Quotes by Dutch authors


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"I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process"
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"I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day"
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"I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people"
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"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"
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"I dream of painting and then I paint my dream"
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"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"
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"I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God's help I shall succeed"
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"How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?"
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"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together"
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"For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream"
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"Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again"
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"Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model"
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"Conscience is a man's compass"
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"But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things"
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"As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed"
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"An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men"
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"A good picture is equivalent to a good deed"
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"When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then I go out and paint the stars"
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"Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion"
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"One must work and dare if one really wants to live"
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"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"
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"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"
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"Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy"
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"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"
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"It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent"
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"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"
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"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced"
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"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"
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"Robert De Niro... It seemed like a pretty cool thing to do to put his name on my resume next"
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"I like to go from mainstream movies to more artsy films. I don't sign on for the money. Maybe I should, but I don't. There's always a good reason for doing something"
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