Irving Stone Quotes

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Irving Stone Quotes

After all, the life itself shows a completely useless, hopeless and indifferent blank face, a deduction of no more than a blank canvas.
[Vincent Van Gogh]
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How difficult it is to be simple.

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We ... believe that art is religious, because it is one of man's highest aspirations. There is no such thing as pagan art, only good and bad art.

— Irving Stone

The biographical novel is a true and documented story of one human being's journey across the face of the years, transmuted from the raw material of life into the delight and purity of an authentic art form.

— Irving Stone

The paintings that laughed at him merrily from the walls were like nothing he had ever seen or dreamed of. Gone were the flat, thin surfaces. Gone was the sentimental sobriety. Gone was the brown gravy in which Europe had been bathing its pictures for centuries. Here were pictures riotously mad with the sun. With light and air and throbbing vivacity. Paintings of ballet girls backstage, done in primitive reds, greens, and blues thrown next to each other irreverantly. He looked at the signature. Degas.

— Irving Stone

No man is born into the world whose work is not born with him.

— Irving Stone

[ ... ] And suddenly Vincent clearly realised what his subconsciousness had known for a long time. All the talks about God are just childish elusion, just a lie that calms a scared and lonely ordinary mortal in a dark and neverending night. There is no God. Sure as fate - there is no God. There is only chaos - dismal, painful, cruel, agonizing, blind, endless chaos.

— Irving Stone

He had never believed that spirituality had to be anemic or aesthetic.

— Irving Stone

Religion will never show the way.

— Irving Stone

We are all are cripples in some way.
[Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec]

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The simplest things that need self-restraint are the most difficult to replicate.

— Irving Stone

Watercolor is not my way of expression.
[Vincent Van Gogh]

— Irving Stone

He made his colours, built his stretchers, plastered his canvas, painted his pictures, carpentered his frames, and painted them. 'Too bad I can't buy my own pictures,' he murmured aloud. 'Then I'd be completely self-sufficient.'

— Irving Stone

There is no thrill of mortal danger to surpass that of a lone man trying to create something that never existed before.

— Irving Stone

Man's spirit grows hungry for art in the same way his stomach growls for food ...

— Irving Stone

To be an artist is first to be a manual laborer.

— Irving Stone

When I have trouble writing, I step outside my studio into the garden and pull weeds until my mind clears
I find weeding to be the best therapy there is for writer's block.

— Irving Stone

After all, the world is still great.

— Irving Stone

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