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Michelangelo quotes

1475 - 1564, Italian painter, poet and sculptor

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

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

I am still learning.
Michelangelo

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

Lord, make me see thy glory in every place.
Michelangelo

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

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

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

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

If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem wonderful at all.
Michelangelo

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

Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.
Michelangelo