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There may be a great fire in our hearts,
by Vincent Van Gogh

There may be a great fire in our hearts,
yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it,
and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.
- Vincent Van Gogh

When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word -
religion.
Then I go out and paint the stars.
- Vincent Van Gogh

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

Love always brings difficulties, that is true,
but the good side of it is that it gives energy.
- Vincent Van Gogh

 

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
- Vincent Van Gogh

I put my heart and my soul into my work,
and have lost my mind in the process.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination;
do not become the slave of your model.
- Vincent Van Gogh

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Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is,
alas, not so easy as looking at it.
- Vincent Van Gogh

One must work and dare if one really wants to live.
- Vincent Van Gogh

But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.
- Vincent Van Gogh

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible,
but they have never found these dangers sufficient
reason for remaining ashore.
- Vincent Van Gogh

I experience a period of frightening clarity in those
moments when nature is so beautiful.
I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.
- Vincent Van Gogh

An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden,
but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.
- Vincent Van Gogh

If boyhood and youth are but vanity,
must it not be our ambition to become men?
- Vincent Van Gogh

Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy,
but their good taste and their scientific knowledge
of composition were enormous.
- Vincent Van Gogh

I am still far from being what I want to be,
but with God's help I shall succeed.
- Vincent Van Gogh

The way to know life is to love many things.
- Vincent Van Gogh

In spite of everything I shall rise again:
I will take up my pencil,
which I have forsaken in my great discouragement,
and I will go on with my drawing.
- Vincent Van Gogh

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
- Vincent Van Gogh

It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes,
than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes.
Only when I fall do I get up again.
- Vincent Van Gogh

For my part I know nothing with any certainty,
but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
- Vincent Van Gogh

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul.
- Vincent Van Gogh

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.
- Vincent Van Gogh

The best way to know God is to love many things.
- Vincent Van Gogh

I often think that the night is more alive and more
richly colored than the day.
- Vincent Van Gogh

The more I think about it, the more I realize there
is nothing more artistic that to love others.
- Vincent Van Gogh

One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet
no one ever came to sit by it.
Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney
and continue on their way.
- Vincent Van Gogh

A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Conscience is a man's compass.
- Vincent Van Gogh

How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me,
what can it be?
- Vincent Van Gogh

I wish they would only take me as I am.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.
- Vincent Van Gogh

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
- Vincent Van Gogh

As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult,
but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength
of the heart is developed.
- Vincent Van Gogh

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

There is no blue without yellow and without orange.
- Vincent Van Gogh

I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts
and the dirtiest of corners.
- Vincent Van Gogh

I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting,
but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something
which is greater than I am,
which is my life, the power to create.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Like everyone else I feel the need of relations and friendship,
of affection, of friendly intercourse,
and I am not made of stone or iron,
so I cannot miss these things without feeling,
as does any other intelligent man, a void and deep need.
I tell you this to let you know how much good your visit has done me.
- 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

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Where there is great love,
there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather

Silence is a source of great strength.
- Lao Tzu

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To the young child, all life is a great adventure -
when did we grow so dull and brittle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers,
who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt
to offer a solution everybody can understand.
- Colin Powell

Half a truth is often a great lie.
- Benjamin Franklin

Nurture your mind with great thoughts,
for you will never go any higher than you think.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,
adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. -
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In this life we cannot do great things.
We can only do small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

Small opportunities are often
the beginning of great enterprises.
- Demosthenes

To be conscious that you are ignorant
is a great step to knowledge.
- Benjamin Disraeli

About leadership: No person can be a great leader
unless he takes genuine joy
in the successes of those under him.
- W. A. Nance

Do the difficult things while they are easy
and do the great things while they are small.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
- Lao Tzu

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
- John D. Rockefeller

Great men or men of great gifts
you shall easily find,
but symmetrical men never.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

From small beginnings come great things.
- Anonymous

These are not dark days -
these are great days.
- Winston Churchill

If the misery of the poor be caused
not by the laws of nature,
but by our institutions,
great is our sin.
- Charles Darwin

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
- George Bernard Shaw

Great acts are made up of small deeds.
- Lao Tzu


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