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" All my indispositions have their source in my mind. It is when I am restless and unhappy that I become susceptible of cold, damp, heats, and such nonsense. "
" The sound of water escaping from mill dams, etc., willows, old rotten planks, slimy posts, and brickwork, I love such things. "
" Painting is a science, and should be pursued as an inquiry into the laws of nature. "
" Whatever may be thought of my art, it is my own; and I would rather possess a freehold, though but a cottage, than live in a palace belonging to another. "
" I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, - light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful. "
" The landscape painter must walk in the fields with a humble mind. No arrogant man was ever permitted to see Nature in all her beauty. "
" Nature is the fountain's head, the source from whence all originality must spring. "
" My art flatters nobody by imitation; it courts nobody by smoothness, tickles nobody by petiteness... there is no finish in nature. "
" Painting is but another word for feeling. "
" Landscape is my mistress - 'tis to her I look for fame. "
" I know dock leaves pretty well, but I should not attempt to introduce them into a picture without having them before me. "
" When I sit down to make a sketch from nature, the first thing I try to do is to forget that I have ever seen a picture. "
" The world is wide. No two days are alike, nor even two hours, neither were there ever two leaves of a tree alike since the creation of all the world; and the genuine productions of art, like those of nature, are all distinct from each other. "