Vincent van Gogh

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Vincent Willem van Gogh (30/3/1853 —- 29/7/1890) was a Post Impressionist painter of Dutch origin, whose work —– notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold colours —– had a far-reaching influence on 20th Century Art.He began to draw as a child, and he continued to draw throughout the years that led up to his decision to become an artist.  He did not begin painting until his late twenties, completing many of is well-known works during the last years of his life.
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In just over a decade, he produced more than 2,100 artworks consisting of 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolours, drawings, sketches and prints.  His work included self-portraits, landscapes, still-life, portraits as well as paintings of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers.
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Despite a widespread tendency to romanticize his ill-health, modern critics see an artist deeply frustrated by the inactivity and incoherence brought about by his bouts of illness.  According to art critic, Robert Hughes, Van Gogh’s late works show an artist at the height of his ability, completely in control, and “longing for concision and graces” — After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died aged 37 from a gunshot wound, generally accepted to be self-inflicted, though the gun was never found.  His work was known to only a handful of people and appreciated by fewer still.  The most comprehensive primary source for the understanding of Van Gogh, as an artist, is the collection of letters between him and his younger brother, art dealer Theo van Gogh, exchanged between 1872 and 1890 :  more than 600 from Vincent to Theo and 40 from Theo to Vincent.
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Dutch artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde was inspired by the iconic painting, STARRY NIGHT, by Vincent van Gogh, to design a beautiful and innovative glowing bike path that, when illuminated by glowing pebbles and LEDs, looks similar to the famous painting.  The one kilometre-long path was built using both the glow-in-the-dark technology and solar-powered LEDs.  This bike pathway is located in Brabant, the Dutch county where Van Gogh was born and raised.  According to Bored Panda, this pathway is also environment friendly.
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Van Gogh’s Quotes 
(1) There may be a great fire in our hearts, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke and continue on their way.
(2) Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
(3) I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God’s help, I will succeed.
(4) I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
(5) As we advance in life, it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.
(6) Paintings have a life of their own, that derives from the painter’s soul.
(7) I see drawings and paint pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners.
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Kindness

KINDNESS is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things, even if we do not get anything in return.  It is the joy we receive that drives these simple acts.  When we perform acts of kindness, driven solely by an insatiable desire to love one another, there is kindness in everything we think, say or do.
Here are some quotes on KINDNESS :
(1) We change the world a little each day with our kindness.  ——- Tom Giaquinto.
(2) Kindness is a magical spell ——- performed by enlightened beings ——- meant to enchant hearts and lift weary souls that they might fly. —— Richelle E Goodrich.

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(3) The little unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best part of a person’s life. —— Wordsworth.

(4) Be kind, be kind, everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden.
(5) A little kindness from person to person is better than a vast love for all humankind. —— Richard Dehmel.
(6) We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. —– Dalai Lama.
(7) How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it. –George Elliston.
(8) Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.  Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. ——- Scott Adams.
(9) Never get tired of doing little things for others.  Sometimes little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.


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(10) Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world …….. it is the only thing that ever has. —- Margaret Meade.
(11) Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.  —— Anon.
(12) A little spark of kindness, can put a colossal burst of sunshine into someone’s day.
(13) If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction……..
(14) Be kind to everyone ——– including yourself.
(15) Have you had a kindness shown ?  PASS IT ON.
‘Twas not given for thee alone.  PASS IT ON.
Let it travel down the years
Let it wipe another’s tears
‘Till in Heaven the deed appears.  PASS IT ON.

This & That…

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(1) We hurt without moving

And poison without touching
We bear truth and lies
But are not judged by size. ——- What are we ?
WORDS.
(2) Do you know : ORANGE CARROTS apparently did not come about till the 17th century, when, as the story goes, Dutch horticulturists developed the strain to honour William of Orange.  Before that carrots, indigenous to Afghanistan, were purple in colour, also red and yellow.  The orange carrot apparently (and quite naturally) became a trendy, pretty food and sweeter too.
(3) In Greece HALWA is called 1:2:3:4, because of the proportion of the ingredients to be added to the porridge-like confection. (fat:semolina:sugar:water)
(4) How does a mouse get out of a room ? It “clicks” an “icon” & “opens” a “window”.
(5) Bureaucracy defends the “status quo” long past the time when the “quo” has lost its “status”.
(6) Did you hear about the suicidal homeopath ?  He took 1/50th of the recommended dose.
(7) Hale Makua, Hawaiian Elder and Teacher used to say, ” We must RE-MEMBER.  We must connect, bring together, bring to life.  Again and again and again.
(8) Arrogance leads to ignorance, because it colours our perception.
confucius(9) Be silent on services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received.
(10) A relationship needs not just love, but also respect, happiness, freedom, friendship an equality between the partners.
(11) Thinkers think and doers do.  But until the thinkers do and doers think, progress will be just another word in the already overburdened vocabulary of the talkers who talk.
(12) What did the fish say when he ran into a wall ?  DAM.
(13) The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.—– Picasso.
(14) Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life, the evening beam that smiles the clouds away and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray. —– Lord Byron.
(15) Hold your friends close and your enemies on limited profile.
(16) If you are well-disposed towards those whose views are similar to yours, you may be said to exhibit “good character”.  But, is you behave well with those holding divergent views from you, then you have an “excellent character”. —– Maulan Wahiduddin Khan.
(17)  What do you get when you cross a weeping willow with an UFO ?  A CRYING SAUCER.
(18) At a dinner party one should “eat wisely”, but not “too well”, and “talk well” but not “too wisely”.  ————Somerset Maugham.
Picasso self(19)  Any issue in India is complete only after : A twitter trend. An Arnav rant.  A Sakshi Maharaja quote.  A Chetan Bhagat solution.
(20)  Did you know :  All four sons of biologist Angus M. Woodbury earned PhDs in biology and both his daughters married biologists ?
  (21) By three methods we may learn wisdom : By “reflection” which is the “noblest”.  By “imitation” which is the “easiest”.  By “experience” which is the “bitterest”.  —— Confucius.
(22) Why can’t you tell a joke while standing on ice ?  Because it might crack up.
(23) If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. —– Khalil Gibran.
(24) The word UNFRIEND apparently appeared in print way back in 1659, when English was still not affected by the language spoken by today’s internet generation.
  (25) The only way to avoid criticism is to say nothing, do nothing and be nothing. ——– Aristotle.
(26) What do you call Santa’s mistakes ?  SANTA FLAWS.
(27) In the book “The Columbus Affair” by Steve Berry, Simon Zachariah has the “look” of a “scholar”, the “soul” of a “scoundrel” and the “zeal” of a “fanatic”.
(28) Swallow your pride occasionally.  IT IS NON-FATTENING.
(29) Hermann Ebbinghaus, a German psychologist, who pioneered the study of memory, said, ” Mental events are not passive happenings, but the acts of a subject”.
(30) Trust Him when darkest thoughts assail thee
Trust Him when thy faith is small
Trust Him when to simply trust Him
Is the hardest thing of all.
Rosalind Russell. 

This and That…

(1) The first pop stars are BELKA & STRELKA, because they returned alive from their space mission. (mentioned in a book by Olesya Turkin).  LEIKA was the first canine to be sent into space, but she died.
(2) PM Modi’s fondness for “alliteration” is no secret.  He extolled the virtues of the 3 DS.  He said India has 3 unique DS ——- Democracy, Demographic dividend and Demand.  The 4th D is Discussion on how to expand the pool of skilled workers in the country, how to retain talented teachers, nurses and others, and how to bring back those who have left the country.
(3) We create our own realities.  Energy becomes intent, intent forms a word.  A word shapes an action and an action creates a reality.  CHOOSE YOUR WORDS WISELY.
(4) Most cultures forbid “cursing”, because words are like PSYCHIC ARROWS, they can cause harm.  Our thoughts and actions have a far greater impact on our lives than we know.  Keep your thoughts pure, keep your words positive.
funny oil painting(5) Intelligence is like “underwear”.  It is important that you have it, but not necessary that you show it off.
(6) I am reading a book on ANTIGRAVITY.  It is impossible to put it down. 
(7) Step with care and great tact.  Life’s a great “balancing act”.
(8) When at last you are sure, you’ve been properly PILLED, a few paper forms must be properly FILLED, so that you and your heirs may be properly BILLED.
(9) I changed my password to INCORRECT.  So, whenever I forget what my password is, the computer will say, “YOUR PASSWORD IS INCORRECT”.
(10) I hate people who use big words just to make themselves look PERSPICACIOUS. 
(11) Never break someone’s heart —– they have only 1……… break their bones, because they have 206 of them.
(12) If a turtle doesn’t have a shell ———- is it “homeless’ or “naked” ?
(13) It  takes “patience” to “listen …… it takes “skill” to “pretend you are listening”.
(14) You have “brains” in your “head.  You have “feet” in your “shoes”.  You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.  You’re on your own and you know what you know.  And you are the guy who’ll decide where you go.
funny dog art(15) Animal Crackers :
(a) What do you call a dinosaur who only eats the most delicious food ?  CONNOISSAUR.
(b) Where do “snails” avoid eating ”  In FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS.
(c) Why did the kangaroo stop drinking coffee ?  HE GOT TOO JUMPY.
(d) What’s a bunny’s favourite music ?  HIP HOP.
(e) How do you find the gender of an ant by throwing it in water ?  If it “sinks”, it is a girl-ant, if it floats ——- BUOYANT.
(16) German Saying :  When 2 dogs fight for a bone, and a third runs off with it, THERE’S A LAWYER AMONG THE DOGS. 
(17) A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so, if one’s life is “cold and bare”, he can blame none but himself.
(18) Valour is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul. —— Michel de Montaigne.
(19) Through love, all that is bitter will be sweet
Through love, all that is copper will be gold
Through love, all dregs will become wine
Through love, all pain will be turned to medicine. —— Rumi. 
(20) What do you get when you cross a “lawyer” with “Godfather” ?  ——- AN OFFER YOU CAN’T UNDERSTAND.

Contentment

CONTENTMENT is a mental or emotional state of satisfaction drawn from being at ease in one’s situation, body and mind.  It is a state of having accepted one’s situation and is a for of happiness.  Contentment and the pursuit of contentment are a central thread through many philosophical or religious schools across diverse cultures, times and geographies.
Quotes :
(1) Ten poor men sleep in peace on one straw bed, as SAADI sings, but the biggest Empire is too narrow for two Kings. —– William R Alger.
(2) Health is the greatest gift.  Contentment is the greatest wealth.  A trusted friend is the best relative, NIBBANA is the greatest bliss.  —— Gautama Buddha.
Contentment(3) A joyful heart makes a cheerful face.  A sad heart makes a despondent mood.  All the days of a poor person are wretched, but contentment is a feast without end. ——- Rabbi Meir Leibush.
(4) Where wealth and freedom reign, contentment fails.  And honour sinks where commerce long prevails.  ——- Oliver Goldsmith.
(5) Contentment furnishes constant joy.  Much covetousness —– constant grief.  To the contended even poverty is joy; to the discontented even wealth is a vexation.  ——- Fan Li-pen.
(6)  Who seeks more than he needs, hinders himself from enjoying what he has.   Seek what you need and give up what you need not.  For in giving up what you don’t need, you’ll learn what you really do need. —– Mivhar Hapeninim.
(7)  The noblest mind, the best contentment has. —- Edmund Spencer.
(8) Those who want much are always much in need.  Happy the man whom God gives with a sparing hand what is sufficient for his wants.  ——-Horace.
Laughing Buddha(9)  True Contentment depends upon what we have ; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander.  ——– Charles Caleb Colton.
Siddharta said, “Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without.”  Hebrews 13:5 reads, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have.”  Chinese Philosopher, Zhuang Zhou wrote in the 3rd century BCE, ” A gentleman who profoundly penetrates all things and is in harmony with their transformations will be contented with whatever time may bring.  He follows the course of nature in whatever situation he may be.”  Socrates said, “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”  There is therefore a belief that one can achieve contentment by living in the moment.

This & That…

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(1) Daniel Day-Lewis, an Englishman, who has won 3 Best Actor Oscars, said, ” I come from, not just a household, but a country, where the finesse of language, well-balanced sentence, structure syntax —– these things are driven into us, and my parents, bless them, are great custodians of the English language.”

(2) Did you know, that in space you cannot cry, because there is no gravity to MAKE THE TEARS FLOW.
(3) KEEP IT FLOWING : Did BRAD fall into a PIT ?  Is ANGELINA always JOLIE ? Was AMRISH really a PURI ?  Has GERARD always been a BUTLER ? Why is GAUTAM always GAMBHIR ? Is NICOLE a KID or a MAN ? Did KANGANA really RANAUT or was she caught and bowled ?
(4) What do you do when a chair breaks ?  Call a CHAIRMAN.
(5) What was Napoleon doing at KFC ?  Pulling the BONE APART.
(6) A GOOD writer can TELL A STORY.  An EXCELLENT writer can TELL IT WELL.  A GREAT writer can LISTEN.
(7) What happened to a plant in math Class ?  It grew SQUARE ROOTS.
(8) When someone allows you to BEAR HIS BURDENS, you have found DEEP FRIENDSHIP.
(9) He who is plenteously provided for within, needs but little from without.
(10) It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well, nor the judgement to hold their tongues.
(11) Never forget what you are ………… Wear it like armour and it can never be used to hurt you.
(12) You will not be punished For your ANGER.  You will be punished BY your ANGER.


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(13) READERS are PLENTIFUL ; THINKERS are RARE.

(14) The lustre of a virtuous character cannot be defaced, nor can the vices of a vicious man ever become lucid.  A jewel preserves its lustre, though trodden in the mud, but a brass pot, though placed upon the head —— IS BRASS STILL.
(15) I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way, we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
(16) There once was a man from Peru
Who dreamt he was eating his shoe
He woke with a fright in the middle of the night
To see his dream come true.
(17) Faith is knowing one of two things will happen : There will be something to stand on, or YOU WILL BE TAUGHT TO FLY.
(18) Only those in tune with nature seem to pick up on the energy in winds.  All sorts of things get swept off in the breeze : ghosts, pieces of soul, voices unsung, thoughts repressed, love not cherished and so much spiritual ether.
(19) When we love someone too much, they become our sense of home.  What was within us is now with them, and so when they withdraw, they take with them the place we belong, the place we seek for comfort, leaving us lost, lonely and wondering.
(20) It is good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money cannot buy.
(21) Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.

This & That…

(1) To the mind that is still, THE WHOLE UNIVERSE SURRENDERS ————– Lao-Tzu.
(2) OPERA is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding —- HE SINGS.  —– Ed Gardner.
(3) Why can’t you trust atoms ? Because THEY MAKE UP EVERYTHING.
(4) A NICE GUY will be nice to everyone.  Why? Because he wants everyone to like him, as he thinks he has many flaws and he is not good enough and does not have any self-esteem and self-worth, so he has to be nice.  Nice guys will always suffer all their lives, as they will be pleasing others all the time and will tire themselves completely.  A GOOD GUY has his self-worth, does good for everyone, but WILL NOT PLEASE EVERYONE.  He is there to do good, and does the right thing.  I would say, “Don’t be the nice guy, be the good guy.” —— Hrithik Roshan.  ( Better to be a nice good guy —- Rohit Ghai)
life positivity(5) What goes bzzz —– h-o-n-e-y-bzzz-bzzz ? SPELLING BEE.
(6) HOLI is somewhat akin to the ancient festival of SATURNALIA, where slaves and masters exchanged places for a day.  It led to a much-needed catharsis, a blowing off of steam as well as a reminder to all of their essential humanity. ———Swati Chopra.
(7) Life is for the living/ Death is for the dead
Let life be like music
And Death a NOTE UNSAID. —-Langston Hughes.
(8) The quest for “permanence” is the bedrock of man’s suffering and we have to come to terms with the fact that “everything in life is in a state of flux”———Mahesh Bhatt.
(9) The beauty of a woman isn’t in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.  The beauty of a woman must be seen in “her eyes”.  Because that’s the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.  True beauty in a woman is reflected in “her soul”.  It is the “caring” that she cares to give, the “passion” that she shows.  And, the beauty of a such a woman, with passing years, ONLY GROWS. —- Audrey Hepburn.
(10) Don’t part with your illusions.  When they are gone. you may still exist, but, YOU HAVE CEASED TO LIVE. — Mark Twain.
(11) A clown is like an “aspirin”, only he works “twice as faster”.
(12) It is said that the Sufi is one who possesses nothing except the name of God and service of humanity.  It is this spirit of “complete surrender and simplicity” which endears the Sufi to one and all, especially the “commoner”.


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(13) The purpose of life is not to be happy.  It is to be USEFUL, to be honourable, to be COMPASSIONATE, to HAVE IT MAKE SOME DIFFERENCE THAT YOU HAVE LIVED & LIVED WELL. —–Ralph Waldo Emerson.

(14)  Our body is full of water, but whenever it hurts, “blood” comes out, and our hearts is full of blood, but whenever it hurts, tears” come out.
(15) Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because YOU DESERVE PEACE.
(16) If you have a MAGNETIC PERSONALITY, and, yet, people don’t get attracted to you, it’s not your fault ………… THEY HAVE IRON DEFICIENCY IN THEIR BODIES.
(17) Latest joke doing the rounds in Bengaluru : To succeed in work-life, you have to cross the three most difficult bridges : K. R. Puram Bridge, Marathalli Bridge and the Silk Board Bridge.
(18) Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for HE WAS BORN IN ANOTHER TIME . —– Tagore.
(19) Don’t be afraid to take a “big step” if indicated.  YOU CAN’T CROSS A CHASM IN TWO SMALL JUMPS. —– David George.
(20) DOING what you like is FREEDOM.  LIKING what you do is HAPPINESS. .