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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
Think of what Pa has undoubtedly said more than once to you,
too; The intellect and the feeling must go hand in
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.
You know I used not to go out so much myself, which
occasioned unpleasant remarks many a time.
Don't take things that don't really concern you very closely
too much to heart, and don't let them hit you too
At this time, Vincent was 22 year old
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 .
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