“Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.
“It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to. . . . The feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures.
“Do not quench your inspiration and your inmagination do not become the slave of your model.
“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.
“A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.
“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
“One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever come to sit by it. Passersby see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on the way.
“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
“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.
“The best way to know God is to love many things.
Vincent Van Gogh
Dutch Post-impressionist painter noted for his use of color (1853-1890)
“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
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