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Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The Book of the science of Mechanics must precede the Book of useful inventions.”

The Book of the science of Mechanics must precede the Book of useful inventions.

— Leonardo da Vinci



Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “One can have no more mastery over the environment, than one has over himself.”

One can have no more mastery over the environment, than one has over himself.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “To discover the soul living in somebody’s body, we watch the surrounding of the body, and if it’s messy and disordered, so is the soul.”

To discover the soul living in somebody’s body, we watch the surrounding of the body, and if it’s messy and disordered, so is the soul.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Science is the observation of things possible, whether present or past; prescience is the knowledge of things which may come to pass, though but slowly.”

Science is the observation of things possible, whether present or past; prescience is the knowledge of things which may come to pass, though but slowly.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Poor is the man who desires a lot.”

Poor is the man who desires a lot.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Fame alone raises herself to Heaven, because virtuous things are in favour with God.”

Fame alone raises herself to Heaven, because virtuous things are in favour with God.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “That painter who has no doubts will achieve little.”

That painter who has no doubts will achieve little.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Of the original phenomena, light is the most enthralling.”

Of the original phenomena, light is the most enthralling.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Experience does not err. Only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power.”

Experience does not err. Only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Motion is created by the destruction of balance.”

Motion is created by the destruction of balance.

— Leonardo da Vinci



Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Threats alone, are the weapons of the threatened man.”

Threats alone, are the weapons of the threatened man.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “He who never puts his trust in any man will never be deceived.”

He who never puts his trust in any man will never be deceived.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The supreme misfortune is when theory outstrips performance.”

The supreme misfortune is when theory outstrips performance.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Any color is more distinctly seen when opposed to its contrary: thus, black on white, blear near yellow, green near red, and so on.”

Any color is more distinctly seen when opposed to its contrary: thus, black on white, blear near yellow, green near red, and so on.

— 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: “The art of procreation and the members employed therein are so repulsive, that if it were not for the beauty of the faces and the adornments of the actors and the pent-up impulse, nature would lose the human species.”

The art of procreation and the members employed therein are so repulsive, that if it were not for the beauty of the faces and the adornments of the actors and the pent-up impulse, nature would lose the human species.

— 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: “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.”

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


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “While you are alone you are entirely your own master and if you have one companion you are but half your own, and the less so in proportion to the indiscretion of his behavior.”

While you are alone you are entirely your own master and if you have one companion you are but half your own, and the less so in proportion to the indiscretion of his behavior.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “It is ordained that to the ambitious, who derive no satisfaction from the gifts of life and the beauty of the world, life shall be a cause of suffering, and they shall possess neither the profit nor the beauty of the world.”

It is ordained that to the ambitious, who derive no satisfaction from the gifts of life and the beauty of the world, life shall be a cause of suffering, and they shall possess neither the profit nor the beauty of the world.

— Leonardo da Vinci



Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “A wave is never found alone, but is mingled with the other waves.”

A wave is never found alone, but is mingled with the other waves.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “A bird is an instrument working according to mathematical law, which instrument it is within the capacity of man to reproduce with all its movements.”

A bird is an instrument working according to mathematical law, which instrument it is within the capacity of man to reproduce with all its movements.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Wood feeds the fire which burns it.”

Wood feeds the fire which burns it.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand. Why shells existed on the tops of mountains. How the various circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by a stone, and why a bird sustains itself in the air.”

I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand. Why shells existed on the tops of mountains. How the various circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by a stone, and why a bird sustains itself in the air.

— 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: “A deaf and dumb person who sees two men in conversation – may nevertheless understand from the attitudes and gestures of the speakers, how well their discussion is getting along.”

A deaf and dumb person who sees two men in conversation – may nevertheless understand from the attitudes and gestures of the speakers, how well their discussion is getting along.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “For those colours which you wish to be beautiful, always first prepare a pure white ground.”

For those colours which you wish to be beautiful, always first prepare a pure white ground.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The eye encompasses the beauty of the whole world.”

The eye encompasses the beauty of the whole world.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “To such an extent does nature delight and abound in variety that among her trees there is not one plant to be found which is exactly like another; and not only among the plants, but among the boughs, the leaves and the fruits, you will not find one which is exactly similar to another.”

To such an extent does nature delight and abound in variety that among her trees there is not one plant to be found which is exactly like another; and not only among the plants, but among the boughs, the leaves and the fruits, you will not find one which is exactly similar to another.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Learning acquired in youth arrests the evil of old age.”

Learning acquired in youth arrests the evil of old age.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Nature appears to have been the cruel stepmother rather than the mother of many animals.”

Nature appears to have been the cruel stepmother rather than the mother of many animals.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Fire destroys all sophistry, that is deceit; and maintains truth alone, that is gold.”

Fire destroys all sophistry, that is deceit; and maintains truth alone, that is gold.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “A long life is a life well spent.”

A long life is a life well spent.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Every action needs to be prompted by a motive. To know and to will are two operations of the human mind. Discerning, judging, deliberating are acts of the human mind.”

Every action needs to be prompted by a motive. To know and to will are two operations of the human mind. Discerning, judging, deliberating are acts of the human mind.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Black is like a broken vessel, which is deprived of the capacity to contain anything.”

Black is like a broken vessel, which is deprived of the capacity to contain anything.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Supreme happiness will be the greatest cause of misery, and the perfection of wisdom the occassion of folly.”

Supreme happiness will be the greatest cause of misery, and the perfection of wisdom the occassion of folly.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.”

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

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.”

Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Test knowledge through experience, be prepared to make mistakes, and be persistent about it.”

Test knowledge through experience, be prepared to make mistakes, and be persistent about it.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Every man at three years old is half his height.”

Every man at three years old is half his height.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “When Fortune comes, seize her in front with a sure hand, because behind she is bald.”

When Fortune comes, seize her in front with a sure hand, because behind she is bald.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “O sleepers! what a thing is slumber! Sleep resembles death. Ah, why then dost thou not work in such wise as that after death thou mayst retain a resemblance to perfect life, when, during life, thou art in sleep so like to the hapless dead?”

O sleepers! what a thing is slumber! Sleep resembles death. Ah, why then dost thou not work in such wise as that after death thou mayst retain a resemblance to perfect life, when, during life, thou art in sleep so like to the hapless dead?

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Happy will they be who lend ear to the words of the dead.”

Happy will they be who lend ear to the words of the dead.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The painter’s mind is a copy of the divine mind, since it operates freely in creating the many kinds of animals, plants, fruits, landscapes, countrysides, ruins, and awe-inspiring places.”

The painter’s mind is a copy of the divine mind, since it operates freely in creating the many kinds of animals, plants, fruits, landscapes, countrysides, ruins, and awe-inspiring places.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “There is nothing that deceives us more than our own judgment when used to give an opinion on our own works. It is sound in judging the work of our enemies but not that of our friends, for hate and love are two of the most powerfully motivating factors found among living things.”

There is nothing that deceives us more than our own judgment when used to give an opinion on our own works. It is sound in judging the work of our enemies but not that of our friends, for hate and love are two of the most powerfully motivating factors found among living things.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “I say that the power of vision extends through the visual rays to the surface of non-transparent bodies, while the power possessed by these bodies extends to the power of vision.”

I say that the power of vision extends through the visual rays to the surface of non-transparent bodies, while the power possessed by these bodies extends to the power of vision.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “No one should ever imitate the style of another because, with regard to art, he will be called a nephew and not a child of nature.”

No one should ever imitate the style of another because, with regard to art, he will be called a nephew and not a child of nature.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “I am still hopeful. A falcon, Time. But the coincidence is probably accidental.”

I am still hopeful. A falcon, Time. But the coincidence is probably accidental.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Not to punish evil is equivalent to authorizing it.”

Not to punish evil is equivalent to authorizing it.

— 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

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