I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.
I couldn't give you something mediocre even if that's all you asked for.
I cannot live under pressures from patrons, let alone paint.
I am still learning.
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.
Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture.
Genius is eternal patience.
From such a gentle thing, from such a fountain of all delight, my every pain is born.
Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.
Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.
Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come.
Even if you are divine, you don't disdain male consorts.
Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven.
Carving is easy, you just go down to the skin and stop.
Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.
A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.