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I cannot help it that my paintings do not sell. The time will come when people will see that they are worth more than the price of the paint.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to his brother Theo van Gogh, 1888)
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.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1880)
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 draft turns into the sketch and the sketch into the 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 (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1880)
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.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1880)
I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.
Vincent van Gogh
It is better to be high-spirited, even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent. 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.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Theo van Gogh)
I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.
Vincent van Gogh
Life itself, too, is forever turning an infinitely vacant, dispiriting blank side towards man on which nothing appears, any more than it does on a blank canvas. But 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 (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1884)
A good picture should be equivalent to a good deed.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Albert Aurier, 1890)
If ... boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men? 
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1875)
Painters understand nature and love her and teach us to see.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1874)
That God of the clergymen, He is for me as dead as a doornail. But am I an atheist for all that? The clergymen consider me as such — be it so; but I love, and how could I feel love if I did not live, and if others did not live, and then, if we live, there is something mysterious in that. Now call that God, or human nature or whatever you like, but there is something which I cannot define systematically, though it is very much alive and very real, and see, that is God, or as good as 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 opinion.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1881)
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
Vincent van Gogh (Quoted in Dear Theo, 1995)
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?
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1880)
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.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1882)
My dear sister, it is my belief that it is actually one's duty to paint the rich and magnificent aspects of nature. We need gaiety and happiness, hope and love.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to his sister Wilhelmina van Gogh, 1888)
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 (Quoted in Dear Theo, 1995)
Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1884)
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 (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1883)
It constantly remains a source of disappointment to me that my drawings are not yet what I want them to be. The difficulties are indeed numerous and great, and cannot be overcome at once. To make progress is a kind of miner’s work; it doesn’t advance as quickly as one would like, and as others also expect, but as one stands before such a task, the basic necessities are patience and faithfulness. In fact, I do not think much about the difficulties, because if one thought of them too much one would get stunned or disturbed.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1883)
I am no friend of present-day Christianity, though its founder was sublime.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1884)
At present I absolutely want to paint a starry sky. It often seems to me that night is still more richly coloured 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.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to his sister Wilhelmina van Gogh, 1888)
One of the reasons why I have no regular job, and why I have not had a regular job for years, is quite simply that my ideas differ from those of the gentlemen who hand out the jobs to individuals who think as they do. It is not just a question of my appearance, which is what they have sanctimoniously reproached me with. It goes deeper, I do assure you.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1880)
I believe so. … Don't accuse anybody else.
Vincent van Gogh (When asked if he had attempted suicide, 1890)
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 (Quoted in Dear Theo, 1995)
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
One must learn to read, just as one must learn to see and learn to live.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1880)
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. 
Vincent van Gogh (Quoted in Dear Theo, 1995)
It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning.
Vincent van Gogh
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 (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1880)
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.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1880)
One does not always know what one can do, but one nevertheless instinctively feels, I am good for something! My existence is not without reason!
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1880)
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.
Vincent van Gogh
If one wants to be active, one must not be afraid of going wrong, one must not be afraid of making mistakes now and then. Many people think that they will become good just by doing no harm - but that's a lie.... That way lies stagnation, mediocrity.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1884)
Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1888)
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.
Vincent van Gogh
The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
Variant: The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.
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. 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 (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1880)
It is a pity that, as one gradually gains experience, one loses one's youth.
Vincent van Gogh
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... 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 (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1880)
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
A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke.
Vincent van Gogh
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 (Quoted in Dear Theo, 1995)
Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me.
Vincent van Gogh (Letter to Theo van Gogh, 1882)
Vincent van Gogh Biography

Born: March 30, 1853
Died: July 29, 1890

Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch painter and artist. He is best known for his passion for painting and he has been highly influential on the art community since his death.

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