Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564) was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Considered to be the greatest living artist during his lifetime, he has since been described as one of the greatest artists of all time.

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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.

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

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

Genius is eternal patience.

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

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

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

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

I live and love in God's peculiar light.

I cannot live under pressures from patrons let alone paint.

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

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.

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.

I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.

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

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

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.

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

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?

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

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