"Drawing is the root of everything."
My plan is not to spare myself. Not to avoid a lot of difficulties and emotions. It is of relative indifference to me whether I live a long or a short time. I'm concerned with the world only in that I have a certain obligation or duty, if you like, having walked the world for 30 years... to leave a souvenir of gratitude in the form of paintings or drawings.
For those of you who are interested, and who live in the UK... this is a well worth drama-documentary to watch about Van Gogh. Only available for the next 30 days on BBC iplayer.
Van Gogh: Painted by Words