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Quotes of the Day for 30 March 2002 – Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh was born at Groot Zundert, The Netherlands on this day in 1853. His words are not, perhaps, as profound as his paintings, but I thought these were worth holding on to for a moment.

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The quotes:

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.

If one is the master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time insight into and understanding of many things.

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.

There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love, as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning.

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
     - Vincent van Gogh, 1853 - 1890


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