Mary Oliver, from "Evidence", Devotions
“Love is the best and the noblest thing in the human heart, especially when it is tested by life as gold is tested by fire. Happy is he who has loved much, and is sure of himself, and although he may have wavered and doubted, he has kept that divine spark alive and returned to what was in the beginning and ever shall be.”
— Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), in a letter to his brother, Theo van Gogh (1857-1891), Amsterdam, dated 3 March 1878, in “The Letters Of Van Gogh”, translated from the French and Dutch by Arnold Pomerans
Loving Vincent: A movie about a young man who goes to a hometown of painter Vincent Van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating the artist’s final days. This is such a must see movie, everything about it was absolutely beautiful. It really opened up my eyes.
“Beauty? It seems to me that beauty is an example of what the philosopher’s call reification, to regard the abstraction as a thing. Beauty is a series of experiences. It is not a noun. People have experiences. If they feel an intense aesthetic pleasure, they take that experience and project it into the object. They experience the idea of beauty, but beauty in and of itself does not exist.”
— Louise Bourgeois from a conversation with Bill Beckley, 1997