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" A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see 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. "
" It is necessary to keep one's compass in one's eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges. "
" I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. "
" Even if you are divine, you don't disdain male consorts. "
" My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness. "
" There is no greater harm than that of time wasted. "
" Genius is eternal patience. "
" I cannot live under pressures from patrons, let alone paint. "
" If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master. "
" 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. "
" If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all. "
" A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. "
" Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven. "
" Carving is easy, you just go down to the skin and stop. "
" I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all. "
" From such a gentle thing, from such a fountain of all delight, my every pain is born. "
" The best of artists has no conception that the marble alone does not contain within itself. "
" It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand. "
" 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 marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has. "
" 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. "
" Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. "
" Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture. "
" The more the marbles wastes, the more the statue grows. "
" I live and love in God's peculiar light. "
" I live in sin, to kill myself I live; no longer my life my own, but sin's; my good is given to me by heaven, my evil by myself, by my free will, of which I am deprived. "
" 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 than the garment with which it is clothed? "
" I am still learning. "
" What do you despise? By this you are truly known. "
" Faith in oneself is the best and safest course. "