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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(c. 9 July 1888)
... greatest embarrassment and consternation. Without being in the same state as this gentleman as to its being either my duty or my desire to get married, I begin to resemble him in physique. According to the worthy master Ziem, man becomes ambitious once he becomes impotent. Now though it's pretty much all one to me whether I am impotent or not, I'm damned if that's going to drive me to ambition. It is only the greatest philosopher of his place and time, and consequently of all places and all times, good old master Pangloss who could — if he were here — give me advice and calm my soul. There — the letter to Russell is in its envelope, and I have written as I intended. I asked him if he had any news of Reid, and I ask you the same question. I told Russell I left him free to take what he liked, and from the first consignment I sent as well. And that I was only waiting for his explicit answer, to know whether he preferred to make his choice at his or...

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