I came upon this quote on p. 88 of National Geographic's Sublime Nature: Photographs That Awe and Inspire.

If You Truly Love Nature... | Empress of Dirt

November 26, 2014 ♛ By Melissa J. Will

If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. ~Vincent Van Gogh

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“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

This quote has been floating around for years. I have no idea if Van Gogh actually said or wrote it, but the sentiment still holds.


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Yes, this is a real quote by Vincent van Gogh (although translated).

It is included in the page for Vincent van Gogh on Wikiquote, which is generally a good resource for verifying (alleged) quotes.

As found on Wikiquote, the quote was written by Vincent van Gogh in a letter to his brother, know as 'Letter 22'. The full letter is available online, including facsimile, transcription, and translation.

The letter was written in Dutch, so the quote as posted in the question is a translation of the original, which is as follows:

Als men waarachtig van de natuur houdt dan vindt men ’t overal mooi.

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