Nothing is hidden under the sun.
The fox when it sees a flock of herons or magpies or birds of that kind, suddenly flings himself on the ground with his mouth open to look as he were dead; and these birds want to peck at his tongue, and he bites off their heads.
The discovery of a good wine is increasingly better for mankind than the discovery of a new star.
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.
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, so that the study will be useful to you in the future.
Darkness is absence of light. Shadow is diminution of light.
The most beautiful words of love are told in silence for a look.
Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.
As you cannot do what you want, want what you can do.
Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.
Nothing should be so greatly feared as empty fame.
Avoid the precepts of those thinkers whose reasoning is not confirmed by experience.
The painter will produce pictures of little merit if he takes the works of others as his standard.
The moment has no time.
Drawing is based upon perspective, which is nothing else than a thorough knowledge of the function of the eye.
Therefore, O students, study mathematics and do not build without foundations.
The air moves like a river and carries the clouds with it; just as running water carries all the things that float upon it.
The painter strives and competes with nature.
All our knowledge is the offspring of our perceptions.
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 Sistine Chapel.
Medicine is the restoration of discordant elements.
Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.
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.
Being willing is not enough. We must do.
A well-spent day brings happy sleep.
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.
Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.
A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.
Wisdom is the daughter of experience.
Time stays long enough for those who use it.
In time and with water, everything changes.
Water is the driving force in nature.
Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they.
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.
Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.
Perspective is to painting what the bridle is to the horse, the rudder to a ship.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.
The mind of the painter must resemble a mirror, which always takes the colour of the object it reflects and is completely occupied by the images of as many objects as are in front of it.
Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?
For, verily, great love springs from great knowledge of the beloved object, and if you little know it, you will be able to love it only little or not at all.
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.
You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself.
How many emperors and how many princes have lived and died and no record of them remains, and they only sought to gain dominions and riches in order that their fame might be ever-lasting.
People talk to people who perceive nothing, who have open eyes and see nothing; they shall talk to them and receive no answer; they shall adore those who have ears and hear nothing; they shall burn lamps for those who do not see.
It is better to imitate ancient than modern work.
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.
The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
Necessity is the mistress and guide of nature. Necessity is the theme and inventress of nature, her curb and her eternal law.
The senses are of the earth, the reason stands apart from them in contemplation.
Our life is made by the death of others.
Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness.
Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes!
Every action needs to be prompted by a motive.
Weight, force and casual impulse, together with resistance, are the four external powers in which all the visible actions of mortals have their being and their end.
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.
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.
He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.
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.
A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.
Just as courage is the danger of life, so is fear its safeguard.
Knowledge of the past and of the places of the earth is the ornament and food of the mind of man.
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 could not be understood in detail but for shadow.
As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.
I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.
Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
Experience never errs; it is only your judgments that err by promising themselves effects such as are not caused by your experiments.
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.
Art is never finished, only abandoned.
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.
Just as food eaten without appetite is a tedious nourishment, so does study without zeal damage the memory by not assimilating what it absorbs.
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.
He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.
Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
Who sows virtue reaps honor.
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.