Famous Michelangelo Quotes

“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”

”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.”


”It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand.”

”Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.”

“Many believe - and I believe - that I have been designated for this work by God. In spite of my old age, I do not want to give it up; I work out of love for God and I put all my hope in Him.”

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

”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.”

”The best of artists has no conception that the marble alone does not contain within itself.”

”The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

”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.”

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

”The more the marbles wastes, the more the statue grows.”

”The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one's self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.”

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

”There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.”

”Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.”

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

”What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?”

 

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