The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.
I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.
If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
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.
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?
I wish they would only take me as I am.
I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God's help I shall succeed.
I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.
Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.
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.
As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.