I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
The way to know life is to love many things.
I wish they would only take me as I am.
But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.
There may be a great fire in our hearts, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.
I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.
At one time, the earth was supposed to be flat. Well, so it is, even today, from Paris to Asnieres. But that fact doesn't prevent science from proving that the earth as a whole is spherical. No one nowadays denies it. Well...we are still at the stage of believing that life itself is flat, the distance from birth to death. Yet the probability is that life, too, is spherical and much more extensive and capacious than the hemisphere we know.
The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting.
I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
Exaggerate the essential, leave the obvious vague.
Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life.
The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
So often, a visit to a bookshop has cheered me, and reminded me that there are good things in the world.
...and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?
How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?
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.
I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.
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.
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
Art is to console those who are broken by life.
Find things beautiful as much as you can, most people find too little beautiful.
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.
If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
The sunflower is mine, in a way.
Normality is a paved road: It's comfortable to walk,ï»¿ but no flowers grow on it.
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.
Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy.
I am unable to describe exactly what is the matter with me; now and then there are horrible fits of anxiety, apparently without cause, or otherwise a feeling of emptiness and fatigue in the head.
In my view, I am often immensely rich, not in money, but (although just now perhaps not all the time) rich because I have found my metier, something I can devote myself to heart and soul and that gives inspiration and meaning to my life.
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.
I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God's help I shall succeed.
Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.
To die for the sake of dying - I prefer to die of passion than to die of boredom!
The uglier, older, meaner, iller, poorer I get, the more I wish to take my revenge by doing brilliant color, well arranged, resplendent.
Success is sometimes the outcome of a whole string of failures.
Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.
I work as diligently on my canvases as the laborers do in their fields.
I do not intend to spare myself, not to avoid emotions or difficulties. I don't care much whether I live a longer or shorter time... the world concerns me only in so far as I feel a certain debt toward it, because I have walked on this earth for thirty years, and out of gratitude I want to leave some souvenir.
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.