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Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.”

Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.

— Leonardo da Vinci



Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “If you find from your own experience that something is a fact and it contradicts what some authority has written down, then you must abandon the authority and base your reasoning on your own findings.”

If you find from your own experience that something is a fact and it contradicts what some authority has written down, then you must abandon the authority and base your reasoning on your own findings.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Mechanics is the paradise of the mathematical sciences because by means of it one comes to the fruits of mathematics.”

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

— Leonardo da Vinci


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

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


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Our life is made by the death of others.”

Our life is made by the death of others.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “I awoke, only to see that the rest of the world is still asleep.”

I awoke, only to see that the rest of the world is still asleep.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot.”

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

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.”

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, labor in vain.”

Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, labor in vain.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci 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.”

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



Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Every action needs to be prompted by a motive.”

Every action needs to be prompted by a motive.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Who sows virtue reaps honor.”

Who sows virtue reaps honor.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The eye, the window of the soul, is the chief means whereby the understanding can most fully and abundantly appreciate the infinite works of Nature; and the ear is second.”

The eye, the window of the soul, is the chief means whereby the understanding can most fully and abundantly appreciate the infinite works of Nature; and the ear is second.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Savage is he who saves himself.”

Savage is he who saves himself.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “An artist’s studio should be a small space because small rooms discipline the mind and large ones distract it.”

An artist’s studio should be a small space because small rooms discipline the mind and large ones distract it.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Fire is to represent truth because it destroys all sophistry and lies; and the mask is for lying and falsehood which conceal truth.”

Fire is to represent truth because it destroys all sophistry and lies; and the mask is for lying and falsehood which conceal truth.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.”

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

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Being willing is not enough. We must do.”

Being willing is not enough. We must do.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.”

Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Human subtlety 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.”

Human subtlety 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



Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Nothing is hidden under the sun.”

Nothing is hidden under the sun.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The eye is the window of the human body through which it feels its way and enjoys the beauty of the world.”

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

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Whoever in debate quotes authority uses not intellect, but memory.”

Whoever in debate quotes authority uses not intellect, but memory.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The motive power is the cause of all life.”

The motive power is the cause of all life.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Make yourself a master of perspective, then acquire perfect knowledge of the proportions of men and other animals.”

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

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci 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.”

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


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “No human investigation can be called real science if it cannot be demonstrated mathematically.”

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

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci 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.”

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.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Those who are enamoured of practice without science are like a pilot who goes into a ship without rudder or compass and never has any certainty of where he is going. Practice should always be based upon a sound knowledge of theory.”

Those who are enamoured of practice without science are like a pilot who goes into a ship without rudder or compass and never has any certainty of where he is going. Practice should always be based upon a sound knowledge of theory.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “He who has access to the fountain does not go to the water-pot.”

He who has access to the fountain does not go to the water-pot.

— Leonardo da Vinci



Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Among the great things which are to be found among us, the being of nothingness is the greatest.”

Among the great things which are to be found among us, the being of nothingness is the greatest.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Music may be called the sister of painting, for she is dependent upon hearing, the sense which comes second and her harmony is composed of the union of proportional parts sounded simultaneously, rising and falling in one or more harmonic rhythms.”

Music may be called the sister of painting, for she is dependent upon hearing, the sense which comes second and her harmony is composed of the union of proportional parts sounded simultaneously, rising and falling in one or more harmonic rhythms.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “There shall be wings! If the accomplishment be not for me, ’tis for some other. The spirit cannot die; and man, who shall know all and shall have wings.”

There shall be wings! If the accomplishment be not for me, ’tis for some other. The spirit cannot die; and man, who shall know all and shall have wings.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The color of the object illuminated partakes of the color of that which illuminates it.”

The color of the object illuminated partakes of the color of that which illuminates it.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “He who truly knows has no occasion to shout.”

He who truly knows has no occasion to shout.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Not to anticipate is already to moan.”

Not to anticipate is already to moan.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself.”

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

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci 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.”

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.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The greatest geniuses sometimes accomplish more when they work less.”

The greatest geniuses sometimes accomplish more when they work less.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “You don’t get into trouble because of the things you don’t know. It is the things you don’t know you don’t know that really get you into a mess.”

You don’t get into trouble because of the things you don’t know. It is the things you don’t know you don’t know that really get you into a mess.

— Leonardo da Vinci



Leonardo da Vinci 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.”

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

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Feathers shall raise men even as they do birds towards heaven :- That is by letters written with their quills.”

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

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci 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.”

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.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Darkness is absence of light. Shadow is diminution of light.”

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

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Oysters open completely when the moon is full; and when the crab sees one it throws a piece of stone or seaweed into it and the oyster cannot close again so that it serves the crab for meat. Such is the fate of him who opens his mouth too much and thereby puts himself at the mercy of the listener.”

Oysters open completely when the moon is full; and when the crab sees one it throws a piece of stone or seaweed into it and the oyster cannot close again so that it serves the crab for meat. Such is the fate of him who opens his mouth too much and thereby puts himself at the mercy of the listener.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The five senses are the ministers of the soul.”

The five senses are the ministers of the soul.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience.”

Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci 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.”

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.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Who would believe that so small a space could contain the images of all the universe?”

Who would believe that so small a space could contain the images of all the universe?

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Small rooms or dwellings discipline the mind, large ones weaken it.”

Small rooms or dwellings discipline the mind, large ones weaken it.

— Leonardo da Vinci


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