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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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Do not imitate one another’s style. If you do, so far as your art is concerned you will be called a grandson, rather than the son of Nature.”

Do not imitate one another’s style. If you do, so far as your art is concerned you will be called a grandson, rather than the son of Nature.

— 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: “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: “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: “A long life is a life well spent.”

A long life is a life well spent.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Constancy does not begin, but is that which perseveres.”

Constancy does not begin, but is that which perseveres.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “We must doubt the certainty of everything which passes through the senses, but how much more ought we to doubt things contrary to the senses, such as the existence of God and the soul.”

We must doubt the certainty of everything which passes through the senses, but how much more ought we to doubt things contrary to the senses, such as the existence of God and the soul.

— 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: “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: “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: “When taking a selfie, remember the most natural pose is still best.”

When taking a selfie, remember the most natural pose is still best.

— 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: “Every part is disposed to unite with the whole, that it may thereby escape from its own incompleteness.”

Every part is disposed to unite with the whole, that it may thereby escape from its own incompleteness.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The water which rises in the mountain is the blood which keeps the mountain in life.”

The water which rises in the mountain is the blood which keeps the mountain in life.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The eye – which sees all objects reversed – retains the images for some time.”

The eye – which sees all objects reversed – retains the images for some time.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “What induces you, oh man, to depart from your home in town, to leave parents and friends, and go to the countryside over mountains and valleys, if it is not for the beauty of the world of nature?”

What induces you, oh man, to depart from your home in town, to leave parents and friends, and go to the countryside over mountains and valleys, if it is not for the beauty of the world of nature?

— Leonardo da Vinci



Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Reprove your friend in secret and praise him openly.”

Reprove your friend in secret and praise him openly.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The painter will produce pictures of little merit if he takes the works of others as his standard.”

The painter will produce pictures of little merit if he takes the works of others as his standard.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The mole has very small eyes and it always lives under ground; and it lives as long as it is in the dark but when it comes into the light it dies immediately, because it becomes known; – and so it is with lies.”

The mole has very small eyes and it always lives under ground; and it lives as long as it is in the dark but when it comes into the light it dies immediately, because it becomes known; – and so it is with lies.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “An artist who lacks the power of self-criticism accomplishes but little. It is good if your work stands higher than your own opinion of it; bad if it is on the same level. But it is a great disaster if your work stands lower than your judgment of it.”

An artist who lacks the power of self-criticism accomplishes but little. It is good if your work stands higher than your own opinion of it; bad if it is on the same level. But it is a great disaster if your work stands lower than your judgment of it.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Let no man who is not a Mathematician read the elements of my work.”

Let no man who is not a Mathematician read the elements of my work.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “It is better to imitate ancient than modern work.”

It is better to imitate ancient than modern work.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “It vexes me greatly that having to earn my living has forced me to interrupt the work and to attend to small matters.”

It vexes me greatly that having to earn my living has forced me to interrupt the work and to attend to small matters.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “A poet knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

A poet knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Inaction saps the vigor of the mind.”

Inaction saps the vigor of the mind.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Even the richest soil, if left uncultivated will produce the rankest weeds.”

Even the richest soil, if left uncultivated will produce the rankest weeds.

— Leonardo da Vinci



Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “We might say that the earth has the spirit of growth; that its flesh is the soil.”

We might say that the earth has the spirit of growth; that its flesh is the soil.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “I have always felt it is my destiny to build a machine that would allow man to fly.”

I have always felt it is my destiny to build a machine that would allow man to fly.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “There is no object so large but that at a great distance from the eye it does not appear smaller than a smaller object near.”

There is no object so large but that at a great distance from the eye it does not appear smaller than a smaller object near.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Happy will be those who give ear to the words of the dead: – The reading of good works and the observing of their precepts.”

Happy will be those who give ear to the words of the dead: – The reading of good works and the observing of their precepts.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Study me, reader, if you delight in me, because on very few occasions shall I return to the world, and because the patience for this profession is found in very few, and only in those who wish to compose things anew. Come, oh men, to see the miracles that such studies will disclose to nature.”

Study me, reader, if you delight in me, because on very few occasions shall I return to the world, and because the patience for this profession is found in very few, and only in those who wish to compose things anew. Come, oh men, to see the miracles that such studies will disclose to nature.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “To me it seems that those sciences are vain and full of error which are not born of experience, mother of all certainty, first-hand experience which in its origins, or means, or end has passed through one of the five senses.”

To me it seems that those sciences are vain and full of error which are not born of experience, mother of all certainty, first-hand experience which in its origins, or means, or end has passed through one of the five senses.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “One’s thoughts turn towards Hope.”

One’s thoughts turn towards Hope.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “I have wasted my hours.”

I have wasted my hours.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Do not reveal, if liberty is precious to you; my face is the prison of love.”

Do not reveal, if liberty is precious to you; my face is the prison of love.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “You grow in reputation like bread in the hands of a child.”

You grow in reputation like bread in the hands of a child.

— Leonardo da Vinci


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