Thomas Kinkade diesOne of Thomas Kinkade's many paintings.

One of the most successful artists of all time, Thomas Kinkade, died Friday at the age of 54. The self-proclaimed "Painter of Light" passed at his home in the San Francisco Bay Area of what appeared to be natural causes.

Despite being reviled by the art establishment, Kinkade was the people's painter. A religious man, Kinkade commonly painted bridges, gates, and visual depictions of bible verses -- his distinguishable style defined by his use of light to often symbolize god.

But it wasn't just his paintings that are inspirational, it's also his words. Kinkade may have had one of the most unique, optimistic outlooks well ... ever. Today, let's remember Thomas Kinkade by reflecting on some of his best quotes:

"What I paint touches on foundational life values. Home, family, peacefulness. And one of the messages I try to constantly get across is slow it down and enjoy every moment."

"Beauty is found in anything that delights the senses, nourishes the soul, fires the imagination."

"Surround yourself with the kinds of input that are uplifting, that expand your mind and settle your spirit."

"Study the faces of people you love as if they weren't familiar."

"Love your home -- its physical space, its personal history, the relationships that define it."

Wow, some powerful stuff -- right? These are only the tip of the iceberg, too. Whether or not Thomas was "well-liked" in the art world, the man has a perspective that was admirable, and a talent that was irrefutable. May his legacy continue to live on through his work. Considering it's in more than 10 million homes across the United States, I don't think that will be a problem.

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