"Everybody has the same energy potential. The average person wastes his in a dozen little ways. I bring mine to bear on one thing only: my paintings, and everything else is sacrificed to it…myself included."
"The artist’s job is to be a witness to his time in history."
"…Sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human condition"
"So therefore, I dedicate myself to myself, to my art, my sleep, my dreams, my labors, my suffrances, my loneliness, my unique madness, my endless absorption and hunger- because I cannot dedicate myself to any human being."
Jack Kerouac (via lonely-living)
"It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else."
"I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day."
Vincent van Gogh