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Michelangelo Quotes

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If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You are the Michelangelo of your own life.
The David that you are sculpting is you.
And you do it with your thoughts.
- Joe Vitale

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

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

 

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

In common with Michelangelo and Rembrandt I am more interested in the line,
its rise and fall, than in color.
- Edvard Munch

When the bright angel dominates, out comes a great work of art,
a Michelangelo David or a Beethoven symphony.
- Madeleine L'Engle

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

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

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

If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart.
Art, and it would be Michelangelo.
Literature, and it would be Shakespeare.
And yet it is something even greater;
the only place on earth that is still as it should be.
May we never tame it.
- Andrew Denton

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

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

When I am shooting a film I never think of how I want to shoot something;
I simply shoot it.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

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

A scene has to have a rhythm of its own,
a structure of its own.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

I meant exactly what I said: that we are saddled with
a culture that hasn't advanced as far as science.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

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

When man becomes reconciled to nature,
when space becomes his true background,
these words and concepts will have lost their meaning,
and we will no longer have to use them.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

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 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 neither a sociologist nor a politician.
All I can do is imagine for myself what the future will be like.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

But, you know, Cronaca isn't more innovative than what comes after.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

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

You know what I would like to do: make a film with
actors standing in empty space so that the spectator
would have to imagine the background of the characters.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

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

Normally, however, I try to avoid repetitions of any shot.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

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

Hollywood is like being nowhere and talking to nobody about nothing.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

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

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

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

Genius is eternal patience.
- Michelangelo

We live in a society that compels us to go on using these concepts,
and we no longer know what they mean.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

I began taking liberties a long time ago;
now it is standard practice for most directors to ignore the rules.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

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

I quickly realized that this medium had a lot to offer someone like me.
To do Disney-quality hand-drawn cartoons,
you have to be a master of two art forms.
Seriously, you have to be able to draw like a Leonardo
da Vinci or a Michelangelo.
But also you have to know movement and timing and control
that through 24 frames a second.
- John Lasseter

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

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

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

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

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

Scientific man is already on the moon,
and yet we are still living with the moral concepts of Homer.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

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

In Blow-up I used my head instinctively!
- Michelangelo Antonioni

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

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

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

I mean simply to say that I want my characters to suggest
the background in themselves,
even when it is not visible.
I want them to be so powerfully realized that we cannot
imagine them apart from their physical and social context
even when we see them in empty space.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

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

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

I don't want what I am saying to sound like a prophecy
or anything like an analysis of modern society...
these are only feelings I have, and I am the least
speculative man on earth.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

All the characters in my films are fighting these problems,
needing freedom, trying to find a way to cut themselves loose,
but failing to rid themselves of conscience,
a sense of sin, the whole bag of tricks.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

When a scene is being shot, it is very difficult to
know what one wants it to say,
and even if one does know, there is always a difference
between what one has in mind and the result on film.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

Till now I have never shot a scene without taking account
of what stands behind the actors because the relationship
between people and their surroundings is of prime importance.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln


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