Top Ten Best Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni Quotes, Poems, & Written Works

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (commonly Michelangelo, was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, & engineer during the High Renaissance who influenced the development of Western art.

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1 As when, O lady mine! With chiselled touch The stone unhewn and cold Becomes a living mould. The more the marble wastes, The more the statue grows.
2 If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.
3 Yet I am learning.
4 If you knew how much work went into it, you would not call it genius.
5 The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
6 Translation: That fount of mercy, whence we all exist, Every beauty seen here [on earth] resembles, More than anything else to knowing persons
7 As it is, I can only offer you my future, which is short, for I am too old..That is all I have to say. Read my heart for "the quill cannot express good will."
8 Your lordship,only worldly light in this age of ours,you can never be pleased with another man's work for there is no man who resembles you,nor one to equal you..It grieves me greatly that I cannot recapture my past,so as to longer be at your service.
9 Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.
10 I was never the kind of painter or sculptor who kept a shop.
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