Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
Genius is eternal patience.
Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven.
There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.
My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness.
Carving is easy, you just go down to the skin and stop.
Lord, make me see thy glory in every place.
I cannot live under pressures from patrons, let alone paint.
Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.
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.
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.
The more the marbles wastes, the more the statue grows.
Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
What do you despise? By this you are truly known.
I live and love in God's peculiar light.
Why do you send fools to judge my work?
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?
Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle.
It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand.
If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.
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 man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
The best artist has that thought alone Which is contained within the marble shell; The sculptor's hand can only break the spell To free the figures slumbering in the stone.