Leonardo da Vinci

Born: April 15, 1452

Die: May 2, 1519

Occupation: Painter

Quotes of Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

life without love, is no life at all

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He who does not oppose evil......commands it to be done.

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He who thinks little errs much…

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Man has much power of discourse which for the most part is vain and false; animals have but little, but it is useful and true, and a small truth is better than a great lie.

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Every obstacle yields to stern resolve.

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The art of procreation and the members employed therein are so repulsive, that if it were not for the beauty of the faces and the adornments of the actors and the pent-up impulse, nature would lose the...

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It is an acknowledged fact that we perceive errors in the work of others more readily than in our own.

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We must doubt the certainty of everything which passes through the senses, but how much more ought we to doubt things contrary to the senses, such as the existence of God and the soul.

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O painter skilled in anatomy, beware lest the undue prominence of the bones, sinews and muscles cause you to become a wooden painter from the desire to make your nude figures reveal all.

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When you draw a nude, sketch the whole figure and nicely fit the members to it and to each other. Even though you may only finish one portion of the drawing, just make certain that all the parts hang together,...

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Men of genius sometimes accomplish most when they work least, for they are thinking out inventions.

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Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.

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The knowledge of all things is possible

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It is ordained that to the ambitious, who derive no satisfaction from the gifts of life and the beauty of the world, life shall be a cause of suffering, and they shall possess neither the profit nor the...

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Many have made a trade of delusions and false miracles, deceiving the stupid multitudes.

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average human “looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odour or fragrance, and talks...

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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...

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O time! swift devourer of all created things!

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Men wrongly lament the flight of time, blaming it for being too swift; they do not perceive that its passage is sufficiently long, but a good memory, which nature has given to us, causes things long past...

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Truth was the only daughter of Time.

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O Time! consumer of all things; O envious age! thou dost destroy all things and devour all things with the relentless teeth of years, little by little in a slow death. Helen, when she looked in her mirror,...

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We are deceived by promises and time disappoints us...

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O time, swift robber of all created things, how many kings, how many nations hast thou undone, and how many changes of states and of various events have happened since the wondrous forms of this fish perished...

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I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand. Why shells existed on the tops of mountains. How the various circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by...

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I am still hopeful. A falcon, Time. But the coincidence is probably accidental.

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He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss.

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Experience never misleads; what you are misled by is only your judgment, and this misleads you by anticipating results from experience of a kind that is not produced by your experiments.

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Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses- especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.

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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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Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.

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How painting surpasses all human works by reason of the subtle possibilities which it contains.

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Whoever in debate quotes authority uses not intellect, but memory.

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Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.

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Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first understood.

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Let proportion be found not only in numbers and measures, but also in sounds, weights, times, and positions, and what ever force there is.

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One's thoughts turn towards Hope.

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All objects transmit their image to the eye in pyramids and the nearer to the eye these pyramids are intersected the smaller will the image appear of the objects which cause them.

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If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness of his conduct and if you...

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The color of the object illuminated partakes of the color of that which illuminates it.

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Good culture is born of a good disposition; and since the cause is more to be praised than the effect, I will rather praise a good disposition without culture, than good culture without the disposition.

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The earth is moved from its position by the weight of a tiny bird resting upon it.

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Oysters open completely when the moon is full; and when the crab sees one it throws a piece of stone or seaweed into it and the oyster cannot close again so that it serves the crab for meat. Such is the...

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Those who are enamoured of practice without science are like a pilot who goes into a ship without rudder or compass and never has any certainty of where he is going. Practice should always be based upon...

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The Medici made me and the Medici destroyed me.

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Just as eating against one's will is injurious to health, so studying without a liking for it spoils the memory, and it retains nothing it takes in.

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Nothing is more apt to deceive us than our own judgment of our work. We derive more benefit from having our faults pointed out by our enemies than from hearing the opinions of friends.

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Love shows itself more in adversitythan in prosperity; as light does, which shines most where the place isdarkest.

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Love, Fear, and Esteem, - Write these on three stones.

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The lover is moved by the beloved object as the senses are by sensual objects; and they unite and become one and the same thing. The work is the first thing born of this union; if the thing loved is base...

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When that which loves is united to the thing beloved it can rest there; when the burden is laid down it finds rest there. There will be eternal fame also for the inhabitants of that town, constructed and...

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Truth was always but the daughter of time.

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O Lord, thou givest us everything, at the price of an effort.

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This work should commence with the conception of man, and should describe the nature of the womb, and how the child inhabits it, and in what stage it dwells there, and the manner of its quickening and...

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For those colours which you wish to be beautiful, always first prepare a pure white ground.

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Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience.

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The acquisition of knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good. For nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.

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It is useful to constantly observe, note, and consider.

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Not to anticipate is already to moan.

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Leonardo da Vinci

simplicity is the best sophistication

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Leonardo da Vinci

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold.

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I have discovered that a screw-shaped device such as this, if it is well made from starched linen, will rise in the air if turned quickly.

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Good writing comes from good talent.

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When you are alone you are all your own.

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No human investigation can be called real science if it cannot be demonstrated mathematically.

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Learning acquired in youth arrests the evil of old age; and if you understand that old age has wisdom for its food, you will so conduct yourself in youth that your old age will not lack for nourishment.

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Just as iron rusts from disuse, and stagnant water putrefies, or when cold turns to ice, so our intellect wastes unless it is kept in use.

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If you put on more garments, the cold cannot reach you. Similarly, increase your patience and concentration and even great injuries cannot vex your mind.

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My body is not a tomb for animals.

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Small rooms or dwellings discipline the mind, large ones weaken it.

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To make a perfume, take some rose water and wash your hands in it, then take a lavender flower and rub it with your palms, and you will achieve the desired effect

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Poor is the man who desires a lot

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To discover the soul living in somebody's body, we watch the surrounding of the body, and if it's messy and disordered, so is the soul.

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People of higher talent work, even if they seem to do nothing

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The good painter must paint two things: a person and the essence of his soul.

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Wood feeds the fire which burns it.

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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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Whatever you think matters - doesn't. Follow this rule, and you will add decades to your life. Rodger Rosenblatt As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.

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The eye encompasses the beauty of the whole world.

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I love those who can smile in trouble...

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You should prefer a good scientist without literary abilities than a literate one without scientific skills

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A good painter has two main objects to paint, man and the intention of his soul.

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There shall be wings! If the accomplishment be not for me, 'tis for some other. The spirit cannot die; and man, who shall know all and shall have wings.

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For in truth great love is born of great knowledge of the thing loved.

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Among the great things which are to be found among us, the being of nothingness is the greatest.

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Music... is the shaping of the invisible.

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The supreme misfortune is when theory outstrips performance

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A bird is an instrument working according to mathematical law, which instrument it is within the capacity of man to reproduce with all its movements, but not with a corresponding degree of strength, though...

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A day will come in which men will look upon an animal's murder the same way they look today upon a man's murder.

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Do not reveal, if liberty is precious to you; my face is the prison of love.

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Leonardo da Vinci

All our knowledge originates in opinion.

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Leonardo da Vinci

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

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Leonardo da Vinci

Medicine is the restoration of discordant elements; sickness is the discord of the elements infused into the living body.

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The faculty of imagination is both the rudder and the bridle of the senses.

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It is no small benefit on finding oneself in bed in the dark to go over again in the imagination the main lines of the forms previously studied, or other noteworthy things conceived by ingenious speculation.

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Reprove your friend in secret and praise him openly.

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The senses are of the earth, the reason stands apart from them in contemplation.

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

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Experience never errs; it is only your judgments that err by promising themselves effects such as are not caused by your experiments.

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The divisions of Perspective are 3, as used in drawing; of these, the first includes the diminution in size of opaque objects; the second treats of the diminution and loss of outline in such opaque objects;...

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Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.

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Just as food eaten without appetite is a tedious nourishment, so does study without zeal damage the memory by not assimilating what it absorbs.

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The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.

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Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws, she has no effect without cause nor invention without necessity.

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Necessity is the mistress and guide of nature. Necessity is the theme and inventress of nature, her curb and her eternal law.

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All knowledge which ends in words will die as quickly as it came to life, with the exception of the written word: which is its mechanical part.

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Each man is always in the middle of the surface of the earth and under the zenith of his own hemisphere, and over the centre of the earth.

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Science is the captain, and practice the soldiers.

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The spirit desires to remain with its body, because, without the organic instruments of that body, it can neither act, nor feel anything.

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Painting is concerned with all the 10 attributes of sight; which are: Darkness, Light, Solidity and Colour, Form and Position, Distance and Propinquity, Motion and Rest.

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I have found that, in the composition of the human body as compared with the bodies of animals, the organs of sense are duller and coarser. Thus, it is composed of less ingenious instruments, and of spaces...

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It seems that it had been destined before that I should occupy myself so thoroughly with the vulture, for it comes to my mind as a very early memory, when I was still in the cradle, a vulture came down...

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Man and animals are in reality vehicles and conduits of food, tombs of animals, hostels of Death, coverings that consume, deriving life by the death of others.

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Shadow is the obstruction of light. Shadows appear to me to be of supreme importance in perspective, because, without them opaque and solid bodies will be ill defined; that which is contained within their...

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The beginnings and ends of shadow lie between the light and darkness and may be infinitely diminished and infinitely increased. Shadow is the means by which bodies display their form. The forms of bodies...

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The human bird shall take his first flight, filling the world with amazement, all writings with his fame, and bringing eternal glory to the nest whence he sprang.

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Thirst will parch your tongue and your body will waste through lack of sleep ere you can describe in words that which painting instantly sets before the eye.

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When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.

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In time and with water, everything changes.

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The water which rises in the mountain is the blood which keeps the mountain in life.

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You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself...the height of a man's success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment. ...And this law...

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The eye, the window of the soul, is the chief means whereby the understanding can most fully and abundantly appreciate the infinite works of Nature; and the ear is second.

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Make yourself a master of perspective, then acquire perfect knowledge of the proportions of men and other animals.

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He who never puts his trust in any man will never be deceived.

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The five senses are the ministers of the soul.

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I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand.

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The organ of perception acts more readily than judgment.

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In the days of thy youth seek to obtain that which shall compensate the losses of thy old age.

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The eye is the window of the human body through which it feels its way and enjoys the beauty of the world.

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We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot.

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He who does not understand the supreme certainty of mathematics is wallowing in confusion.

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A bird is an instrument working according to mathematical law, which instrument it is within the capacity of man to reproduce with all its movements.

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Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works.

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The mind that engages in subjects of too great variety becomes confused and weakened.

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When you look at a wall spotted with stains...you may discover a resemblance to various landscapes, beautiful with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees. Or again, you may see battles and figures in action,...

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Nothing is hidden under the sun.

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When taking a selfie, remember the most natural pose is still best

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The lie is so vile, that even if it were in speaking well of godly things, it would take off something from God's grace; and Truth is so excellent, that if it praises but small things they become noble.

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Avoid studies of which the result dies with the worker.

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You grow in reputation like bread in the hands of a child.

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Patience serves us against insults precisely as clothes do against the cold. For if you multiply your garments as the cold increases, that cold cannot hurt you; in the same way increase your patience under...

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Abbreviators do harm to knowledge and to love.

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Whoever despises the high wisdom of mathematics nourishes himself on delusion and will never still the sophistic sciences whose only product is an eternal uproar.

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Realize that everything connects to everything else.

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Happy will they be who lend ear to the words of the dead.

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Even the richest soil, if left uncultivated will produce the rankest weeds.

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And you who wish to represent by words the form of man and all the aspects of his membrification, relinquish that idea. For the more minutely you describe the more you will confine the mind of the reader,...

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Small rooms and dwellings set the mind on the right path, large ones cause it to go astray.

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The painter who draws merely by practice and by eye, without any reason, is like a mirror which copies every thing placed in front of it without being conscious of their existence.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, labor in vain.

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Those who, in debate, appeal to their qualifications, argue from memory, not from understanding.

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The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of.

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The days are long enough for those who use them.

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The painter will produce pictures of little merit if he takes the works of others as his standard.

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Mechanics is the paradise of the mathematical sciences because by means of it one comes to the fruits of mathematics.

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The discovery of a good wine is increasingly better for mankind than the discovery of a new star.

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A good painter is to paint two main things, men and the working of man's mind.

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The body of the earth is of the nature of a fish... because it draws water as its breath instead of air.

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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...

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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.

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Leonardo da Vinci

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.

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Leonardo da Vinci

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

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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

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Leonardo da Vinci

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.

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Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

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

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The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.

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

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

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

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

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Water is the driving force of all nature.

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

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Leonardo da Vinci

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

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Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.

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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.

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Leonardo da Vinci

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.

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Learning never exhausts the mind.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Life well spent is long.

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Leonardo da Vinci

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

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All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.

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Leonardo da Vinci

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

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The smallest feline is a masterpiece.

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

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Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.

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

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

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

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

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Our life is made by the death of others.

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Nature never breaks her own laws.

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Leonardo da Vinci

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.

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I have wasted my hours.

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

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

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

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

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Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.

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Who sows virtue reaps honor.

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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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Leonardo da Vinci

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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Leonardo da Vinci

All our knowledge hast its origins in our perceptions … In nature there is no effect without a cause … Experience never errs; it is only your judgments that err by promising themselves effects such...

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Be a mirror, absorb everything around you and still remain the same

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Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.

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The desire to know is natural to good men.

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Truth at last cannot be hidden. Dissimulation is of no avail. Dissimulation is to no purpose before so great a judge. Falsehood puts on a mask. Nothing is hidden under the sun.

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Feathers shall raise men even as they do birds towards heaven :- That is by letters written with their quills.

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The painter's mind is a copy of the divine mind, since it operates freely in creating the many kinds of animals, plants, fruits, landscapes, countrysides, ruins, and awe-inspiring places.

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Every obstacle is destroyed through rigor.

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Threats alone, are the weapons of the threatened man.

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He turns not back who is bound to a star.

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When you are painting you should take a flat mirror and often look at your work within it, and it will then be seen in reverse, and will appear to be by the hand of some other master, and you will be better...

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I awoke, only to see that the rest of the world is still asleep.

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Being willing is not enough. We must do.

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A bird maintains itself in the air by imperceptible balancing, when near to the mountains or lofty ocean crags; it does this by means of the curves of the winds which as they strike against these projections,...

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Leonardo da Vinci

There are many kinds of beauty as people who possess it.

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Whoever does not respect life, does not deserve it.

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Fix your course on a star and you'll navigate any storm.

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An arch consists of two weaknesses which, leaning one against the other, make a strength.

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It is a far worthier thing to read by the light of experience than to adorn oneself with the labors of others.

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Medicine is the restoration of discordant elements.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Of the original phenomena, light is the most enthralling.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Motion is created by the destruction of balance.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Vitality and beauty are gifts of Nature for those who live according to its laws.

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Oh! Speculators on things, boast not of knowing the things that nature ordinarily brings about; but rejoice if you know the end of those things which you yourself device.

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I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.

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Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.

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Leonardo da Vinci

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

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Leonardo da Vinci

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.

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Leonardo da Vinci

My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.

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Leonardo da Vinci

One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Obstacles cannot bend me. Every obstacle yields to effort.

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Leonardo da Vinci

King of the animals-- as thou hast described him-- I should rather say king of the beasts, thou being the greatest--because thou doest only help them, in order that they give thee their children for the...

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Leonardo da Vinci

One day the world will look upon research upon animals as it now looks upon research on human beings.

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Leonardo da Vinci

What is fair in men, passes away, but not so in art

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Leonardo da Vinci

The men of experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use. But the bee...gathers its materials from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own.

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Leonardo da Vinci

If you call painting dumb poetry, the painter may call poetry blind painting.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Why are the bones of great fishes, and oysters and corals and various other shells and sea-snails, found on the high tops of mountains that border the sea, in the same way in which they are found in the...

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Leonardo da Vinci

A diamond is just a lump of coal that stuck to its job.

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Leonardo da Vinci

A good painter has two main objects to paint, man and the intention of his soul. The former is easy, the latter hard as he has to represent it by the attitude and movement of the limbs.

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Leonardo da Vinci

One has no right to love or hate anything if one has not acquired a thorough knowledge of its nature. Great love springs from great knowledge of the beloved object, and if you know it but little you will...

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Leonardo da Vinci

God sells us all things at the price of labor.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Necessity is the mistress and guide of nature.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Here is a thing which the more it is needed the more it is rejected: and this is advice, which is unwillingly heeded by those who most need it, that is to say, by the ignorant.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Drawing is based upon perspective, which is nothing else than a thorough knowledge of the function of the eye.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Demetrius was wont to say that there was no difference between the words and speech of the unskilled and ignorant and the sounds and rumblings caused by the stomach being full of superfluous wind. This...

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Leonardo da Vinci

Tears come from the heart and not from the brain

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Leonardo da Vinci

The moment has no time.

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Leonardo da Vinci

The young man should first learn perspective, then the proportions of objects. Next, copy work after the hand of a good master, to gain the habit of drawing parts of the body well; and then to work from...

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Leonardo da Vinci

As you cannot do what you want, Want what you can do

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Leonardo da Vinci

After painting comes Sculpture, a very noble art, but one that does not in the execution require the same supreme ingenuity as the art of painting, since in two most important and difficult particulars,...

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Leonardo da Vinci

Every action needs to be prompted by a motive.

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Leonardo da Vinci

That which can be lost cannot be deemed riches.

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Leonardo da Vinci

He who truly knows has no occasion to shout.

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Leonardo da Vinci

I have solved what color is, however ; I still have no idea about what line is.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be...

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Leonardo da Vinci

Whatever you do in life, if you want to be creative and intelligent, and develop your brain, you must do everything with the awareness that everything, in some way, connects to everything else.

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Leonardo da Vinci

While you are alone you are entirely your own master and if you have one companion you are but half your own, and the less so in proportion to the indiscretion of his behavior.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.

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Leonardo da Vinci

O neglectful Nature, wherefore art thou thus partial, becoming to some of thy children a tender and benignant mother, to others a most cruel and ruthless stepmother? I see thy children given into slavery...

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Leonardo da Vinci

once you have tasted the taste of sky, you will forever look up

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Leonardo da Vinci

I wish to work miracles...

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Leonardo da Vinci

The merit of painting lies in the exactness of reproduction. Painting is a science and all sciences are based on mathematics. No human inquiry can be a science unless it pursues its path through mathematical...

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Leonardo da Vinci

The greatest geniuses sometimes accomplish more when they work less.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Man and the animals are merely a passage and channel for food, a tomb for other animals, a haven for the dead, giving life by the death of others, a coffer full of corruption.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Beauty perishes in life, but is immortal in art.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail.

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Leonardo da Vinci

There is no object so large but that at a great distance from the eye it does not appear smaller than a smaller object near.

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Leonardo da Vinci

I have always felt it is my destiny to build a machine that would allow man to fly.

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Leonardo da Vinci

A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.

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Leonardo da Vinci

I love this site. It was lovingly hand-shaped it. Your soul transformed this into this art. It was perfect. I have tried to create another equal to it... but to no avail, so I will just have to paint the...

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Leonardo da Vinci

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

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Leonardo da Vinci

Having wandered some distance among gloomy rocks, I came to the entrance of a great cavern ... Two contrary emotions arose in me: fear and desire--fear of the threatening dark cavern, desire to see whether...

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Leonardo da Vinci

All sciences are vain and full of errors that are not born of Experience, the mother of all Knowledge.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Avoid the precepts of those thinkers whose reasoning is not confirmed by experience.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Knowledge ... shall always bear witness like a clarion to its creator.

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Leonardo da Vinci

All our knowledge is the offspring of our perceptions.

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Leonardo da Vinci

There is no result in nature without a cause; understand the cause and you will have no need of the experiment.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Intellectual passion dries out sensuality.

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Leonardo da Vinci

You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Perspective is a most subtle discovery in mathematical studies, for by means of lines it causes to appear distant that which is near, and large that which is small.

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Leonardo da Vinci

A wave is never found alone, but is mingled with the other waves.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Just as a well-filled day brings blessed sleep, so a well-employed life brings a blessed death.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Experience, the interpreter between creative nature and the human race, teaches the action of nature among mortals: how under the constraint of necessity she cannot act otherwise than as reason, who steers...

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Leonardo da Vinci

Experience is a truer guide than the words of others.

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Leonardo da Vinci

The worst evil which can befall the artist is that his work should appear good in his own eyes.

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Leonardo da Vinci

In fact, whatever exists in the universe, in essence, in appearance, in the imagination, the painter has first in his mind and then in his hands ... it lies in his power to create them . . .

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Leonardo da Vinci

Wisdom is the daughter of experience

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Leonardo da Vinci

Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose

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Leonardo da Vinci

Lust is the cause of generation Appetite is the support of life Fear or timidity is the prolongation of life, and Fraud the preservation of its instruments.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Nature alone is the master of true genius.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Nature varies the seed according to the variety of the things she desires to produce in the world.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Although human ingenuity may devise various inventions which, by the help of various instruments, answer to one and the same purpose, yet will it never discover any inventions more beautiful, more simple...

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Leonardo da Vinci

Nature is constrained by the cause of her laws which dwell inborn in her. Variant: Nature is constrained by the order of her own law which lives and works within her.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Every action done by nature is done in the shortest way.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Given the cause nature produces the effect in the briefest manner that it can employ.

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Leonardo da Vinci

If you find from your own experience that something is a fact and it contradicts what some authority has written down, then you must abandon the authority and base your reasoning on your own findings.

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Leonardo da Vinci

One painter ought never to imitate the manner of any other; because in that case he cannot be called the child of nature, but the grandchild. It is always best to have recourse to nature, which is replete...

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Leonardo da Vinci

He who can copy can do.

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Leonardo da Vinci

I roamed the countryside searching for the answers to things I did not understand. Why shells existed on the tops of mountains along with the imprints of coral and plant and seaweed usually found in the...

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Leonardo da Vinci

The deeper the feeling, the greater the pain

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