Someday my paintings will be hanging in the Louvre. [Vincent Van Gogh]— Irving Stone
The most captivate Irving Stone quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
The best romance is inside marriage; the finest love stories come after the wedding, not before.
Story writers say that love is concerned only with young people, and the excitement and glamour of romance end at the altar. How blind they are. The best romance is inside marriage; the finest love stories come after the wedding, not before.
Each of us has his own alphabet with which to create poetry.
Our secret thoughts - do they ever show up? The small flame of our soul can be burning hot, but no one comes to its warmth. Passersby see only a small whiff going through the chimney. Don't we need to take care of that flame, cherish it and patiently wait until someone will come and sit at it, do we?
Who wants to do good in this world must deny oneself.
A man does not live on this Earth to be happy or to be honest only - he has to do great things for humanity, achieve the generosity of the spirit and rise above the banality where most of the people are drowning and wasting their days.
Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life.
Misery is the only thing in the world that has no end or edge.
Pleasure is one of the most important things in life, as important as food or drink.
...and rout the magical mystical moonlight with fierce proof of its own greater power to light, to heat, to make everything known.
When I have trouble writing, I step outside my studio into the garden and pull weeds until my mind clears--I find weeding to be the best therapy there is for writer's block.
He had always loved God. In his darkest hours he cried out, "God did not create us to abandon us.
The real artist while he paints does not think of the sale, only of the need to make a beautiful living thing.
If it is noticed that much of my outside work concerns itelf with libraries, there is an extremely good reason for this. I think that the better part of my education, almost as important as that secured in the schools and the universities, came from libraries.
Morality is similar to religion - it is a somniferous drug which blinds people from seeing the squalor of their lives.
He had been standing still; for an artist, one of the more painful forms of death.
God did not create us to abandon us.
No man is born into the world whose work is not born with him.
...that horrible moment of suspense when the artist shows one of his creations to strange eyes for the first time.
The brooding is better than the joy because even if the heart fills with happiness, it still mourns.
After all, the world is still great.
We...believe that art is religious, because it is one of man's highest aspirations. There is no such thing as pagan art, only good and bad art.
... a canvas that I have covered is worth more than a blank canvas. My pretensions go no further; that is my right to paint, my reason for painting.
Bleed me of art, and there won't be enough liquid left in me to spit! [Michelangelo Buonorotti]
Reading has always been the largest and most irreplaceable pleasure for Vincent;
reading about other people's successes and failures, joys and sufferings seemed to bury his own failures.
A man who has not suffered has nothing to tell with his paintings.
From the biography of Freud, by Irving Stone, said by Freud's fiance after he teased her for being sweet, "Beware of truly sweet people. They have will of iron.
Normal people do not create art.
Being mad is even pleasant. But only a madman understands that.
Savoir souffrir sans se plaindre, ça c'est la seule chose pratique, c'est la grande science, la leçon à apprendre, la solution du problème de la vie.[Knowing how to suffer without complaining is the only practical thing, it's the great science, the lesson to learn, the solution to the problem of life.]
No artist is normal. Who happen to be normal cannot be an artist.
The maximum value of art is that it allows the artist to express himself.
An artist without ideas is a mendicant; barren, he goes begging among the hours.
Listen, my friend, all forms that exist in God's universe can be found in the human figure. A man's body and face can tell everything he represents. So how could I ever exhaust my interest in it?
How can a young person learn whether he chose the correct way? He thinks he has a special idea, and then he discovers that he is completely inappropriate for it.
To try to understand another human being, to grapple for his ultimate depths, that is the most dangerous of human endeavors.
You cannot be firmly certain about anything.
You can only have enough courage and strength to do what you consider to be right. Maybe it turns out that was wrong, but still you would have done his, and it is most important.
All artists are crackpots. And it's their finest feature.
Nature always resists the artist at the beginning.
It's freezing up here. What did you use to keep warm?" "Indignation," said Michelangelo. "Best fuel I know. Never burns out.
Fortune is beastly - it is only suitable for cows and businessmen.
I do not know a better cure for mental illness than a book.
The one who has not seen Paris in the morning does not know how beautiful it is.
You cannot be the good all the time — sometimes it is necessary to get angry. [Vincent Van Gogh]
He made his colours, built his stretchers, plastered his canvas, painted his pictures, carpentered his frames, and painted them. 'Too bad I can't buy my own pictures,' he murmured aloud. 'Then I'd be completely self-sufficient.'
What we know of others is our personal secret.
From out of pain, beauty.
I spend several years trying to get inside the brain and heart of my subjects, listening to the interior monologues in their letters, and when I have to bridge the chasms between the factual evidence, I try to make an intuitive leap through the eyes and motivation of the person I'm writing about.
The most perfect guide is nature. Continue without fail to draw something every day.
It's so easy to love. The only hard thing is to be loved. [Vincent Van Gogh]