Leonardo Da Vinci Quotes

Leonardo Da Vinci

Italian engineer, painter, & sculptor (1452 - 1519)

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

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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.

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

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

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Whoever in discussion adduces authority uses not intellect but memory.

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Intellectual passion dries out sensuality.

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

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Iron rusts from disue; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.

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Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.

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

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When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.

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

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Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.

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

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Those who become enamored of practices without science are like sailors who go aboard ship without a rudder and compass, for they are never certain where they will land.

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

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Experience does not ever err. It is only your judgment that errs in promising itself results which are not caused by your experiments.

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It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.

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Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.

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Supreme happiness will be the greatest cause of misery, and the perfection of wisdom the occassion of folly.

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Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.

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