Vincent Van Gogh Quotes

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1. “It is good to 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 well done.”

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2. “I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

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3. “The sadness will last forever.”

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4. “A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke”

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5. “The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

6. “There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.”

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7. “If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

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8. “In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism, skepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live more musically.”

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9. “Art is to console those who are broken by life.”

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10. “...and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”

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11. “The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting.”

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12. “Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.”

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13. “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

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14. “To suffer without complaint is the only lesson we have to learn in this life”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

15. “There is a great difference between one idler and another idler. There is someone who is an idler out of laziness and lack of character, owing to the baseness of his nature. If you like, you may take me for one of those. Then there is the other kind of idler, the idler despite himself, who is inwardly consumed by a great longing for action who does nothing because his hands are tied, because he is, so to speak, imprisoned somewhere, because he lacks what he needs to be productive, because disastrous circumstances have brought him forcibly to this end. Such a one does not always know what he can do, but he nevertheless instinctively feels, I am good for something! My existence is not without reason! I know that I could be a quite a different person! How can I be of use, how can I be of service? There is something inside me, but what can it be? He is quite another idler. If you like you may take me for one of those.”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

16. “One must work and dare if one really wants to live.”

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17. “Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.”

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18. “But, you will say, what a dreadful person you are, with your impossible religious notions and idiotic scruples. If my ideas are impossible or idiotic then I would like nothing better than to be rid of them. But this is roughly the way I actually see things. In Le philosophe sous les toits by Souvestre you can read what a man of the people, a simple craftsman, pitiful if you will, thinks of his country: ‘Tu n’as peut-être jamais pensé á ce que c’est la patrie, reprit-il, en me posant une main sur l’épaule; c’est tout ce qui t’entoure, tout ce qui t’a élevé et nourri, tout ce que tu as aimé. Cette campagne que tu vois, ces maisons, ces arbres, ces jeunes filles qui passent lá en riant, c’est la patrie! Les lois qui te protégent, le pain qui paye ton travail, les paroles que tu échanges, la joie et la tristesse qui te viennent des hommes et des choses parmi lesquels tu vis, c’est la patrie! La petite chambre oú tu as autrefois vu ta mere, les souvenirs qu’elle t’a laisses, la terre oú elle repose, c’est la patrie! Tu la vois, tu la respires partout! Figure toi, tes droits et tes devoirs, tes affections et tes besoins, tes souvenirs et ta reconnaissance, réunis tout ça sous un seul nom et ce nom sera la patrie.”

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19. “Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you're put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.”

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20. “There is peace even in the storm”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

21. “The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.”

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22. “And the memories of all we have loved stay and come back to us in the evening of our life. They are not dead but sleep, and it is well to gather a treasure of them.”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

23. “My great longing is to learn to make those very incorrectnesses, those deviations, remodellings, changes of reality, so that they may become, yes, untruth if you like - but more true than the literal truth.”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

24. “Dans chaque vie où de la pluie doit tomber, quelques jours seront sombres et lugubres – c'est vrai, il ne peut en aller autrement, et pourtant je me demande si le nombre de jours sombres et lugubres peut parfois devenir trop grand ? La lutte intérieure de Van Gogh: Sa vie, son œuvre et sa maladie mentale - Liesbeth Heenk”

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25. “Well, what shall I say; our inward thoughts, do they ever show outwardly? There may be a great fire in our soul, but no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a little bit of smoke coming through the chimney, and pass on their way.”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

26. “...gerçeklikten daha gerçek olan nedir, yaşamın kendisinden daha çok yaşam nerededir? Ve bizler, elimizden geldiğince yaşamaya çalışan bizler, neden daha yoğun yaşayamıyoruz?”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

27. “Öte yandan Kee'ye duyduğum sevgi çok yeni ve çok başka şey. Kendisi farkında değil ama, bir tür hapishanede oturuyor. O da yoksul, keyfinin istediğini yapabilecek durumda değil ve her şeyden vazgeçen bir tür tevekküle bırakmış kendini... Ayrıca din adamları, dindar hanımlar, sanıyorum beni etkilediklerinden çok daha fazla etkiliyorlar onu. Ben o gibilerin elinden kurtuldum artık, çünkü numaralarını çakmayı öğrendim; ama o hala inanıyor ve de tevekkül, günah, Tanrı ve daha kimbilir nelerden kurulmuş olan sistemin boş laftan başka bir şey olmadığı ortaya çıkarsa, yıkılır.Korkarım bir türlü anlamadığı şeylerden biri de gerçekte Tanrı'nın ne zaman, nerede var olmaya başladığı... Belki de Multatuli'Nin İmansızın Duası'nı bitirirken söylediği sözleri söylediğimiz zaman vardır Tanrı: "Ah Tanrım, Tanrı yok." Din adamlarının Tanrısı benim için bir kapı tokmağı kadar cansız. Bu durumda ate mi oluyorum şimdi? Din adamlarına sorarsan, öyle görüyorlar beni -öyle olsun- ama ben seviyorum, yaşamasaydım, başkaları da yaşamasaydı, nasıl sevgi duyardım? Ve eğer yaşıyorsak, işin içinde bir esrarlı yan var. Buna ister Tanrı de, ister insan tabiatı, ister başka bir ad ver, son derece canlı ve gerçek olduğu halde sistematik biçimde tanımlayamadığım bir şey var ki bence Tanrı O -ya da en az Tanrı kadar önemli bir şey...”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

28. “Yalnızca ressamları ele alacak olursak, ölmüş, gömülmüş olanlar da yapıtları aracılığıyla bir sonraki ya da birbirini izleyen birkaç kuşağa bir şeyler söyleyebiliyorlar.Hepsi bu mu, yoksa daha fazlası var mı? Bir ressamın yaşamında en zor şey ölüm değildir belki de.Kendi payıma, bu konuda bir şey bilmediğimi kabul ediyorum. Ama yıldızlara baktığımda düşlere dalıyorum, tıpkı bir haritada kentleri ve köyleri gösteren siyah noktalara bakarken düşlere daldığım gibi. Neden, diye soruyorum kendime, gökte pırıl pırıl parlayan noktalar da Fransa haritasındaki kara noktalar kadar ulaşılabilir olmasın? Bizi Tarascon ya da Rouen'a nasıl bir tren götürüyorsa, yıldızlara da ölüm götürür. Bu düşüncede kuşkusuz doğru olan bir şey varsa, o da şu: Yaşadığımız sürece yıldızlara varamayız, nasıl ki öldükten sonra trene binemeyiz, öyle.Dolayısıyla, kolera, böbrek taşları, verem, kanser gibi şeyler göksel ulaşım araçlarıdırlar gibi geliyor bana; vapur, otobüs, tren türünden yeryüzü ulaşım araçları gibi aynı... Yaşlılık yüzünden sessizce ölmek oraya yürüyerek gitmek gibi bir şey.”

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29. “Dünyanın beni ilgilendiren tek bir yanı var: Otuz yıl üstünde yaşadığım bu toprağa karşı duyduğum belirli bir borç ve yüklendiğime inandığım bir görev; duyduğum bu şükran borcuna karşılık desen ya da resim olarak birkaç andaç bırakmak istiyorum geride -birtakım sanat akımlarının hoşuna girmek için değil, gerçek, içten, insancıl duyguları dile getirmek için. İşte, yaşamdaki amacım bu.”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

30. “Biliyorsun, şakayık çiçeği Jeannine'ndir, hatmi çiçeği Quost'a aittir, ayçiçeği de galiba biraz benim...”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

31. “Ve kişi, kadınları çalışmalarının dışında tutmakla çağdışı bir tutum içine girmiş olur.Her yerde aynı bu, ister kentte ol ister kırsal yörelerde; zamana ayak uydurmak istiyorsan eğer, kadınları mutlaka hesaba katacaksın.”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

32. “Geleceğin gerçekte nasıl olaracağı yalnızca bana bağlı değil; dünya ve içinde bulunduğum durumların da katkısı olacak.Beni ilgilendiren, doğrudan doğruya benim sorumluluğumda olan şey, içine düştüğüm durumları en iyi biçimde değerlendirebilmek ve elimden geldiğince ilerlemeye çalışmak...Çalışan bir adam için otuz yaş, yaşamında bir istikrar döneminin tam başladığı yaştır, insan kendini genç ve enerji dolu hisseder.Ama, aynı zamanda, yaşamın bir evresi de sona ermiştir. Bu, bazı şeylerin artık hiçbir zaman geri gelmeyeceğini düşündürdüğünden melankoliye sürüklüyor insanı. Belirli bir pişmanlık duymak da saçma bir duygusallık değil aslında. Evet, birçok şey gerçekten de otuz yaşında başlıyor, o yaşta her şeyin bitmiş olduğu da doğru değil. Ancak, yaşamın veremeyeceğini anladığı birtakım şeyleri beklememeyi öğrenmiş oluyor kişi; üstelik her geçen gün daha iyi kavrıyor ki yaşam yalnızca bir ekme dönemidir, hasat mevsimi yoktur burada.”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

33. “Kadınlar düşünce alanında erkekler kadar enerji ve esneklik göstermiyorlarsa da -erkekler irdeleme, uslamlama gibi şeylere daha yatkınlar- bundan dolayı onları suçlamamak gerek, bana sorarsan; çünkü güçlerinin çok büyük bir bölümünü -bizden çok daha fazlasını- acı çekmeye harcıyorlar. Bizden daha çok acı çekiyorlar, bizden daha duyarlılar.Aynı şekilde, her zaman düşüncelerimizi anlayamıyorlarsa da, onlara iyi davrandın mı, kimi kez gerçek bir anlama yeteneği çıkıyor ortaya. Her zaman değil elbette; gene de, içlerinde bunu başarma hevesi var; bir de, garip bir iyi yüreklilik var kadınlarda bazen.”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

34. “Belki de Teersteeg hakkında yazdıklarımı biraz sert bulacaksın. Ama hiçbirini geri alamam. Bazı şeyleri doğrudan ve dobra söylemek gerek ona, yoksa zırhını delip geçemiyor. Beni yıllar yılı düşler aleminde yaşayan ahmağın, beceriksizin biri olarak gördü, hala da öyle görüyor, desenlerim hakkında söylediği lafa bak: "Suluboya resim yapmayı başaramamanın acısını duymamak için uyuşturucu madde kullanır gibi çiziyorsun bunları.”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

35. “Tanrı dertleri, acıları görüyor ve her şeye karşın O yardım edebilir. İçimdeki Tanrı inancı çok sağlam -kafamda uydurduğum bir şey değil, temelsiz, geçici bir inanç değil- doğru olan, gerçek olan şu ki, yaşayan bir Tanrı var; O ana babamızdan yana, gözleri bizim de üstümüzde ve eminim ki yaşamımızı O planlıyor ve biz aslında tam anlamıyla kendi kendimize ait değiliz -ve bu Tanrı, İncilimiz'de okuduğumuz, sözleri ve yaptıkları yüreklerimizin en derinlerinde yaşayan İsa Peygamber'den başkası değil.”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

36. “Many people seem to think it foolish, even superstitious, to believe that the world could still change for the better. And it is true that in winter it is sometimes so bitingly cold that one is tempted to say, ‘What do I care if there is a summer; its warmth is no help to me now.’ Yes, evil often seems to surpass good. But then, in spite of us, and without our permission, there comes at last an end to the bitter frosts. One morning the wind turns, and there is a thaw. And so I must still have hope.”

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37. “La tristesse durera toujours.[The sadness will last forever.]”

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38. “Both she and I have grief enough and trouble enough, but as for regrets – neither of us have any.”

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39. “Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.”

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40. “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.”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

41. “In spite of everything, I shall rise again; I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.”

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42. “The sunflower is mine, in a way.”

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43. “So what do you want? Does what happens inside show on the outside? There is such a great fire in one’s soul, and yet nobody ever comes to warm themselves there, and passersby see nothing but a little smoke coming from the top of the chimney, and go on their way.”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

44. “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.”

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45. “Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me.”

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46. “It must be good to die in the knowledge that one has done some truthful work...and to know that, as a result, one will live on in the memory of at least a few and leave a good example for those who come after.”

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47. “I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.”

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48. “I hope to depart in no other way than looking back with love and wistfulness and thinking, oh paintings that I would have made..”

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49. “..it has always been so much my desire to paint for those who don’t know the artistic side of a painting.”

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50. “Dear brother,I feel what Pa and Ma instinctively think about me (I don’t say reasonably).There’s a similar reluctance about taking me into the house as there would be about having a large, shaggy dog in the house. He’ll come into the room with wet paws — and then, he’s so shaggy. He’ll get in everyone’s way. And he barks so loudly.In short — it’s a dirty animal.Very well — but the animal has a human history and, although it’s a dog, a human soul, and one with finer feelings at that, able to feel what people think about him, which an ordinary dog can’t do.And I, admitting that I am a sort of dog, accept them as they are.Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo, Nuenen, 15 December 1883”

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51. “For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”

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52. “It quite often makes me feel sad that painting’s like a bad mistress one might have, who’s always spending, spending and it’s never enough.. [Letter 630, Arles, 23 June 1888]”

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53. “How I wish we could spend a couple of Christmas days together, for instance — I would also dearly like to have you in my studio once more.I, too, have been toiling quite hard recently, precisely because I was full of the Christmas feeling, and feeling isn’t enough, one must bring it into one’s work.So I’m now occupied with two large heads of an orphan man, with his white beard and old-fashioned, old top hat.This chap has the sort of old, lively face that one would wish for beside a cosy Christmas fire.”

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54. “I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.”

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55. “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?”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

56. “There are often beams in our eye that we know not of. Let us therefore ask that our eye may become single, for then we ourselves shall become wholly single.”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

57. “It is only right and proper to be moved by the Bible, but present-day reality has so strong a hold over us that even when we try to imagine the past the minor events in our lives immediately wrench us out of our musings, and our own adventures throw us back irrevocably upon our personal feelings—joy, boredom, suffering, anger, or a smile.”

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58. “Those who love much, do much and accomplish much, and whatever is done with love is done well.... Love is the best and noblest thing in the human heart, especially when it is tested by life as gold is tested by fire. Happy is he who has loved much, and although he may have wavered and doubted, he has kept that divine spark alive and returned to what was in the beginning and ever shall be. If only one keeps loving faithfully what is truly worth loving and does not squander one's love on trivial and insignificant and meaningless things then one will gradually obtain more light and grow stronger.”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

59. “For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me want to dream.”

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Source : Van Gogh's Starry Night Notebook

60. “I often think of you all, one cannot do what one wants in life. The more you feel attached to a spot, the more ruthlessly you are compelled to leave it, but the memories remain, and one remembers - as in a looking glass, darkly - one's absent friends.”

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61. “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.”

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62. “I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater than I, which is my life, the power to create.”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

63. “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.”

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Source : Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh

64. “I have tried to express the idea that the café is a place where one can ruin oneself, go mad, or commit a crime.”

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65. “Fortunately for me, I know well enough what I want, and am basically utterly indifferent to the criticism that I work to hurriedly. In answer to that, I have done some things even more hurriedly theses last few days.”

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66. “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.But what is your final goal, you may ask. That goal will become clearer, will emerge slowly but surely, much as the rough draught turns into a sketch, and the sketch into a painting through the serious work done on it, through the elaboration of the original vague idea and through the consolidation of the first fleeting and passing thought.”

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67. “It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning.”

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68. “Let me stop there, but my God, how beautiful Shakespeare is, who else is as mysterious as he is; his language and method are like a brush trembling with excitement and ecstasy. But one must learn to read, just as one must learn to see and learn to live.”

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69. “There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

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70. “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.”

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71. “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.”

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72. “It's better to have a gay life of it than to commit suicide.”

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73. “There is safety in the very heart of danger.”

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74. “How right it is to love flowers and the greenery of pines and ivy and hawthorn hedges; they have been with us from the very beginning.”

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Source : The Letters of Vincent van Gogh