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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: “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: “That which has no limitations, has no form.”

That which has no limitations, has no form.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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


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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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 wasted my hours.”

I have wasted my hours.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The first object of the painter is to make a flat plane appear as a body in relief and projecting from that plane.”

The first object of the painter is to make a flat plane appear as a body in relief and projecting from that plane.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “O time! swift devourer of all created things!”

O time! swift devourer of all created things!

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “I would venture to affirm that a man cannot attain excellence if he satisfy the ignorant and not those of his own craft, and if he be not ‘singular’ or ‘distant,’ or whatever you like to call him.”

I would venture to affirm that a man cannot attain excellence if he satisfy the ignorant and not those of his own craft, and if he be not ‘singular’ or ‘distant,’ or whatever you like to call him.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “How many emperors and how many princes have lived and died and no record of them remains, and they only sought to gain dominions and riches in order that their fame might be ever-lasting.”

How many emperors and how many princes have lived and died and no record of them remains, and they only sought to gain dominions and riches in order that their fame might be ever-lasting.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “An infinite number of men will sell publicly and unhindered things of the very highest price, without leave from the Master of it; while it never was theirs nor in their power; and human justice will not prevent it.”

An infinite number of men will sell publicly and unhindered things of the very highest price, without leave from the Master of it; while it never was theirs nor in their power; and human justice will not prevent it.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.”

When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The earth is moved from its position by the weight of a tiny bird resting upon it.”

The earth is moved from its position by the weight of a tiny bird resting upon it.

— 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: “It is the infinite alone that cannot be attained, for if it could it would become finite.”

It is the infinite alone that cannot be attained, for if it could it would become finite.

— 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: “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: “How painting surpasses all human works by reason of the subtle possibilities which it contains.”

How painting surpasses all human works by reason of the subtle possibilities which it contains.

— 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: “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: “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: “Good writing comes from good talent.”

Good writing comes from good talent.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Experience never misleads; what you are misled by is only your judgment, and this misleads you by anticipating results from experience of a kind that is not produced by your experiments.”

Experience never misleads; what you are misled by is only your judgment, and this misleads you by anticipating results from experience of a kind that is not produced by your experiments.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Our body is dependent on heaven and heaven on the Spirit.”

Our body is dependent on heaven and heaven on the Spirit.

— 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: “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: “Oh! Speculators on things, boast not of knowing the things that nature ordinarily brings about; but rejoice if you know the end of those things which you yourself device.”

Oh! Speculators on things, boast not of knowing the things that nature ordinarily brings about; but rejoice if you know the end of those things which you yourself device.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Nature varies the seed according to the variety of the things she desires to produce in the world.”

Nature varies the seed according to the variety of the things she desires to produce in the world.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Let not your rage or malice destroy a life.”

Let not your rage or malice destroy a life.

— Leonardo da Vinci

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