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Michelangelo Buonarroti | Drawings | Page 3

  • My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness.
  • 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.
  • The best of artists has no conception that the marble alone does not contain within itself.
  • 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 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 more the marbles wastes, the more the statue grows.