Vincent van Gogh Quotes

I got lost in a bunch of quotation sites today, so I picked out some of my favorite Van Gogh quotes. Whenever I read a book I always underline (if I own the book) or write down (if I borrowed the book) quotations that interest me. They’re always great for inspiration when things get tough in the studio.

Anyway, here’s some classic Vincent..

  • I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God’s help I shall succeed.
    Vincent van Gogh
  • When I have a terrible need of.. shall I say the word.. religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.
    Vincent van Gogh
  • The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.
    Vincent van Gogh
  • 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.
    Vincent van Gogh
  • I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.
    Vincent van Gogh
  • 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.
    Vincent van Gogh
About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. notdotdot says:

    Thank You.
    Uplifting and moving…especially the last one. Proactive and noble.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Vincent Van Gogh letters play a very large part in the fame of Van Gogh. Imagine if we knew nothing about the life of him and all his letters were lost!
    Would we think as highly of the poor, crazy, passionate artist we know of today?
    Sure his paintings are great, but we also like him because we feel we know him or we can relate to his struggle.

    That’s my 2 cents anyway. Your Van Gogh quotes just got me thinking.

  3. typo in the third:

    The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic “that” to love others.

    That’s my favourite one anyway =)

  4. Thanks Jacoblog.

    It’s a great quote.

    And Anon, I agree that knowing a lot about Van Gogh’s life makes him more interesting. But yeah, his painting would probably stand by themselves, without the myths and stories about Vincent’s struggles.

  5. Vincent is one of my favorite painters (besides Monet)… Thanks for sharing these quotes! I’m a big quote person myself.

  6. this is great….
    i love van gogh
    alina poulain

  7. Anonymous says:

    “Hands of colors Dutch

    Swirl like a painter’s hand gone mad
    Canvas of face and time reflect
    Bristles of lead give hues of past
    Brushes like swords are in array.

    I stand in front of the easel like a jury
    Words like paint on white torture my hands and eyes
    They taunt me like an old pavement princess
    Wanting to believe that the brush is still gold
    Music I hear or is that the ringing from glimpses of you

    Paint away the now. Paint with colors only seen by angels
    Colors that hide and feel like a blanket on a cold day
    My stand in a broken seal, trembles with dread
    Hoping to cure the demon that makes me paint away the now in me

    I taste the colors of your soul. I wish that I could write the words that are
    In my soul. Words of color and hope. Words that make the pain stop.
    Paint. Paint away the pain.
    My canvas is my life, and I give you the colors and brushes of me.”


    A friend of mine wrote these words today after we spoke of the life of Van Gogh and the recently published book on his history.


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