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Michelangelo quotes

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.

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

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

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.

Genius is eternal patience.

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

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?

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

I am still learning.

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

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

Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.

I am a poor man and of little worth, who is laboring in that art that God has given me in order to extend my life as long as possible.

If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master.

I live and love in God's peculiar light.

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

Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come.

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.

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