Vincent van Gogh – Some short quotes

Here are some of my favorite short quotes of the beautiful Vincent van Gogh. Take heart artists, you are not alone!


“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”  Vincent van Gogh

“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

“If you hear a voice within you saying, ”You are not a painter,” then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced.” Vincent van Gogh

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

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

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” Vincent van Gogh

“I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners.” Vincent van Gogh

“Conscience is a man’s compass” 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

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

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

“Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.” 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

“It is only too true that a lot of artists are mentally ill- it’s a life which, to put it mildly, makes one an outsider. Vincent van Gogh


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