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MICHELANGELO (MICHELANGELO BUONARROTTI)
Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet
(1475 - 1564)

Art is a jealous thing; it requires the whole and entire man.
      - [Art]

Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.
      - [Beauty]

Death and love are the two wings which bear man from earth to heaven.
      - [Death]

I carry my satchel still.
      - [Education]

I criticise by creation, not by finding fault.
      - [Critics]

I saw the angel in the marble and I just chiselled until I set him free.
      - [Art]

If life be a pleasure, yet, since death also is sent by the hand of the same Master, neither should that displease us.
      - [Death]

The more the marble wastes, the more the statue grows.
      - [Diligence]

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
      - [Art]

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
      - [Perfection]

The stone unhewn and cold
  Becomes a living mould,
    The more the marble wastes
      The more the statue grows.
      - Sonnet, (Mrs. Henry Roscoe's translation)
        [Sculpture]

Love lent me wings; my path was like a stair;
  A lamp unto my feet, that sun was given;
    And death was safety and great joy to find;
      But dying now, I shall not climb to Heaven.
      - Sonnet LXIII--After Sunset [Heaven]

The hand that follows intellect can achieve.
      - The Artist, (Longfellow's translation)
        [Intellect]


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