Vincent Van Gogh Famous Quotes & Sayings

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100 Vincent Van Gogh Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Success is sometimes the outcome of a whole string of failures. Success is sometimes the outcome of a whole string of failures.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: It was Richepin who said somewhere, 'The love of art means loss of real love' 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.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: There are two ways of reasoning about painting: how to do it and how not There are two ways of reasoning about painting: how to do it and how not to do it; how to d it with great deal of drawing and not much colour, how not to do it with a great deal of colour and not much drawing.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Life itself, too, is forever turning an infinitely vacant, dispiriting blank side towards man on 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.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Don't lose heart if it's very difficult at times, everything will come out all right Don't lose heart if it's very difficult at times, everything will come out all right and nobody can in the beginning do as he wishes.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I don't know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream. I don't know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: When I see how several painters I know here are struggling with their watercolours and When I see how several painters I know here are struggling with their watercolours and paintings so that they can't see a solution anymore, I sometimes think: Friend, the fault is in your drawing. I don't regret for a moment that I did not go in for watercolour and oil painting straight away. I am sure I will catch up if only I struggle on, so that my hand does not waver in drawing and perspective.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I work as diligently on my canvases as the laborers do in their fields. I work as diligently on my canvases as the laborers do in their fields.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Admire as much as you can. Most people do not admire enough. Admire as much as you can. Most people do not admire enough.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I cannot help thinking that the best way of knowing God is to love many I cannot help thinking that the best way of knowing God is to love many things. Love this friend, this person, this thing, whatever you like, and you will be on the right road to understanding Him better.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: What am I in most people's eyes? A nonentity or an eccentric and disagreeable man What am I in most people's eyes? A nonentity or an eccentric and disagreeable man ... I should want my work to show what is in the heart of such an eccentric, of such a nobody.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I believe that one thinks much more soundly if the thoughts arise from direct contact 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.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I'll start with the small things I'll start with the small things
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: The wheat field has ... poetry; it is like a memory of something one has The wheat field has ... poetry; it is like a memory of something one has once seen. We can only make our pictures speak.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: The painter of the future will be a colorist unlike anything yet. The painter of the future will be a colorist unlike anything yet.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: My great longing is to learn to make those very incorrectnesses, those deviations, remodellings, changes 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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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: By working hard, old man, I hope to make something good one day. I haven't By working hard, old man, I hope to make something good one day. I haven't yet, but I am pursuing it and fighting for it ...
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I take great care of myself by carefully shutting myself away I take great care of myself by carefully shutting myself away
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: The laws of color are unutterably beautiful, just because they are not accidental. The laws of color are unutterably beautiful, just because they are not accidental.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Sometimes, dear brother, I know so well what I want. I am quite able to Sometimes, dear brother, I know so well what I want. I am quite able to do without God, both in my life and in my painting, but what I cannot do without, unwell as I am, is something greater than myself, which is my life, the power to create.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: But by fighting the difficulties in which one finds oneself, an inner strength develops from But by fighting the difficulties in which one finds oneself, an inner strength develops from within our heart, which improves in life's fight.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Whatever plan one makes, there is a hidden difficulty somewhere. Whatever plan one makes, there is a hidden difficulty somewhere.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: We spent our whole lives in unconsous excercise of the art of expressing our thoughts We spent our whole lives in unconsous excercise of the art of expressing our thoughts with the help of words
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Painting demands an intelligent model. Painting demands an intelligent model.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: To save a life is a real and beautiful thing. To make a home for To save a life is a real and beautiful thing. To make a home for the homeless, yes, it is a thing that must be good; whatever the world may say, it cannot be wrong.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: It is the language of nature to which one has to listen. It is the language of nature to which one has to listen.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I have walked the earth for thirty years and, out of gratitude, want to leave I have walked the earth for thirty years and, out of gratitude, want to leave some souvenir.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: One must never let the fire go out in one's soul, but keep it burning. One must never let the fire go out in one's soul, but keep it burning.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Bookstores always remind me that there are good things in this world Bookstores always remind me that there are good things in this world
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I often think of you all, one cannot do what one wants in life. The 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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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: The simple minded know many things that the wise ignore The simple minded know many things that the wise ignore
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: And painted portraits have a life of their own that comes from deep in the And painted portraits have a life of their own that comes from deep in the soul of the painter and where the machine can't go.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: To believe in God for me is to feel that there is a God, not 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.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: If one keeps loving faithfully what is really worth loving, and does not waste one's If one keeps loving faithfully what is really worth loving, and does not waste one's love on insignificant and unworthy and meaningless things, one will get more light by and by and grow stronger.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, 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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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: The worse I get along with people the more I learn to have faith in The worse I get along with people the more I learn to have faith in Nature and concentrate on her.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I thought I would be understood without words. I thought I would be understood without words.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I've never felt a desire (and I don't believe I ever shall) to bring the I've never felt a desire (and I don't believe I ever shall) to bring the public to my work ... a certain popularity seems to me the least desirable of things.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: When using colors to recreate a general harmony of tones in nature, one loses it When using colors to recreate a general harmony of tones in nature, one loses it by painfully exact imitation. One keeps it by recreating in an equivalent color range, and that may not be exactly, or far from exactly, like the model.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Nature always begins by resisting the artist, but he who really takes it seriously does 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.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Against all expectations, the symptoms of Van Gogh's mental illness are conspicuous by their almost Against all expectations, the symptoms of Van Gogh's mental illness are conspicuous by their almost complete absence from his letters. Much as he chose not to paint before he had fully recovered from one of his attacks, so he refrained from writing at times of crisis. Throughout his life, admittedly, his letters bear witness to a man possessed, frequently agitated, enraged, dejected, obsessed, but never deranged, or emotionally or intellectually unstable.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners. I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Well, I dare not allow myself any illusions, and I am afraid it may never Well, I dare not allow myself any illusions, and I am afraid it may never happen that Father and Mother will really appreciate my art. It is not their fault; we do not see the same things with the same eyes, or have the same thoughts raised in us by them. They will never be able to understand what painting is.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I am risking my life for my work, and half my reason has gone. I am risking my life for my work, and half my reason has gone.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Yellow is capable of charming God. Yellow is capable of charming God.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Great things do not just happen by impulse, but as a succession of small things Great things do not just happen by impulse,
but as a succession of small things linked together.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: There are idlers and idlers, who form a contrast. There are idlers and idlers, who form a contrast.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Try to walk as much as you can, and keep your love for nature, for Try to walk as much as you can, and keep your love for nature, for that is the true way to learn to understand art more and more. Painters understand nature and love her and teach us to see her. If one really loves nature, one can find beauty everywhere.
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Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Study, analyse the social structure - that's always far more effective than moralising. Study, analyse the social structure - that's always far more effective than moralising.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: If you end up falling in love with someone, it's because of them. If you If you end up falling in love with someone, it's because of them. If you end up hating someone, it's because of you.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Find things beautiful as much as you can, most people find too little beautiful. Find things beautiful as much as you can, most people find too little beautiful.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Modern reality has got such a hold on us that ... when we attempt to Modern reality has got such a hold on us that ... when we attempt to reconstruct the ancient days in our thoughts ... the minor events of our lives tear us away from our meditations, and ... thrust us back into our personal [problems]
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which 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.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: The best pictures are always those one dreams of when one is smoking a pipe 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 Sayings: My opinion is that the best thing would be to work on till art lovers My opinion is that the best thing would be to work on till art lovers feel drawn toward it of their own accord, instead of having to praise or to explain it.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: It is good to love many things It is good to love many things
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: My aim in life is to make pictures and drawings, as many and as well 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 Sayings: There may be a great fire in our hearts, yet no one ever comes to 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.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: It is a sad and very melancholy scene, which must strike everyone who knows and 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 Sayings: I have a firm faith in art, a firm confidence in its being a powerful 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.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Looking at the stars always makes me dream, as simply as I dream over the Looking at the stars always makes me dream, as simply as I dream over the black dots representing towns and villages on a map.
Why, I ask myself, shouldn't the shining dots of the sky be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France?
Just as we take a train to get to Tarascon or Rouen, we take death to reach a star. We cannot get to a star while we are alive any more than we can take the train when we are dead. So to me it seems possible that cholera, tuberculosis and cancer are the celestial means of locomotion. Just as steamboats, buses and railways are the terrestrial means.
To die quietly of old age would be to go there on foot.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: It is the painting that makes me so happy these days. It is the painting that makes me so happy these days.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: There is a sun, a light that for want of another word I can only There is a sun, a light that for want of another word I can only call yellow, pale sulphur yellow, pale golden citron. How lovely yellow is!
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: You can't be at the pole and the equator at the same time. You must You can't be at the pole and the equator at the same time. You must choose your own line, as I hope to do, and it will probably be color.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I lost my job as an art salesman. It was the customer's fault. He wanted I lost my job as an art salesman. It was the customer's fault. He wanted to buy the wrong paintings.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Only when I fall do I get up again. Only when I fall do I get up again.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Just dash something down if you see a blank canvas staring at you with a Just dash something down if you see a blank canvas staring at you with a certain imbecility. You do not know how paralyzing it is, that staring of a blank canvas which says to the painter: you don't know anything.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: At times it is not easy for me to take up living again. At times it is not easy for me to take up living again.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: To know life, one must love many things. To know life, one must love many things.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: What is done in love is done well. What is done in love is done well.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I work even in the middle of the day, in the full sunshine, and I I work even in the middle of the day, in the full sunshine, and I enjoy it like a cicada.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Art demands persistent work, work in spite of everything, and continuous observations. By persistent, I Art demands persistent work, work in spite of everything, and continuous observations. By persistent, I mean not only continuous work, but also not giving up your opinion at the bidding of such and such a person.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: The great isn't something accidental; it must be willed. The great isn't something accidental; it must be willed.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I am not strictly speaking mad, for my mind is absolutely normal in the intervals, I am not strictly speaking mad, for my mind is absolutely normal in the intervals, and even more so than before. But during the attacks it is terrible - and then I lose consciousness of everything. But that spurs me on to work and to seriousness, as a miner who is always in danger makes haste in what he does.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: There was a sentence in your letter that struck me, "I wish I were far There was a sentence in your letter that struck me, "I wish I were far away from everything, I am the cause of all, and bring only sorrow to everybody, I alone have brought all this misery on myself and others." These words struck me because that same feeling, just the same, not more nor less, is also on my conscience.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: A woman is not old as long as she loves and is loved A woman is not old as long as she loves and is loved
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I myself believe that there is in every painter's life a period of making absurdities. I myself believe that there is in every painter's life a period of making absurdities. In my case I think that period is already long past.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: God sends us pieces of art so that we may see ourselves in them God sends us pieces of art so that we may see ourselves in them
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Normality is a paved road: It's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it. Normality is a paved road: It's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I hope to depart in no other way than looking back with love and wistfulness I hope to depart in no other way than looking back with love and wistfulness and thinking, oh paintings that I would have made..
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Do you know what frees one from this captivity? It is every deep serious affection. Do you know what frees one from this captivity? It is every deep serious affection. Being friends, being brothers, love, these open the prison by supreme power, by some magic force. Where sympathy is renewed, life is restored.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: We are having wind and rain here, and I am very glad not to be We are having wind and rain here, and I am very glad not to be alone. I work from memory on bad days, and that would not do if I were alone.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: But you people do not understand me, and I am afraid you never will. But you people do not understand me, and I am afraid you never will.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Ah, Manet has come very, very close to it and Courbet - the marrying of Ah, Manet has come very, very close to it and Courbet - the marrying of form and colour.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: It must be a good thing to die conscious of having performed some real good, 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 Sayings: I will not live without love. I will not live without love.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: A likeness different from the products of the God-fearing photographer. A likeness different from the products of the God-fearing photographer.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: I feel a certain calm. There is safety in the midst of danger. What would I feel a certain calm. There is safety in the midst of danger. What would life be if we didn't dare to take things in hand?
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Many painters are afraid of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of Many painters are afraid of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of the truly passionate painter who dares-and who has once broken the spell of 'you can't.'
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: Well, what shall I say; our inward thoughts, do they ever show outwardly? There may 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.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: But I must work on in full calmness and serenity ... The world concerns me But I must work on in full calmness and serenity ... The world concerns me only in so far as I feel a certain debt and duty towards it, because I have walked on the earth for thirty years, and out of gratitude want to leave some souvenir in the shape of drawings or pictures, not made to please a certain tendency in art, but to express a sincere human feeling. So this work is the aim-and through concentration upon that one idea, everything one does is simplified. Now the work goes slowly-a reason the more to lose no time.
Vincent Van Gogh Sayings: That is how I look at it; to continue, to continue, that is what is That is how I look at it; to continue, to continue, that is what is necessary.