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Michelangelo Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Imagination

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Genius is eternal patience.
- Michelangelo

I am still learning.
- Michelangelo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Take time to sharpen the saw.
- Steven Covey

And as he spoke of understanding,
I looked up and saw the rainbow leap
with flames of many colors over me.
- Black Elk

One day Alice came to a fork in the road
and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
"Which road do I take?" she asked.
His responses was a question: "Where do you want to go?"
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."
- Lewis Carroll

When I saw you I fell in love,
and you smiled because you knew.
- commonly but falsely attributed to William Shakespeare

I never saw a discontented tree.
They grip the ground as though they liked it,
and though fast rooted, they travel about as far as we do.
- John Muir

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
- Bernard Baruch

I never saw a lawyer yet who would admit he was making money.
- Mary Roberts Rinehart

It was so cold today that I saw a dog chasing a cat,
and the dog was walking.
- Mickey Rivers

I grew up not liking my father very much.
I never saw him cry.
But he must have.
Everybody cries.
- Charley Pride

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

I was obsessed with romance.
When I was in high school, I saw 'Doctor Zhivago' every
day from the day it opened until the day it left the theater.
- John Hughes

If I weren't earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball,
most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.
- Charles Barkley

A friend will tell you she saw your old boyfriend -
and he's a priest.
- Erma Bombeck

Mommy smoked but she didn't want us to.
She saw smoke coming out of the barn one time,
so we got whipped.
- Loretta Lynn

When I first saw you, I thought you were handsome.
Then, of course, you spoke.
- the movie As Good As It Gets (1997)

I came, I saw, I conquered.
- Julius Caesar

I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath
toys were a toaster and a radio.
- Joan Rivers

The Sweetest Strawberry:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice,
he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
little by little started to gnaw away the vine.
The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
- Zen Koan

This is all new to me, these re-releases.
I don't know how these things do.
I don't know if it will be people who saw it originally or young people.
- Tom Berenger

When I first saw a Fellini movie, I came out of the
movie theatre and decided to become a lawyer!
I thought to myself, it's impossible to make something so beautiful!
- Roberto Benigni

I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with Guess on it.
I said, Thyroid problem?
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

When I decided to get married at 40,
I couldn't find a dress with the modernity or sophistication I wanted.
That's when I saw the opportunity for a wedding gown business.
- Vera Wang

It was the highlight of my life being in the Mae West show,
because I saw and did things I never had before.
- Joe Gold

I started writing movie scripts.
They excited me a lot, but I didn't like them when
they were finished because they were simple copies
of the films I saw in childhood.
- Manuel Puig

I became active in politics because I saw the possibility,
if we all sat back and did nothing, of a world in which
there would no longer be any stages for actors to act on.
- Helen Gahagan

In some ways that fight gave me more respect around
the world and helped me be even more popular because
so many people felt my pain and saw that I was robbed.
- Marvin Hagler

I learned from Mr. Wrigley, early in my career, that
loyalty wins and it creates friendships.
I saw it work for him in his business.
- Ernie Banks

I half knew what to expect when I saw the cricket ground in the morning.
It was when I started to talk to people working out there,
I began to find what I was looking for.
- Ian Botham

I am the son of poor peasants who came at a very young age to live in Algeria.
I only recently saw the place where they were born,
near the city of Marrakech.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I've been so good in so many movies that nobody saw.
- Joe Pantoliano

If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would
say it was because I couldn't swim.
- Margaret Thatcher

The fourth major league game I ever saw in person,
I was in uniform.
- Ryne Sandberg


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