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Michelangelo on Michelangelo

"When I told my father that I wished to be an artist, he flew into a rage, saying that 'artists are laborers, no better than shoemakers.'"

I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.

If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.

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 feast on wine and bread, and feasts they are."

"I already have a wife who is too much for me; she is my art, and my works are my children."

However rich I may have been, I have always lived like a poor man.

Some painter or other had produced a picture in which the best thing was an ox. Michelangelo was asked why the artist had painted the ox more convincingly than the rest, and he replied: 'Every painter does a good self-portrait'.

"The vanities of life have taken from meThe time to contemplate God."

“After four tortured years, more than 400 over life-sized figures, I felt as old and as weary as Jeremiah. I was only 37, yet friends did not recognize the old man I had become.”

"Ancora Imparo", which translated means "Yet I am still learning"

Statement to biographer Vasari: "If there is some good in me, it is because I was born in the subtle atmosphere of your country of Arezzo. Along with the milk of my nurse I received the knack of handling chisel and hammer, with which I make my figures."

The power of one fair face makes my love sublime, for it has weaned my heart from low desires.