Quotes by Irving Stone

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The best romance is inside marriage; the finest love stories come after the wedding, not before. more...

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.' more...

The brooding is better than the joy because even if the heart fills with happiness, it still mourns. more...

Savoir souffrir sans se plaindre, ca c'est la seule chose pratique, c'est la grande science, la lecon a apprendre, la solution du probleme de la vie.[Knowing how to suffer without complaining is the only practical thing, it's the great science, the lesson to learn, the solution to the problem of life.] more...

No artist is normal. Who happen to be normal cannot be an artist. more...

Our secret thoughts - do they ever show up? The small flame of our soul can be burning hot, but no one comes to its warmth. Passersby see only a small whiff going through the chimney. Don't we need to take care of that flame, cherish it and patiently wait until someone will come and sit at it, do we? more...

Fortune is beastly - it is only suitable for cows and businessmen. more...

Religion will never show the way. more...

Who wants to do good in this world must deny oneself. A man does not live on this Earth to be happy or to be honest only - he has to do great things for humanity, achieve the generosity of the spirit and rise above the banality where most of the people are drowning and wasting their days. more...

Misery is the only thing in the world that has no end or edge. more...

All artists are crackpots. And it's their finest feature. more...

The maximum value of art is that it allows the artist to express himself. more...

There are neither good nor evil, only the existence and action. more...

Morality is similar to religion - it is a somniferous drug which blinds people from seeing the squalor of their lives. more...

Being mad is even pleasant. But only a madman understands that. more...

An artist would not rise above the mediocrity if he condemns it. more...

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. more...

You cannot be firmly certain about anything. You can only have enough courage and strength to do what you consider to be right. Maybe it turns out that was wrong, but still you would have done his, and it is most important. more...

Everyone has their own personality, its own character, and if he respects that, everything would finally fall over for good only. more...

Reading has always been the largest and most irreplaceable pleasure for Vincent; reading about other people's successes and failures, joys and sufferings seemed to bury his own failures. more...

I will be an artist. I am sure I will. [Vincent Van Gogh] more...

Nature always resists the artist at the beginning. more...

You cannot be the good all the time - sometimes it is necessary to get angry. [Vincent Van Gogh] more...

Sometimes men are generous and forgiving, sometimes angry and blind. more...

It's so easy to love. The only hard thing is to be loved. [Vincent Van Gogh] more...

Loneliness is a kind of prison. [Vincent Van Gogh] more...

The one who has not seen Paris in the morning does not know how beautiful it is. more...

Life's not so bad after all. There are not only poison but also antidotes. more...

Someday my paintings will be hanging in the Louvre. [Vincent Van Gogh] more...

There's no love without pain. more...

Normal people do not create art. more...

How difficult it is to be simple. more...

Reading is a stout-hearted activity, disporting courage, keenness, stick-to-it-ness. It is also, in my experience, one of the most thrilling and enduring delights of life, equal to a home run, a slam-dunk, or breaking the four-minute mile. more...

His mind was like a soup dish, wide and shallow; it could hold a small amount of nearly anything, but the slightest jarring spilled the soup into somebody's lap more...

How can a young person learn whether he chose the correct way? He thinks he has a special idea, and then he discovers that he is completely inappropriate for it. more...

His mind was like a soup dish, wide and shallow. more...

Each of us has his own alphabet with which to create poetry. more...

There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books. more...

I do not know a better cure for mental illness than a book. more...

Story writers say that love is concerned only with young people, and the excitement and glamour of romance end at the altar. How blind they are. The best romance is inside marriage; the finest love stories come after the wedding, not before. more...

...that horrible moment of suspense when the artist shows one of his creations to strange eyes for the first time. more...

From out of pain, beauty. more...

Every human life had its pattern that had to be worked out slowly to its ultimate conclusion. more...

... a canvas that I have covered is worth more than a blank canvas. My pretensions go no further; that is my right to paint, my reason for painting. more...

Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life. more...

An artist without ideas is a mendicant; barren, he goes begging among the hours. more...

It's freezing up here. What did you use to keep warm?" "Indignation," said Michelangelo. "Best fuel I know. Never burns out. more...

Who loves - lives, who lives - works, and who works has some bread. more...

After all, the world is still great. more...

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

Bleed me of art, and there won't be enough liquid left in me to spit! [Michelangelo Buonorotti] more...

Art's a staple. Like bread or wine or a warm coat in winter. Those who think it is a luxury have only a fragment of a mind. Man's spirit grows hungry for art in the same way his stomach growls for food. more...

If it is noticed that much of my outside work concerns itelf with libraries, there is an extremely good reason for this. I think that the better part of my education, almost as important as that secured in the schools and the universities, came from libraries. more...

I knew that I had to find out more about van Gogh. Even though I was far too young, and felt I did not have sufficient technique to write a book about Vincent van Gogh, I knew I had to try. If I didn't I would never write anything else. more...

I spend several years trying to get inside the brain and heart of my subjects, listening to the interior monologues in their letters, and when I have to bridge the chasms between the factual evidence, I try to make an intuitive leap through the eyes and motivation of the person I'm writing about. more...

Pleasure is one of the most important things in life, as important as food or drink. more...

Reading is a stouthearted activity, disporting courage, keenness, stick-to-it-ness. more...

The writer ... an athlete required to break the four-minute mile every morning. more...

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

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

What we know of others is our personal secret. more...

Do not call yourself old. A man is as old as the creative force within him. more...

He had been standing still; for an artist, one of the more painful forms of death. more...

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. more...

From the biography of Freud, by Irving Stone, said by Freud's fiance after he teased her for being sweet, "Beware of truly sweet people. They have will of iron. more...

The most perfect guide is nature. Continue without fail to draw something every day. more...

To try to understand another human being, to grapple for his ultimate depths, that is the most dangerous of human endeavors. more...

Drawing is the poet's written line, set down to see if there be a story worth telling, a truth worth revealing. more...

He had always loved God. In his darkest hours he cried out, "God did not create us to abandon us. more...

Listen, my friend, all forms that exist in God's universe can be found in the human figure. A man's body and face can tell everything he represents. So how could I ever exhaust my interest in it? more...

...and rout the magical mystical moonlight with fierce proof of its own greater power to light, to heat, to make everything known. more...

One should not become an artist because he can, but because he must. It is only for those who would be miserable without it. more...

I cannot draw a human figure if I don't know the order of his bones, muscles or tendons. Same is that I cannot draw a human face if I don't know what's going on his mind and heart. In order to paint life one must understand not only anatomy, but what people feel and think about the world they live in. The painter who knows his own craft and nothing else will turn out to be a very superficial artist. more...

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. more...

Art is amoral; so is life. For me there are no obscene pictures or books; there are only poorly conceived and poorly executed ones. more...

The real artist while he paints does not think of the sale, only of the need to make a beautiful living thing. more...

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

God did not create us to abandon us. more...

A man who has not suffered has nothing to tell with his paintings. more...


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