“In Western terms, it's like knowing only modern art and then stumbling on a Michelangelo or a Leonardo.”
“Guido the plumber and Michelangelo obtained their marble from the same quarry, but what each saw in the marble made the difference between a nobleman's sink and a brilliant sculpture.”
“Never retire. Michelangelo was carving the Rondanini just before he died at eighty-nine. Verdi finished his opera Falstaff at eighty.”
“Michelangelo drew as a way of thinking. It's an incredibly rare and powerful drawing.”
“What we admire about Michelangelo, ... is that he was so devoted to something.”
“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 that the garment with which it is clothed?”
“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.”
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