Thank you also very heartily for the Shakespeare. It will help me not to forget the little English I know, but above all it is so fine. I have begun to read the series of which I knew least, the series of the Kings: I have already read Richard II, Henry IV and half of Henry V. I read without wondering if the ideas of the people of those times were different from our own, or what would become of them if you just set them over against republican and socialist beliefs and so on. But what touches me, as in some novelists of our day, is that the voices of these people, which in Shakespeare’s case reach us from a distance of several centuries, do not seem unfamiliar to us. It is so much alive that you think you know them and see the thing.
— Vincent Van Gogh, letter to Theo (1889) (via speareshakes)
A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke.
— Vincent van Gogh (via winterkristall)