Vincent van Gogh Quotations

-Many people seem to think it foolish, even superstitious, to believe that the world could still change for the better. And it is true that in winter it is sometimes so bitingly cold that one is tempted to say, What do I care if there is a summer; its warmth is no help to me now. Yes, evil often seems to surpass good by far. But then, in spite of us, and without our permission, there comes at last an end to the bitter frosts. One morning the wind turns, and there is a thaw. And so I still have hope.

-Do you know what makes the prison of loneliness and suspicion disappear? Every deep, genuine affection. Being friends, being brothers, loving, that is what opens the prison, with supreme power, by some magic force. Without these one stays dead. But wherever affection is revived, there life revives.

-I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate, and feeling nowhere so much myself a stranger as in my family and country.

-An artist neednt be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.

-If I were to think of and dwell on disastrous possibilities, I could do nothing. I throw myself headlong into my work, and come up again with my studies; if the storm within gets too loud, I take a glass too much to stun myself.

-You can’t be at the pole and the equator at the same time. You must choose your own line, as I hope to do, and it will probably be color.

-I am not strictly speaking mad, for my mind is absolutely normal in the intervals, and even more so than before. But during the attacks it is terrible – and then I lose consciousness of everything. But that spurs me on to work and to seriousness, as a miner who is always in danger makes haste in what he does.

-I am risking my life for my work, and half my reason has gone.

-I certainly hope to sell in the course of time, but I think I shall be able to influence it most effectively by working steadily on, and that at the present moment making desperate efforts to force the work I am doing now upon the public would be pretty useless.

-My opinion is that the best thing would be to work on till art lovers feel drawn toward it of their own accord, instead of having to praise or to explain it.

-I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

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

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

-The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech.

-It 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 important than the feeling for pictures.

-I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.
Vincent van Gogh