Occasionally, in times of worry, I’ve longed to be stylish, but on second thoughts I say no – just let me be myself – and express severe, rough, yet true things with rough workmanship.

Letter to his brother, Theo van Gogh. The Hague, Saturday, 11 March 1882.

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I’d very much like to see Millet reproductions in schools, I think there would be children who became painters if only they saw good things.

Letter to his brother, Theo van Gogh. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on or about Friday, 20 September 1889.

Ah, my dear brother, sometimes I know so clearly what I want. In life and in painting too, I can easily do without the dear Lord, but I can’t, suffering as I do, do without something greater than myself, which is my life, the power to create.
And if frustrated in this power physically, we try to create thoughts instead of children; in that way, we’re part of humanity all the same.