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Michelangelo Quotes

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March 6, 1475 - March 18, 1564
Nationality: Italian
Category: Artist
Subcategory: Italian Artist

Carving is easy, you just go down to the skin and stop.


Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.


I cannot live under pressures from patrons, let alone paint.


The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.


What do you despise? By this you are truly known.


Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture.


I am still learning.


I live and love in God's peculiar light.


A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.


My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness.


The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.


If in my youth I had realized that the sustaining splendour of beauty of with which I was in love would one day flood back into my heart, there to ignite a flame that would torture me without end, how gladly would I have put out the light in my eyes.


I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.


The best artist has that thought alone Which is contained within the marble shell; The sculptor's hand can only break the spell To free the figures slumbering in the stone.


Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.


There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.


It is necessary to keep one's compass in one's eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges.


I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.


Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven.


The greatest artist has no conception which a single block of white marble does not potentially contain within its mass, but only a hand obedient to the mind can penetrate to this image.


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