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Quotes of the Day for 6 March 2001 – Michelangelo

Michelangelo Buonarroti was born on this day in 1475 at Caprese in the Republico Fiorenza. He considered himself a sculptor, but his patron Pope Julius II made sure we think of him mostly as a painter of walls and ceilings. He was also a poet, and left us with these quotations.

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The quotes:

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 true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.

Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.

Heaven-born, the soul a heavenward course must hold; beyond the world she soars; the wise man, I affirm, can find no rest in that which perishes, nor will he lend his heart to aught that doth on time depend.

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.
     - All today's quotes are from Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1474 - 1564


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