15 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Van Gogh

Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch painter, as well as one among the most important artists of the 20th Century.

Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch painter, as well as one among the most important artists of the 20th Century.

His art had far-reaching effects on contemporary art on the whole. His ideas about life and his personal take on art made him the all-famous misunderstood genius.

Scroll down to check out some of his most inspiring quotes:

1. 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.

2. I would rather die of passion than of boredom.

3. I dream my painting and I paint my dream.

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

5. ..and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?

6. There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

7. A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke

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

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

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

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

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

13. 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. That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion. 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.

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

15. 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.

By Katerina Papakyriakopoulou

This article was published on Thinking Humanity and it is re-posted here under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

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