A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.
A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
Carving is easy, you just go down to the skin and stop.
Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven.
Even if you are divine, you don't disdain male consorts.
Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come.
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.
From such a gentle thing, from such a fountain of all delight, my every pain is born.
Genius is eternal patience.
Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture.
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 am still learning.
I cannot live under pressures from patrons, let alone paint.
I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.
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.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
If in my youth I had realized that the sustaining splendour of beauty of with which I was in love 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.
If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.
March 6, 1475
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