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Didn't like the excerpts chosen, missed the human relationship component
on June 12, 2014
I am a Van Gogh fan and love a lot of his quotes and the interactions with his brother Theo. I was hoping to get that with this book. However, the excerpts chosen from these letters dealt more with his references to colors and the scenes he was painting (which is great for some) but I wanted more of the human stories.
I did like that this book had photos of the letters and then the text printed in English, it just wasn't the portions of the letters I wanted. i could not find any of my favorite Van Gogh quotes in these excerpts so that was a disappointment. Here are some of the quotes I missed, I wanted to see the context in which they were written:
Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.
Conscience is a man’s compass.
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
One must work and dare if one really wants to live.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things put together.
I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.
Admire as much as you can. Most people do not admire enough.
A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke.
If you hear a voice within you saying, you are not a painter, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.
I have put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.
Only when I fail do I get up again.
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Art is to console those who are broken by life.
I wish they would only take me as I am.
Success sometimes is a whole string of failures.
The way to know life is to love many things.
Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.
I would rather die of passion than of boredom.
I try more and more to be myself, caring relatively little whether people approve or disapprove.
It is a pity that, as one gradually gains experience, one loses one's youth.
What is done in love, is done well.