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The more the marbles wastes, the more the statue grows.
The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.
The greatest artist has no conception which a single block of white marble does not potentially contain within its mass, but only a hand obedient to the mind can penetrate to this image.
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.
The best of artists has no conception that the marble alone does not contain within itself.
The best artist has that thought alone Which is contained within the marble shell; The sculptor's hand can only break the spell To free the figures slumbering in the stone.
My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness.
Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand.
It is necessary to keep one's compass in one's eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges.
If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master.
If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.
If in my youth I had realized that the sustaining splendour of beauty of with which I was in love would one day flood back into my heart, there to ignite a flame that would torture me without end, how gladly would I have put out the light in my eyes.
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