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Vincent van Gogh (Painter)

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Vincent van Gogh
Apicture is equivalent to a good .
Vincent van Gogh good
Theis an for me. I can't put it off...
Vincent van Gogh
I felt my energy revive, and said to myself, 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. From that moment everything has seemed transformed for me.
Vincent van Gogh courage
Thatof the clergymen, He is for me asas a doornail. But am I anfor all that? The clergymen consider me as such — be it so; but I , and how could Ilove if I did not , and if others did not live, and then, if we live, there is somethingin that. Now call that , or or whatever you like, but there is something which I cannot define , though it is very much alive and very , and see, that is , or asas God. To believe in God for me is to feel that there is a God, not a dead one, or a stuffed one, but a living one, who with irresistible force urges us toward aimer encore; that is my .
Vincent van Gogh love
If only we try to live sincerely, it will go well with us, even though we aretoreal , and great disappointments, and also will probably commit great faults and dothings, but it certainly is true, that it is better to be high-spirited, even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent. It istomany things, for therein lies the true , and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love, is well done.
Vincent van Gogh love
surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.
Vincent van Gogh
, that curious artist, that alien whose mien and the look in whose eyes vaguely remind one of Rembrandt's "Portrait of a Man" in the Galerie Lacaze — this friend of mine likes to make one feel that a good picture is equivalent to a good deed; not that he says so, but it is difficult to be on intimate terms with him without being aware of a certain moral responsibility.
Vincent van Gogh war
The thing has already taken form in my mind before I start it. The first attempts are absolutely unbearable. I say this because I want you to know that if you see something worthwhile in what I am doing, it is not by accident but because of real direction and purpose.
Vincent van Gogh art
The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
Vincent van Gogh love
When I have a terrible need of — shall I say the word — religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.
Vincent van Gogh religion
The work is an absolute necessity for me. I can't put it off, I don't care for anything but the work; that is to say, the pleasure in something else ceases at once and I become melancholy when I can't go on with my work. Then I feel like a weaver who sees that his threads are tangled, and the pattern he had on the loom is gone to hell, and all his thought and exertion is lost.
Vincent van Gogh work
I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.
Vincent van Gogh pain
I believe so. … Don't accuse anybody else.
Vincent van Gogh believe
I have often neglected my appearance. I admit it, and I also admit that it is "shocking."
Vincent van Gogh
I must continue to follow the path I take now. If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost.
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I am good for something! My existence is not without reason! I know that I could be a quite a different person! How can I be of use, how can I be of service?
Vincent van Gogh good
It is possible that everything will get better after it has all seemed to go wrong. I am not counting on it, it may never happen, but if there should be a change for the better I should regard that as a gain, I should rejoice, I should say, at last! So there was something after all!
Vincent van Gogh change
I think that everything that is really good and beautiful, the inner, moral, spiritual and sublime beauty in men and their works, comes from God, and everything that is bad and evil in the works of men and in men is not from God, and God does not approve of it.
Vincent van Gogh beauty
I have often neglected my appearance. I admit it, and I also admit that it is "shocking." But look here, lack of money and poverty have something to do with it too, as well as a profound disillusionment, and besides, it is sometimes a good way of ensuring the solitude you need, of concentrating more or less on whatever study you are immersed in.
Vincent van Gogh time
Now for the past five years or so, I don't know how long exactly, I have been more or less without permanent employment, wandering from pillar to post. You will say, ever since such and such a time you have been going downhill, you have been feeble, you have done nothing. Is that entirely true?
Vincent van Gogh time
What is true is that I have at times earned my own crust of bread, and at other times a friend has given it to me out of the goodness of his heart. I have lived whatever way I could, for better or for worse, taking things just as they came. It is true that I have forfeited the trust of various people, it is true that my financial affairs are in a sorry state, it is true that the future looks rather bleak, it is true that I might have done better, it is true that I have wasted time when it comes to earning a living, it is true that my studies are in a fairly lamentable and appalling state, and that my needs are greater, infinitely greater than my resources. But does that mean going downhill and doing nothing?
Vincent van Gogh time
I must continue to follow the path I take now. If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it — keep going, keep going come what may. But what is your final goal, you may ask. That goal will become clearer, will emerge slowly but surely, much as the rough draught turns into a sketch, and the sketch into a painting through the serious work done on it, through the elaboration of the original vague idea and through the consolidation of the first fleeting and passing thought.
Vincent van Gogh pain
What has changed is that my life then was less difficult and my future seemingly less gloomy, but as far as my inner self, my way of looking at things and of thinking is concerned, that has not changed. But if there has indeed been a change, then it is that I think, believe and love more seriously now what I thought, believed and loved even then.
Vincent van Gogh love
Let me stop there, but my God, how beautifulis, who else is as mysterious as he is; his language and method are like a brush trembling with excitement and ecstasy. But one must learn to read, just as one must learn to see and learn to live.
Vincent van Gogh men
So please don't think that I am renouncing anything, I am reasonably faithful in my unfaithfulness and though I have changed, I am the same, and 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, how can I become more knowledgeable and study some subject or other in depth? That is what keeps preying on my mind, you see, and then one feels imprisoned by poverty, barred from taking part in this or that project and all sorts of necessities are out of one's reach. As a result one cannot rid oneself of melancholy, one feels emptiness where there might have been friendship and sublime and genuine affection, and one feels dreadful disappointment gnawing at one's spiritual energy, fate seems to stand in the way of affection or one feels a wave of disgust welling up inside. And then one says “How long, my God!”
Vincent van Gogh faith
Well, right now it seems that things are going very badly for me, have been doing so for some considerable time, and may continue to do so well into the future. But it is possible that everything will get better after it has all seemed to go wrong. I am not counting on it, it may never happen, but if there should be a change for the better I should regard that as a gain, I should rejoice, I should say, at last! So there was something after all!
Vincent van Gogh time
I think that everything that is really good and beautiful, the inner, moral, spiritual and sublime beauty in men and their works, comes from God, and everything that is bad and evil in the works of men and in men is not from God, and God does not approve of it. But I cannot help thinking that the best way of knowing God is to love many things. Love this friend, this person, this thing, whatever you like, and you will be on the right road to understanding Him better, that is what I keep telling myself. But you must love with a sublime, genuine, profound sympathy, with devotion, with intelligence, and you must try all the time to understand Him more, better and yet more. That will lead to God, that will lead to an unshakeable faith.
Vincent van Gogh love
Try to grasp the essence of what the great artists, the serious masters, say in their masterpieces, and you will again find God in them. One man has written or said it in a book, another in a painting.
Vincent van Gogh art
The dreamer sometimes falls into the doldrums, but is said to emerge from them again. And the absent-minded person also makes up for it with bouts of perspicacity. Sometimes he is a person whose right to exist has a justification that is not always immediately obvious to you, or more usually, you may absent-mindedly allow it to slip from your mind. Someone who has been wandering about for a long time, tossed to and fro on a stormy sea, will in the end reach his destination. Someone who has seemed to be good for nothing, unable to fill any job, any appointment, will find one in the end and, energetic and capable, will prove himself quite different from what he seemed at first.
Vincent van Gogh time
People are often unable to do anything, imprisoned as they are in I don't know what kind of terrible, terrible, oh such terrible cage. I do know that there is a release, the belated release. A justly or unjustly ruined reputation, poverty, disastrous circumstances, misfortune, they all turn you into a prisoner. You cannot always tell what keeps you confined, what immures you, what seems to bury you, and yet you can feel those elusive bars, railings, walls. Is all this illusion, imagination? I don't think so. And then one asks: My God! will it be for long, will it be for ever, will it be for eternity?
Vincent van Gogh imagination
Do you know what makes the prison 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 whenever affection is revived, there life revives.
Vincent van Gogh life
One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.
Vincent van Gogh art
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.
Vincent van Gogh love
For great things do not done (sic) just happen by impulse but are a succession of small things linked together.
Vincent van Gogh success
A weaver who has to direct and to interweave a great many little threads has no time to philosophize about it, but rather he is so absorbed in his work that he doesn’t think but acts, and he feels how things must go more than he can explain it.
Vincent van Gogh time
as translated by Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, in The Complete Letters of Vincent van Gogh (1991)
Vincent van Gogh
I have grief enough and trouble enough, but as for regrets — neither of us have any. Look here — I believe without question, or have the certain knowledge, that she loves me. I believe without question, or have the certain knowledge, that I love her. It has been sincerely meant.
Vincent van Gogh love
Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy.
Vincent van Gogh good
I have not yet had enough experience with women. What we were taught about them in our youth is quite wrong, that is sure, it was quite contrary to nature, and one must try to learn from experience. It would be very pleasant if everybody were good, and the world were good, etc. — yes — but it seems to me that we see more and more that we are not good, no more than the world in general, of which we are an atom — and the world no more good than we are. One may try one’s best, or act carelessly, the result is always different from what one really wanted. But whether the result be better or worse, fortunate or unfortunate, it is better to do something than to do nothing. If only one is wary of becoming a prim, self-righteous prig — as Uncle Vincent calls it — one may be even as good as one likes.
Vincent van Gogh war
To some, woman is heresy and diabolical. To me she is just the opposite.
Vincent van Gogh man
No matter how vacant and vain, how dead life may appear to be, the man of faith, of energy, of warmth, who knows something, will not be put off so easily.
Vincent van Gogh life
There is safety in the midst of danger. What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Vincent van Gogh life
Now, there are people who say to me “Why did you have anything to do with her,” — that's one fact. And there are people who say to her, “Why did you have anything to do with him,” — that's another fact. Apart from that, both she and I have grief enough and trouble enough, but as for regrets — neither of us have any. Look here — I believe without question, or have the certain knowledge, that she loves me. I believe without question, or have the certain knowledge, that I love her. It has been sincerely meant. But has it also been foolish, etc? Perhaps, if you like — but aren't the wise ones, those who never do anything foolish, even more foolish in my eyes than I am in theirs?
Vincent van Gogh love
You will say that I am not a success — vaincre or
Vincent van Gogh success
Oh, I am no friend of present-day Christianity, though its Founder was sublime — I have seen through present-day Christianity only too well. That icy coldness hypnotized even me, in my youth — but I have taken my revenge since then. How? By worshipping the love which they, the theologians, call sin, by respecting a whore, etc., and not too many would-be respectable, pious ladies. To some, woman is heresy and diabolical. To me she is just the opposite.
Vincent van Gogh love
Oh, Theo, why should I change — I used to be very passive and very gentle and quiet — I'm that no longer, but then I'm no longer a child either now — sometimes I feel my own man.
Vincent van Gogh time
I keep on making what I can’t do yet in order to learn to be able to do it.'
Vincent van Gogh learn
For myself, I declare I don’t know anything about it. But the sight of the stars always makes me dream (usually paraphrased as For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream).
Vincent van Gogh art
Let's not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.
Vincent van Gogh emotions
Dear Theo: the Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh (1995) edited by Irving Stone and Jean Stone
Vincent van Gogh biography
Conscience is a man's compass.
Vincent van Gogh science
What can we say if once the hidden forces of sympathy and love have been roused in us?
Vincent van Gogh love
When we are working at a difficult task and strive after a good thing, we are fighting a righteous battle, the direct reward of which is that we are kept from much evil. As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.
Vincent van Gogh life
I feel a certain calm. There is safety in the midst of danger. What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? It will be a hard pull for me; the tide rises high, almost to the lips and perhaps higher still, how can I know? But I shall fight my battle, and sell my life dearly, and try to win and get the best of it.
Vincent van Gogh life
Some good must come by clinging to the right. Conscience is a man's compass, and though the needle sometimes deviates, though one often perceives irregularities in directing one's course by it, still one must try to follow its direction.
Vincent van Gogh science
There are things which we feel to be good and true, though in the cold light of reason and calculation many things remain incomprehensible and dark. And though the society in which we live considers such actions thoughtless, or reckless, or I don't know what else, what can we say if once the hidden forces of sympathy and love have been roused in us? And though it may be that we cannot argue against the reasoning sentiment and to act from impulse, one would almost conclude that some people have cauterized certain sensitive nerves within them, especially those which, combined, are called conscience. Well, I pity those people; they travel through life without compass, in my opinion.
Vincent van Gogh love
I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.
Vincent Van Gogh art
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
Vincent Van Gogh art
If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh pain
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
Vincent Van Gogh great
I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
Vincent Van Gogh live
I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God's help I shall succeed.
Vincent Van Gogh help
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 courage
The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.
Vincent Van Gogh love
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.
Vincent Van Gogh love
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Vincent Van Gogh life
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
Vincent Van Gogh pain
There is no blue without yellow and without orange.
Vincent Van Gogh wit
The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
Vincent Van Gogh men
It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent.
Vincent Van Gogh mind
Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.
Vincent Van Gogh knowledge
Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.
Vincent Van Gogh inspiration
One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.
Vincent Van Gogh art
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 nature
I wish they would only take me as I am.
Vincent Van Gogh wish
As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.
Vincent Van Gogh life
One must work and dare if one really wants to live.
Vincent Van Gogh work
The way to know life is to love many things.
Vincent Van Gogh love
Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul.
Vincent Van Gogh life
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.
Vincent Van Gogh time
Great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed.
Vincent van Gogh will
I dream my painting and I paint my dream.
Vincent van Gogh pain
If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh pain
If I am worth anything later, I am worth something now.
Vincent Van Gogh
I dont know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.
Vincent Van Gogh dream
Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.
Vincent Van Gogh comfort
I would rather die of passion than of boredom.
Vincent van Gogh passion
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.
Vincent Van Gogh love
Success is sometimes the outcome of a whole string of failures.
Vincent Van Gogh time
I don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.
Vincent Van Gogh dream
Normality is a paved road. Its comfortable to walk but no flowers grow on it.
Vincent Van Gogh comfort
Art imitates Nature in this; not to dare is to dwindle.
Vincent Van Gogh art
Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.
Vincent Van Gogh faith
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 pain
A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.
Vincent Van Gogh good
Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.
Vincent Van Gogh love
One may have a blazing hearth in ones soul and yet no one ever come to sit by it. Passersby see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on the way.
Vincent Van Gogh art
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.
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