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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Michelangelo on Italian, marble, divine, perfection, work, statue, free, carved, learning, wisdom, art, desire, inspirational.

38 Mind-Blowing Quotes By Michelangelo For The Carver In You

Quick Facts

Famous As
Sculptor

Born On
March 6, 1475

Died On

Born In
Caprese Michelangelo

Founder / Co Founder
Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze

Died At Age

Michelangelo was a celebrated Italian architect, sculptor, poet of High Renaissance and painter. Born in the Republic of Florence, Michelangelo did his utmost to leave an unequalled impact on the Western art. He is considered as one of the greatest artists of all time. He was never inclined towards schooling and concentrated more on painting. His best-known works include ‘The Pieta’ and ‘David’. He is also considered as a contender for the title of ‘The Archetypal Renaissance Man’ due to his versatility in his chosen field. Here is a compilation of thoughts, quotes and sayings by Michelangelo which have been curated from his works and life. We bring to you the famous quotes and sayings by Michelangelo which he expressed through his paintings, sculptures and works.

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

- Michelangelo

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

- Michelangelo

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.

- Michelangelo

Even if you are divine, you don't disdain male consorts.

- Michelangelo

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

- Michelangelo

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

- Michelangelo

It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand.

- Michelangelo

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

- Michelangelo

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

- Michelangelo

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

- Michelangelo

The greatest artist has no conception which a single block of white marble does not potentially contain within its mass, but only a hand obedient to the mind can penetrate to this image.

- 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

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.

- Michelangelo

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

- Michelangelo

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

- Michelangelo

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

- Michelangelo

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.

- Michelangelo

Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture.

- Michelangelo

What do you despise? By this you are truly known.

- Michelangelo

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?

- Michelangelo

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.

- Michelangelo

I live and love in God's peculiar light.

- Michelangelo

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

- Michelangelo

Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.

- Michelangelo

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.

- Michelangelo

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.

- Michelangelo

Genius is eternal patience.

- Michelangelo

There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.

- Michelangelo

I am still learning.

- Michelangelo

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

- Michelangelo

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

- Michelangelo

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

- Michelangelo

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

- Michelangelo

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

- 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

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

- Michelangelo

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

- Michelangelo

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.

- Michelangelo