Lust for Life (1956)
Paul Gauguin: With all your talk of emotion, all I see when I look at your work is just that you paint too fast!
Vincent Van Gogh: You look too fast!
Paul Gauguin: I like 'em fat and vicious and not too smart. Nothing spiritual either. To have to say 'I love you' would break my teeth. I don't want to be loved.
Vincent Van Gogh: I tried to show a place where a man can ruin himself, go mad... commit a crime.
Vincent Van Gogh: Please don't go. You don't know how alone feels!
Paul Gauguin: I know about loneliness! Only I don't whine about it!
Vincent Van Gogh: If I'm to be anything as a painter I've got to break through that iron wall between what I feel and what I express. my best chance of doing it is here, where my roots are... the people I know, the earth I know.
Anton Mauve: Oh, Vincent. I'm sorry to put off seeing you, but we artists have to be selfish, you know. We have to save our ourselves. After all with each painting, we die a little.
Paul Gauguin: [Addressing a small group of his artist acquaintances] The fact is, my dear friends, that you are not painters. You are, uh, tattoo artists. You are chemists with little pots of paint. You cover canvases with colored fleas. You are so busy imitating each other's tricks, you've forgotten what painting is about. You all make me sick.
Theo Van Gogh: you've become an idler.
Vincent Van Gogh: an idler! Yes. but there are two kinds of idlers. There's the man who's idle because he wants to be,out of laziness. how easy that is , i envy him. but there's the other kind... the man who's idle spite of himself . I want nothing but to work . only, i cant
Vincent Van Gogh: I'm in a cage , a cage of shame and self-doubt and failure. somebody believe me... i'm caged , i'm alone... i'm frightened.