Enclosed is a note for Uncle Haanebeek; I had not written
since Annette's death and felt a strong urge to do this. Do you
call on them now and then? At all events you will take this
note yourself, won't you?
I am so glad that I met this boy. I have learned from him,
and in return I was able to show him a danger which was
He had never been away from home, and though he did not show
it, he had an unhealthy (though noble) longing for his father
and his home. It was the kind of longing that belongs only to
God and heaven. This idolatry is not love. He who loves his
parents must follow their footsteps in life. He understands
this now clearly; and though his heart is sad, he has the
courage and the desire to go forward.
Has Father already told you, as he often did me, 'Keep your
heart with all diligence, because the heart is an open door to
life'? Then let us do so, and with the help of God, we will
stay on the right path.
Good luck to you, believe me always,
Your loving brother, Vincent
At this time, Vincent was 22 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 15 November 1875 in Paris. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 045.
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