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.

โ€” Michelangelo

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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.


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.


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 quote Genius is eternal patience.

Genius is eternal patience.


If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.


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


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

Michelangelo quote I am still learning.

I am still learning.


In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.


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


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


So take care of your life and take notice and be observant, for the number of widows is always far greater than the number of widowers.


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?


Gazing on beautiful things acts on my soul.


About Michelangelo

Quotes 141 sayings
Nationality Italian
Profession Sculptor
Birthday March 6, 1475

No great work of art is ever finished.


Sculpture is made by taking away, while painting is made by adding.


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


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


There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.


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


Do you know that women who are chaste remain much fresher than those who are not?


Draw, Antonio; draw, Antonio; draw and donโ€™t waste time.


An artist does his most difficult work when he steps back from the blank canvas and thinks about what he is going to create.


Love is a beautiful image Imagined or seen within the heart, The friend of virtue and gentility.


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.


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.


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


The best of artists has no conception that the marble alone does not contain within itself.


A good artist ought never to allow impatience to overcome his sense of the main end of art - perfection


Let it be enough for you to have bread and live virtuously and poorly like Christ, as I do here. I live meanly and don't bother about life or honor ... and I live with the greatest toil and a thousand worries. It is now about 15 years since I had a happy hour.


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.


What one has most to work and struggle for in painting is to do the work with a great amount of labour and sweat in such a way that it may afterward appear, however much it was laboured upon, to have been done almost quickly and almost without any labour, and very easily, although it was not.


If it be true that any beautiful thing raises the pure and just desire of man from earth to God, the eternal fount of all, such I believe my love.


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


If in my youth I had realized that the sustaining splendour of beauty of with which I was in love would one day flood back into my heart, there to ignite a flame that would torture me without end, how gladly would I have put out the light in my eyes.


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.


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


I live in sin, to kill myself I live;

no longer my life my own, but sin's; my good is given to me by heaven, my evil by myself, by my free will, of which I am deprived.


How wrong are those simpletons, of whom the world is full, who look more at.

.. color than at the figures which show spirit and movement.


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.


The best artist has that thought alone Which is contained within the marble shell; The sculptor's hand can only break the spell To free the figures slumbering in the stone.


Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.


However rich I may have been, I have always lived like a poor man.


True art is made noble and religious by the mind producing it.


It is better decoration when, in painting, some monstrosity is introduced for variety and a relaxation of the senses and to attract the attention of mortal eyes, which at times desire to see that which they have never seen.


I live and love in God's peculiar light.


The hand that follows intellect can achieve.


Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.


I feast on wine and bread, and feasts they are.


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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.