Vincent Van Gogh Love Quotes and Sayings
2. 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.
3. The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. As quoted in Van Gogh : The Self-portraits (1969) by Fritz Erpel, p. 17
4. Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy.
Sayings by Vincent van Gogh
1. As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.
2. Conscience is a man’s compass.
3. Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.
4. Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.
5. Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
6. How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?
7. I dream my painting and I paint my dream.
8. I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.
9. If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
10. 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. (Letter #136 to Theo, 24 September 1880)
11. It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent.
12. 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.
13. One must work and dare if one really wants to live.
14. Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.
15. Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.
16. The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
17. The way to know life is to love many things.
18. 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.
19. By working hard, old man, I hope to make something good one day. I haven’t yet, but I am pursuing it and fighting for it . . . .
20. Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.
McLean wrote the lyrics in 1971 after reading a book about the life of the artist. The following year, the song became the number one hit in the U.K. and No. 12 in the U.S.