh’s most productive period was between 1888 and 1890, when he lived in the south of France and painted some of his most famous works, including “Starry Night” and “Sunflowers.” However, his mental health continued to decline, and in 1890 he died by suicide at the age of 37. Today, van Gogh is regarded as one of the greatest painters of all time, and his works are some of the most beloved and recognizable in the world.

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

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

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.

Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk but no flowers grow.

There is no blue without yellow and without orange.

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

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

Vincent Van Gogh Quotes
Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

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

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

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

I would rather die of passion than of boredom.

The way to know life is to love many things.

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.

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.

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

Vincent Van Gogh Quotes
Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

Art is to console those who are broken by life.

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

I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.

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

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

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

Conscience is a man’s compass.

There is no such thing as an ugly colour.

Vincent Van Gogh Quotes
Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

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

I am always glad to be reminded that the natural world is bigger than I am, that there are things that I cannot change or understand.

I am an artist. My work is an expression of my soul.

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

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.

Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.

I am an artist and I have the right to be unusual.

I am a man of passions, capable of and subject to doing more or less foolish things, which I deplore in the morning.

The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.