Vincent Van Gogh: Insights into Creativity
Wisdom and insightful quotes by one of the world’s best loved artists.
10 Famous Quotations by Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh is one of the best-known and well-loved artists in the world. His spiritual outlook was generally optimistic. Despite struggles with sadness, loneliness, illness, and mental disturbances, Van Gogh always came back to joy in his work. We can gain some insight into the traits of creative people through these inspirational quotations from his writings.
In Vincent's own words:
10. By All Means Paint
If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
9. Stars Make Me Dream
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
7. Love Many Things
Whosever loves much can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. The way to know life is to love many things.
6. To Love Others
The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more truly artistic than to love others.
5. Heart and Soul
Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul. I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.
4. Beautiful Things
I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort—and disappointment and perseverance.
3. Making Mistakes
Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.
2. Rise Again
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.
1. Fire in the Soul
One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul, 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.
Van Gogh’s paintings and writings foster awareness that art and the conduct of daily life are related to spiritual and moral values. Today, many people offer explanations and insights into Van Gogh’s behavior and his alleged suicide. Some say his psychological condition is better understood as a “superior lucidity misunderstood by his contemporaries.” His work remains among the most revered and highly priced of the modern age.
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