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quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Nothing is hidden under the sun. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Nothing is hidden under the sun.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: 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,… with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: The discovery of a good wine is increasingly better for mankind than the discovery of a new star. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: 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. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: 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… with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci

quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Darkness is absence of light. Shadow is diminution of light. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Darkness is absence of light. Shadow is diminution of light.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: The most beautiful words of love are told in silence for a look. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The most beautiful words of love are told in silence for a look.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: As you cannot do what you want, want what you can do. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Nothing should be so greatly feared as empty fame. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Nothing should be so greatly feared as empty fame.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Avoid the precepts of those thinkers whose reasoning is not confirmed by experience. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: The painter will produce pictures of little merit if he takes the works of others as his standard. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci

quote by Leonardo da Vinci: The moment has no time. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The moment has no time.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Drawing is based upon perspective, which is nothing else than a thorough knowledge of the function of the eye. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Therefore, O students, study mathematics and do not build without foundations. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Therefore, O students, study mathematics and do not build without foundations.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: The air moves like a river and carries the clouds with it; just as running water carries all the things that float upon it. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The air moves like a river and carries the clouds with it; just as running water carries all the things that float upon it.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: The painter strives and competes with nature. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The painter strives and competes with nature.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: All our knowledge is the offspring of our perceptions. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

All our knowledge is the offspring of our perceptions.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by 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… with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Medicine is the restoration of discordant elements. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Medicine is the restoration of discordant elements.

--Leonardo da Vinci

quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: 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. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Being willing is not enough. We must do. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Being willing is not enough. We must do.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: A well-spent day brings happy sleep. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.

--Leonardo da Vinci


quote by Leonardo da Vinci: 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. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by 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. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with 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.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Wisdom is the daughter of experience. with background image: flowers
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Wisdom is the daughter of experience.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Time stays long enough for those who use it. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Time stays long enough for those who use it.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: In time and with water, everything changes. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

In time and with water, everything changes.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Water is the driving force in nature. with background image: painting of man walking down a road holding umbrella
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Water is the driving force in nature.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: 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 … with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by 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. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Perspective is to painting what the bridle is to the horse, the rudder to a ship. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Perspective is to painting what the bridle is to the horse, the rudder to a ship.

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quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: 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. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake? with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: 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. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: 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. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: 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. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: 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 l… with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: It is better to imitate ancient than modern work. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

It is better to imitate ancient than modern work.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: 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. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Necessity is the mistress and guide of nature. Necessity is the theme and inventress of nature, her curb and her eternal law. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: The senses are of the earth, the reason stands apart from them in contemplation. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Our life is made by the death of others. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Our life is made by the death of others.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes! with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Every action needs to be prompted by a motive. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Every action needs to be prompted by a motive.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: 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. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: 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. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: 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. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by 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. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci

quote by Leonardo da Vinci: A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Just as courage is the danger of life, so is fear its safeguard. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Just as courage is the danger of life, so is fear its safeguard.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Knowledge of the past and of the places of the earth is the ornament and food of the mind of man. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Knowledge of the past and of the places of the earth is the ornament and food of the mind of man.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: 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 bo… with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci

quote by Leonardo da Vinci: As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Experience never errs; it is only your judgments that err by promising themselves effects such as are not caused by your experiments. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci

Longer Version:

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.


quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Art is never finished, only abandoned. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: 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. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Just as food eaten without appetite is a tedious nourishment, so does study without zeal damage the memory by not assimilating what it absorbs. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: 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. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with 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.

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quote by Leonardo da Vinci: He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind. with background image: mountains with trees under white star at night
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He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Who sows virtue reaps honor. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Who sows virtue reaps honor.

--Leonardo da Vinci
quote by Leonardo da Vinci: As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death. with background image: photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

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

--Leonardo da Vinci

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