Vincent Was Truly Admirable

In his letters to his brother, he said:

"I shall not consider it a misfortune that things have gone so to the contrary, notwithstanding all kinds of emotions, I feel a certain calm.  There is safety in the midst of danger.  What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?  It will be a hard pull for me, the tide rises high, almost to the lip and perhaps higher still, how can I know?  But I shall fight my battle, and sell my life dearly, and try to win, and get the best of it."

 

I truly admire those words, what better way to deal with life's tribulations? Keep trying. Vincent did.

LeisaWolf LeisaWolf
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2 Responses Mar 14, 2010

My copy of the book is worn and tattered, with many bookmarks. I came across this one and it seems to sum up Vincent's attitude toward living a difficult life.

I love Van Gogh. I have read a few books about him and have some posters on my bedroom wall. He had such a hard life, but a wonderful way of seeing. This letter is very inspiring and moving.