Leonardo da Vinci Quotes

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Beauty adorns virtue.
— Leonardo da Vinci
Life well spent is long.
— Leonardo da Vinci

life

Nature never breaks her own laws.

nature

All our knowledge originates in opinion.

knowledge

He turns not back who is bound to a star.
— Leonardo da Vinci

success drive

The desire to know is natural to good men.
— Leonardo da Vinci
Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.
— Leonardo da Vinci
He who truly knows has no occasion to shout.
— Leonardo da Vinci

wisdom conceit

He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss.

loss possessions

A man who possesses most must be most afraid of loss.
— Leonardo da Vinci
Only love makes me remember, it alone stirs my heart.
— Leonardo da Vinci
All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.
— Leonardo da Vinci

knowledge perception

Nothing flows faster than the years, daughters of time.
— Leonardo da Vinci
Learning acquired in youth arrests the evil of old age.

learning

The supreme misfortune is when theory outstrips performance.
— Leonardo da Vinci
The study of what is excellent is food for the mind and body.

excellence

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
— Leonardo da Vinci
Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.
— Leonardo da Vinci
A man who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.
— Leonardo da Vinci
Obstacles cannot crush me.  Every obstacle yields to stern resolve.

obstacles

One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.
— Leonardo da Vinci
You can have neither a greater nor a less dominion than over yourself.

self-control

Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.
— Leonardo da Vinci

genius

Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience.
— Leonardo da Vinci

nature

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

patience

Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.
— Leonardo da Vinci

action

Necessity is the theme and the inventress, the eternal curb and law of nature.
— Leonardo da Vinci
Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?
— Leonardo da Vinci

imagination

When fortune comes, seize her in front with a sure hand, because behind she is bald.
— Leonardo da Vinci
Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.
— Leonardo da Vinci

marriage

Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but his memory.

discussion authority

If people only knew how hard I worked they wouldn't be so surprised at what I have accomplished.
— Leonardo da Vinci
There are three kinds of people: Those who see, those who see when shown, and those who don't see.
— Leonardo da Vinci
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
— Leonardo da Vinci

art

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

authority

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.
— Leonardo da Vinci

time present moment

In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes: so with time present.
— Leonardo da Vinci
Experience does not ever err, it is only your judgment that errs in promising itself results which are not caused by your experiments.
— Leonardo da Vinci
Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.

inaction

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

education

Oh! Speculators on things, boast not of knowing the things that nature ordinarily brings about; but rejoice if you know the end of those things which you yourself devise.
— Leonardo da Vinci
Learning acquired in youth arrests the evil of old age. And if you understand that old age has wisdom for its food, you will conduct yourself in youth that your old age will not lack for nourishment.

youth & age