A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
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.
I feast on wine and bread, and feasts they are.
However rich I may have been, I have always lived like a poor man.
I cannot live under pressures from patrons, let alone paint.
Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.
I am still learning.
What Raphael knew of art he learned from me.
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
I already have a wife who is too much for me; she is my art, and my works are my children.
Do you know that women who are chaste remain much fresher than those who are not?
If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.
Trifles go to make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.