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Vincent van Gogh
“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.”
Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

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

Vincent van Gogh
“To do good work one must eat well, be well housed, have one's fling from time to time, smoke one's pipe, and drink one's coffee in peace”
Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh
“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.”
Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh
“I have tried to express the idea that the café is a place where one can ruin oneself, go mad, or commit a crime.”
Van Gogh on "The Night Cafe" painting

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