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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



Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss.”

He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “A painter was asked why, since he made such beautiful figures, which were but dead things, his children were so ugly; to which the painter replied that he made his pictures by day, and his children by night.”

A painter was asked why, since he made such beautiful figures, which were but dead things, his children were so ugly; to which the painter replied that he made his pictures by day, and his children by night.

— 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: “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: “Of the horse I will say nothing because I know the times.”

Of the horse I will say nothing because I know the times.

— 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: “The lover is drawn by the thing loved, as the sense is by that which it perceives...”

The lover is drawn by the thing loved, as the sense is by that which it perceives...

— 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: “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: “Necessity is a guardian in Nature.”

Necessity is a guardian in Nature.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “Some promises and time disappoint us.”

Some promises and time disappoint us.

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

We may call painting the grandchild of nature.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Truth is so excellent, that if it praises but small things they become noble.”

Truth is so excellent, that if it praises but small things they become 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: “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: “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: “Fear arises sooner than anything else.”

Fear arises sooner than anything else.

— 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: “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 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “O Time with your teethy years! You swallow up all things little by little in a slow-motion, wrinkling process of dying.”

O Time with your teethy years! You swallow up all things little by little in a slow-motion, wrinkling process of dying.

— 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


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