1. Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.
2. One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
3. Love, the poet said, is woman’s whole existence.
4. To look life in the face, always, to look life in the face, and to know it for what it is … at last, to love it for what it is, and then to put it away.
5. I see you everywhere, in the stars, in the river, to me you’re everything that exists; the reality of everything.
6. What does the brain matter compared with the heart?
7. But nothing is so strange when one is in love (and what was this except being in love?) as the complete indifference of other people.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Adeline Virginia Woolf (/ˈwʊlf/; 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.
During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One’s Own (1929), with its famous dictum, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”
3. Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
4. Why are women … so much more interesting to men than men are to women?
5. If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
6. As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.
7. When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they?
8. I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.
9. No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.
10. A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
11. I don’t believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun.
12. Never let anybody guess that you have a mind of your own. Above all be pure.
13. I need not hate any man; he cannot hurt me. I need not flatter any man; he has nothing to give me.
14. I remember one morning …
getting up at dawn …
there was such a sense of possibility!
You know? That feeling?
And … and I remember thinking to myself:
‘So this is the beginning of happiness …’
‘This is where it starts!’
‘And, of course, there’ll always be more.’
Never occurred to me
it wasn’t the beginning,
It was happiness.
It was the moment …
15. It is a thousand pities never to say what one feels.
16. Let us not take for granted that life exists more fully in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small.
17. Once she knows how to read there’s only one thing you can teach her to believe in and that is herself.
1. Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
2. A compliment is like a kiss through a veil.
3. Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love.
4. The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable.
5. You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again and great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. & even loved in spite of ourselves.
6. What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!
7. The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.
8. To love another person is to see the face of God.
9. You who suffer because you love, love still more. To die of love, is to live by it.
10. Life’s great happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
11. The first symptom of true love in a man is timidity, in a young woman, boldness. This is surprising, and yet nothing is more simple. It is the two sexes tending to approach each other and assuming each the other’s qualities.
12. Love each other dearly always. There is scarcely anything else in the world but that: to love one another.
13. Loving is almost a substitute for thinking. Love is a burning forgetfulness of all other things. How shall we ask passion to be logical?
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Victor-Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights activist and exponent of the Romantic movement in France.
In France, Hugo’s literary fame comes first from his poetry but also rests upon his novels and his dramatic achievements. Among many volumes of poetry, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand particularly high in critical esteem, and Hugo is sometimes identified as the greatest French poet. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Miserables and Notre-Dame de Paris (known in English also as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame).
Though a committed conservative royalist when he was young, Hugo grew more liberal as the decades passed; he became a passionate supporter of republicanism, and his work touches upon most of the political and social issues and artistic trends of his time. He is buried in the Panthéon.
1. For the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth – that Love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.
2. Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized but yet ought to be actualized. Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true.
3. Love goes very far beyond the physical person of the beloved. It finds its deepest meaning in its spiritual being, his inner self. Whether or not he is actually present, whether or not he is still alive at all, ceases somehow to be of importance.
4. I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved.
5. A life of short duration … could be so rich in joy and love that it could contain more meaning than a life lasting eighty years.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Viktor Emil Frankl M.D., Ph.D. (March 26, 1905 – September 2, 1997) was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. Frankl was the founder of logotherapy, which is a form of Existential Analysis, the “Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy”.
His best-selling book, Man’s Search for Meaning (published under a different title in 1959: From Death-Camp to Existentialism, and originally published in 1946 as trotzdem Ja zum Leben sagen: Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager), chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate and describes his psychotherapeutic method of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most sordid ones, and thus a reason to continue living. Frankl was one of the key figures in existential therapy.
1. Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
2. Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
3. Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.
4. Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
5. Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.
6. For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment.
7. Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.
8. Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.
9. Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
10. Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.
11. When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.
12. What is to give light must endure burning.
13. Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say! — success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it.
14. The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.
15. But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.
16. In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.
17. Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.
18. Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.
19. We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
20. I do not forget any good deed done to me and I do not carry a grudge for a bad one.
21. No man should judge unless he asks himself in absolute honesty whether in a similar situation he might not have done the same.
22. Human potential at its best is to transform a tragedy into a personal triumph, to turn one’s predicament into a human achievement.
Viktor E. Frankl’s Book: Man’s Search for Meaning. Now in its 60th year — the landmark bestseller by the great Viennese psychiatrist remembered for his tremendous impact on humanity Internationally renowned psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps.
During, and partly because of, his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man’s primary motivational force is his search for meaning. Cited in Dr. Frankl’s New York Times obituary in 1997 as “an enduring work of survival literature,” Man’s Search for Meaning is more than the story of Viktor E. Frankl’s triumph: It is a remarkable blend of science and humanism and “a compelling introduction to the most significant psychological movement of our day” (Gordon W. Allport).
1. Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence.
2. 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.
3. I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
4. Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy.
5. The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic that to love others.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th century art for its vivid colors and emotional impact. He suffered from anxiety and increasingly frequent bouts of mental illness throughout his life, and died largely unknown, at the age of 37, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Little appreciated during his lifetime, his fame grew in the years after his death. Today, he is widely regarded as one of history’s greatest painters and an important contributor to the foundations of modern art. Van Gogh did not begin painting until his late twenties, and most of his best-known works were produced during his final two years. He produced more than 2,000 artworks, consisting of around 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings and sketches. Although he was little known during his lifetime, his work was a strong influence on the Modernist art that followed. Today many of his pieces—including his numerous self portraits, landscapes, portraits and sunflowers—are among the world’s most recognizable and expensive works of art.
Van Gogh spent his early adulthood working for a firm of art dealers and traveled between The Hague, London and Paris, after which he taught in England. An early vocational aspiration was to become a pastor and preach the gospel, and from 1879 he worked as a missionary in a mining region in Belgium. During this time he began to sketch people from the local community, and in 1885 painted his first major work The Potato Eaters. His palette at the time consisted mainly of sombre earth tones and showed no sign of the vivid coloration that distinguished his later work. In March 1886, he moved to Paris and discovered the French Impressionists. Later he moved to the south of France and was taken by the strong sunlight he found there. His work grew brighter in color and he developed the unique and highly recognizable style which became fully realized during his stay in Arles in 1888.
The extent to which his mental illness affected his painting has been a subject of speculation since his death. Despite a widespread tendency to romanticize his ill health, modern critics see an artist deeply frustrated by the inactivity and incoherence brought about by his bouts of sickness. According to art critic Robert Hughes, Van Gogh’s late works show an artist at the height of his ability, completely in control and “longing for concision and grace”.
1. As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.
2. Conscience is a man’s compass.
3. Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.
4. Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.
5. Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
6. How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?
7. I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
8. I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.
9. If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
10. 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.
11. It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent.
12. 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.
13. One must work and dare if one really wants to live.
14. Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.
15. Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.
16. The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
17. The way to know life is to love many things.
18. What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
19. By working hard, old man, I hope to make something good one day. I haven’t yet, but I am pursuing it and fighting for it . . . .
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_______________________________ Vincent by Don McLean was written as a tribute to Vincent van Gogh. It is also known by its opening line, “Starry Starry Night“, a reference to Van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night (the painting on the left). The song also describes different paintings done by the artist.
McLean wrote the lyrics in 1971 after reading a book about the life of the artist. The following year, the song became the number one hit in the U.K. and No. 12 in the U.S.
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