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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Michael Angelo
 
        Love lent me wings; my path was like a stair;
A lamp unto my feet, that sun was given;
And death was safety and great joy to find;
But dying now, I shall not climb to Heaven.
  1
        The stone unhewn and cold
Becomes a living mould,
The more the marble wastes
The more the statue grows.
  2
  Art is a jealous thing; it requires the whole and entire man.  3
  Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.  4
  Death and love are the two wings which bear man from earth to heaven.  5
  I carry my satchel still.  6
  I criticise by creation, not by finding fault.  7
  If life be a pleasure, yet, since death also is sent by the hand of the same Master, neither should that displease us.  8
  The hand that follows intellect can achieve.  9
  The more the marble wastes, the more the statue grows.  10
  The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.  11
  Trifles make perfection; but perfection is no trifle.  12
 
 
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