The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic that to love others.
The best way to know God is to love many things.
I wish they would only take me as I am.
When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.
Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.
A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.
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.
There may be a great fire in our hearts, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.
The way to know life is to love many things.
I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners.
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?
I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.
How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?
Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy, but their good taste and their scientific knowledge of composition were enormous.
Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.
One must work and dare if one really wants to live.
Great things are not done by impulse, but a series of small things brought together.
But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.
An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.
Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.