"Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Vincent Van Gogh on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Vincent Van Gogh on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Vincent Van Gogh on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Vincent Van Gogh on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Vincent Van Gogh on Robert Frost
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
"The best way to know God is to love many things."
"But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things."
"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"
"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."