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“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
“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
“The greatest artist does not have any concept
Which a single piece of marble does not itself contain
Within its excess, though only
A hand that obeys the intellect can discover it.”
Michelangelo, I Sonetti Di Michelangelo: The 78 Sonnets of Michelangelo with Verse Translation
“Ancora Imparo

(Yet I am learning)”
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
tags: art
“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
“The true work of art
is but a shadow of the divine perfection”
Michelangelo
“With few words I shall make thee understand my soul.”
Michelangelo
“Dear to me is sleep: still more, being made of stone,
While pain and guilt still linger here below,
Blindness and numbness--these please me alone;
Then do not wake me, keep your voices low.”
Michelangelo
“Ancora imparo.”
Michelangelo
“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish.”
Michelangelo
“Read the heart and not the letter for the pen cannot draw near the good intent.”
Michelangelo
“I am still learning.”
Michelangelo
“A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.”
Michelangelo
“AS YOU GIVE OUT SO SHALL YOU RECEIVE.”
Michelangelo
“Patience is eternal genius”
Michelangelo
“Draw, Antonio; draw, Antonio; draw and don’t waste time.”
Michelangelo
tags: live
“Critique by creating.”
Michelangelo
“O night, O sweetest time, though black of hue,
with peace you force all the restless work to end;
those who exalt you see and understand,
and he is sound of mind who honours you.
You cut the thread of tired thoughts, for so
you offer calm in your moist shade; you send
to this low sphere the dreams where we ascend
up to the highest, where I long to go.
Shadow of death that brings to quiet close
all miseries that plague the heart and soul,
for those in pain the last and best of cures;
you heal the flesh of its infirmities,
dry and our tears and shut away our toil,
and free the good from wrath and fretting cares.”
Michelangelo, Complete Poems and Selected Letters
tags: night
“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
“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all.”
Michelangelo
“Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.”
Michelangelo
“Why do You Send Fools To judge My Work?”
Michelangelo
“I was never the kind of painter or sculptor who kept a shop.”
Michelangelo
“The greater 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
“Precious is sleep, better to be of stone,
while the oppression and the shame still last;
not seeing and not hearing, I am blest;
so do not wake me, hush! keep your voice down.”
Michelangelo, Complete Poems and Selected Letters
tags: sleep

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