Best 40 Michelangelo Quotes for Inspiration

Do you know how many talents are hidden inside of you?

The first time I read the quote,Every block of stone has a statue inside it …”, I only saw it as something for the artists. Over time, however, this has grown to be one of my favorite Inspirational quotes, simply because it reminds us of how it is up to us to find the jewels in everything around us.


  1. I am still learning – Michelangelo

  2. A man paints with his brain and not with his hands
  3. lies in dreams, in imagination, & in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.
  4. Genius is eternal patience.
  5. Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.  – Michelangelo

  6. Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.
  7. My good is given to me by heaven, my evil by myself, by my free will, of which I am deprived.
  8. If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.
  9. Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come. – Michelangelo

  10. Carving is easy, you just go down to the skin and stop.
  11. There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.
  12. 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 for God and I put all my in Him.
  13. My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth’s loveliness.
  14. Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. – Michelangelo

  15. 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.
  16. Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
  17. The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
  18. I cannot live under pressures from patrons, let alone paint.
  19. The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has. – Michelangelo

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
    4. If in my youth I had realized that the sustaining splendor of beauty of with which I was in 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.
    5. 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.  – Michelangelo

    6. I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. – Michelangelo
    7. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
    8. I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that is stronger than death.
    9. Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
    10. A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it. – Michelangelo

    11. If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master.
    12. 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.
    13. I live and in God’s peculiar light.
    14. Death and are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven.
    15. The best of artists has no conception that the marble alone does not contain within itself.  – Michelangelo

    16. It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand.
    17. The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
    18. My life has been a gift up to this point, and I’ve been blessed beyond my wildest imagination. And wherever this ride takes me is where I’m going.
    19. From such a gentle thing, from such a fountain of all delight, my every pain is born. ” – Michelangelo
    20. Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities. – Michelangelo

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    Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, 6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), known simply as Michelangelo, was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance born in the Republic of Florence, who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art.

    His artistic versatility was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival, the fellow Florentine, Leonardo da Vinci. Several scholars have described Michelangelo as the greatest artist of his age and even as the greatest artist of all time.

    A number of Michelangelo’s works of painting, sculpture and architecture rank among the most famous in existence.

    His output in these fields was prodigious; given the sheer volume of surviving correspondence, sketches and reminiscences, he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century. He sculpted two of his best-known works, the Pietà and David, before the age of thirty.

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