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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 Buonarroti
“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.”
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“If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldn't call it genius. ”
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“Genius is eternal patience. ”
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“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
“Ancora Imparo

(Yet I am learning)”
“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.”
“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish.”
Michelangelo Buonarroti
“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 Buonarroti, I Sonetti Di Michelangelo: The 78 Sonnets of Michelangelo with Verse Translation
“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.”
“The true work of art
is but a shadow of the divine perfection”
Michelangelo Buonarroti
“Critique by creating.”
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“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.”
tags: art
“With few words I shall make thee understand my soul.”
“A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.”
Michelangelo Buonarroti
“I am still learning.”
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“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.”
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“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.”
“Read the heart and not the letter for the pen cannot draw near the good intent.”
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it”
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“Draw, Antonio; draw, Antonio; draw and don’t waste time.”
tags: live
“Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.”
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“Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven.”
“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 Buonarroti, Complete Poems and Selected Letters
tags: night
“Patience is eternal genius”
Michelangelo Buonarroti
“Why do You Send Fools To judge My Work?”
“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.”
“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?”
“I was never the kind of painter or sculptor who kept a shop.”

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