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24 Relatable Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

'I don't know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.'

By now, you’ve probably heard that the world-famous Van Gogh Alive exhibit has reached Philippine shores and is now sitting pretty in BGC. The hype was so intense that even before it opened, tickets sold out really, really fast.

Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh is known for his incredible brushwork, but his published letters also reveal how much of a tortured artist he really was.

Here 24 inspiring quotes from Van Gogh.

  1. “It is good to 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 well done.”
  2. “Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.”
  3. “There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

  4. “I don't know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.”
  5. “Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”
  6. “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.”
  7. “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
  8. “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”
  9. “If I am worth anything later, I am worth something now. For wheat is wheat, even if people think it is a grass in the beginning.”
  10. “I try more and more to be myself, caring relatively little whether people approve or disapprove.”
  11. “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”
  12. “At present, I absolutely want to paint a starry sky. It often seems to me that night is still more richly colored than the day; having hues of the most intense violets, blues, and greens. If only you pay attention to it, you will see that certain stars are lemon-yellow, others pink or a green, blue and forget-me-not brilliance. And without my expatiating on this theme it is obvious that putting little white dots on the blue-black is not enough to paint a starry sky.”
  13. “I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.”
  14. “The beginning is perhaps more difficult than anything else, but keep heart, it will turn out all right.”
  15. Love is eternal—the aspect may change, but not the essence. There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning. The lamp was there and was a good lamp, but now it is shedding light too, and that is its real function. And love makes one calmer about many things, and that way, one is more fit for one's work.”
  16. “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.”
  17. “I will not live without love.”
  18. “I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.”
  19. “I feel such a creative force in me: I am convinced that there will be a time when, let us say, I will make something good every day, on a regular basis...I am doing my very best to make every effort because I am longing so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things mean painstaking work, disappointment, and perseverance.”
  20. “If you work with love and intelligence, you develop a kind of armor against people's opinions, just because of the sincerity of your love for nature and art. Nature is also severe and, to put it that way, hard, but never deceives and always helps you to move forward.”
  21. Fortunately for me, I know well enough what I want, and am basically utterly indifferent to the criticism that I work to hurriedly. In answer to that, I have done some things even more hurriedly these last few days.”
  22. “There is nothing more beautiful than nature early in the morning.”
  23. “So instead of giving in to despair, I chose active melancholy, in so far as I was capable of activity, in other words I chose the kind of melancholy that hopes, that strives, and that seeks, in preference to the melancholy that despairs numbly and in distress.”
  24. “Where friendship blooms, life is reborn.”

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