Quotes by Michelangelo

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If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.

Everything hurts.
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 that the garment with which it is clothed?
Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle.
Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.
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.
Genius is eternal patience.
Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand.
I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.
A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.