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.
Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I 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.
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.
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.
The best of artists has no conception that the marble alone does not contain within itself.
If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master.
Even if you are divine, you don't disdain male consorts.
The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.
If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem wonderful at all.
I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.
Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture.
A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.
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.
From such a gentle thing, from such a fountain of all delight, my every pain is born.
I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come.
Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
I am still learning.