Sculpture Quotes

Sculpture Quotes and Proverbs

 As picture teaches the colouring, so sculpture the anatomy of form.

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)


“Authors can write stories without people assuming that they are autobiographies, but songwriters and poets are often considered to be the characters in their works. I like Michelangelo's vision, 'I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” 

Criss JamiSalomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile


"Any working composer or painter or sculptor will tell you that inspiration comes at the eighth hour of labour rather than as a bolt out of the blue. We have to get our vanities and our preconceptions out of the way and do the work in the time allotted."

John Williams

"Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it."Michelangelo

"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."Michelangelo

 "There are two devices which can help the sculptor to judge his work: one is not to see it for a while. The other... is to look at his work through spectacles which will change its color and magnify or diminish it, so as to disguise it somehow to his eye, and make it look as though it were the work of another... "

Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Sculpture is a three-dimensional object with a message... Painting is an object with a three-dimensional message. (Bob Brendle


Scale is very, very important, like the scale of a person is very important. It's to do with the size of our space, the fact they are big sculptures, they are still human scale. (Anthony Caro)


“Your life is a sculpture, every day chip away.” ― J.R. Rim


I should be loving sculpture! But I have not gone deeply into sculpture. Instead, having been utterly insensitive to sculpture, I fill the time that might have been usefully devoted to sculpture with things like drinking and staring into space.” ― Zadie Smith