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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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “The length of a man’s outspread arms is equal to his height.”

The length of a man’s outspread arms is equal to his height.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Thirst will parch your tongue and your body will waste through lack of sleep ere you can describe in words that which painting instantly sets before the eye.”

Thirst will parch your tongue and your body will waste through lack of sleep ere you can describe in words that which painting instantly sets before the eye.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Perspective is the rein and rudder of painting.”

Perspective is the rein and rudder of painting.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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


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: “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: “We know well that mistakes are more easily detected in the works of others than in one’s own.”

We know well that mistakes are more easily detected in the works of others than in one’s own.

— 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: “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: “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: “Nothing will be left, Nothing in the air, nothing under the earth, nothing in the waters. All will be exterminated.”

Nothing will be left, Nothing in the air, nothing under the earth, nothing in the waters. All will be exterminated.

— 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: “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: “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: “True and great love springs out of great knowledge, and where you know little you can love but little or not at all.”

True and great love springs out of great knowledge, and where you know little you can love but little or not at all.

— 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: “Why are the bones of great fishes, and oysters and corals and various other shells and sea-snails, found on the high tops of mountains that border the sea, in the same way in which they are found in the depths of the sea?”

Why are the bones of great fishes, and oysters and corals and various other shells and sea-snails, found on the high tops of mountains that border the sea, in the same way in which they are found in the depths of the sea?

— 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: “The imagination is to the effect as the shadow to the opaque body which causes the shadow.”

The imagination is to the effect as the shadow to the opaque body which causes the shadow.

— 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: “Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold.”

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “I have found that, in the composition of the human body as compared with the bodies of animals, the organs of sense are duller and coarser. Thus, it is composed of less ingenious instruments, and of spaces less capacious for receiving the faculties of sense.”

I have found that, in the composition of the human body as compared with the bodies of animals, the organs of sense are duller and coarser. Thus, it is composed of less ingenious instruments, and of spaces less capacious for receiving the faculties of sense.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “We should not desire the impossible.”

We should not desire the impossible.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Slender certainty is better than portentous falsehood.”

Slender certainty is better than portentous falsehood.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “He who can copy can do.”

He who can copy can do.

— 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: “You should prefer a good scientist without literary abilities than a literate one without scientific skills.”

You should prefer a good scientist without literary abilities than a literate one without scientific skills.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Man and animals are in reality vehicles and conduits of food, tombs of animals, hostels of Death, coverings that consume, deriving life by the death of others.”

Man and animals are in reality vehicles and conduits of food, tombs of animals, hostels of Death, coverings that consume, deriving life by the death of others.

— 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: “For youth, everything is sport.”

For youth, everything is sport.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “He who wishes to see how the soul inhabits the body should look to see how that body uses its daily surroundings. If the dwelling is dirty and neglected, the body will be kept by its soul in the same condition, dirty and neglected.”

He who wishes to see how the soul inhabits the body should look to see how that body uses its daily surroundings. If the dwelling is dirty and neglected, the body will be kept by its soul in the same condition, dirty and neglected.

— 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: “O mighty and once living instrument of formative nature. Incapable of availing thyself of thy vast strength thou hast to abandon a life of stillness and to obey the law which God and time gave to procreative nature.”

O mighty and once living instrument of formative nature. Incapable of availing thyself of thy vast strength thou hast to abandon a life of stillness and to obey the law which God and time gave to procreative nature.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Whatever you think matters – doesn’t. Follow this rule, and you will add decades to your life. Rodger Rosenblatt As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.”

Whatever you think matters – doesn’t. Follow this rule, and you will add decades to your life. Rodger Rosenblatt As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Lying on a feather mattress or quilt will not bring you renown.”

Lying on a feather mattress or quilt will not bring you renown.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Wherever good fortune enters, envy lays siege to the place and attacks it; and when it departs, sorrow and repentance remain behind.”

Wherever good fortune enters, envy lays siege to the place and attacks it; and when it departs, sorrow and repentance remain behind.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “If we make mistakes in our first compositions and do not know them, we may not amend them.”

If we make mistakes in our first compositions and do not know them, we may not amend them.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The organ of perception acts more readily than judgment.”

The organ of perception acts more readily than judgment.

— Leonardo da Vinci

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