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Quotes of the day: Michelangelo
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Published Thursday, March 05, 2015 @ 10:23 PM EST
Mar 05 2015

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (March 6, 1475 - February 18, 1564), commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Considered the greatest living artist in his lifetime, he has since been held as one of the greatest artists of all time. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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

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

Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.

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

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

Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.

Genius is eternal patience.

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.

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

I have only too much of a wife in this art of mine, who has always kept me in tribulation, and my children shall be the works I leave, which, even if they are naught, will live for a while.

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

If you knew how much work went into it, you would not call it genius.

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

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.

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.

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

There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.

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 that the garment with which it is clothed?

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If Michelangelo had been a heterosexual, the Sistine Chapel would have been painted basic white and with a roller.
-Rita Mae Brown

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(March 6 is also the birthday of Ring Lardner and Gabriel Garcia Márquez.)


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