They would not listen, they did not know how

from Don McLean – Vincent (Starry Starry Night) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

While true regarding his general lack of reception by his contemporaries, he himself towards the end of his life, was doubtful whether he, or his paintings, will ever make it:

“It is absolutely certain that I shall never do important things.” — in a letter to a Paris critic who did praise his work.

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