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“I am still learning.”

“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.”

“Genius is eternal patience. ”

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

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

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

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

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

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

“To touch is to give life.”

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

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

“Your greatness is measured by your horizons.”

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

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

“Gazing on beautiful things acts on my soul.”

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

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

“Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“Art lives on constraint and dies of freedom.”

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“No great work of art is ever finished.”

“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.”

“Critique by creating.”

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

“He who follows another will never overtake him.”

“As you give out, so shall you receive.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

“Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come.”

“Let whoever may have attained to so much as to have the power of drawing know that he holds a great treasure.”

“It is not sufficient merely to be a great master in painting and very wise, but I think that it is necessary for the painter to be very moral in his mode of life, or even, if such were possible, a saint, so that the Holy Spirit may inspire his intellect.”

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

“With few words I shall make thee understand my soul.”

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

“The hand that follows intellect can achieve.”

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

“Heaven-born, the soul a heavenward course must hold; beyond the world she soars; the wise man, I affirm, can find no rest in that which perishes, nor will he lend his heart to ought that doth time depend.”

“Even if you are divine, you don’t disdain male consorts.”

“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.”

“Is it any wonder, since, when near the fire, I was melted and burned, if now that it’s extinguished outside me, it besets and consumes me inside, and bit by bit reduces me to ashes”

“No thought is born in me that does not bear the image of death.”

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

“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 art of creation lies in the gift of perceiving the particular and generalizing it, thus creating the particular again. It is therefore a powerful transforming force and a generator of creative solutions in relation to a given problem.”

“I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.”

“I am no artist – please come and help me.”

“The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one’s self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.”

“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.”

“Perchance that I might learn what pity is, That I might laugh at erring men no more.”

“Painters are not in any way unsociable through pride, but either because they find few pursuits equal to painting, or in order not to corrupt themselves with the useless conversation of idle people, and debase the intellect from the lofty imaginations in which they are always absorbed.”

“Nature did all things well.”

“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.”

“There is an angel imprisoned in it and I must set it free.”

“Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.”

“The more the marbles wastes, the more the statue grows.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“In my opinion painting should be considered excellent in proportion as it approaches the effect of relief, while relief should be considered bad in proportion as it approaches the effect of painting.”

“The best of artists hath no thought to show which the rough stone in its superfluous shell doth not include; to break the marble spell is all the hand that serves the brain can do.”

“Painting and sculpture, labour and good faith, have been my ruin and I continually go from bad to worse. Better it would have been for me if I had set myself to making matches in my youth. I should not be in such distress of mind.”

“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.”

“It is therefore indisputable that the limbs of architecture are derived from the limbs of man.”

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

“Serene I fold my hands and wait.”

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

“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.”

“He who does not master the nude cannot understand the principles of architecture.”

“If there is some good in me, it is because I was born in the subtle atmosphere of your country of Arezzo. Along with the milk of my nurse I received the knack of handling chisel and hammer, with which I make my figures.”

“Do not be concerned that you might set a target too high and fail. Be concerned that you will set it too low and succeed.”

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

“I was never the kind of painter or sculptor who kept a shop.”

“Already at sixteen, my mind was a battlefield my love of pagan beauty, the male nude, at war with my religious faith. A polarity of themes and forms one spiritual, the other earthly.”

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

“I serve for the love of God and in Him have all my hope.”

“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...”

“The power of one fair face makes my love sublime, for it has weaned my heart from low desires.”

“If the wine is not good, then throw it out!”

“I live and love in God’s peculiar light.”

“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”

“Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture.”

“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.”

“The goods of Fortune, even such as they really are, still need taste to enjoy them. It is the enjoying no the possessing, that makes us happy.”

“I cannot live under pressures from patrons, let alone paint.”

“From such a gentle thing, from such a fountain of all delight, my every pain is born.”

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