Sunday, December 4, 2011
What am I in the eyes of most people —
a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person —
somebody who has no position in society and will never have;
in short, the lowest of the low.
All right, then —
even if that were absolutely true,
then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric,
such a nobody, has in his heart.
That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything,
based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion.
Though I am often in the depths of misery,
there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me.
I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages,
in the dirtiest corners.
And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.
~ Vincent Van Gogh