Renaissance Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old renaissance quotes, renaissance sayings, and renaissance proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The renaissance of Christian philosophy has been accompanied by a resurgence of interest in natural theology, that branch of theology that seeks to prove God's existence apart from divine revelation.     

William Lane Craig

Every renaissance comes to the world with a cry, the cry of the human spirit to be free.     

Anne Sullivan

Not much was really invented during the Renaissance, if you don't count modern civilization.     

P. J. O'Rourke

The Renaissance of the fifteenth century was, in many things, great rather by what it designed then by what it achieved.     

Walter Pater

During the Renaissance, women were not allowed to attend art school. Everyone asks, where are the great women painters of the Renaissance?     

Karen DeCrow

We've been taught that the renaissance was one of the great golden ages of civilisation. The renaissance was not a golden age, it was the end of a golden age.     

Douglas Rushkoff

We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.     

E. Merrill Root

Every era of renaissance has come out of new freedoms for peoples. The coming renaissance will be greater than any in human history, for this time all the peoples of the earth will share in it.     

Pearl S. Buck

Unless there is a spiritual renaissance, the world will know no peace.     

Dag Hammarskjold

The Renaissance was a time of mercenary soldiers, ours is a time of mercenary labor.     

Eric Hoffer

In essence the Renaissance was simply the green end of one of civilization's hardest winters.     

John Fowles

To implement a true urban renaissance, you first need a Grand Design elaborated by strong leadership     

Minoru Mori

Exploration belongs to the Renaissance, travel to the bourgeois age, tourism to our proletarian moment.     

Paul Fussell

The mind of the Renaissance was not a pilgrim mind, but a sedentary city mind, like that of the ancients.     

George Santayana

It is precisely the despair of our times that convinces me that a renaissance is right around the corner.     

Matthew Fox

Since the Renaissance, people have had to get used to living their life on a random planet in the vast galaxy.     

Jostein Gaarder

The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects, with their creations recorded as great historical events.     

Arthur Erickson

The hallmark of the Renaissance was its holistic quality as all fields of art, engineering, science and culture shared the same exciting spirit and many of the same intellectual principles.     

Joel Garreau

The Renaissance of Europe did not take place in the 15th century. Rather it began when Europe learned from the culture of the Arabs. The cradle of European awakening is not Italy. It is the Muslim Spain.     

Robert Briffault

Renaissance or the reawakening of Europe. And this reawakening actually involved an era during which the people of Europe, who were coming out of the Dark Ages, were then adopting the value system of the people in the East, in the, of the oriental society.     

Malcolm X

The true Renaissance person is endowed with panoramic attention.... The habit of noticing the ensemble of everything and its constituent parts is a matter of will, not of innate aptitude. It involves the conscious noticing of things and the gaps that separate and connect them.     

Christy Wampole

The Renaissance had resulted in the emancipation of the individual, in making him feel that the universe had no other purpose than his happiness. This brought an entirely new answer to the question, 'Why should I do this or that?' It used to be, 'Because self-instituted authority command you.' The answer now was, 'Because it is good for men.' In this lies our greatest debt to the Renaissance, that it instituted the welfare of men as the end of all action.     

Bernard Berenson

It's a Renaissance, or put more simply, some you win, some you lose.     

Des Lynam

We live in a time of renaissance ... cities are coming back to life, after a long neglect.     

Daniel Libeskind