If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.
If one is competent in one thing and understands one thing well, one gains at the same time insight into and knowledge of many other things into the bargain.
If I succeed in putting some warmth and love into the work, then it will find friends. Carrying on working is the thing.
I tell you, if one wants to be active, one mustn’t be afraid to do something wrong sometimes, not afraid to lapse into some mistakes. To be good — many people think that they’ll achieve it by doing no harm — and that’s a lie, and you said yourself in the past that it was a lie. That leads to stagnation, to mediocrity.
I felt my energy return and that I said to myself, in any event I’ll recover from it, I’ll pick up my pencil that I put down in my great discouragement and I’ll get back to drawing, and from then on, it seems to me, everything has changed for me.
I feel a certain calm. There is safety in the midst of danger. What would life be if we didn’t dare to take things in hand?
For the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together.
For myself, I declare I don’t know anything about it. But the sight of the stars always makes me dream.
For me work is an absolute necessity, indeed I can’t really drag it out, I take no more pleasure in anything than in work, that’s to say, pleasure in other things stops immediately and I become melancholy if I can’t get on with the work.
But what’s your ultimate goal, you’ll say. That goal will become clearer, will take shape slowly and surely, as the croquis becomes a sketch and the sketch a painting, as one works more seriously, as one digs deeper into the originally vague idea, the first fugitive, passing thought, unless it becomes firm.