John Constable Quote
Still I should paint my own places best; painting is with me but another word for feeling, and I associate "my careless boyhood" with all that lies on the banks of the Stour; those scenes made me a painter, and I am grateful; that is, I had often thought of pictures of them before ever I touched a pencil, and your picture ['The White Horse'] is one of the strongest instance I can recollect of it.
Letter to Rev. John Fisher (23 October 1821), from John Constable's Correspondence, part 6, pp. 76-78 - from Letters