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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: “The merit of painting lies in the exactness of reproduction. Painting is a science and all sciences are based on mathematics. No human inquiry can be a science unless it pursues its path through mathematical exposition and demonstration.”

The merit of painting lies in the exactness of reproduction. Painting is a science and all sciences are based on mathematics. No human inquiry can be a science unless it pursues its path through mathematical exposition and demonstration.

— 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: “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: “He who can copy can do.”

He who can copy can do.

— 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: “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: “For in truth great love is born of great knowledge of the thing loved.”

For in truth great love is born of great knowledge of the thing loved.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.”

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.

— 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: “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: “Fire destroys falsehood, that is sophistry, and restores truth, driving out darkness.”

Fire destroys falsehood, that is sophistry, and restores truth, driving out darkness.

— 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: “O painter skilled in anatomy, beware lest the undue prominence of the bones, sinews and muscles cause you to become a wooden painter from the desire to make your nude figures reveal all.”

O painter skilled in anatomy, beware lest the undue prominence of the bones, sinews and muscles cause you to become a wooden painter from the desire to make your nude figures reveal all.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Especially learn how to see.”

Especially learn how to see.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Many will think they may reasonably blame me by alleging that my proofs are opposed to the authority of certain men held in the highest reverence by their inexperienced judgments; not considering that my works are the issue of pure and simple experience.”

Many will think they may reasonably blame me by alleging that my proofs are opposed to the authority of certain men held in the highest reverence by their inexperienced judgments; not considering that my works are the issue of pure and simple experience.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Advertisers constantly invent cures to which there is no disease.”

Advertisers constantly invent cures to which there is no disease.

— 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: “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: “Experience never errs; it is only your judgments that err by promising themselves effects such as are not caused by your experiments.”

Experience never errs; it is only your judgments that err by promising themselves effects such as are not caused by your experiments.

— 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: “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: “Those who condemn the supreme certainty of mathematics feed on confusion, and can never silence the contradictions of the sophistical sciences which lead to eternal quackery.”

Those who condemn the supreme certainty of mathematics feed on confusion, and can never silence the contradictions of the sophistical sciences which lead to eternal quackery.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “For youth, everything is sport.”

For youth, everything is sport.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “A natural action is accomplished in the briefest manner.”

A natural action is accomplished in the briefest manner.

— 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


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: “In the days of thy youth seek to obtain that which shall compensate the losses of thy old age.”

In the days of thy youth seek to obtain that which shall compensate the losses of thy old age.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “O painter, take care lest the greed for gain prove a stronger incentive than renown in art, for to gain this renown is a far greater thing than is the renown of riches.”

O painter, take care lest the greed for gain prove a stronger incentive than renown in art, for to gain this renown is a far greater thing than is the renown of riches.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The light and heat of the universe comes from the sun, and its cold and darkness from the withdrawal of the sun.”

The light and heat of the universe comes from the sun, and its cold and darkness from the withdrawal of the sun.

— 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: “If anyone wishes to see how the soul dwells in its body, let him observe how this body uses its daily habitation; that is to say, if this is devoid of order and confused, the body will be kept in disorder and confusion by its soul...”

If anyone wishes to see how the soul dwells in its body, let him observe how this body uses its daily habitation; that is to say, if this is devoid of order and confused, the body will be kept in disorder and confusion by its soul...

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Shadow is the diminution alike of light and of darkness, and stands between darkness and light.”

Shadow is the diminution alike of light and of darkness, and stands between darkness and light.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Men standing in opposite hemispheres will converse and deride each other and embrace each other, and understand each other’s language.”

Men standing in opposite hemispheres will converse and deride each other and embrace each other, and understand each other’s language.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The painter or draftsman ought to be solitary, in order that the well-being of the body not sap the vigour of the mind.”

The painter or draftsman ought to be solitary, in order that the well-being of the body not sap the vigour of the mind.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “O admirable necessity! O powerful action! What mind can penetrate your nature? What language can express this marvel? None, to be sure. This is where human discourse turns toward the contemplation of the divine.”

O admirable necessity! O powerful action! What mind can penetrate your nature? What language can express this marvel? None, to be sure. This is where human discourse turns toward the contemplation of the divine.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “I shall do down in history as the man who opened a door!”

I shall do down in history as the man who opened a door!

— 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: “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: “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: “Things severed shall be united and shall acquire of themselves such virtue that they shall restore to men their lost memory: – That is the papyrus sheets, which are formed out of several strips and preserve the memory of the thoughts and deeds of men.”

Things severed shall be united and shall acquire of themselves such virtue that they shall restore to men their lost memory: – That is the papyrus sheets, which are formed out of several strips and preserve the memory of the thoughts and deeds of men.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “People of higher talent work, even if they seem to do nothing.”

People of higher talent work, even if they seem to do nothing.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.”

Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The vine that has grown old on an old tree falls with the ruin of that tree, and through that bad companionship must perish with it.”

The vine that has grown old on an old tree falls with the ruin of that tree, and through that bad companionship must perish with it.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The senses are of the earth, the reason stands apart from them in contemplation.”

The senses are of the earth, the reason stands apart from them in contemplation.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “He who in reasoning cites authority is making use of his memory rather than of his intellect.”

He who in reasoning cites authority is making use of his memory rather than of his intellect.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “One day the world will look upon research upon animals as it now looks upon research on human beings.”

One day the world will look upon research upon animals as it now looks upon research on human beings.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The evil which does me no harm is like the good which in no wise avails me.”

The evil which does me no harm is like the good which in no wise avails me.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “He only moves toward the perfection of his art whose criticism surpasses his achievement.”

He only moves toward the perfection of his art whose criticism surpasses his achievement.

— Leonardo da Vinci

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