"An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men."
"The diseases that we civilized people labor under most are melancholy and pessimism."
"There is but one Paris and however hard living may be here, and if it became worse and harder even-the French air clears up the brain and does good-a world of good."
"If ... boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?"
"To do good work one must eat well, be well housed, have one's fling from time to time, smoke one's pipe, and drink one's coffee in peace." "I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate."
"A good picture is equivalent to a good deed."
"There is no blue without yellow and without orange."
"It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to.... The feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures."
"I can't work without a model. I won't say I turn my back on nature ruthlessly in order to turn a study into a picture, arranging the colors, enlarging and simplifying; but in the matter of form I am too afraid of departing from the possible and the true."
"We spend our whole lives in unconscious exercise of the art of expressing our thoughts with the help of words."