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1. "When you see a Gauguin, you think, This man is living in a dream world. When you see a van Gogh, you think, This dream world is living in a man."
Author: Adam Gopnik
2. "After the great Impressionists, and again after Van Gogh and Gaugin, people said, 'Painting is now played out.' But Bonnard, Maurice Denis, Roussel and Vuillard appeared and gave them the lie. 'We were wrong,' said the croakers, 'but this at any rate is the end.' Yet to refute them, and to prove that there is no end to art, still another generation of painters sprang up."
Author: Ambroise Vollard
3. "This is why a tainted society has invented psychiatry to defend itself against the investigations of certain superior intellects whose faculties of divination would be troublesome.No, van Gogh was not mad, but his paintings were bursts of Greek fire, atomic bombs, whose angle of vision would have been capable of seriously upsetting the spectral conformity of thebourgeoisie.In comparison with the lucidity of van Gogh, psychiatry is no better than a den of apes who are themselves obsessed and persecuted and who possess nothing to mitigate the most appalling states of anguish and human suffocation but a ridiculous terminology. To a man, this whole gang of pected scoundrels and patented quacks are all erotomaniacs."
Author: Antonin Artaud
4. "When a 'Life of Brian' comes out with Muhammad in the lead role, directed by an Arab equivalent of Theo van Gogh, it will be a huge step forward."
Author: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
5. "Then I abandoned comics for fine art because I had some romantic vision of being like Vincent Van Gogh Jr."
Author: Bill Griffith
6. "I think that the mythology of Van Gogh's life, and the beauty of his paintings, is unstoppable."
Author: Billy Childish
7. "He has Van Gogh's ear for music."
Author: Billy Wilder
8. "No wonder Van Gogh blasted his head off. Crows and sunlight. Idle zero. Zero eating your guts like an animal inside, letting you shit and fuck and blink your eyes, but nothing, a nothing."
Author: Charles Bukowski
9. "I chose Van Gogh."
Author: Cheryl Strayed
10. "I have many favorite artists... Van Gogh as one, but he didn't really sing a lot!"
Author: Colin Mochrie
11. "THE BOUNTYIn her kitchen, she saw many things she would like to eat. On the counter, there was a bunch of new bananas, yellow as a Van Gogh chair, and two apples, pristine. The cabinet was open and she saw a box of crackers, a new box of cereal, a tube of curved chips. She felt overwhelmed, seeing all of the food there, that it was all hers. And there was more in the refrigerator! There were juices, half a melon, a dozen bagels, salmon, a steak, yogurt in a dozen colors. It would take her a week to eat all of this food. She does not deserve this, she thought. It really isn't fair, she thought. You're correct, God said, and then struck dead 65,000 Malaysians."
Author: Dave Eggers
12. "Van Gogh would have to cut his cock off to make an impression nowadays"
Author: Dean Cavanagh
13. "I'm one of the more pessimistic cats on the planet. I make Van Gogh look like a rodeo clown."
Author: Dennis Miller
14. "I think that Van Gogh is really the ultimate crazy artist that we all think of."
Author: Ellen Forney
15. "All the luck in the world has to come every year, in every part of every year, or there is not a harvest and then the luck, the bad luck will come and everything we are, all that we can ever be, all the Einsteins and babies and love and hate, all the joy and sadness and sex and wanting and liking and disliking, all the soft summer breezes on cheeks and first snowflakes, all the Van Goghs and Rembrandts and Mozarts and Mahlers and Thomas Jeffersons and Lincolns and Ghandis and Jesus Christs, all the Cleopatras and lovemaking and riches and achievements and progress, all of that, every single damn thing that we are or ever will be is dependent on six inches of topsoil and the fact that the rain comes when it's needed and does not come when it is not needed; everything, every...single...thing comes with that luck."
Author: Gary Paulsen
16. "[Vincent Van Gogh] 'Oh Theo, don't you think I'm the black sheep, do you?'[Theo Van Gogh] 'I'm more inclined to consider you as an ass.'"
Author: Irving Stone
17. "'Tell me, please,' Van Gogh asked, 'is it justifiable that a person wastes his only life by selling worthless paintings for fools?"
Author: Irving Stone
18. "'I saw the light of your room through the bottom of the door,' said vice-admiral, 'the watchman told me he had seen you in the yard four o'clock in the morning. How many hours per day do you work?''It depends. Sometimes eighteen, sometimes twenty.''Twenty!' Uncle Jan shook his head, his face became even more concerned. Vice-admiral could not believe that there would be such a thickhead in Van Gogh family."
Author: Irving Stone
19. "It's so easy to love. The only hard thing is to be loved.[Vincent Van Gogh]"
Author: Irving Stone
20. "You cannot be the good all the time — sometimes it is necessary to get angry.[Vincent Van Gogh]"
Author: Irving Stone
21. "Someday my paintings will be hanging in the Louvre.[Vincent Van Gogh]"
Author: Irving Stone
22. "I will be an artist. I am sure I will.[Vincent Van Gogh]"
Author: Irving Stone
23. "My soul is like my worn-out Van Gogh t-shirt; threadbare and full of holes"
Author: J. Matthew Nespoli
24. "Deserts possess a particular magic, since they have exhausted their own futures, and are thus free of time. Anything erected there, a city, a pyramid, a motel, stands outside time. It's no coincidence that religious leaders emerge from the desert. Modern shopping malls have much the same function. A future Rimbaud, Van Gogh or Adolf Hitler will emerge from their timeless wastes."
Author: J.G. Ballard
25. "...but you are too much for them: the weak in courage are strong in cunning; and one by one, you have absorbed and have captured and dishonored, and have distilled of your deliverers the most ruinous of all poisons; people hear Beethoven in concert halls, or over a bridge game, or to relax; Cézannes are hung on walls, reproduced, in natural wood frames; van Gogh is the man who cut off his ear and whose yellows became recently popular in window decoration."
Author: James Agee
26. "Women love to talk. I'll bet Van Gogh had a woman. And I'll bet she talked his ear off."
Author: Jarod Kintz
27. "I have a good ear for music, just like Van Gogh had a good ear for art."
Author: Jarod Kintz
28. "If I hung out with Van Gogh, I don't know what we'd do. We'd just play it by ear, I guess."
Author: Jarod Kintz
29. "We followed him through the wealthy splendor of the house. Hardwood floors. Custom carved woodworking. Statues. Fountains. Suits of armor. Original painting, one of them a van Gogh. Stained-glass windows. Household staff in formal uniform. I kept expecting to come across a flock of peacocks roaming the halls, or maybe a pet cheetah in a diamond-studded collar."
Author: Jim Butcher
30. "When he painted a road, the roadmakers were there in his imagination, when he painted the turned earth of a ploughed field, the gesture of the blade turning the earth was included in his own act. Whenever he looked he saw the labour of existence; and this labour, recognised as such, was what constituted reality for him. (On Vincent Van Gogh)"
Author: John Berger
31. "Daemonic compulsiveness can kill as easily as it can save.The true novelist must be at once driven and indifferent. VanGogh never sold a painting in his life. Poe came close withpoetry and fiction, selling very little. Drivenness only helps ifit forces the writer not to suicide but to the making of splendidworks of art, allowing him indifference to whether or not thenovel sells, whether or not it's appreciated. Drivenness is troublefor both the novelist and his friends; but no novelist, Ithink, can succeed without it. Along with the peasant in thenovelist, there must be a man with a whip."
Author: John Gardner
32. "That's one thing that's always, like, been a difference between, like, the performing arts, and being a painter, you know. A painter does a painting, and he paints it, and that's it, you know. He has the joy of creating it, it hangs on a wall, and somebody buys it, and maybe somebody buys it again, or maybe nobody buys it and it sits up in a loft somewhere until he dies. But he never, you know, nobody ever, nobody ever said to Van Gogh, 'Paint a Starry Night again, man!' You know? He painted it and that was it."
Author: Joni Mitchell
33. "Wasn't he the one who sliced off his ear and mailed it to his girlfriend?""Van Gogh," said Varen, in a monotone that suggested he might be in pain."Van Gogh," Gwen said, leaning away, waving the apple. "Edgar Allan Poe. Close enough!"
Author: Kelly Creagh
34. "Letter from Van Gogh to Gauguin: "Ah! my dear friend, to make of painting what the music of Berlioz and Wagner has been before us... a consolatory art for distressed hearts! There are as yet only a few who feel it as you and I do!!! [Letter 739, Arles, 21 January 1889]"
Author: Liesbeth Heenk
35. "Van Gogh: "It is precisely in learning to suffer without complaining,29 learning to consider pain without repugnance, that one risks vertigo a little; and yet it might be possible, yet one glimpses even a vague probability that on the other side of life we'll glimpse justifications for pain, which seen from here sometimes takes up the whole horizon so much that it takes on the despairing proportions of a deluge."
Author: Liesbeth Heenk
36. "Van Gogh on Christmas: And now we're slowly heading towards winter, and many dread it, but Christmas is wonderful, it's like the moss on the roofs and like the pine and the holly and the ivy in the snow. Isleworth, 10 November 1876"
Author: Liesbeth Heenk
37. "Van Gogh on his brother's upcoming marriage: "It's because he's in Holland, where he's getting married one of these days. Now, while not denying the advantages of a marriage in the very least, once it has been done and one is quietly set up in one's home, the funereal pomp of the reception &c., the lamentable congratulations of two families (even civilized) at the same time, not to mention the fortuitous appearances in those pharmacist's jars where antediluvian civil or religious magistrates sit – my word – isn't there good reason to pity the poor unfortunate obliged to present himself armed with the requisite papers in the places where, with a ferocity unequalled by the cruellest cannibals, you're married alive on the low heat of the aforementioned funereal receptions."
Author: Liesbeth Heenk
38. "It isn't everyday that we want to see a syrupy Van Gogh or hear a piquant fugue by Bach, or make love to a succulent woman, but every day we want to eat; hunger is the recurring desire, the only recurring desire, for sight, sound, sex and power all come to an end, but hunger goes on, and while one might weary of Ravel for ever, one could only ever weary of ravioli for, at most, a day."
Author: Luis Fernando Verissimo
39. "To the memory of Vincent Van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, El Greco, and many others who came before me as well as those who will come after. We are one. Thank you."
Author: Luther E. Vann
40. "I can't cut off an ear everyday. Do the Van Gogh here and the Mozart there. Anyway it's exhausting enough always having to check up on what one is really doing!."
Author: Martin Kippenberger
41. "(...)bana bak saydam etek!bana bak güzel bacaklar!kiminle konustugunun farkinda misin?beni hemen anlamalisin,çünkü ben kitap degilim,çünkü ben öldükten sonra kimse beni okuyamaz,yasarken anlasilmaya mecburum,ben Van Gogh resmi degilim,öldükten sonra beni müzeye koyamazsiniz,beni tanimalisiniz ki benden bahsedin,çocuklariniza beni örnek gösterin,herkes zengin olmak yerine Hikmet olmak istesin,ah bir Hikmetim olsaydi desin(...)"
Author: Oğuz Atay
42. "It's rather splendid to think of all those great men and women who appear to have presented symptoms that allow us to describe them as bipolar. Whether it's Hemingway, Van Gogh... Robert Schumann has been mentioned... Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath... some of them with rather grim ends."
Author: Stephen Fry
43. "Everyone said to Vincent van Gogh, "You can't be a great painter, you only have one ear." And you know what he said? "I can't hear you."
Author: Steve Carell
44. "The artist cannot look to others to validate his efforts or his calling. If you don't believe me, ask Van Gogh, who produced masterpiece after masterpiece and never found a buyer in his whole life."
Author: Steven Pressfield
45. "Love is an art, Berk. Just like painting or music. Some painters draw mere lines, scratches on the canvas and call them art; some paint stars studded skies like van Gogh; or Chopin's music conquers the hearts of millions while the execrable disco music blaring out of the open windows of a car have also their audience. Some describe love in high-flown flowery language and you identify yourself with the hero and the heroine and feel yourself in the seventh heaven while some give such a lamentable picture of it that you almost curse it!"
Author: T. Afsin Ilgar
46. "I thought maybe I could become like the next Van Gogh. I bought a sunflower and painted it, and it looked like the work of a 6-year-old."
Author: Takeshi Kitano
47. "Art is love-times-love; the creator loves it and his audience adores it. To miss the sensation of loving art is to miss a kind of parenthood—false pregnancy perhaps—but as Van Gogh said, "If, defrauded of the power to create physically, a man tries to create thoughts in place of children, he is still part of humanity"...a big part."
Author: Vincent Price
48. "Dear brother,I feel what Pa and Ma instinctively think about me (I don't say reasonably).There's a similar reluctance about taking me into the house as there would be about having a large, shaggy dog in the house. He'll come into the room with wet paws — and then, he's so shaggy. He'll get in everyone's way. And he barks so loudly.In short — it's a dirty animal.Very well — but the animal has a human history and, although it's a dog, a human soul, and one with finer feelings at that, able to feel what people think about him, which an ordinary dog can't do.And I, admitting that I am a sort of dog, accept them as they are.Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo, Nuenen, 15 December 1883"
Author: Vincent Van Gogh
49. "I have lost my soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process." ~Vincent van Gogh"
Author: Vincent Van Gogh
50. "Walaupun kita hebat di musik, olahraga, seni, ataupun sastra, selama kita nggak menguasai sains, kita tetap nggak akan dianggap pintar. Sebenarnya, apa salahnya hebat dalam suatu bidang yang nggak berhubungan sama angka?... Itu sama saja menganggap Beethoven itu bodoh, Van Gogh itu idiot, Pele itu bego, dan Shakespeare itu tolol."
Author: Windhy Puspitadewi

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