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

Truth was always but the daughter of time.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “Fear arises sooner than anything else.”

Fear arises sooner than anything else.

— 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: “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: “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: “Ask counsel of him who rules himself well.”

Ask counsel of him who rules himself well.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Being engulfed in practice without delicate knowledge related to it, is in many ways like entering a ship without knowing where it is headed.”

Being engulfed in practice without delicate knowledge related to it, is in many ways like entering a ship without knowing where it is headed.

— 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


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: “First study the science, and then practice the art which is born of that science.”

First study the science, and then practice the art which is born of that science.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Your brain is much better than you think; just use it!”

Your brain is much better than you think; just use it!

— 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: “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: “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: “Drawing is based upon perspective, which is nothing else than a thorough knowledge of the function of the eye.”

Drawing is based upon perspective, which is nothing else than a thorough knowledge of the function of the eye.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The study of what is excellent is food for the mind and body.”

The study of what is excellent is food for the mind and body.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “The spirit desires to remain with its body, because, without the organic instruments of that body, it can neither act, nor feel anything.”

The spirit desires to remain with its body, because, without the organic instruments of that body, it can neither act, nor feel anything.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Every action done by nature is done in the shortest way.”

Every action done by nature is done in the shortest way.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.”

Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Of several bodies all equally larger and distant, that most brightly illuminated will appear to the eye nearest and largest.”

Of several bodies all equally larger and distant, that most brightly illuminated will appear to the eye nearest and largest.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “When you are painting you should take a flat mirror and often look at your work within it, and it will then be seen in reverse, and will appear to be by the hand of some other master, and you will be better able to judge of its faults than in any other way.”

When you are painting you should take a flat mirror and often look at your work within it, and it will then be seen in reverse, and will appear to be by the hand of some other master, and you will be better able to judge of its faults than in any other way.

— Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci Quote: “Whatever you do in life, if you want to be creative and intelligent, and develop your brain, you must do everything with the awareness that everything, in some way, connects to everything else.”

Whatever you do in life, if you want to be creative and intelligent, and develop your brain, you must do everything with the awareness that everything, in some way, connects to everything else.

— Leonardo da Vinci

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