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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



Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Whoever does not respect life, does not deserve it.”

Whoever does not respect life, does not deserve it.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Necessity is the mistress and guide of nature. Necessity is the theme and inventress of nature, her curb and her eternal law.”

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


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “If you cause your ship to stop and place the head of a long tube in the water and place the outer extremity to your ear, you will hear ships at a great distance from you.”

If you cause your ship to stop and place the head of a long tube in the water and place the outer extremity to your ear, you will hear ships at a great distance from you.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “A day will come in which men will look upon an animal’s murder the same way they look today upon a man’s murder.”

A day will come in which men will look upon an animal’s murder the same way they look today upon a man’s murder.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The natural desire of good men is knowledge.”

The natural desire of good men is knowledge.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “I wish to work miracles...”

I wish to work miracles...

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “A good memory, which nature has endowed us with, causes things long past to seem present.”

A good memory, which nature has endowed us with, causes things long past to seem present.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Poetry is superior to painting in the presentation of words, and painting is superior to poetry in the presentation of facts. For this reason I judge painting to be superior to poetry.”

Poetry is superior to painting in the presentation of words, and painting is superior to poetry in the presentation of facts. For this reason I judge painting to be superior to poetry.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The young man should first learn perspective, then the proportions of objects. Next, copy work after the hand of a good master, to gain the habit of drawing parts of the body well; and then to work from nature, to confirm the lessons learned.”

The young man should first learn perspective, then the proportions of objects. Next, copy work after the hand of a good master, to gain the habit of drawing parts of the body well; and then to work from nature, to confirm the lessons learned.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “It is useful to constantly observe, note, and consider.”

It is useful to constantly observe, note, and consider.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The faculty of imagination is both the rudder and the bridle of the senses.”

The faculty of imagination is both the rudder and the bridle of the senses.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “To enjoy – to love a thing for its own sake and for no other reason.”

To enjoy – to love a thing for its own sake and for no other reason.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “All objects transmit their image to the eye in pyramids and the nearer to the eye these pyramids are intersected the smaller will the image appear of the objects which cause them.”

All objects transmit their image to the eye in pyramids and the nearer to the eye these pyramids are intersected the smaller will the image appear of the objects which cause them.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Avoid the precepts of those thinkers whose reasoning is not confirmed by experience.”

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

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Just as iron which is not used grows rusty, and water putrefies and freezes in the cold, so the mind of which no use is made is spoilt.”

Just as iron which is not used grows rusty, and water putrefies and freezes in the cold, so the mind of which no use is made is spoilt.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things.”

The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Medicine is the restoration of discordant elements.”

Medicine is the restoration of discordant elements.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci 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.”

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


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects.”

The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “To any white body receiving the light from the sun, or the air, the shadows will be of a bluish cast.”

To any white body receiving the light from the sun, or the air, the shadows will be of a bluish cast.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Truth at last cannot be hidden. Dissimulation is of no avail. Dissimulation is to no purpose before so great a judge. Falsehood puts on a mask. Nothing is hidden under the sun.”

Truth at last cannot be hidden. Dissimulation is of no avail. Dissimulation is to no purpose before so great a judge. Falsehood puts on a mask. Nothing is hidden under the sun.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “You must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.”

You must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “A gray day provides the best light.”

A gray day provides the best light.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Art lives from constraints and dies from freedom.”

Art lives from constraints and dies from freedom.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “In time and with water, everything changes.”

In time and with water, everything changes.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci 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.”

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


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “O speculators about perpetual motion, how many vain chimeras have you created in the like quest? Go and take your place with the seekers after gold.”

O speculators about perpetual motion, how many vain chimeras have you created in the like quest? Go and take your place with the seekers after gold.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The human bird shall take his first flight, filling the world with amazement, all writings with his fame, and bringing eternal glory to the nest whence he sprang.”

The human bird shall take his first flight, filling the world with amazement, all writings with his fame, and bringing eternal glory to the nest whence he sprang.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Perspective is to painting what the bridle is to the horse, the rudder to a ship.”

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

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Learn diligence before speedy execution.”

Learn diligence before speedy execution.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The Medici created and destroyed me.”

The Medici created and destroyed me.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.”

He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness of his conduct and if you have more than one companion you will fall more deeply into the same plight.”

If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness of his conduct and if you have more than one companion you will fall more deeply into the same plight.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci 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.”

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


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Nature alone is the master of true genius.”

Nature alone is the master of true genius.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?”

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

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Good culture is born of a good disposition; and since the cause is more to be praised than the effect, I will rather praise a good disposition without culture, than good culture without the disposition.”

Good culture is born of a good disposition; and since the cause is more to be praised than the effect, I will rather praise a good disposition without culture, than good culture without the disposition.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The painter must be solitary. For if you are alone you are completely yourself, but if you are accompanied by a single companion, you are only half yourself.”

The painter must be solitary. For if you are alone you are completely yourself, but if you are accompanied by a single companion, you are only half yourself.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Be a mirror, absorb everything around you and still remain the same.”

Be a mirror, absorb everything around you and still remain the same.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “A life well used procures a happy death.”

A life well used procures a happy death.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places.”

Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “A clever man without wisdom is like a beautiful flower without fragrance.”

A clever man without wisdom is like a beautiful flower without fragrance.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Science is the captain, and practice the soldiers.”

Science is the captain, and practice the soldiers.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “I’m not contented to capture the world. I want to change it.”

I’m not contented to capture the world. I want to change it.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The eye which turns from a white object in the light of the sun and goes into a less fully lighted place will see everything as dark.”

The eye which turns from a white object in the light of the sun and goes into a less fully lighted place will see everything as dark.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “We, by our arts may be called the grandsons of God.”

We, by our arts may be called the grandsons of God.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Man has much power of discourse which for the most part is vain and false; animals have but little, but it is useful and true, and a small truth is better than a great lie.”

Man has much power of discourse which for the most part is vain and false; animals have but little, but it is useful and true, and a small truth is better than a great lie.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “There is no higher or lower knowledge, but one only, flowing out of experimentation.”

There is no higher or lower knowledge, but one only, flowing out of experimentation.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci 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.”

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

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