„Despair itself if it goes on long enough, can become a kind of sanctuary in which one settles down and feels at ease.“

—  Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, "Vie de Joseph Delorme" (1829), cited from Poésies completes de Sainte-Beuve (Paris: Charpentier, 1840) p. 16; Mardy Grothe Oxymoronica (London: HarperCollins, 2004) p. 201.

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—  Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890
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