Many consider Van Gogh to have been a tortured artistic genius for spending his life in misery, sadness, and financial struggles despite creating many timeless artistic pieces.

We can’t fault them.

Once In A While, He Experienced Psychotic Episodes And Took To Heavy Drinking.

At one point, he held his arm over a flame when his cousin rejected his advances, demanding that she sees him for as long as he could keep his hand burning.

So yeah, Vincent Van Gogh was no ordinary genius or artist for that matter. He was, in fact, quite the oddball and the greatest risk to himself ever.

That’s even before you consider his suspected homosexual escapades and the famous incident where he severed his own ear after a heated argument and offered it as a present to a prostitute in a nearby brothel with the words: “keep this object carefully, in remembrance of me.”  

Although he struggled financially despite creating many pieces of art, a hundred years after his death in 1890, one of his masterpieces would fetch $82.5 million. It was the painting of Portrait of Dr. Gachet.  

But the impact this Dutch post-impressionist painter had on the world lives on, not just in his works, but also in the words of wisdom he sometimes shared with those around him.

Van Gogh Made About 2,100 Pieces Of Art.

He also had a strong relationship with his younger brother Theo, who died just a year after the great artist’s death.

As for his part, Van Gogh shot himself with a revolver in the chest. Then he had two medics, none of whom were a surgeon, operate on him. It’s not clear which of these bad decisions caused his death.

We’ll let you decide.

But in the meantime, let’s look at some surprisingly uplifting and life-affirming words of wisdom the ever-eccentric artistic master left us with before he left this world in dramatic version whose shock-value is only rivaled by his insanely crazy life.

1. 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

2. What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? – Vincent van Gogh

3. Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers – by see nothing but a little smoke at the top of the chimney and then go on their way. – Vincent van Gogh

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

5. 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

6. Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. – Vincent van Gogh

7. I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. – Vincent van Gogh

8. I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough? – Vincent van Gogh

9. There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. – Vincent van Gogh

10. 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. – Vincent van Gogh

If these words don’t move you and push you to be better and expect more from this life, then I don’t know what will.