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When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word -
by Vincent Van Gogh

When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word -
religion.
Then I go out and paint the stars.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Related topics: Nature

If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,'
then by all means paint,
and that voice will be silenced.
- Vincent Van Gogh

I put my heart and my soul into my work,
and have lost my mind in the process.
- Vincent Van Gogh

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.
- Vincent Van Gogh

 

The best way to know God is to love many things.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.
- Vincent Van Gogh

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.
- Vincent Van Gogh

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I wish they would only take me as I am.
- Vincent Van Gogh

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
- Vincent Van Gogh

If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well,
one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes.
Only when I fall do I get up again.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination;
do not become the slave of your model.
- Vincent Van Gogh

There is no blue without yellow and without orange.
- 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.
- Vincent Van Gogh

I am still far from being what I want to be,
but with God's help I shall succeed.
- Vincent Van Gogh

I often think that the night is more alive and more
richly colored than the day.
- Vincent Van Gogh

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.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
- Vincent Van Gogh

If boyhood and youth are but vanity,
must it not be our ambition to become men?
- Vincent Van Gogh

But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.
- Vincent Van Gogh

How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me,
what can it be?
- Vincent Van Gogh

Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is,
alas, not so easy as looking at it.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy,
but their good taste and their scientific knowledge
of composition were enormous.
- Vincent Van Gogh

An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden,
but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.
- Vincent Van Gogh

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.
- Vincent Van Gogh

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.
- Vincent Van Gogh

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
- Vincent Van Gogh

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible,
but they have never found these dangers sufficient
reason for remaining ashore.
- Vincent Van Gogh

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
- Vincent Van Gogh

The more I think about it, the more I realize there
is nothing more artistic that to love others.
- Vincent Van Gogh

I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts
and the dirtiest of corners.
- Vincent Van Gogh

A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Conscience is a man's compass.
- Vincent Van Gogh

For my part I know nothing with any certainty,
but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Love always brings difficulties, that is true,
but the good side of it is that it gives energy.
- Vincent Van Gogh

One must work and dare if one really wants to live.
- Vincent Van Gogh

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

The way to know life is to love many things.
- Vincent Van Gogh

I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting,
but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something
which is greater than I am,
which is my life, the power to create.
- Vincent Van Gogh

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

Like everyone else I feel the need of relations and friendship,
of affection, of friendly intercourse,
and I am not made of stone or iron,
so I cannot miss these things without feeling,
as does any other intelligent man, a void and deep need.
I tell you this to let you know how much good your visit has done me.
- Vincent Van Gogh

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing,
and should be treated with caution.
- J. K. Rowling

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

My life has been filled with terrible misfortune;
most of which never happened.
- Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

Mastery is not measured by the number of terrible
things you eliminate from your life, but by
the number of times you eliminate calling them terrible.
- Neale Donald Walsch

The most terrible poverty is loneliness
and the feeling of being unloved.
- Mother Teresa

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted
is the most terrible poverty.
- Mother Teresa

Living in fear of anything is a terrible waste
of what could be a great life.
If you live in fear of losing your job,
either you fear the embarrassment of being jobless,
or you fear the loss of material goods -
house, car, and such.
If you live in fear of losing your stuff and money,
it is clear that they own you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse
that progress requires them are not really progress at all,
but just terrible things.
- Russell Baker

Laugh at yourself and at life.
Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity,
but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain,
cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective
that seemingly terrible defeat and worry
with laughter at your predicaments,
thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution
that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
- Og Mandino

Morality and its victim, the mother -
what a terrible picture!
Is there indeed anything more terrible,
more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?
- Emma Goldman

There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the
part of a great many people to the effect that when
you cease to believe you may cease to behave.
- Louis Kronenberger

The food at this place is really terrible ...
and such small portions.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall

A particularly beautiful woman is a source of terror.
As a rule, a beautiful woman is a terrible disappointment.
- Carl Jung

There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world,
and the worst of it is that half of them are true.
- Winston Churchill

I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business.
- Sydney Pollack

Dad, I'm in some trouble.
There's been an accident and you're going to hear all
sorts of things about me from now on.
Terrible things.
- Edward Kennedy

It is well that war is so terrible.
We should grow too fond of it.
- Robert E. Lee

I used to be good with kids, but as I get older,
I'm grumpy and terrible with them.
As for doing a gig at a 6-year old's birthday party,
you couldn't pay me enough.
- Johnny Vegas

The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at
seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.
- Jean Kerr

Fortunately, this is not something that we see a lot of.
Very rarely do you see a dog in this terrible shape from starvation.
People just aren't that cruel.
- Jonathan Ross

To work on the actual location I think is great.
This thing of going to Canada and pretending you're in New York,
it's terrible.
- Jessica Lange

I really don't know what I'm doing...
I don't.
It's terrible.
I go in there and I learn how to be like the character and do the best I can,
and that's all I really do.
- Leonardo DiCaprio

I thought The Shining was just absolutely wonderful.
Stephen King reaches all kinds of people.
In the beginning he was just dismissed out of hand,
which was terrible.
- Anne Rice

A terrible thing about getting oldish is that your friends start dying,
and in the last ten years I have lost seven or eight of my closest.
- Norman MacCaig

I stop and look at traffic accidents.
I won't hang around, but when I hear something is terrible,
as bad as it is, I've gotta look at it.
- Norman Lear

Found everybody in a terrible state of excitement on
account of the enemy's advance upon this place.
- John Buford

When the war ends, it will be found that there was
an equal amount of "thuggery" practiced on both sides,
that terrible things were done to force the final victory.
- Rufus Jones

I think film had a terrible effect on horror fiction particularly in the 80s,
with certain writers turning out stuff as slick and
cliched as Hollywood movies.
- Poppy Z. Brite


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