Michelangelo Famous Quotes About Art, Sculpting, And Learning

Michelangelo Famous Quotes About Art, Sculpting, And Learning

Michelangelo was an Italian artist, sculptor, painter, and architect who is widely considered one of the greatest artists of all time. Here are a few famous quotes attributed to him:

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    Michelangelo Quotes About Art

    “The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection” ― Michelangelo

    “The greatest artist does not have any concept Which single piece of marble does not itself contain Within its excess, though only A hand that obeys the intellect can discover it.” ― Michelangelo

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

    “Read the heart and not the letter for the pen cannot draw near the good intent.” ― Michelangelo

    “Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.” ― Michelangelo

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

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    The Torment of Saint Anthony by Michelangelo

    The Torment of Saint Anthony by Michelangelo


    Michelangelo Quotes About Aiming High

    “If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.” ― 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 accomplish.” ― Michelangelo

    “Self-negation is noble, self-culture is beneficent, self-possession is manly, but to the truly great and inspiring soul they are poor and tame compared to self-abuse.” ― Michelangelo

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    The Delphic Sibyl by Michelangelo


    Michelangelo Quotes About Learning

    “If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldn't call it genius. ” ― Michelangelo

    “Genius is eternal patience. ” ― Michelangelo

    “If I am more alive because love burns and chars me, as a fire, given wood or wind, feels new elation, it's that he who lays me low is my salvation, and invigorates the more, the more he scars me.” ― 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

    “No thought is born in me that does not bear the image of death.” ― Michelangelo

    “But if it so happens ... a work ... under pain of otherwise becoming shameful or false, requires fantasy ... [and that] certain limbs or elements of a figure are altered by borrowing from other species, for example transforming into a dolphin the hinder end of a griffon or a stag ... these alterations will be excellent and the substitution, however unreal it may seem, deserves to be declared a fine invention in the genre of the monstrous.When a painter introduces into this kind of work of art chimerae and other imaginary beings in order to divert and entertain the senses and also to captivate the eyes of mortals who long to see unclassified and impossible things, he shows himself more respectful of reason than if he produced the usual figures of men or of animals.” ― Michaelangelo

    “Anyone who follows others never passes them by, and anyone who does not know how to do good works on his own cannot make good use of works by others.” ― Michelangelo

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

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    The Creation Of Adam Painting by Michelangelo

    The Creation Of Adam Painting by Michelangelo


    Michelangelo Quotes About Sculpting

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

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

    “The sculpture is already complete within the marble block, before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.” ― Michelangelo

    “I was never the kind of painter or sculptor who kept a shop.” ― Michelangelo

    “The best artist has that thought alone which is contained within the marble shell; only the sculptor's hand can break the spell to free the figures.” ― Michelangelo

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

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    Prophet Isaiah by Michelangelo


    Michelangelo Quotes About Sistine Chapel & God

    “Why do You Send Fools To judge My Work?” ― Michelangelo

    “So now, from this mad passion Which made me take art for an idol and a king I have learnt the burden of error that it bore And what misfortune springs from man's desire... The world's frivolities have robbed me of the time. That I was given for reflecting upon God.” ― Michelangelo

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

    “Please don't trouble yourself. God didn't make us to abandon us.” ― 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

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

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    Michelangelo Quotes About Life

    “The noble heart finds most in starlike eyes.” ― Michelangelo

    "Faith in oneself is the best and safest course." ― 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

    "After four tortured years, more than 400 over life-sized figures, I felt as old and as weary as Jeremiah. I was only 37, yet friends did not recognize the old man I had become." ― 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

    "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."― Michelangelo

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