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Michelangelo Quote: “I am still learning.”

I am still learning.

— Michelangelo



Michelangelo Quote: “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.”

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


Michelangelo Quote: “Genius is eternal patience. ”

Genius is eternal patience.

— Michelangelo


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

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

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldn’t call it genius. ”

If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldn’t call it genius.

— Michelangelo


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

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

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish.”

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

— Michelangelo


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

Read the heart and not the letter for the pen cannot draw near the good intent.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “Only God creates. The rest of us just copy.”

Only God creates. The rest of us just copy.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “I created a vision of David in my mind and simply carved away everything that was not David.”

I created a vision of David in my mind and simply carved away everything that was not David.

— Michelangelo



Michelangelo Quote: “Your greatness is measured by your horizons.”

Your greatness is measured by your horizons.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “To touch is to give life.”

To touch is to give life.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “Draw, Antonio; draw, Antonio; draw and don’t waste time.”

Draw, Antonio; draw, Antonio; draw and don’t waste time.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “The idea is there locked inside. All you have to do is remove the excess stone.”

The idea is there locked inside. All you have to do is remove the excess stone.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.”

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “I couldn’t give you something mediocre even if that’s all you asked for.”

I couldn’t give you something mediocre even if that’s all you asked for.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “Gazing on beautiful things acts on my soul.”

Gazing on beautiful things acts on my soul.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “No one has mastery, Before he is at the end, Of his art and his life.”

No one has mastery, Before he is at the end, Of his art and his life.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master.”

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


Michelangelo Quote: “Perfection is no small thing, but it is made up of small things.”

Perfection is no small thing, but it is made up of small things.

— Michelangelo



Michelangelo Quote: “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.”

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


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

There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.”

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

— Michelangelo


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

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

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “Lord free me of myself, so I can please you!”

Lord free me of myself, so I can please you!

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “No great work of art is ever finished.”

No great work of art is ever finished.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “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.”

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


Michelangelo Quote: “As you give out, so shall you receive.”

As you give out, so shall you receive.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “To know each other is the best way to understand each other. To understand each other is the only way to love each other.”

To know each other is the best way to understand each other. To understand each other is the only way to love each other.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “Carving is easy, you just go down to the skin and stop.”

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

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “Do not fret, for God did not create us to abandon us.”

Do not fret, for God did not create us to abandon us.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “Art is a jealous thing; it requires the whole and entire man.”

Art is a jealous thing; it requires the whole and entire man.

— Michelangelo


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

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

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “An artist must have his measuring tools not in the hand, but in the eye.”

An artist must have his measuring tools not in the hand, but in the eye.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “The great tragedy of life is not that people set their sights too high and fail to achieve their goals but that they set their sights too low and do.”

The great tragedy of life is not that people set their sights too high and fail to achieve their goals but that they set their sights too low and do.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “The mind, the soul, becomes ennobled by the endeavour to create something perfect, for God is perfection, and whoever strives after perfection is striving for something devine.”

The mind, the soul, becomes ennobled by the endeavour to create something perfect, for God is perfection, and whoever strives after perfection is striving for something devine.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “He who follows another will never overtake him.”

He who follows another will never overtake him.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “Souls will never ascend to Heaven until the sight of beauty lifts them there.”

Souls will never ascend to Heaven until the sight of beauty lifts them there.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “A great sculpture can roll down a hill without breaking.”

A great sculpture can roll down a hill without breaking.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “And who is so barbarous as not to understand that the foot of a man is nobler than his shoe, and his skin nobler than that of the sheep with which he is clothed.”

And who is so barbarous as not to understand that the foot of a man is nobler than his shoe, and his skin nobler than that of the sheep with which he is clothed.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “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.”

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


Michelangelo Quote: “Art lives on constraint and dies of freedom.”

Art lives on constraint and dies of freedom.

— Michelangelo


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

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

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “Critique by creating.”

Critique by creating.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “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.”

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


Michelangelo Quote: “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.”

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


Michelangelo Quote: “The hand that follows intellect can achieve.”

The hand that follows intellect can achieve.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “Poets and painters have the power to dare, I mean to dare to do whatever they may approve of...”

Poets and painters have the power to dare, I mean to dare to do whatever they may approve of...

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “Your gifts lie in the place where your values, passions and strengths meet. Discovering that place is the first step toward sculpting your masterpiece, Your Life.”

Your gifts lie in the place where your values, passions and strengths meet. Discovering that place is the first step toward sculpting your masterpiece, Your Life.

— Michelangelo


Michelangelo Quote: “I give my soul to God, my body to the earth, and my worldly possessions to my nearest of kin, charging them to remember the sufferings of Jesus Christ.”

I give my soul to God, my body to the earth, and my worldly possessions to my nearest of kin, charging them to remember the sufferings of Jesus Christ.

— Michelangelo

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