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Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “That which can be lost cannot be deemed riches.”

That which can be lost cannot be deemed riches.

— 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: “We may call painting the grandchild of nature.”

We may call painting the grandchild of nature.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Necessity is a guardian in Nature.”

Necessity is a guardian in Nature.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The grave will fall in upon him who digs it.”

The grave will fall in upon him who digs it.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The eye transmits its own image through the air to all the objects which face it, and also receives them on its own surface, whence the “sensus communis” takes them and considers them.”

The eye transmits its own image through the air to all the objects which face it, and also receives them on its own surface, whence the “sensus communis” takes them and considers them.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The fox when it sees a flock of herons or magpies or birds of that kind, suddenly flings himself on the ground with his mouth open to look as he were dead; and these birds want to peck at his tongue, and he bites off their heads.”

The fox when it sees a flock of herons or magpies or birds of that kind, suddenly flings himself on the ground with his mouth open to look as he were dead; and these birds want to peck at his tongue, and he bites off their heads.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “I am not to blame for putting forward, in the course of my work on science, any general rule derived from a previous conclusion.”

I am not to blame for putting forward, in the course of my work on science, any general rule derived from a previous conclusion.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Make an effort to collect the good features from many beautiful faces.”

Make an effort to collect the good features from many beautiful faces.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “A luminous body will appear more brilliant in proportion as it is surrounded by deeper shadow.”

A luminous body will appear more brilliant in proportion as it is surrounded by deeper shadow.

— Leonardo da Vinci



Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Old age takes in part savoury wisdom for its food – see to that your old age will not lack in nourishment.”

Old age takes in part savoury wisdom for its food – see to that your old age will not lack in nourishment.

— 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: “The instant the atmosphere is illuminated it will be filled with an infinite number of images which are produced by the various bodies and colours assembled in it. And the eye is the target, a lodestone, of these images.”

The instant the atmosphere is illuminated it will be filled with an infinite number of images which are produced by the various bodies and colours assembled in it. And the eye is the target, a lodestone, of these images.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The fame of the rich man dies with him; the fame of the treasure, and not of the man who possessed it, remains.”

The fame of the rich man dies with him; the fame of the treasure, and not of the man who possessed it, remains.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The bones of the Dead will be seen to govern the fortunes of him who moves them.”

The bones of the Dead will be seen to govern the fortunes of him who moves them.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “It is a far worthier thing to read by the light of experience than to adorn oneself with the labors of others.”

It is a far worthier thing to read by the light of experience than to adorn oneself with the labors of others.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Every loss which we incur leaves behind it vexation in the memory, save the greatest loss of all, that is, death, which annihilates the memory, together with life.”

Every loss which we incur leaves behind it vexation in the memory, save the greatest loss of all, that is, death, which annihilates the memory, together with life.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “To lie is vile, to tell truth is excellent, if not noble.”

To lie is vile, to tell truth is excellent, if not noble.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Avoid studies of which the result dies with the worker.”

Avoid studies of which the result dies with the worker.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “I abhor the supreme folly of those who blame the disciples of nature in defiance of those masters who were themselves her pupils.”

I abhor the supreme folly of those who blame the disciples of nature in defiance of those masters who were themselves her pupils.

— Leonardo da Vinci



Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “He who fears dangers will not perish by them.”

He who fears dangers will not perish by them.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “There is no higher or lower knowledge, but one only, flowing out of experimentation.”

There is no higher or lower knowledge, but one only, flowing out of experimentation.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “A man was desired to rise from bed because the sun was already up. He replied: “If I had as far to go and as much to do as he has, I should be up by now; but having but a little way to go, I shall not get up yet.””

A man was desired to rise from bed because the sun was already up. He replied: “If I had as far to go and as much to do as he has, I should be up by now; but having but a little way to go, I shall not get up yet.”

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Some promises and time disappoint us.”

Some promises and time disappoint us.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “If you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. Let us hope that.”

If you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. Let us hope that.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The motions of men must be such as suggest their dignity or their baseness.”

The motions of men must be such as suggest their dignity or their baseness.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Movement will fail sooner than usefulness.”

Movement will fail sooner than usefulness.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “One shall be born from small beginnings which will rapidly become vast. This will respect no created thing, rather will it, by its power, transform almost every thing from its own nature into another.”

One shall be born from small beginnings which will rapidly become vast. This will respect no created thing, rather will it, by its power, transform almost every thing from its own nature into another.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “To speak well of a base man is much the same as speaking ill of a good man.”

To speak well of a base man is much the same as speaking ill of a good man.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “It seems that it had been destined before that I should occupy myself so thoroughly with the vulture, for it comes to my mind as a very early memory, when I was still in the cradle, a vulture came down to me, he opened my mouth with his tail and struck me a few times with his tail against my lips.”

It seems that it had been destined before that I should occupy myself so thoroughly with the vulture, for it comes to my mind as a very early memory, when I was still in the cradle, a vulture came down to me, he opened my mouth with his tail and struck me a few times with his tail against my lips.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Painting is concerned with the ten things you can see: these are darkness and brightness, substance and color, form and place, remoteness and nearness, movement and rest.”

Painting is concerned with the ten things you can see: these are darkness and brightness, substance and color, form and place, remoteness and nearness, movement and rest.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Things that are separate shall be united and acquire such virtue that they will restore to man his lost memory.”

Things that are separate shall be united and acquire such virtue that they will restore to man his lost memory.

— 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: “Those who become enamoured of the art, without having previously applied to the diligent study of the scientific part of it, may be compared to mariners who put to the sea in a ship without rudder or compass and therefore cannot be certain of arriving at the wished for port.”

Those who become enamoured of the art, without having previously applied to the diligent study of the scientific part of it, may be compared to mariners who put to the sea in a ship without rudder or compass and therefore cannot be certain of arriving at the wished for port.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “I have solved what color is, however ; I still have no idea about what line is.”

I have solved what color is, however ; I still have no idea about what line is.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The knowledge of the past times and of the places of the earth is both an ornament and nutriment to the human mind.”

The knowledge of the past times and of the places of the earth is both an ornament and nutriment to the human mind.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “I am not poor. Poor are those who desire many things.”

I am not poor. Poor are those who desire many things.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “I have discovered that a screw-shaped device such as this, if it is well made from starched linen, will rise in the air if turned quickly.”

I have discovered that a screw-shaped device such as this, if it is well made from starched linen, will rise in the air if turned quickly.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Make your faces so that they do not all have the same expression, as one sees with most painters, but give them different expression, according to age, complexion, and good or bad character.”

Make your faces so that they do not all have the same expression, as one sees with most painters, but give them different expression, according to age, complexion, and good or bad character.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “There is no result in nature without a cause; understand the cause and you will have no need of the experiment.”

There is no result in nature without a cause; understand the cause and you will have no need of the experiment.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “All the bystanders at an event worthy of note adopt various gestures of admiration when contemplating the occurrence.”

All the bystanders at an event worthy of note adopt various gestures of admiration when contemplating the occurrence.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Nothing is so much to be feared as Evil Report.”

Nothing is so much to be feared as Evil Report.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Here is a thing which the more you fear and avoid it the nearer you approach to it, and this is misery; the more you flee from it the more miserable and restless you will become.”

Here is a thing which the more you fear and avoid it the nearer you approach to it, and this is misery; the more you flee from it the more miserable and restless you will become.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “It is no small benefit on finding oneself in bed in the dark to go over again in the imagination the main lines of the forms previously studied, or other noteworthy things conceived by ingenious speculation.”

It is no small benefit on finding oneself in bed in the dark to go over again in the imagination the main lines of the forms previously studied, or other noteworthy things conceived by ingenious speculation.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The great man presides over all his states of consciousness with obstinate rigor.”

The great man presides over all his states of consciousness with obstinate rigor.

— 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: “The memory of benefits is a frail defence against ingratitude.”

The memory of benefits is a frail defence against ingratitude.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The boundaries of bodies are the least of all things.”

The boundaries of bodies are the least of all things.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Experience, the interpreter between creative nature and the human race, teaches the action of nature among mortals: how under the constraint of necessity she cannot act otherwise than as reason, who steers her helm, teaches her to act.”

Experience, the interpreter between creative nature and the human race, teaches the action of nature among mortals: how under the constraint of necessity she cannot act otherwise than as reason, who steers her helm, teaches her to act.

— 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

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