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Type: Artist
Nationality: Italian
Date of Birth: 03/06/1475




 

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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.
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Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish.
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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.
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If in my youth I had realized that the sustaining splendour of beauty of with which I was in love would one day flood back into my heart, there to ignite a flame that would torture me without end, how gladly would I have put out the light in my eyes.
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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.
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The best of artists has no conception that the marble alone does not contain within itself.
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If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master.
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Even if you are divine, you don't disdain male consorts.
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The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.
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If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem wonderful at all.
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I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.
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Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture.
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A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.
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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.
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From such a gentle thing, from such a fountain of all delight, my every pain is born.
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I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
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Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come.
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Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
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I am still learning.
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