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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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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.
- 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

Even if you are divine, you don't disdain male consorts.
- Michelangelo

The more the marbles wastes, the more the statue grows.
- Michelangelo

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

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

Genius is eternal patience.
- Michelangelo

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.
- Michelangelo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have never felt salvation in nature.
I love cities above all.
- Michelangelo

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

I am still learning.
- Michelangelo

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

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

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

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

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.
- Michelangelo

Society is one vast conspiracy for carving one into
the kind of statue likes,
and then placing it in the most convenient niche it has.
- Randolph Bourne

Each of us is carving a stone, erecting a column,
or cutting a piece of stained glass in the construction
of something much bigger than ourselves.
- Adrienne Clarkson

Cutting into color reminds me of the sculptor's direct carving.
- Henri Matisse

Training is such a vital part of preparation for a game,
you really do train to play.
It tops up your ability, like sharpening a carving knife.
You can get away with not doing it for a while,
as long as you have reached a certain standard of fitness.
- Graeme Le Saux

What I think is that Fox has done a very smart job
of carving out their place.
- Tom Brokaw

A lot of Thanksgiving days have been ruined by not
carving the turkey in the kitchen.
- Kin Hubbard

The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly
that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I realized it wasn't necessary to work in the traditional
methods of carving and casting.
- Martin Puryear

I'm always interested in looking forward toward the future.
Carving out new ways of looking at things.
- Herbie Hancock

The rule in carving holds good as to criticism;
never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
- Charles Buxton

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Joy is a choice - but it isn't an easy choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Do not pray for easy lives.
Pray to be stronger men.
- John F. Kennedy

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.
- Lao Tzu

I was taught that the way of progress
is neither swift nor easy.
- Marie Curie

All difficult things have
their origin in that which is easy,
and great things in that which is small.
- Lao Tzu

When men are easy in their circumstances,
they are naturally enemies to innovations.
- Joseph Addison

What if we just pretended that life was easy?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Forgiveness is not always easy.
At times, it feels more painful
than the wound we suffered,
to forgive the one that inflicted it.
And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
- Marianne Williamson

When life is too easy for us, we must beware
or we may not be ready to meet the blows
which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral.
- Epictetus

Know that life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Joy is a Choice - but Not an Easy Choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that joy is a choice, but it isn't an easy choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.
- Mother Teresa

What if we just acted like everything was easy?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Bad habits are like a comfortable bed,
easy to get into, but hard to get out of.
- Proverb

Do the difficult things while they are easy
and do the great things while they are small.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
- Lao Tzu

Rainbows and butterflies are themselves beautiful and highly symbolic,
but they are also representative of
all the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends.
But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy
is the quintessence of true religion.
The other is mere business.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi


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