Leonardo da Vinci Quotes (37 quotations)

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1. 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

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

3. Art is never finished, only abandoned. - Leonardo da Vinci

4. As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death. - Leonardo da Vinci

5. Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes! - Leonardo da Vinci

6. Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen. - Leonardo da Vinci

7. 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

8. 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. - Leonardo da Vinci

9. Human subtelty will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does Nature, because in her inventions, nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous. - Leonardo da Vinci

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

11. I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death. - Leonardo da Vinci

12. Intellectual passion dries out sensuality. - Leonardo da Vinci

13. 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. - Leonardo da Vinci

14. It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. - Leonardo da Vinci

15. It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. - Leonardo da Vinci

16. Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else. - Leonardo da Vinci

17. Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel. - Leonardo da Vinci

18. Marriage: putting one's hand into a bag of snakes on the chance of drawing out an eel. - Leonardo da Vinci

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

20. Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. - Leonardo da Vinci

21. Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind. - Leonardo da Vinci

22. 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 will then be powerless to vex your mind. - Leonardo da Vinci

23. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. - Leonardo da Vinci

24. Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in. - Leonardo da Vinci

25. Supreme happiness will be the greatest cause of misery, and the perfection of wisdom the occassion of folly. - Leonardo da Vinci

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