Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.
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.
If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.
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.
Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come.
A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.
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.
Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.
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.
Genius is eternal patience.
I am still learning.
Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven.
I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
I cannot live under pressures from patrons, let alone paint.
The best of artists has no conception that the marble alone does not contain within itself.
I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.
A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
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 true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
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