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Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Look at light and admire its beauty. Close your eyes, and then look again: what you saw is no longer there; and what you will see later is not yet.”

Look at light and admire its beauty. Close your eyes, and then look again: what you saw is no longer there; and what you will see later is not yet.

— 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: “The supreme misfortune is when theory outstrips performance.”

The supreme misfortune is when theory outstrips performance.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life.”

People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life.

— 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: “The worst evil which can befall the artist is that his work should appear good in his own eyes.”

The worst evil which can befall the artist is that his work should appear good in his own eyes.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “It’s not enough that you believe what you see. You must also understand what you see.”

It’s not enough that you believe what you see. You must also understand what you see.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Your brain is much better than you think; just use it!”

Your brain is much better than you think; just use it!

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Of the four elements water is the second in weight and the second in respect of mobility. It is never at rest until it unites with the sea...”

Of the four elements water is the second in weight and the second in respect of mobility. It is never at rest until it unites with the sea...

— Leonardo da Vinci



Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “All thoughts start from emotions.”

All thoughts start from emotions.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Virtue is our true wealth and the true reward of its possessor; it cannot be lost, it never deserts us until life leaves us.”

Virtue is our true wealth and the true reward of its possessor; it cannot be lost, it never deserts us until life leaves us.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Everything proceeds from everything else and everything becomes everything, and everything can be turned into everything else.”

Everything proceeds from everything else and everything becomes everything, and everything can be turned into everything else.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Practice should always be based upon a sound knowledge of theory.”

Practice should always be based upon a sound knowledge of theory.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.”

Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Drawing is based upon perspective, which is nothing else than a thorough knowledge of the function of the eye.”

Drawing is based upon perspective, which is nothing else than a thorough knowledge of the function of the eye.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Whatever you do in life, if you want to be creative and intelligent, and develop your brain, you must do everything with the awareness that everything, in some way, connects to everything else.”

Whatever you do in life, if you want to be creative and intelligent, and develop your brain, you must do everything with the awareness that everything, in some way, connects to everything else.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “What is fair in men, passes away, but not so in art.”

What is fair in men, passes away, but not so in art.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “That which has no limitations, has no form.”

That which has no limitations, has no form.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “To be a winner you must want to win but must know of the chance of losing and must not fear of it.”

To be a winner you must want to win but must know of the chance of losing and must not fear of it.

— 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: “When you are alone you are all your own.”

When you are alone you are all your own.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.”

Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.

— 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: “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: “First study the science, and then practice the art which is born of that science.”

First study the science, and then practice the art which is born of that science.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Love, Fear, and Esteem, – Write these on three stones.”

Love, Fear, and Esteem, – Write these on three stones.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Those who, in debate, appeal to their qualifications, argue from memory, not from understanding.”

Those who, in debate, appeal to their qualifications, argue from memory, not from understanding.

— 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: “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: “The soul can never be corrupted with the corruption of the body, but it is like the wind which causes the sound of the organ, and which ceases to produce a good effect when a pipe is spoilt.”

The soul can never be corrupted with the corruption of the body, but it is like the wind which causes the sound of the organ, and which ceases to produce a good effect when a pipe is spoilt.

— 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: “It is ill to praise, and worse to blame, the thing which you do not understand.”

It is ill to praise, and worse to blame, the thing which you do not understand.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “There is nothing which deceives us as much as our own judgement.”

There is nothing which deceives us as much as our own judgement.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Being engulfed in practice without delicate knowledge related to it, is in many ways like entering a ship without knowing where it is headed.”

Being engulfed in practice without delicate knowledge related to it, is in many ways like entering a ship without knowing where it is headed.

— 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: “The study of what is excellent is food for the mind and body.”

The study of what is excellent is food for the mind and body.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The spirit desires to remain with its body, because, without the organic instruments of that body, it can neither act, nor feel anything.”

The spirit desires to remain with its body, because, without the organic instruments of that body, it can neither act, nor feel anything.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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


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