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Vincent Van Gogh
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Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model. Vincent Van Gogh
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How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be? Vincent Van Gogh
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I've just kept on ceaselessly painting in order to learn painting. Vincent Van Gogh
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Of course my moods change, but the average is serenity. I have a firm faith in art, a firm confidence in its being a powerful stream which carries a man to a harbor, though he himself must do his bit too; at all events, I think it such a great blessing when a man has found his work that I cannot count myself among the unfortunate. I mean, I may be in certain relatively great difficulties, and there may be gloomy days in my life, but I shouldn't like to be counted among the unfortunate, nor would it be correct if I were. Vincent Van Gogh
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It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures; one must, without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful. Vincent Van Gogh
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Now for the past five years or so, I don't know how long exactly, I have been more or less without permanent employment, wandering from pillar to post. You will say, ever since such and such a time you have been going downhill, you have been feeble, you have done nothing. Is that entirely true? Vincent Van Gogh
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I believe that one thinks much more soundly if the thoughts arise from direct contact with things, than if one looks at things with the aim of finding this or that in them. Vincent Van Gogh
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I lost my job as an art salesman. It was the customer's fault. He wanted to buy the wrong paintings. Vincent Van Gogh
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It was Richepin who said somewhere, 'The love of art means loss of real love'... True, but on the other hand, real love makes you disgusted with art. Vincent Van Gogh
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I had a new idea in my head... this time it's just simply my bedroom, only here colour is to do everything, and, giving by its simplification a grander style to things, is to be suggestive here of rest or of sleep in general. In a word, to look at the picture ought to rest the brain or rather the imagination. Vincent Van Gogh
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Seeing that I am so busily occupied with myself just now, I want to try to paint my self-portrait in writing. Vincent Van Gogh
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One must spoil as many canvases as one succeeds with. Vincent Van Gogh
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I believe more and more that God must not be judged on this earth. It is one of His sketches that has turned out badly. Vincent Van Gogh
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Even this artistic life, which we know is not real life, appears to me to be so alive and so vital that it would be a form ingratitude not to be content with it. Vincent Van Gogh
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My brushwork is quite unsystematic. I slam the paint on in all sorts of ways and leave each result to take care of itself. Vincent Van Gogh
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The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic that to love others. Vincent Van Gogh
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My aim in life is to make pictures and drawings, as many and as well as I can; then, at the end of my life... looking back with love and tender regret, and thinking, 'Oh, the pictures I might have made!' Vincent Van Gogh
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The victory one would gain after a whole life of work and effort is better than one that is gained sooner. Vincent Van Gogh
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I shouldn't precisely have chosen madness if there had been any choice, but once such a thing has taken hold of you, you can't very well get out of it. Vincent Van Gogh
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The great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. And great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed. Vincent Van Gogh
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The worse I get along with people the more I learn to have faith in Nature and concentrate on her. Vincent Van Gogh
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It is a sad and very melancholy scene, which must strike everyone who knows and feels that we also have to pass one day through the valley of the shadow of death, and "que la fin de la vie humaine, ce sont des larmes ou des cheveux blancs." What lies beyond this is a great mystery that only God knows, but He has revealed absolutely through His word that there is a resurrection of the dead. Vincent Van Gogh
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Both she and I have grief enough and trouble enough, but as for regrets - neither of us have any. Vincent Van Gogh
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To express a marriage of two complementary colors, their mingling and their opposition, the mysterious vibrations of kindred tones... Vincent Van Gogh
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I never get tired of the blue sky. Vincent Van Gogh
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The lamps are burning and the starry sky is over it all. Vincent Van Gogh
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I felt my energy return and that I said to myself, in any event I'll recover from it, I'll pick up my pencil that I put down in my great discouragement and I'll get back to drawing, and from then on, it seems to me, everything has changed for me. Vincent Van Gogh
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You know, what makes the prison disappear is every deep, serious attachment. To be friends, to be brothers, to love; that opens the prison through sovereign power, through a most powerful spell. But he who doesn't have that remains in death. But where sympathy springs up again, life springs up again. Vincent Van Gogh
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In a painting I want to say something comforting. Vincent Van Gogh
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The thing has already taken form in my mind before I start it. The first attempts are absolutely unbearable. I say this because I want you to know that if you see something worthwhile in what I am doing, it is not by accident but because of real direction and purpose. Vincent Van Gogh
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I must continue to follow the path I take now. If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it - keep going, keep going come what may. Vincent Van Gogh
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It must be a good thing to die conscious of having performed some real good, and to know that by this work one will live, at least in the memory of some, and will have left a good example to those that come after. A work that is good-it may not be eternal, but the thought expressed in it is, and the work itself will certainly remain in existence for a long, long time; and if afterwards others arise, they can do no better than follow in the footsteps of such predecessors and do their work in the same way. Vincent Van Gogh
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Occasionally, in times of worry, I've longed to be stylish, but on second thought I say no-just let me be myself-and express rough, yet true things with rough workmanship. Vincent Van Gogh
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I am working with the enthusiasm of a man from Marseilles eating bouillabaisse, which shouldn't come as a surprise to you because I am busy painting huge sunflowers. Vincent Van Gogh
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To believe in God for me is to feel that there is a God, not a dead one, or a stuffed one, who with irresistible force urges us towards more loving. Vincent Van Gogh
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It is a pity that, as one gradually gains experience, one loses one's youth. Vincent Van Gogh
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I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. Vincent Van Gogh
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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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The way to know life is to love many things. Vincent Van Gogh
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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
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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
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In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism, skepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live more musically. Vincent Van Gogh
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But for one's health as you say, it is very necessary to work in the garden and see the flowers growing. Vincent Van Gogh
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In an artist's life, death is perhaps not the most difficult thing. Vincent Van Gogh
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Drawing is the root of everything. Vincent Van Gogh
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I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream. Vincent Van Gogh
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There is something intimate about painting I cannot explain to you ? but it is so delightful just for expressing one's feelings. Vincent Van Gogh
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Suffice it to say that black and white are also colors... for their simultaneous contrast is as striking as that of green and red, for instance. Vincent Van Gogh
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Painting it was hard graft. There are one and a half large tubes of white in the ground - yet that ground is very dark... Vincent Van Gogh
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The best pictures are always those one dreams of when one is smoking a pipe in bed, but which never get done. But still one ought to try, however incompetent one may feel before the unspeakable perfection and radiant splendour of nature. Vincent Van Gogh
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The more I become decomposed, the more sick and fragile I am, the more I become an artist. Vincent Van Gogh
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I don't know if I can convey the postman as I feel him... Unfortunately he cannot pose, and a painting demands an intelligent model. Vincent Van Gogh
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The cypresses are always occupying my thoughts. Vincent Van Gogh
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Perhaps someday everyone will have neurosis. Vincent Van Gogh
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It constantly remains a source of disappointment to me that my drawings are not yet what I want them to be. The difficulties are indeed numerous and great, and cannot be overcome at once. To make progress is a kind of miner's work; it doesn't advance as quickly as one would like, and as others also expect, but as one stands before such a task, the basic necessities are patience and faithfulness. In fact, I do not think much about the difficulties, because if one thought of them too much one would get stunned or disturbed. Vincent Van Gogh
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All art is a gift. It is first of all a gift that the maker can do it. It is then a gift to someone else, whether they pay for it or not. The wonder of it is that we cannot get the production of these gifts stopped. Art is life seeking itself. It is our intractable expressions of love for the beauties, ideas and epiphanies we regularly find. I framed the painting. It's now hanging in our den. "I have walked this earth for 30 years, and, out of gratitude, want to leave some souvenir. Vincent Van Gogh
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Nature always begins by resisting the artist, but he who really takes it seriously does not allow that resistance to put him off his stride; on the contrary, it is that much more of a stimulus to fight for victory. Vincent Van Gogh
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If your inner voice is telling you that you can't paint, by all means, hurry up and paint and silence the voice. Vincent Van Gogh
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Sometimes art seems to be something very sublime, and, as you say, something sacred. Vincent Van Gogh
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Ideas for work are coming to me in abundance...I'm going like a painting-locomotive. Vincent Van Gogh
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Conscience is a man's compass, and though the needle sometimes deviates, though one often perceives irregularities in directing one's course by it, still one must try to follow its direction. Vincent Van Gogh
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Benjamin Murphy is the best artist since sliced bread. Vincent Van Gogh
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There is nothing more artistic than loving people. Vincent Van Gogh
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Life itself, too, is forever turning an infinitely vacant, dispiriting blank side towards man on which nothing appears, any more than it does on a blank canvas. But no matter how vacant and vain, how dead life may appear to be, the man of faith, of energy, of warmth, who knows something, will not be put off so easily. Vincent Van Gogh
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There is peace even in the storm Vincent Van Gogh
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What preys on my mind is simply this one question: what am I good for, could I not be of service or use in some way? Vincent Van Gogh
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God sends us pieces of art so that we may see ourselves in them Vincent Van Gogh
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I would like to leave this world and never return. I severed my ear, but how I wish that I had severed my heart. I shall never amount to anything. Vincent Van Gogh
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I use color in a completely arbitrary way in order to express myself powerfully. Vincent Van Gogh
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Close friends are truly life's treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone. Vincent Van Gogh
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