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"An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it."
--
PAUL VALERY

"The best index to a person's character is [a] how he treats people who can't do him any good, and [b] how he treats people who can't fight back."
--
ABIGAIL VAN BUREN

"The real mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, it is a reality to be experienced."
--
J. J. VAN DER LEEUW

"One should arrive at leading one's conscience to a state of development so that it becomes the voice of a better and higher self, of which the ordinary self is a servant."
--VINCENT VAN GOGH

"All the paintings I made from nature were chestnuts that I snatched from the fire."
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VINCENT VAN GOGH

"If I stay here (in the south), I will not try to paint a Christ in the Garden of Olives, but rather the olive harvest the way it looks now; and if I can find the true proportions of the human figure in it, it will be possible to think of the former scene while looking at this one."
--
VINCENT VAN GOGH

"It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures."
--
VINCENT VAN GOGH

"I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.'"
--
VINCENT VAN GOGH

"The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress."
--
HENDRIK WILLEM VAN LOON

"Contrary to popular belief an artist is never ahead of his time, but most people are far behind theirs."
--
EDWARD VARESE

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be."
--VOLTAIRE

"Natural objects themselves, even when they make no claim to beauty, excite the feelings, and occupy the imagination. Nature pleases, attracts, delights, merely because it is nature. We recognize in it an infinite power."
--
VON HUMBOLDT

"In ancient times culture was to the stars and technology was the wheel. Today, technology is to the stars and culture is the wheel."
--
KARL VOSTER

"The art of creation is older than the art of killing."
--
ANDREI VOZNESENSKY

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