66+ Best Michelangelo Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance, who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Inspirational Michelangelo quotes will show you his opinions on art, sculpture, learning, and life.

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Most Famous Michelangelo Quotes

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

Genius is eternal patience. Michelangelo

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death. Michelangelo

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

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. 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

My life has been a gift up to this point, and I’ve been blessed beyond my wildest imagination. And wherever this ride takes me is where I’m going. Michelangelo

Dear to me is sleep still more, being made of stone, while pain and guilt still linger here below, blindness and numbness these please me alone; Then do not wake me, keep your voices low. Michelangelo

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

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

The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. Michelangelo

As you give out so shall you receive. Michelangelo

There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder. Michelangelo

Critique by creating. Michelangelo

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

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

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

They say that those who do good to the good make them better, and to the bad, make them worse. 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

Self negation is noble, self culture is beneficent, self possession is manly, but to the truly great and inspiring soul they are poor and tame compared to self abuse. Michelangelo

Beauty is the purgation of superfluities. Michelangelo

Where I lack words I shall supply with deeds. Michelangelo

Critique by creating. Michelangelo

The noble heart finds most in starlike eyes. Michelangelo

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

The best artist has that thought alone which is contained within the marble shell; only the sculptor’s hand can break the spell to free the figures. Michelangelo

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

Do not suffer, for God has not made us to abandon us. Michelangelo

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

Attend to living, and let property go sooner than suffer discomforts, for I would rather have you alive and poor, because if you were dead, I wouldn’t care for all the gold in the world, and if those chirping crickets there in Florence or anyone else reproves you, let them talk, for they are ignorant men and without love. Michelangelo

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

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

Faith in oneself is the best and safest course. Michaelangelo

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

For those who feel it, nothing makes the soul so religious and pure as the endeavor to create something perfect. For God is perfection, and whoever strives after it, is striving after something divine. Michaelangelo

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

My good is given to me by heaven, my evil by myself, by my free will, of which I am deprived. Michelangelo

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

Gazing on beautiful things acts on my soul. Michelangelo

Attend to living; and if you can’t have the honors of the country as the other citizens do, let it suffice you to have bread and live virtuously in Christ and poorly. Michelangelo

Genius is eternal patience. Michaelangelo

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

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

Take care of yourself, and watch out for those you have to watch out for, for one does not die more than once, and nobody returns to put right the things done wrong. 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. Michaelangelo

I believe there are many poor and noble families in Florence with whom it would be a charity to become allied, even if there were no dowry, because there would also be no pride. Michelangelo

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

Why do you send fools to judge my work? Michelangelo

I live and love in God’s peculiar light. Michaelangelo

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

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

With few words I shall make thee understand my soul. Michelangelo

If in my youth I had realized that the sustaining splendor 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. Michaelangelo

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

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

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

It is necessary to keep ones compass in ones eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges.Michelangelo

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. Michelangelo

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. 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. Michaelangelo

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

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

Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle. Michelangeloa

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