Quotes by Dutch authors


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"It will be a hard game if you think about winning a championship. We need to think about our own game at the moment and focus on getting good results especially over the Christmas period"
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"So I took it as a very positive sign that the club came to me rather than the other way round"
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"Our two biggest rivals had adjusted their whole season to this one aim of beating us. Of course, it is a big compliment that they were so motivated to stop us but it was very tough to face two matches like that so close together. Suddenly three trophies are down to one"
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"In Holland and Spain and France, where so many of us come from, people aren't interested in the sex lives of their players. We don't hear these stories - even in Italy where the media is right on top of football"
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"I think it is time to call it a day, and watch the game from the stands"
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"When you beat a team so often - especially like this season when Chelsea had already lost three times to us - you know people expect you to do it again. But you also know they're going to be even more motivated to finally win"
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"The regular things in my life now - training sessions and playing matches - will all fall away. That will leave a big empty space and it will need to be filled"
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"I don't want to lose myself in football and that's what a coach has to do to be successful"
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"So here, at Arsenal, we are often surprised when we are shown some of the newspapers, and at the bottom of an article there is a line saying if you know of anyone who had an affair with a player, call this number. It is very strange to us"
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"Other clubs never came into my thoughts once I knew Arsenal wanted to sign me"
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"My aim is to play as many games as possible and to go out and be one of the 11 players again"
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"Sometimes you feel the emotion. You think this might be my last pre-season or my last Champions League match. But, overall, those thoughts aren't important right now. But the time will soon come"
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"The way to know life is to love many things"
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"Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it"
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"If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?"
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"I wish they would only take me as I am"
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"I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners"
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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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