I created a vision of David in my mind and simply carved away everything that was not David.
I feast on wine and bread, and feasts they are.
Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come.
The problem human beings face is not that we aim too high and fail, but that we aim too low and succeed.
The great tragedy of life is not that people set their sights too high and fail to achieve their goals but that they set their sights too low and do.
Love lent me wings; my path was like a stair;
A lamp unto my feet, that sun was given;
And death was safety and great joy to find;
But dying now, I shall not climb to Heaven.
The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.
I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
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 goods of Fortune, even such as they really are, still need taste to enjoy them. It is the enjoying no the possessing, that makes us happy.
Souls will never ascend to Heaven until the sight of beauty lifts them there.
The more the marbles wastes, the more the statue grows.
Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
A good artist ought never to allow impatience to overcome his sense of the main end of art -- perfection.
Love is a beautiful image Imagined or seen within the heart, The friend of virtue and gentility.
Gazing on beautiful things acts on my soul.
I'm still learning.
With few words I shall make thee understand my soul.
In my opinion painting should be considered excellent in proportion as it approaches the effect of relief, while relief should be considered bad in proportion as it approaches the effect of painting.
No great work of art is ever finished.
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.
I live in sin, to kill myself I live; no longer my life my own, but sin's; my good is given to me by heaven, my evil by myself, by my free will, of which I am deprived.
A great sculpture can roll down a hill without breaking.
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 begin to understand the promises of this world are for the most part, vain phantoms; and that to confide in one's self and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.
Draw, Antonio; draw, Antonio; draw and don't waste time.
The power of one fair face makes my love sublime, for it has weaned my heart from low desires.
Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.
If the wine is not good, then throw it out!
Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all.
A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
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.
The best of artists has no conception that the marble alone does not contain within itself.
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.
However rich I may have been, I have always lived like a poor man.
Do you know that women who are chaste remain much fresher than those who are not?
Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.
Perfection is no small thing, but it is made up of small things.
Let whoever may have attained to so much as to have the power of drawing know that he holds a great treasure.
I was never the kind of painter or sculptor who kept a shop.
The idea is there locked inside. All you have to do is remove the excess stone.
Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven.
If I love in thee, beloved, only what thou lovest most, do not be angry; for so one spirit is enamoured of another.
I cannot live under pressures from patrons, let alone paint.
Serene I fold my hands and wait.
My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness.
From such a gentle thing, from such a fountain of all delight, my every pain is born.
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.
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.
An artist does his most difficult work when he steps back from the blank canvas and thinks about what he is going to create.
How wrong are those simpletons, of whom the world is full, who look more at... color than at the figures which show spirit and movement.
I criticise by creation, not by finding fault.
Already at sixteen, my mind was a battlefield: my love of pagan beauty, the male nude, at war with my religious faith. A polarity of themes and forms: one spiritual, the other earthly.
A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.
I am always learning.
There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.