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Vincent Van Gogh
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... life is too short to do the whole. Vincent Van Gogh
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It seems to me it's a painter's duty to try to put an idea into his work. Vincent Van Gogh
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I can't work without a model. I won't say I turn my back on nature ruthlessly in order to turn a study into a picture, arranging the colors, enlarging and simplifying; but in the matter of form I am too afraid of departing from the possible and the true. Vincent Van Gogh
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One of the reasons why I have no regular job, and why I have not had a regular job for years, is quite simply that my ideas differ from those of the gentlemen who hand out the jobs to individuals who think as they do. It is not just a question of my appearance, which is what they have sanctimoniously reproached me with. It goes deeper, I do assure you. Vincent Van Gogh
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It's better to have a gay life of it than to commit suicide. Vincent Van Gogh
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I work as diligently on my canvases as the laborers do in their fields. Vincent Van Gogh
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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. Vincent Van Gogh
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My opinion is that the best thing would be to work on till art lovers feel drawn toward it of their own accord, instead of having to praise or to explain it. Vincent Van Gogh
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The cure for him would be to take a good long look at some potato plants, which have lately had such a deep and distinctive colour and tone, instead of driving himself mad looking at pieces of yellow satin and gold leather. Vincent Van Gogh
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In trees, I see expression and soul Vincent Van Gogh
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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. Vincent Van Gogh
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Let life be beautiful like summer flowers and death be like autumn leaves. Rabindranath Tagore What a simple thing death is, just as simple as the falling of an autumn leaf. Vincent Van Gogh
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There is but one Paris and however hard living may be here, and if it became worse and harder even-the French air clears up the brain and does good-a world of good. Vincent Van Gogh
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There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love, as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning. Vincent Van Gogh
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One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul, and yet no one ever comes to sit by it. Vincent Van Gogh
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And painted portraits have a life of their own that comes from deep in the soul of the painter and where the machine can't go. Vincent Van Gogh
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But by fighting the difficulties in which one finds oneself, an inner strength develops from within our heart, which improves in life's fight. Vincent Van Gogh
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A good painting should be the equivalent of a good deed. Vincent Van Gogh
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But what's your ultimate goal, you'll say. That goal will become clearer, will take shape slowly and surely, as the croquis becomes a sketch and the sketch a painting, as one works more seriously, as one digs deeper into the originally vague idea, the first fugitive, passing thought, unless it becomes firm. Vincent Van Gogh
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What lives in art and is eternally living, is first of all the painter and then the painting. Vincent Van Gogh
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Do you know that drawing with words is also an art... ? Vincent Van Gogh
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But you people do not understand me, and I am afraid you never will. Vincent Van Gogh
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Love is something eternal. Vincent Van Gogh
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If one were to say but few words, though ones with meaning, one would do better than to say many that were only empty sounds, and just as easy to utter as they were of little use. Vincent Van Gogh
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Life is not long for anybody, and the problem is only to make something of it. Vincent Van Gogh
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Find things beautiful as much as you can, most people find too little beautiful. Vincent Van Gogh
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There was a sentence in your letter that struck me, "I wish I were far away from everything, I am the cause of all, and bring only sorrow to everybody, I alone have brought all this misery on myself and others." These words struck me because that same feeling, just the same, not more nor less, is also on my conscience. Vincent Van Gogh
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We feel lonely now and then and long for friends and think we should be quite different and happier if we found a friend of whom we might say: "He is the one." But you, too, will begin to learn that there is much self-deception behind this longing; if we yielded too much to it, it would lead us from the road. Vincent Van Gogh
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Seek only light and freedom and do not immerse yourself too deeply in the worldly mire. Vincent Van Gogh
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When we are working at a difficult task and strive after a good thing, we are fighting a righteous battle, the direct reward of which is that we are kept from much evil. As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed. Indeed life is a have to defend and protect ourselves, and with a cheerful and brace spirit we must battle; we plan and calculate in order to make progress. Vincent Van Gogh
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Just dash something down if you see a blank canvas staring at you with a certain imbecility. You do not know how paralyzing it is, that staring of a blank canvas which says to the painter: you don't know anything. Vincent Van Gogh
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Ah! Portraiture, portraiture with the thought, the soul of the model in it, that is what I think must come. Vincent Van Gogh
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I myself believe that there is in every painter's life a period of making absurdities. In my case I think that period is already long past. Vincent Van Gogh
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To express hope by some star, the eagerness of a soul by a sunset radiance. Certainly there is nothing in that of stereoscopic realism, but is it not something that actually exists? Vincent Van Gogh
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The diseases that we civilized people labor under most are melancholy and pessimism. Vincent Van Gogh
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To exaggerate the fairness of hair, I come even to orange tones, chromes and pale yellow ... I make a plain background of the richest, intensest blue that I can contrive, and by this simple combination of the bright head against the rich blue background, I get a mysterious effect, like a star in the depths of an azure sky. Vincent Van Gogh
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I am an artist... It's self-evident that what that word implies is looking for something all the time without ever finding it in full. It is the opposite of saying, 'I know all about it. I've already found it.' As far as I'm concerned, the word means, 'I am looking. I am hunting for it. I am deeply involved.' Vincent Van Gogh
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To try to understand the real significance of what the great artists, the serious masters, tell us in their masterpieces, that leads to God; one man wrote or told it in a book; another, in a picture. Vincent Van Gogh
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Since visiting the abatoirs of S. France I have stopped eating meat. Vincent Van Gogh
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In spite of everything, I shall rise again Vincent Van Gogh
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By working hard, old man, I hope to make something good one day. I haven't yet, but I am pursuing it and fighting for it . . . . Vincent Van Gogh
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If one hasn't a horse, one is one's own horse. Vincent Van Gogh
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To know life, one must love many things. Vincent Van Gogh
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The canvas has an idiotic stare and mesmerises some painters so much that they turn into idiots themselves. Vincent Van Gogh
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But you must love with a sublime , genuine , profound sympathy , with devotion, with intelligence , and you must try all the time to understand Him more, better and yet more. That will lead to God , that will lead to an unshakeable faith . Vincent Van Gogh
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At present I absolutely want to paint a starry sky. It often seems to me that night is still more richly coloured than the day; having hues of the most intense violets, blues and greens. If only you pay attention to it you will see that certain stars are lemon-yellow, others pink or a green, blue and forget-me-not brilliance. And without my expatiating on this theme it is obvious that putting little white dots on the blue-black is not enough to paint a starry sky. Vincent Van Gogh
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I think that I still have it in my heart someday to paint a bookshop with the front yellow and pink in the evening...like a light in the midst of the darkness. Vincent Van Gogh
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Love is eternal - the aspect may change, but not the essence. There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning. The lamp was there and was a good lamp, but now it is shedding light too, and that is its real function. And love makes one calmer about many things, and that way, one is more fit for one's work. Vincent Van Gogh
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Exaggerate the essential, leave the obvious vague. Vincent Van Gogh
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I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart. Vincent Van Gogh
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I can't change the fact that my paintings don't sell. But the time will come when people will recognize that they are worth more than the value of the paints used in the picture. Vincent Van Gogh
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You can't be at the pole and the equator at the same time. You must choose your own line, as I hope to do, and it will probably be color. Vincent Van Gogh
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Whoever lives sincerely and encounters much trouble and disappointment without being bowed down is worth more than one who has always sailed before the wind and has only known prosperity. Vincent Van Gogh
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The laws of color are unutterably beautiful, just because they are not accidental. Vincent Van Gogh
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Admire as much as you can. Most people do not admire enough. Vincent Van Gogh
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It is only too true that a lot of artists are mentally ill - it's a life which, to put it mildly, makes one an outsider. I'm all right when I completely immerse myself in work, but I'll always remain half crazy. Vincent Van Gogh
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If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. Vincent Van Gogh
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If you hear a voice within you saying, You are not a painter, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. Vincent Van Gogh
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To stick to the present and not let it pass without drawing some profit from it, that's what I think duty is. ...let us perservere as far as we can rather today than tomorrow. Vincent Van Gogh
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Try to walk as much as you can, and keep your love for nature, for that is the true way to learn to understand art more and more. Painters understand nature and love her and teach us to see her. If one really loves nature, one can find beauty everywhere. Vincent Van Gogh
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I am always in the hope to express the love of two lovers by a marriage of two complementary colors - colors which marry each other... complement each other as a man and a woman do. Vincent Van Gogh
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The sight of stars always sets me dreaming just as naively as those black dots on a map set me dreaming of towns and villages. Why should these points of light in the firmament, I wonder, be less accessible than the dark ones on the map of France? We take a train to go to Torascon or Roven and we take death to a star. Vincent Van Gogh
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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. Vincent Van Gogh
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What a splendid thing watercolour is to express atmosphere and distance, so that the figure is surrounded by air and can breathe in it. Vincent Van Gogh
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Spring is the fresh green of young corn and the pink blush of blossoms. Autumn contrasts the yellowed foilage with violet hues. Winter is the white of snow against its black forms ... Summer is the contrast of blues and the golden bronze of the corn. Vincent Van Gogh
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If I did not succeed I still thought that what I had worked on would be continued. Not immediately. But there are others who believe in things that are true. Vincent Van Gogh
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I am risking my life for my work, and half my reason has gone. Vincent Van Gogh
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If you work with love and intelligence, you develop a kind of armour against people's opinions, just because of the sincerity of your love for nature and art. Nature is also severe and, to put it that way, hard, but never deceives and always helps you to move forward. Vincent Van Gogh
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The more ugly, old, nasty, ill, and poor I become the more I want to get my own back by producing vibrant, well-arranged, radiant colour. Vincent Van Gogh
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That I was not suited to commerce or academic study in no way proves that I should also be unfit to be a painter. Vincent Van Gogh
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