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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


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “A good painter has two main objects to paint, man and the intention of his soul. The former is easy, the latter hard as he has to represent it by the attitude and movement of the limbs.”

A good painter has two main objects to paint, man and the intention of his soul. The former is easy, the latter hard as he has to represent it by the attitude and movement of the limbs.

— 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: “The human being, creature of eyes, needs the image.”

The human being, creature of eyes, needs the image.

— 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: “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: “Man’s external form, marvellously constructed, is not much as compared with the divine soul that dwells inside that structure.”

Man’s external form, marvellously constructed, is not much as compared with the divine soul that dwells inside that structure.

— 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: “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: “Movement will fail sooner than usefulness.”

Movement will fail sooner than usefulness.

— 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: “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 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 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: “Truth was always but the daughter of time.”

Truth was always but the daughter of time.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “All the elements will be seen mixed together in a great whirling mass, now borne towards the centre of the world, now towards the sky; and now furiously rushing from the South towards the frozen North, and sometimes from the East towards the West, and then again from this hemisphere to the other.”

All the elements will be seen mixed together in a great whirling mass, now borne towards the centre of the world, now towards the sky; and now furiously rushing from the South towards the frozen North, and sometimes from the East towards the West, and then again from this hemisphere to the other.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Nothing is more apt to deceive us than our own judgment of our work. We derive more benefit from having our faults pointed out by our enemies than from hearing the opinions of friends.”

Nothing is more apt to deceive us than our own judgment of our work. We derive more benefit from having our faults pointed out by our enemies than from hearing the opinions of friends.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Oh! how foul a thing, that we should see the tongue of one animal in the guts of another.”

Oh! how foul a thing, that we should see the tongue of one animal in the guts of another.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “To speak ill of a good person is not truly good, all in all.”

To speak ill of a good person is not truly good, all in all.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “A single and distinct luminous body causes stronger relief in the objects than a diffused light; as may be seen by comparing one side of a landscape illuminated by the sun, and one overshadowed by clouds, and illuminated only by the diffused light of the atmosphere.”

A single and distinct luminous body causes stronger relief in the objects than a diffused light; as may be seen by comparing one side of a landscape illuminated by the sun, and one overshadowed by clouds, and illuminated only by the diffused light of the atmosphere.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The painter who draws by practise and judgment of the eye without the use of reason is like the mirror which reproduces within itself all the objects which are set opposite to it without knowledge of the same.”

The painter who draws by practise and judgment of the eye without the use of reason is like the mirror which reproduces within itself all the objects which are set opposite to it without knowledge of the same.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Many will be busied in taking away from a thing, which will grow in proportion as it is diminished.”

Many will be busied in taking away from a thing, which will grow in proportion as it is diminished.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Sculptured figures which appear in motion, will, in their standing position, actually look as if they were falling forward.”

Sculptured figures which appear in motion, will, in their standing position, actually look as if they were falling forward.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Nature is constrained by the cause of her laws which dwell inborn in her. Variant: Nature is constrained by the order of her own law which lives and works within her.”

Nature is constrained by the cause of her laws which dwell inborn in her. Variant: Nature is constrained by the order of her own law which lives and works within her.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Men and words are ready made, and you, O Painter, if you do not know how to make your figures move, are like an orator who knows not how to use his words.”

Men and words are ready made, and you, O Painter, if you do not know how to make your figures move, are like an orator who knows not how to use his words.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The vivacity and brightness of colors in a landscape will never bear any comparison with a landscape in nature when it is illumined by the sun, unless the painting is placed in such a position that it will receive the same light from the sun as does the landscape.”

The vivacity and brightness of colors in a landscape will never bear any comparison with a landscape in nature when it is illumined by the sun, unless the painting is placed in such a position that it will receive the same light from the sun as does the landscape.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Each man is always in the middle of the surface of the earth and under the zenith of his own hemisphere, and over the centre of the earth.”

Each man is always in the middle of the surface of the earth and under the zenith of his own hemisphere, and over the centre of the earth.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “There are many kinds of beauty as people who possess it.”

There are many kinds of beauty as people who possess it.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “If the thing loved is base, the lover becomes base.”

If the thing loved is base, the lover becomes base.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Weight is caused by one element being situated in another; and it moves by the shortest line towards its centre, not by its own choice, not because the centre draws it to itself, but because the other intervening element cannot withstand it.”

Weight is caused by one element being situated in another; and it moves by the shortest line towards its centre, not by its own choice, not because the centre draws it to itself, but because the other intervening element cannot withstand it.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Perspective is a most subtle discovery in mathematical studies, for by means of lines it causes to appear distant that which is near, and large that which is small.”

Perspective is a most subtle discovery in mathematical studies, for by means of lines it causes to appear distant that which is near, and large that which is small.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “When the thing taken into union is perfectly adapted to that which receives it, the result is delight and pleasure and satisfaction.”

When the thing taken into union is perfectly adapted to that which receives it, the result is delight and pleasure and satisfaction.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “When that which loves is united to the thing beloved it can rest there; when the burden is laid down it finds rest there. There will be eternal fame also for the inhabitants of that town, constructed and enlarged by him.”

When that which loves is united to the thing beloved it can rest there; when the burden is laid down it finds rest there. There will be eternal fame also for the inhabitants of that town, constructed and enlarged by him.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Ask counsel of him who rules himself well.”

Ask counsel of him who rules himself well.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Love shows itself more in adversitythan in prosperity; as light does, which shines most where the place isdarkest.”

Love shows itself more in adversitythan in prosperity; as light does, which shines most where the place isdarkest.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The good painter must paint two things: a person and the essence of his soul.”

The good painter must paint two things: a person and the essence of his soul.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “My works are the issue of simple and plain experience which is the true mistress.”

My works are the issue of simple and plain experience which is the true mistress.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “He who despises painting has no love for the philosophy in nature.”

He who despises painting has no love for the philosophy in nature.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “A man of supreme folly: his life flies away while he is merely hoping to enjoy it.”

A man of supreme folly: his life flies away while he is merely hoping to enjoy it.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Men born in hot countries love the night because it refreshes them and have a horror of light because it burns them.”

Men born in hot countries love the night because it refreshes them and have a horror of light because it burns them.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The variety of colour in objects cannot be discerned at a great distance, excepting in those parts which are directly lighted up by the solar rays.”

The variety of colour in objects cannot be discerned at a great distance, excepting in those parts which are directly lighted up by the solar rays.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “It reflects no great honour on a painter to be able to execute one thing well.”

It reflects no great honour on a painter to be able to execute one thing well.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “If on your own or by the criticism of others you discover error in your work, correct it then and there; otherwise in exposing your work to the public, you will expose your error also.”

If on your own or by the criticism of others you discover error in your work, correct it then and there; otherwise in exposing your work to the public, you will expose your error also.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Given the cause nature produces the effect in the briefest manner that it can employ.”

Given the cause nature produces the effect in the briefest manner that it can employ.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Just as food eaten without appetite is a tedious nourishment, so does study without zeal damage the memory by not assimilating what it absorbs.”

Just as food eaten without appetite is a tedious nourishment, so does study without zeal damage the memory by not assimilating what it absorbs.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The lover is moved by the beloved object as the senses are by sensual objects; and they unite and become one and the same thing. The work is the first thing born of this union; if the thing loved is base the lover becomes base.”

The lover is moved by the beloved object as the senses are by sensual objects; and they unite and become one and the same thing. The work is the first thing born of this union; if the thing loved is base the lover becomes base.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The painter strives and competes with nature.”

The painter strives and competes with nature.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The limiting surface of one thing is the beginning of another.”

The limiting surface of one thing is the beginning of another.

— Leonardo da Vinci

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