Top 10 Michelangelo Quotes

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni(March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564) was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, poet, and architect. He is regarded as one of the greatest artists in history. His most famous masterpieces include The Creation of Adam and the sculpture of David.

Here are Michelangelo’s top ten most inspirational quotes:


I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

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I am still learning.
-Said at age 87.



Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.

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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. 



There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.

St Peters Basilica, Dome, Interior


Perfection is no small thing, but it is made up of small things.



Only God creates. The rest of us just copy.

Creation Of Man, God Finger


If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.

Michelangelo, David, Florence, Sculpture


Your greatness is measured by your horizons.

low light photography of city


Your gifts lie in the place where your values, passions and strengths meet. Discovering that place is the first step toward sculpting your masterpiece, Your Life.


Thank you Michelangelo!

Interesting Michelangelo Facts:

  • He wrote more than 300 poems.
  • He included a self-portrait of himself in The Last Judgement.
  • He was worth 50,000 florins- worth almost $50 million today.
  • He sculpted til his last days, working on the Rondanini Pieta.

What are some of your favorite quotes?


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