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Quotes by Leonardo da Vinci

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Wikipedia Summary for Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519) was an Italian polymath of the High Renaissance who was active as a painter, draughtsman, engineer, scientist, theorist, sculptor and architect. While his fame initially rested on his achievements as a painter, he also became known for his notebooks, in which he made drawings and notes on a variety of subjects, including anatomy, astronomy, botany, cartography, painting, and paleontology. Leonardo's genius epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal, and his collective works compose a contribution to later generations of artists matched only by that of his younger contemporary, Michelangelo.

Born out of wedlock to a successful notary and a lower-class woman in, or near, Vinci, he was educated in Florence by the renowned Italian painter and sculptor Andrea del Verrocchio. He began his career in the city, but then spent much time in the service of Ludovico Sforza in Milan. Later, he worked in Florence and Milan again, as well as briefly in Rome, all while attracting a large following of imitators and students. Upon the invitation of Francis I, he spent his last three years in France, where he died in 1519. Since his death, there has not been a time where his achievements, diverse interests, personal life, and empirical thinking have failed to incite interest and admiration, making him a frequent namesake and subject in culture.

Leonardo is among the greatest painters in the history of art and is often credited as the founder of the High Renaissance. Despite having many lost works and less than 25 attributed major works—including numerous unfinished works—he created some of the most influential paintings in Western art. His magnum opus, the Mona Lisa, is his best known work and often regarded as the world's most famous painting. The Last Supper is the most reproduced religious painting of all time and his Vitruvian Man drawing is also regarded as a cultural icon. In 2017, Salvator Mundi, attributed in whole or part to Leonardo, was sold at auction for US$450.3 million, setting a new record for most expensive painting ever sold at public auction.

Revered for his technological ingenuity, he conceptualized flying machines, a type of armored fighting vehicle, concentrated solar power, an adding machine, and the double hull. Relatively few of his designs were constructed or even feasible during his lifetime, as the modern scientific approaches to metallurgy and engineering were only in their infancy during the Renaissance. Some of his smaller inventions, however, entered the world of manufacturing unheralded, such as an automated bobbin winder and a machine for testing the tensile strength of wire. He made substantial discoveries in anatomy, civil engineering, geology, optics, tribology, and hydrodynamics, but he did not publish his findings and they had little to no direct influence on subsequent science.

Quote: Art is never finished, only abandoned. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
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Art is never finished, only abandoned.


Quote: As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of white clouds and blue sky
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As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.


Quote: Once you have tasted the taste of sky, you will forever look up. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: Life well spent is long. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of man operating laptop on top of table
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Life well spent is long.


Quote: In life beauty perishes, but not in art. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of pink tree
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In life beauty perishes, but not in art.


Quote: Life without love, is no life at all. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of purple flower in tilt shift lens
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Life without love, is no life at all.


Quote: A clever man without wisdom is like a beautiful flower without fragrance. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of white flower in grayscale photography
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A clever man without wisdom is like a beautiful flower without fragrance.


Quote: A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
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A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.


Quote: Wisdom is the daughter of experience. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of flowers
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Wisdom is the daughter of experience.


Quote: Time stays long enough for those who use it. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of person holding brown sand close-up photography
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Time stays long enough for those who use it.


Quote: In time and with water, everything changes. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of person holding brown sand close-up photography
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In time and with water, everything changes.


Quote: Water is the driving force in nature. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of painting of man walking down a road holding umbrella
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Water is the driving force in nature.


Quote: Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
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Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.


Quote: Perspective is to painting what the bridle is to the horse, the rudder to a ship. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of red heart wall décor
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Perspective is to painting what the bridle is to the horse, the rudder to a ship.


Quote: Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of red paint strokes wallpaper
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Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.


Quote: Just as courage is the danger of life, so is fear its safeguard. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of white and brown sailing boat
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Just as courage is the danger of life, so is fear its safeguard.


Quote: Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of man smiling while facing other person
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Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.


Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of red textile in close up photography
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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.


Quote: He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of mountains with trees under white star at night
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He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.


Quote: For youth, everything is sport. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

For youth, everything is sport.


Quote: In the days of thy youth seek to obtain that which shall compensate the losses of thy old age. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: All knowledge which ends in words will die as quickly as it came to life. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

All knowledge which ends in words will die as quickly as it came to life.


Quote: That which can be lost cannot be deemed riches. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

That which can be lost cannot be deemed riches.


Quote: He who sows virtue reaps glory. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

He who sows virtue reaps glory.


Quote: To such an extent does nature delight and abound in variety that among her trees there is not one plant to be found which is exactly like another. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

To such an extent does nature delight and abound in variety that among her trees there is not one plant to be found which is exactly like another.


Quote: It is ill to praise, and worse to blame, the thing which you do not understand. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

It is ill to praise, and worse to blame, the thing which you do not understand.


Quote: O time! swift devourer of all created things! by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

O time! swift devourer of all created things!


Quote: He who thinks little errs much. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

He who thinks little errs much.




Quote: The good painter has two principal things to depict: man and the purpose of his mind. The first is easy, the second is difficult, since he must do it by the gestures and movements of the limbs, and this is to be learnt from the dumb, who more than all other men excel in it. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of Leonardo da Vinci quote; white text on black background

The good painter has two principal things to depict: man and the purpose of his mind. The first is easy, the second is difficult, since he must do it by the gestures and movements of the limbs, and this is to be learnt from the dumb, who more than all other men excel in it.


Quote: The painter's work will be of little merit if he takes the painting of others as his standard, but if he studies from nature he will produce good fruits. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The painter's work will be of little merit if he takes the painting of others as his standard, but if he studies from nature he will produce good fruits.


Quote: If you call painting dumb poetry, the painter may call poetry blind painting. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: The greatest deception which men incur proceeds from their opinions. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The greatest deception which men incur proceeds from their opinions.


Quote: Necessity is the theme and inventress of nature, her curb and her eternal law. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: Oh! marvellous, O stupendous Necessity -- by thy laws thou dost compel every effect to be the direct result of its cause, by the shortest path. These are miracles. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Oh! marvellous, O stupendous Necessity -- by thy laws thou dost compel every effect to be the direct result of its cause, by the shortest path. These are miracles.


Quote: Necessity is the mistress and guardian of Nature. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Necessity is the mistress and guardian of Nature.


Quote: Nature never breaks her laws. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Nature never breaks her laws.


Quote: He is a poor disciple who does not surpass his master. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

He is a poor disciple who does not surpass his master.


Quote: Thou, O God, dost sell us all good things at the price of labour. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Thou, O God, dost sell us all good things at the price of labour.


Quote: Knowledge ... shall always bear witness like a clarion to its creator. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: All our knowledge has its origin in our preceptions. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

All our knowledge has its origin in our preceptions.


Quote: 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 or more practical than those of nature. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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 or more practical than those of nature.


Quote: He who wishes to grow rich in a day will be hanged in a year. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: When fortune comes seize her in front firmly, because behind she is bald. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

When fortune comes seize her in front firmly, because behind she is bald.


Quote: Faults are more easily recognized in the works of others than in our own. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Faults are more easily recognized in the works of others than in our own.


Quote: Fame should be depicted covered with tongues instead of with feathers and in the form of a bird. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Fame should be depicted covered with tongues instead of with feathers and in the form of a bird.


Quote: Experience is a truer guide than the words of others. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Experience is a truer guide than the words of others.


Quote: The evil which does me no harm is like the good which in no wise avails me. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The evil which does me no harm is like the good which in no wise avails me.


Quote: He who fears dangers will not perish by them. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

He who fears dangers will not perish by them.


Quote: To become an artist you have to be curious. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

To become an artist you have to be curious.


Quote: For 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

For 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.


Quote: Supreme happiness will be the greatest cause of misery, and the perfection of wisdom the occasion of folly. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.


Quote: Iron rusts from disuse even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Iron rusts from disuse even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.


Quote: He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss.


Quote: A deaf and dumb person who sees two men in conversation may nevertheless understand from the attitudes and gestures of the speakers, how well their discussion is getting along. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

A deaf and dumb person who sees two men in conversation may nevertheless understand from the attitudes and gestures of the speakers, how well their discussion is getting along.


Quote: A long life is a life well spent. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

A long life is a life well spent.


Quote: He who does not punish evil commands it to be done. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.


Quote: The grave will fall in upon him who digs it. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The grave will fall in upon him who digs it.


Quote: Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence, he is just using his memory. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: Mechanics is the paradise of the mathematical sciences because by means of it, one comes to the fruits of mathematics. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: Common sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: What is called nothingness is to be found only in time and in speech. In time it stands between the past and future and has no existence in the present; and thus in speech it is one of the things of which we say: They are not, or they are impossible. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

What is called nothingness is to be found only in time and in speech. In time it stands between the past and future and has no existence in the present; and thus in speech it is one of the things of which we say: They are not, or they are impossible.


Quote: The boundaries of bodies are the least of all things. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The boundaries of bodies are the least of all things.


Quote: It reflects no great honour on a painter to be able to execute one thing well. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

It reflects no great honour on a painter to be able to execute one thing well.


Quote: O admirable necessity! O powerful action! What mind can penetrate your nature? What language can express this marvel? None, to be sure. This is where human discourse turns toward the contemplation of the divine. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

O admirable necessity! O powerful action! What mind can penetrate your nature? What language can express this marvel? None, to be sure. This is where human discourse turns toward the contemplation of the divine.


Quote: Men of genius sometimes accomplish most when they work least, for they are thinking out inventions. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.


Quote: Our body is dependent on heaven and heaven on the Spirit. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Our body is dependent on heaven and heaven on the Spirit.


Quote: When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.


Quote: We are deceived by promises and time disappoints us. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

We are deceived by promises and time disappoints us.


Quote: I am still hopeful. A falcon, Time. But the coincidence is probably accidental. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.


Quote: Oh! how foul a thing, that we should see the tongue of one animal in the guts of another. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Oh! how foul a thing, that we should see the tongue of one animal in the guts of another.


Quote: Necessity is a guardian in Nature. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Necessity is a guardian in Nature.


Quote: We, by our arts may be called the grandsons of God. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

We, by our arts may be called the grandsons of God.


Quote: There is no higher or lower knowledge, but one only, flowing out of experimentation. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

There is no higher or lower knowledge, but one only, flowing out of experimentation.


Quote: The instant the atmosphere is illuminated it will be filled with an infinite number of images which are produced by the various bodies and colours assembled in it. And the eye is the target, a lodestone, of these images. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The instant the atmosphere is illuminated it will be filled with an infinite number of images which are produced by the various bodies and colours assembled in it. And the eye is the target, a lodestone, of these images.


Quote: Do not imitate one another's style. If you do, so far as your art is concerned you will be called a grandson, rather than the son of Nature. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Do not imitate one another's style. If you do, so far as your art is concerned you will be called a grandson, rather than the son of Nature.


Quote: There is nothing which deceives us as much as our own judgement. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

There is nothing which deceives us as much as our own judgement.




Quote: Where there is most feeling, there is the greatest martyrdom. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Where there is most feeling, there is the greatest martyrdom.


Quote: Let not your rage or malice destroy a life. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Let not your rage or malice destroy a life.


Quote: If the thing loved is base, the lover becomes base. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

If the thing loved is base, the lover becomes base.


Quote: The mind of a painter should be like a mirror which is filled with as many images as there are things placed before him. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The mind of a painter should be like a mirror which is filled with as many images as there are things placed before him.


Quote: Lust is the cause of generation. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Lust is the cause of generation.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Among the great things which are found among us the existence of Nothing is the greatest. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Among the great things which are found among us the existence of Nothing is the greatest.


Quote: Strive to preserve your health; and in this you will better succeed in proportion as you keep clear of the physicians, for their drugs are a kind of alchemy concerning which there are no fewer books than there are medicines. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Strive to preserve your health; and in this you will better succeed in proportion as you keep clear of the physicians, for their drugs are a kind of alchemy concerning which there are no fewer books than there are medicines.


Quote: Poetry is superior to painting in the presentation of words, and painting is superior to poetry in the presentation of facts. For this reason I judge painting to be superior to poetry. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Poetry is superior to painting in the presentation of words, and painting is superior to poetry in the presentation of facts. For this reason I judge painting to be superior to poetry.


Quote: Make yourself a master of perspective, then acquire perfect knowledge of the proportions of men and other animals. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: Let proportion be found not only in numbers and measures, but also in sounds, weights, times, and positions, and what ever force there is. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: Practice should always be based upon a sound knowledge of theory. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Practice should always be based upon a sound knowledge of theory.


Quote: I abhor the supreme folly of those who blame the disciples of nature in defiance of those masters who were themselves her pupils. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

I abhor the supreme folly of those who blame the disciples of nature in defiance of those masters who were themselves her pupils.


Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.


Quote: 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 able to judge of its faults than in any other way. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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 able to judge of its faults than in any other way.


Quote: The first of all simple colours is White ... We shall set down White for the representative of light, without which no colour can be seen; Yellow for the earth; Green for water; Blue for air; Red for fire; and Black for total darkness. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The first of all simple colours is White ... We shall set down White for the representative of light, without which no colour can be seen; Yellow for the earth; Green for water; Blue for air; Red for fire; and Black for total darkness.


Quote: Here is a thing which the more you fear and avoid it the nearer you approach to it, and this is misery; the more you flee from it the more miserable and restless you will become. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Here is a thing which the more you fear and avoid it the nearer you approach to it, and this is misery; the more you flee from it the more miserable and restless you will become.


Quote: Intellectual passion dries out sensuality. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Intellectual passion dries out sensuality.


Quote: We might say that the earth has the spirit of growth; that its flesh is the soil. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

We might say that the earth has the spirit of growth; that its flesh is the soil.


Quote: How painting surpasses all human works by reason of the subtle possibilities which it contains. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.


Quote: The fame of the rich man dies with him; the fame of the treasure, and not of the man who possessed it, remains. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The fame of the rich man dies with him; the fame of the treasure, and not of the man who possessed it, remains.


Quote: O mighty and once living instrument of formative nature. Incapable of availing thyself of thy vast strength thou hast to abandon a life of stillness and to obey the law which God and time gave to procreative nature. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

O mighty and once living instrument of formative nature. Incapable of availing thyself of thy vast strength thou hast to abandon a life of stillness and to obey the law which God and time gave to procreative nature.


Quote: Many have made a trade of delusions and false miracles, deceiving the stupid multitudes. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: I am never weary of being useful... In serving others I cannot do enough. No labor is sufficient to tire me. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

I am never weary of being useful... In serving others I cannot do enough. No labor is sufficient to tire me.


Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.


Quote: Even the richest soil, if left uncultivated will produce the rankest weeds. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: Movement will fail sooner than usefulness. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Movement will fail sooner than usefulness.






Quote: Black is like a broken vessel, which is deprived of the capacity to contain anything. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Black is like a broken vessel, which is deprived of the capacity to contain anything.


Quote: The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.


Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.


Quote: Poor is the man who desires a lot. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Poor is the man who desires a lot.


Quote: The good painter must paint two things: a person and the essence of his soul. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: Wood feeds the fire which burns it. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Wood feeds the fire which burns it.


Quote: Experiment is the sole interpreter of the artifices of Nature. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Experiment is the sole interpreter of the artifices of Nature.


Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.


Quote: He who does not value life does not deserve it. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

He who does not value life does not deserve it.


Quote: He who in reasoning cites authority is making use of his memory rather than of his intellect. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

He who in reasoning cites authority is making use of his memory rather than of his intellect.


Quote: Painting embraces and contains within itself all the things which nature produces or which results from the fortuitous actions of men... he is but a poor master who makes only a single figure well. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Painting embraces and contains within itself all the things which nature produces or which results from the fortuitous actions of men... he is but a poor master who makes only a single figure well.


Quote: Wherever good fortune enters, envy lays siege to the place and attacks it; and when it departs, sorrow and repentance remain behind. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Wherever good fortune enters, envy lays siege to the place and attacks it; and when it departs, sorrow and repentance remain behind.


Quote: I have solved what color is, however ; I still have no idea about what line is. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.


Quote: Not to appreciate life, all of life, is not to deserve it. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Not to appreciate life, all of life, is not to deserve it.


Quote: The eye is the window of the human body through which it feels its way and enjoys the beauty of the world. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: The motions of men must be such as suggest their dignity or their baseness. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The motions of men must be such as suggest their dignity or their baseness.


Quote: Make an effort to collect the good features from many beautiful faces. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Make an effort to collect the good features from many beautiful faces.


Quote: Your brain is much better than you think; just use it! by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Your brain is much better than you think; just use it!


Quote: We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: Men born in hot countries love the night because it refreshes them and have a horror of light because it burns them. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Men born in hot countries love the night because it refreshes them and have a horror of light because it burns them.


Quote: If on your own or by the criticism of others you discover error in your work, correct it then and there; otherwise in exposing your work to the public, you will expose your error also. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

If on your own or by the criticism of others you discover error in your work, correct it then and there; otherwise in exposing your work to the public, you will expose your error also.


Quote: Make your faces so that they do not all have the same expression, as one sees with most painters, but give them different expression, according to age, complexion, and good or bad character. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Make your faces so that they do not all have the same expression, as one sees with most painters, but give them different expression, according to age, complexion, and good or bad character.




Quote: No human investigation can be called real science if it cannot be demonstrated mathematically. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

No human investigation can be called real knowledge if it does not pass through mathematical demonstrations; and if you say that the kinds of knowledge that begin and end in the mind have any value as truth, this cannot be conceded, but rather must be denied for many reasons, and first of all because in such mental discussions there is no experimentation, without which nothing provides certainty of itself.


Quote: A good memory, which nature has endowed us with, causes things long past to seem present. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

A good memory, which nature has endowed us with, causes things long past to seem present.


Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.


Quote: Great love is born of great knowledge of the thing that is loved, and if you do not know it, you can love it little or not at all. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Great love is born of great knowledge of the thing that is loved, and if you do not know it, you can love it little or not at all.


Quote: True and great love springs out of great knowledge, and where you know little you can love but little or not at all. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

True and great love springs out of great knowledge, and where you know little you can love but little or not at all.


Quote: Though I may not ... be able to quote other authors, I shall rely on that which is much greater and more worthy -- on experience. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Though I may not ... be able to quote other authors, I shall rely on that which is much greater and more worthy -- on experience.


Quote: Every part is disposed to unite with the whole, that it may thereby escape from its own incompleteness. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Every part is disposed to unite with the whole, that it may thereby escape from its own incompleteness.


Quote: The knowledge of the past times and of the places of the earth is both an ornament and nutriment to the human mind. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The knowledge of the past times and of the places of the earth is both an ornament and nutriment to the human mind.


Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.


Quote: Shadow is the diminution alike of light and of darkness, and stands between darkness and light. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Shadow is the diminution alike of light and of darkness, and stands between darkness and light.


Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.




Quote: What induces you, oh man, to depart from your home in town, to leave parents and friends, and go to the countryside over mountains and valleys, if it is not for the beauty of the world of nature? by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

What induces you, oh man, to depart from your home in town, to leave parents and friends, and go to the countryside over mountains and valleys, if it is not for the beauty of the world of nature?


Quote: 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 nature, to confirm the lessons learned. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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 nature, to confirm the lessons learned.


Quote: Things severed shall be united and shall acquire of themselves such virtue that they shall restore to men their lost memory: -- That is the papyrus sheets, which are formed out of several strips and preserve the memory of the thoughts and deeds of men. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Things severed shall be united and shall acquire of themselves such virtue that they shall restore to men their lost memory: -- That is the papyrus sheets, which are formed out of several strips and preserve the memory of the thoughts and deeds of men.




Quote: The faculty of imagination is both the rudder and the bridle of the senses. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: An artist who lacks the power of self-criticism accomplishes but little. It is good if your work stands higher than your own opinion of it; bad if it is on the same level. But it is a great disaster if your work stands lower than your judgment of it. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

An artist who lacks the power of self-criticism accomplishes but little. It is good if your work stands higher than your own opinion of it; bad if it is on the same level. But it is a great disaster if your work stands lower than your judgment of it.


Quote: One shall be born from small beginnings which will rapidly become vast. This will respect no created thing, rather will it, by its power, transform almost every thing from its own nature into another. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

One shall be born from small beginnings which will rapidly become vast. This will respect no created thing, rather will it, by its power, transform almost every thing from its own nature into another.


Quote: Fire destroys all sophistry, that is deceit; and maintains truth alone, that is gold. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Fire destroys all sophistry, that is deceit; and maintains truth alone, that is gold.


Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.


Quote: To me it seems that those sciences are vain and full of error which are not born of experience, mother of all certainty, first-hand experience which in its origins, or means, or end has passed through one of the five senses. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

To me it seems that those sciences are vain and full of error which are not born of experience, mother of all certainty, first-hand experience which in its origins, or means, or end has passed through one of the five senses.


Quote: I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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 sea. Why the thunder lasts a longer time than that which causes it and why immediately on its creation the lightening becomes visible to the eye while thunder requires time to travel. How the various circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by a stone and why a bird sustains itself in the air. These questions and other strange phenomena engaged my thought throughout my life.


Quote: Learning is the only thing that never disappoints us. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Learning is the only thing that never disappoints us.


Quote: Every man at three years old is half his height. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Every man at three years old is half his height.


Quote: If we make mistakes in our first compositions and do not know them, we may not amend them. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

If we make mistakes in our first compositions and do not know them, we may not amend them.


Quote: Just as a well-filled day brings blessed sleep, so a well-employed life brings a blessed death. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.


Quote: It vexes me greatly that having to earn my living has forced me to interrupt the work and to attend to small matters. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

It vexes me greatly that having to earn my living has forced me to interrupt the work and to attend to small matters.


Quote: Every loss which we incur leaves behind it vexation in the memory, save the greatest loss of all, that is, death, which annihilates the memory, together with life. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Every loss which we incur leaves behind it vexation in the memory, save the greatest loss of all, that is, death, which annihilates the memory, together with life.


Quote: 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 beauty of the world. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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 beauty of the world.


Quote: 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 her helm, teaches her to act. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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 her helm, teaches her to act.


Quote: Those who fall in love with practice without science are like a sailor who enters a ship without a helm or a compass, and who never can be certain whither he is going. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Those who fall in love with practice without science are like a sailor who enters a ship without a helm or a compass, and who never can be certain whither he is going.


Quote: Men standing in opposite hemispheres will converse and deride each other and embrace each other, and understand each other's language. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Men standing in opposite hemispheres will converse and deride each other and embrace each other, and understand each other's language.






Quote: Anyone who invokes authors in discussion is not using his intelligence but his memory. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Anyone who invokes authors in discussion is not using his intelligence but his memory.


Quote: 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 there were any marvelous things in it. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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 there were any marvelous things in it.


Quote: Old age takes in part savoury wisdom for its food -- see to that your old age will not lack in nourishment. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Old age takes in part savoury wisdom for its food -- see to that your old age will not lack in nourishment.


Quote: The mole has very small eyes and it always lives under ground; and it lives as long as it is in the dark but when it comes into the light it dies immediately, because it becomes known; -- and so it is with lies. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The mole has very small eyes and it always lives under ground; and it lives as long as it is in the dark but when it comes into the light it dies immediately, because it becomes known; -- and so it is with lies.


Quote: The imagination is to the effect as the shadow to the opaque body which causes the shadow. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The imagination is to the effect as the shadow to the opaque body which causes the shadow.


Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.


Quote: Men of lofty genius sometimes accomplish the most when they work least, for their minds are occupied with their ideas and the perfection of their conceptions, to which they afterwards give form. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Men of lofty genius sometimes accomplish the most when they work least, for their minds are occupied with their ideas and the perfection of their conceptions, to which they afterwards give form.


Quote: If anyone wishes to see how the soul dwells in its body, let him observe how this body uses its daily habitation; that is to say, if this is devoid of order and confused, the body will be kept in disorder and confusion by its soul. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

If anyone wishes to see how the soul dwells in its body, let him observe how this body uses its daily habitation; that is to say, if this is devoid of order and confused, the body will be kept in disorder and confusion by its soul.


Quote: The act of procreation and anything that has any relation to it is so disgusting that human beings would soon die out if there were no pretty faces and sensuous dispositions. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The act of procreation and anything that has any relation to it is so disgusting that human beings would soon die out if there were no pretty faces and sensuous dispositions.




Quote: 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. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.


Quote: Feathers shall raise men even as they do birds towards heaven. That is by letters written with their quills. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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


Quote: The great man presides over all his states of consciousness with obstinate rigor. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The great man presides over all his states of consciousness with obstinate rigor.


Quote: Inaction saps the vigor of the mind. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Inaction saps the vigor of the mind.


Quote: It should not be hard for you to stop sometimes and look into the stains of walls, or ashes of a fire, or clouds, or mud or like places, in which...you may find really marvellous ideas. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

It should not be hard for you to stop sometimes and look into the stains of walls, or ashes of a fire, or clouds, or mud or like places, in which...you may find really marvellous ideas.


Quote: My body is not a tomb for animals. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

My body is not a tomb for animals.


Quote: Learn diligence before speedy execution. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Learn diligence before speedy execution.


Quote: In nature's inventions nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

In nature's inventions nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.


Quote: Nature alone is the master of true genius. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Nature alone is the master of true genius.


Quote: The vine that has grown old on an old tree falls with the ruin of that tree, and through that bad companionship must perish with it. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The vine that has grown old on an old tree falls with the ruin of that tree, and through that bad companionship must perish with it.


Quote: If you cause your ship to stop and place the head of a long tube in the water and place the outer extremity to your ear, you will hear ships at a great distance from you. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

If you cause your ship to stop and place the head of a long tube in the water and place the outer extremity to your ear, you will hear ships at a great distance from you.


Quote: The light and heat of the universe comes from the sun, and its cold and darkness from the withdrawal of the sun. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The light and heat of the universe comes from the sun, and its cold and darkness from the withdrawal of the sun.




Quote: I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: The vivacity and brightness of colors in a landscape will never bear any comparison with a landscape in nature when it is illumined by the sun, unless the painting is placed in such a position that it will receive the same light from the sun as does the landscape. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The vivacity and brightness of colors in a landscape will never bear any comparison with a landscape in nature when it is illumined by the sun, unless the painting is placed in such a position that it will receive the same light from the sun as does the landscape.


Quote: Look at light and admire its beauty. Close your eyes, and then look again: what you saw is no longer there; and what you will see later is not yet. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Look at light and admire its beauty. Close your eyes, and then look again: what you saw is no longer there; and what you will see later is not yet.


Quote: Such is the supreme folly of man that he labours so as to labour no more. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Such is the supreme folly of man that he labours so as to labour no more.


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