Perhaps this is one of the most famous quotes by Vincent:
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
In another English translation, which I find to be more reflective of how Vincent van Gogh wrote in French:
For my own part, I declare I know nothing whatever about it. But to look at the stars always makes me dream.
as simply as I dream over the black dots of a map representing towns and villages. Why, I ask myself, should the shining dots of the sky not be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France? If we take the train to get to Tarascon or Rouen, we take death to reach a star. One thing undoubtedly true in this reasoning is this: that while we are alive we cannot get to a star, any more than when we are dead we can take the train.
From Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh.
Vincent was 35 years old and Theo was 31 years old.
In 1888, July, Arles.