Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519), more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. 

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The deeper the feeling, the greater the pain.

Learning never exhausts the mind.

A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards for there you have been and there you will long to return.

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Being willing is not enough, we must do.

Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.

Life well spent is long.

Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.

He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes, so with present time.

You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself.

All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.

Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.

The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.

Iron rusts from disuse, water loses its purity from stagnation... even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.

The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things and far below the musician in that of invisible things.

Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.

Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature, because in her inventions nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm and whose conscience approves their conduct will pursue their principles unto death.

He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.

Who sows virtue reaps honor.

It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence, he is just using his memory.

Men of lofty genius, when they are doing the least work, are most active.

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.

He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.

Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.

Our life is made by the death of others.

As every divided kingdom falls so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.

Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?

Where there is shouting there is no true knowledge.

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.

You do ill if you praise but worse if you censure what you do not understand.

Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.

I have wasted my hours.

I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.

Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness.

There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.

Water is the driving force of all nature.

Nature never breaks her own laws.

Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals open your eyes!

Experience does not err. Only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.

Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.

The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.

The smallest feline is a masterpiece.

The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects.

While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.