Vincent van Gogh Quotes

Most popular Vincent van Gogh Quotes

Conscience is a man's compass.
— Vincent van Gogh
I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.

adventure

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
— Vincent van Gogh
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
— Vincent van Gogh

risk-taking

Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence.
— Vincent van Gogh
What molting time is to birds, so adversity or misfortune is...for us humans.

adversity

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
— Vincent van Gogh
Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.
— 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

love

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
Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.
— Vincent van Gogh

mistakes knowledge

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

emotion

I believe more and more that God must not be judged on this earth.  It is one of His sketches that has turned out badly.

earth

If one master one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.
— Vincent van Gogh
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.

understanding

As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties, the inmost strength of the heart is developed.

difficulties

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 than the feeling of pictures.
— 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 am, which is my life, the power to create.
— Vincent van Gogh

creativity

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.

conscience