quote by Michelangelo

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

— Michelangelo

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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.

Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful as yet, do as the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful; the sculptor cuts away here, smoothes there, makes this line lighter, this other purer, until he or she has shown a beautiful face upon the statue.

The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed - it is a process of elimination.

The last time I was inside a woman was when I went to the Statue of Liberty.

And you have to remember that I came to America as an immigrant.

You know, on a ship, through the Statue of Liberty. And I saw that skyline, not just as a representation of steel and concrete and glass, but as really the substance of the American Dream.

The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying, 'Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses.' She's got a baseball bat and yelling, 'You want a piece of me?'

You have to accept the fact that sometimes you are the pigeon, and sometimes you are the statue.

No Statue of Liberty ever greeted our arrival in this country.

..we did not, in fact, come to the United States at all. The United States came to us.

Until she met the exploding statue, Annabeth thought she was prepared for anything.

United States: the country where liberty is a statue.

History fades into fable; fact becomes clouded with doubt and controversy; the inscription molders from the tablet: the statue falls from the pedestal. Columns, arches, pyramids, what are they but heaps of sand; and their epitaphs, but characters written in the dust?

If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price. Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic.

I have a bronze statue of myself, naked.

I have these really big curls and water comes out of every curl. It's hot.

Oh! how near are genius and madness! Men imprison them and chain them, or raise statues to them.

It takes courage and intelligence, you know, to do the stages of Yoga right, and to start with this Hatha Yoga… It’s just you and nothing but you, standing in one spot frozen like a statue with no place to go for help or excuse or scapegoat except inward.

Did you know that Mozart had no arms and no legs? I've seen statues of him on people's pianos.

Breaking News: Winds so strong in NYC The Statue of Liberty's gown just blew off!

We have destroyed 80 percent of the statues. There is only small amount left and we will destroy that soon.

I believe that sex is a beautiful thing between two people. Between five, it's fantastic.

One day you're the statue. One day you're the pigeon.

He once begged alms of a statue, and, when asked why he did so, replied, "To get practice in being refused."

Musical compositions, it should be remembered, do not inhabit certain countries, certain museums, like paintings and statues. The Mozart Quintet is not shut up in Salzburg: I have it in my pocket.

Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky.

They are people who say: This is my community, and it is my responsibility to make it better. Interweave all these communities and you really have an America that is back on its feet again. I really think we are gonna have to reassess what constitutes a 'hero'.

Nothing so clearly and inevitably reveals the inner man than movement and gesture. It is quite possible, if one chooses, to conceal and dissimulate behind words or paintings or statues or other forms of human expression, but the moment you move you stand revealed, for good or ill, for what you are.

...It looked very different from the Statue of Liberty, but what did that matter? What was the good of having the statue without the liberty, the freedom to go where one chose if one was held back by one's color? No, I preferred the Eiffel Tower, which made no promises." ~ Josephine Baker, once she had seen the Eiffel Tower

Never stop working on your statue until the divine glory of virtue shines out on you, until you see self-mastery enthroned upon its holy seat.

There's a reason why in New York Harbor we have the Statue of Liberty, not the Statue of Equality.

The Lady with the Lamp, the Statue of Liberty, stands in New York Harbour.

Her back is squarely turned on the USA. It’s no wonder, considering what she would have to look upon. She would weep, if she had to face this way.

Into the statue that breathes, the soul of the sculptor is bidden.

For a man to be a man, did he have to be a soldier, or at least prepare himself for war? For a woman to be a woman, did she have to be a mother, or at least prepare herself to raise children? Soldiers and mothers were the sacrificial couple, honored by statues in the park, lauded for their willingness to give their lives to others.

A marble cutter, with chisel and hammer, was changing a stone into a statue.

A preacher looking on said: "I wish I could deal such changing blows on stony hearts." The workman answered: "Maybe you could, if you worked like me, upon your knees."

Cut away all that is excessive, straighten all that is crooked, bring light to all that is overcast, labour to make all one glow of beauty and never cease chiselling your statue, until there shall shine out on you from it the godlike splendour of virtue, until you shall see the perfect goodness surely established in the stainless shrine.

I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast.

A photograph is analogous to a plaster cast taken from life, which is always inferior to a good statue.

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