Vincent van Goth On Friendship

Vincent Van GoghVincent van Gogh (March 30, 1853–July 29, 1890)

A prisoner who’s kept in isolation, who’s prevented from working etc., would in the long run, especially if this were to last too long, suffer the consequences just as surely as one who went hungry for too long. Like everyone else, I have need of relationships of friendship or affection or trusting companionship, and am not like a street pump or lamp-post, whether of stone or iron, so that I can’t do without them without perceiving an emptiness and feeling their lack, like any other generally civilized and highly respectable man.