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Famous Michelangelo Quotes

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

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.”
- Michelangelo

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. ”
- Michelangelo

Genius is eternal patience. ”
- Michelangelo

I am still learning. ”
- Michelangelo

Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.”
- Michelangelo

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?”
- Michelangelo

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

I live and love in God's peculiar light. ”
- Michelangelo

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. ”
- Michelangelo

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

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

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

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.”
- Michelangelo

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.”
- Michelangelo

I live in sin, to kill myself I live; no longer my life my own, but sin's; my good is given to me by heaven, my evil by myself, by my free will, of which I am deprived. ”
- Michelangelo

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

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

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

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

I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish. ”
- Michelangelo

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

Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture. ”
- Michelangelo

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

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

From such a gentle thing, from such a fountain of all delight, my every pain is born.”
- Michelangelo

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.”
- Michelangelo