Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh is universally widespread known for being a legendary painter who had major influential power during the 20th century. He was known as an impressionist painter who created many visual portraits of landscapes and people. And although he is an iconic figure today, he was not during the period of time he was alive, as he was fairly poor and unknown to the public. Van Gogh lived a short life and suffered from mental health issues throughout which led to his death at just age 37. His art work, however, would live on essentially forever. Here's 30 powerful and wise statements by the painter, that show he was not just clever and creative with his paint brush but also with his soul.
"How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?"
"Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion."
"For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream."
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
“In my view, I am often immensely rich, not in money, but (although just now perhaps not all the time) rich because I have found my metier, something I can devote myself to heart and soul and that gives inspiration and meaning to my life.”
"I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process."
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."
"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 done well."
"Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again."
"As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed."
"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"
"It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent."
"One must work and dare if one really wants to live."
“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.”
“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.”
“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”
“I try more and more to be myself, caring relatively little whether people approve or disapprove.”
“I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.”
“I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.”
“The beginning is perhaps more difficult than anything else, but keep heart, it will turn out all right.”
“Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you're put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.”
"It is a pity that, as one gradually gains experience, one loses one's youth.”
“There is peace even in the storm”
"Seek only light and freedom and do not immerse yourself too deeply in the worldly mire.”
"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."
“There is safety in the very heart of danger.”
“What preys on my mind is simply this one question: what am I good for, could I not be of service or use in some way?”
“Success is sometimes the outcome of a whole string of failures.”
“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”
“So what do you want? Does what happens inside show on the outside? There is such a great fire in one’s soul, and yet nobody ever comes to warm themselves there, and passersby see nothing but a little smoke coming from the top of the chimney, and go on their way.”
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