Vincent van Gogh On Despair

009C2073-6F76-4F33-BE51-7499158DBCAFVincent van Gogh (March 30, 1853–July 29, 1890)

Instead of giving way to despair, I took the way of active melancholy as long as I had strength for activity, or in other words, I preferred the melancholy that hopes and aspires and searches to the one that despairs, mournful and stagnant.