"I also painted a study of a seascape, nothing but a bit of sand, sea, sky, grey and lonely—sometimes I feel a need for that silence—where there’s nothing but the grey sea—with an occasional seabird. But otherwise, no other voice than the murmur of the waves."
Vincent van Gogh, a letter to his brother Theo, 17 September 1882 (via stxxz)
"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 (via lettresatheo)
"So what do you want? Does what happens inside show on the outside? There is such a fire in one’s soul, and yet nobody ever comes to warm themselves there, and passersby see nothing but a little smoke coming from the top of the chimney, and go on their way."
Vincent van Gogh in a letter to Theo, July 1880 (via talkativolive)
"What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion. Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum."
-Vincent van Gogh, Letter to Theo (July 1882)
"Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all."
Vincent van Gogh, from a letter written to his brother Theo, 1888
From The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh (via liquidnight)
"I take great care of myself by carefully shutting myself away"