A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
Actors are like cows. You have to lead them through a fence.
As you give out, so shall you receive.
Beauty depends on purpose. It is in the elements best suited to their purpose or aim that beauty shines forth most strongly.
Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.
Even if you are divine, you don't disdain male consorts.
Even popularity can be overdone. In Rome, along at first, you are full of regrets that Michelangelo died; but by and by you only regret that you didn't see him do it.
Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.
Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.
Genius is eternal patience.
Hollywood is like being nowhere and talking to nobody about nothing.
How fortunate for civilization, that Beethoven, Michelangelo, Galileo and Faraday were not required by law to attend schools where their total personalities would have been operated upon to make them learn acceptable ways of participating as members of 'the group.'
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.
I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.
I have only too much of a wife in this art of mine, who has always kept me in tribulation, and my children shall be the works I leave, which, even if they are naught, will live for a while.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
If God dislikes gays so much, how come he picked Michelangelo, a known homosexual, to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling while assigning Anita Bryant to go on television and push orange juice?
If Michelangelo had been a heterosexual, the Sistine Chapel would have been painted basic white and with a roller.
If Michelangelo had been straight, the Sistine Chapel would have been wallpapered.
If Michelangelo painted in Caesar's Palace, would that make it any less art?
If we now seek the spiritual significance of the technique of Michelangelo we shall find that his sculpture expressed restless energy...
If you knew how much work went into it, you would not call it genius.
In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock.
(spoken by Orson Welles in the film The Third Man).
Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
Michelangelo didn't paint the Sistine Chapel out of some wild whim of artistic vandalism, he did it because he was paid to produce work to spec on theme.
People are always misquoting me.
Perfection is no small thing, but it is made up of small things.
Sculpture is made by taking away, while painting is made by adding.
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.
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.
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.
Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
We are saddled with a culture that hasn't advanced as far as science. Scientific man is already on the moon, and yet we are still living with the moral concepts of Homer.
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?
Your greatness is measured by your horizons.
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