Top 40 Renaissance Quotes

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Are you looking for Renaissance Quotes? Explore our article for the top and best Renaissance quotes. In Europe, the Renaissance symbolizes the transition from the Middle Ages to modern history. Artists aimed at portraying the world as authentically as possible between the 14th and 17th centuries, while also incorporating balance and harmony.

Increased individualism, political stability, and economic progress were all signs of society’s evolution. In Florence, the hub of the Italian Renaissance, art benefactors such as the Medici family financed artists.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your own artistic endeavors or want to learn more about the lives of famous personalities in Western art history, these renaissance quotes about creativity will help. Note that some of the artists listed below were involved in multiple movements, but were grouped together by the era that best describes their work. Kindly read through the compilation below, to find a few wise renaissance quotes that speak to you.

The Best Renaissance Quotes

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Renaissance Quotes
  1. I went to a restaurant that serves ‘breakfast at any time’. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.  – Steven Wright
  2. In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.  – Graham Greene
  3. Every renaissance comes to the world with a cry, the cry of the human spirit to be free.  – Anne Sullivan
  4. Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.  – E. O. Wilson
  5. The story of Christian reformation, revival, and renaissance underscores that the darkest hour is often just before the dawn, so we should always be people of hope and prayer, not gloom and defeatism. God the Holy Spirit can turn the situation around in five minutes.  – Os Guinness
  6. The Renaissance took place in chaos and plague. – Shiva Ayyadurai
  7. What I’m suggesting to you is that this could be a renaissance. We may be on the cusp of a future which could provide a tremendous leap forward for humanity.  – Jeremy Rifkin
  8. Rapunzel is a bit more relatable than the other princesses, especially because she doesn’t even know that she’s a princess until the very end of the movie. I like to think of her as the bohemian Disney princess. She’s barefoot and living in a tower. She paints and reads… She’s a Renaissance woman.  – Mandy Moore
  9. The Great Migration changed American history not just for the migrants but for all of us. It made possible American cultural milestones like the Harlem Renaissance, Chicago blues, and Motown, just to name a few.  – William Barr
  10. Renaissance always comes out of depression.  – Gutzon Borglum
  11. I could never really imagine myself doing one thing, and I’m pretty sure that I’ll end up doing four or five different things. I want to be a Renaissance woman. I want to paint, and I want to write, and I want to act, and I want to just do everything.  – Emma Watson
  12. Obviously, I carved out a pretty successful path and career for myself. But I’m kind of fascinated with, for lack of a better term, Renaissance men. And women. People who do a lot of different things.  – CM Punk
  13. We are going to see a burst of creativity that will make the Renaissance pale in comparison.  – Marilyn Ferguson
  14. In essence the Renaissance was simply the green end of one of civilization’s hardest winters.  – John Fowles
  15. The term ‘renaissance man’ is always bandied about. I don’t think that applies to me. You think about Leonardo da Vinci, and he was a painter and a physicist and an architect, and that is a true renaissance man.  – Moby
  16. Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.  – Horace
  17. The alternative to the corporate media is a renaissance of citizen journalism emerging around world – exploring the different avenues that do exist, like podcasts, to tell whatever story you want to tell.  – Abby Martin
  18. I went into Harvard one way and came out a different person… It’s the air at Harvard; it’s like a Renaissance court.  – Erich Segal
  19. Under the auspices of peace, our comprehensive renaissance will be built, and it will be a model for those who wish to emulate it in the greater Arab homeland.  – Hussein of Jordan
  20. Until the June 1967 war I was completely caught up in the life of a young professor of English. Beginning in 1968, I started to think, write, and travel as someone who felt himself to be directly involved in the renaissance of Palestinian life and politics.  – Edward Said
  21. I believe that, if managed well, the Fourth Industrial Revolution can bring a new cultural renaissance, which will make us feel part of something much larger than ourselves: a true global civilization. I believe the changes that will sweep through society can provide a more inclusive, sustainable and harmonious society. But it will not come easily.  – Klaus Schwab
  22. If I could have picked an era to have lived, I think I would’ve loved to have been one of Louis XIV’s mistresses. They were so fantastic and aristocratic, and they had so much power. And he was such a renaissance man. I think I would’ve fit into that nicely.  – Katie McGrath
  23. Emeril is a one-in-a-million Renaissance man. In 2002, he established his foundation to support children’s educational programs to inspire and mentor young people through culinary arts, school food and nutrition.  – Robin Leach
  24. I always wanted to be a renaissance woman, do as many things as I possibly can and hopefully do them well or don’t do them at all.  – Jill Scott
  25. I did not know how to paint a mural. I did not know how to prepare the surface. There was nobody from the Renaissance around who could advise me, and I did the best I could.  – Maurice Sendak
  26. The mind of the Renaissance was not a pilgrim mind, but a sedentary city mind, like that of the ancients.  – George Santayana
  27. Marxism is like a classical building that followed the Renaissance; beautiful in its way, but incapable of growth.  – Harold MacMillan
  28. English has been this vacuum cleaner of a language, because of its history meeting up with the Romans and then the Danes, the Vikings and then the French and then the Renaissance with all the Latin and Greek and Hebrew in the background.  – David Crystal
  29. Shakespeare is, essentially, the emanation of the Renaissance. The overflow of his fame on the Continent in later years was but the sequel of the flood of the Renaissance in Western Europe. He was the child of that great movement, and marks its height as it penetrated the North with civilization.  – George Edward Woodberry
  30. It’d be nice to be what they call a Renaissance man.  – George Takei
  31. For a long time, Nella Larsen was the mystery woman of the Harlem Renaissance. In the late 1920s, she published two sophisticated novels, ‘Quicksand’ and ‘Passing,’ and then her writing life came to an end. She died in obscurity in 1964.  – Darryl Pinckney
  32. New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements… the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture.  – Jackson Pollock
  33. I want to be a Renaissance woman. I want to paint, and I want to write, and I want to act, and I want to just do everything.  – Emma Watson
  34. I’m a child of the Disney Renaissance, so the new classics are near and dear. I suppose this is a legend more than a fairy tale, but ‘Mulan’ is easily my favorite. Not only is it a fun, action-packed, beautiful movie, but it’s so important for young girls to have.  – Victoria Aveyard
  35. From 1940 to the present, the art world – and particularly Los Angeles – has undergone a transformation not unlike the Italian Renaissance.  – Jeffrey Deitch
  36. We may affirm, then, that the main drift of the later Renaissance was away from a humanism that favored a free expansion toward a humanism that was in the highest degree disciplinary and selective.  – Irving Babbitt
  37. Put yourself in the position of an up-and-coming artist living in early-sixteenth-century Italy. Now imagine trying to distinguish yourself from the other artists living in your town: Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, or Titian. Is it any wonder that the Italian High Renaissance lasted only 30 years?  – Jerry Saltz
  38. No account of the Renaissance can be complete without some notice of the attempt made by certain Italian scholars of the fifteenth century to reconcile Christianity with the religion of ancient Greece.  – Walter Pater
  39. Television preachers extract money from the poor to live in a style and to indulge in shameful acts which equal or outdo the worst of the Renaissance Popes.  – J. Irwin Miller
  40. Because my master was this renaissance man, I wasn’t just learning a fighting style, I was learning how kung fu permeates all aspects of life, from eating to healthy living to mental state.  – Daniel Wu
  41. When I was 17, I worked in a mentoring program in Harlem designed to improve the community. That’s when I first gained an appreciation of the Harlem Renaissance, a time when African-Americans rose to prominence in American culture. For the first time, they were taken seriously as artists, musicians, writers, athletes, and as political thinkers.  – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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