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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
Paris, 29 September 1875

Dear Theo,

Boy, be careful, do not lose your resistance.

See things as they are, and do not approve of everything for yourself. It is possible to deviate, to the right as well as to the left.

Think of what Pa has undoubtedly said more than once to you, too; The intellect and the feeling must go hand in hand.

Cordial greetings, and always,

Your affectionate brother, Vincent

Write again soon.

I advised you to go out a good deal, but if you don't like to, don't do it.

Don't take things that don't really concern you very closely too much to heart, and don't let them hit you too hard.

In a great hurry I shake your hand warmly in thought.


At this time, Vincent was 22 year old
Source:
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 29 September 1875 in Paris. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number .
URL: http://webexhibits.org/vangogh/letter/3/039a.htm.

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