March 6, 1475 - February 18, 1564

61 Greatest Quotes By Michelangelo

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. Michelangelo
I already have a wife who is too much for me.. she is my art, and my works are my children. Michelangelo
My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness. Michelangelo
Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle. Michelangelo
Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture. Michelangelo
Even if you are divine, you don't disdain male consorts. Michelangelo
No great work of art is ever finished. Michelangelo
Do you know that women who are chaste remain much fresher than those who are not? Michelangelo
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. Michelangelo
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. Michelangelo
I am still learning. (at age 87). Michelangelo
Love is a beautiful image Imagined or seen within the heart, The friend of virtue and gentility. Michelangelo
I serve for the love of God and in Him have all my hope. Michelangelo
Sculpture is made by taking away, while painting is made by adding. Michelangelo
A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it. Michelangelo
Perfection is no small thing, but it is made up of small things. Michelangelo
Lord free me of myself, so I can please you! Michelangelo
Art is a jealous thing; it requires the whole and entire man. Michelangelo
Faith in oneself is the best and safest course. Michelangelo
Only God creates. The rest of us just copy. 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
Beauty is the purgation of superfluities. 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
I couldn't give you something mediocre even if that's all you asked for. Michelangelo
The idea is there locked inside. All you have to do is remove the excess stone. 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
True art is made noble and religious by the mind producing it. Michelangelo
Lord, make me see thy glory in every place. Michelangelo
Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven. Michelangelo
Art is the gift of God, and must be used unto His glory. That in art is highest which aims at this. Michelangelo
Carving is easy, you just go down to the skin and stop. Michelangelo
The hand that follows intellect can achieve. Michelangelo
The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has. Michelangelo
I created a vision of David in my mind and simply carved away everything that was not David. Michelangelo
He who follows another will never overtake him. Michelangelo
I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all. Michelangelo
Art lives on constraint and dies of freedom. Michelangelo
What do you despise? By this you are truly known. Michelangelo
He who does not master the nude cannot understand the principles of architecture. Michelangelo
I cannot live under pressures from patrons, let alone paint. Michelangelo
An artist does his most difficult work when he steps back from the blank canvas and thinks about what he is going to create. Michelangelo
Draw, Antonio; draw, Antonio; draw and don’t waste time. Michelangelo
The best of artists has no conception that the marble alone does not contain within itself. Michelangelo
Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish. Michelangelo
I live and love in God's peculiar light. Michelangelo
Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. 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
If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all. Michelangelo
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. Michelangelo
Do not fret, for God did not create us to abandon us. Michelangelo
Beauty depends on purpose. It is in the elements best suited to their purpose or aim that beauty shines forth most strongly. Michelangelo
From such a gentle thing, from such a fountain of all delight, my every pain is born. Michelangelo
Your greatness is measured by your horizons. Michelangelo