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250 Inspiring Quotes by Leonardo da Vinci

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Wikipedia Summary for Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519) was an Italian polymath of the High Renaissance who was active as a painter, draughtsman, engineer, scientist, theorist, sculptor and architect. While his fame initially rested on his achievements as a painter, he also became known for his notebooks, in which he made drawings and notes on a variety of subjects, including anatomy, astronomy, botany, cartography, painting, and paleontology. Leonardo's genius epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal, and his collective works compose a contribution to later generations of artists matched only by that of his younger contemporary, Michelangelo.

Born out of wedlock to a successful notary and a lower-class woman in, or near, Vinci, he was educated in Florence by the renowned Italian painter and sculptor Andrea del Verrocchio. He began his career in the city, but then spent much time in the service of Ludovico Sforza in Milan. Later, he worked in Florence and Milan again, as well as briefly in Rome, all while attracting a large following of imitators and students. Upon the invitation of Francis I, he spent his last three years in France, where he died in 1519. Since his death, there has not been a time where his achievements, diverse interests, personal life, and empirical thinking have failed to incite interest and admiration, making him a frequent namesake and subject in culture.

Leonardo is among the greatest painters in the history of art and is often credited as the founder of the High Renaissance. Despite having many lost works and less than 25 attributed major works—including numerous unfinished works—he created some of the most influential paintings in Western art. His magnum opus, the Mona Lisa, is his best known work and often regarded as the world's most famous painting. The Last Supper is the most reproduced religious painting of all time and his Vitruvian Man drawing is also regarded as a cultural icon. In 2017, Salvator Mundi, attributed in whole or part to Leonardo, was sold at auction for US$450.3 million, setting a new record for most expensive painting ever sold at public auction.

Revered for his technological ingenuity, he conceptualized flying machines, a type of armored fighting vehicle, concentrated solar power, an adding machine, and the double hull. Relatively few of his designs were constructed or even feasible during his lifetime, as the modern scientific approaches to metallurgy and engineering were only in their infancy during the Renaissance. Some of his smaller inventions, however, entered the world of manufacturing unheralded, such as an automated bobbin winder and a machine for testing the tensile strength of wire. He made substantial discoveries in anatomy, civil engineering, geology, optics, tribology, and hydrodynamics, but he did not publish his findings and they had little to no direct influence on subsequent science.


white and blue floral textile

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

--Leonardo da Vinci

blue wallpaper

Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness.

--Leonardo da Vinci

pink rose in close up photography

Knowledge of the past and of the places of the earth is the ornament and food of the mind of man.

--Leonardo da Vinci

pink flower with green stem

Avoid the precepts of those thinkers whose reasoning is not confirmed by experience.

--Leonardo da Vinci

woman doing yoga on rock platform next to body of water

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.

--Leonardo da Vinci

two blue beach chairs near body of water

If you cause your ship to stop and place the head of a long tube in the water and place the outer extremity to your ear, you will hear ships at a great distance from you.

--Leonardo da Vinci

yellow and purple flower with white background

Though I may not ... be able to quote other authors, I shall rely on that which is much greater and more worthy -- on experience.

--Leonardo da Vinci

green tree under blue sky during night time

Nothing should be so greatly feared as empty fame.

--Leonardo da Vinci

selective focus photography of grey coin operated telescope

Life without love, is no life at all.

--Leonardo da Vinci

purple flower field during daytime

We, by our arts may be called the grandsons of God.

--Leonardo da Vinci

white stars cutout on black surface with red string

There is nothing which deceives us as much as our own judgement.

--Leonardo da Vinci

grayscale photography of elephant

I am still hopeful. A falcon, Time. But the coincidence is probably accidental.

--Leonardo da Vinci

bare tree on mountain during sunset

Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.

--Leonardo da Vinci

time lapse photography of fire

Therefore, O students, study mathematics and do not build without foundations.

--Leonardo da Vinci

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Men of genius sometimes accomplish most when they work least, for they are thinking out inventions.

--Leonardo da Vinci


purple flowered hedge plants

The mole has very small eyes and it always lives under ground; and it lives as long as it is in the dark but when it comes into the light it dies immediately, because it becomes known; -- and so it is with lies.

--Leonardo da Vinci

running white, brown, and black dog

He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss.

--Leonardo da Vinci

purple and white petaled flower

Feathers shall raise men even as they do birds towards heaven. That is by letters written with their quills.

--Leonardo da Vinci


high-angle photography of beach side

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

person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs

The eye is the window of the human body through which it feels its way and enjoys the beauty of the world.

--Leonardo da Vinci


sunflower field during daytime

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

--Leonardo da Vinci

wormeye view photo of milky way

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

round black and white analog alarm clock

No human investigation can be called real science if it cannot be demonstrated mathematically.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Longer Version:

No human investigation can be called real knowledge if it does not pass through mathematical demonstrations; and if you say that the kinds of knowledge that begin and end in the mind have any value as truth, this cannot be conceded, but rather must be denied for many reasons, and first of all because in such mental discussions there is no experimentation, without which nothing provides certainty of itself.


white and red flower with green leaves

I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.

--Leonardo da Vinci

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.

--Leonardo da Vinci

pink rose in close up photography

Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.

--Leonardo da Vinci


man in black tank top standing near tree under starry night

All objects transmit their image to the eye in pyramids and the nearer to the eye these pyramids are intersected the smaller will the image appear of the objects which cause them.

--Leonardo da Vinci

woman sitting on black chair in front of glass-panel window with white curtains

It should not be hard for you to stop sometimes and look into the stains of walls, or ashes of a fire, or clouds, or mud or like places, in which...you may find really marvellous ideas.

--Leonardo da Vinci

red illustration

In life beauty perishes, but not in art.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Arizona landscape

In nature's inventions nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.

--Leonardo da Vinci

three women sitting on rock near body of water

Movement will fail sooner than usefulness.

--Leonardo da Vinci

man in black jacket sitting on chair

Weight, force and casual impulse, together with resistance, are the four external powers in which all the visible actions of mortals have their being and their end.

--Leonardo da Vinci

silhouette of trees during sunset

Whoever despises the high wisdom of mathematics nourishes himself on delusion and will never still the sophistic sciences whose only product is an eternal uproar.

--Leonardo da Vinci

red flower in shallow focus lens

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


four person standing beside wall

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

--Leonardo da Vinci

sunset hgihway

He who does not punish evil commands it to be done.

--Leonardo da Vinci

green leafed plant on clear glass vase filled with water

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

man and woman kissing

Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.

--Leonardo da Vinci

sunset

Nothing is hidden under the sun.

--Leonardo da Vinci

person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46

In time and with water, everything changes.

--Leonardo da Vinci

green leaf tree near mountain covered by snow at daytime

I love those that can smile in trouble.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Longer Version:

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.


silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

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

--Leonardo da Vinci


sunset

He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.

--Leonardo da Vinci

withered tree surrounded with snow during daytime

Where there is most feeling, there is the greatest martyrdom.

--Leonardo da Vinci

person on road at sunset

Necessity is the mistress and guide of nature. Necessity is the theme and inventress of nature, her curb and her eternal law.

--Leonardo da Vinci

man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge

Fire destroys all sophistry, that is deceit; and maintains truth alone, that is gold.

--Leonardo da Vinci


rocks near shore during nighttime

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

--Leonardo da Vinci

sunset

Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.

--Leonardo da Vinci

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

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


white textile on brown textile

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

white petaled flower

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


brown mountains under blue sky

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

--Leonardo da Vinci

white wooden table near brown chair

All our knowledge is the offspring of our perceptions.

--Leonardo da Vinci

black wooden door near green plant

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

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

The faculty of imagination is both the rudder and the bridle of the senses.

--Leonardo da Vinci


empty gray carpet

A deaf and dumb person who sees two men in conversation may nevertheless understand from the attitudes and gestures of the speakers, how well their discussion is getting along.

--Leonardo da Vinci




person wearing red jacket climbing on glacier

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

--Leonardo da Vinci

gray concrete surface

The discovery of a good wine is increasingly better for mankind than the discovery of a new star.

--Leonardo da Vinci

white concrete wall during daytime

Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.

--Leonardo da Vinci

swimming pool with stainless steel ladder

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


silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

The painter will produce pictures of little merit if he takes the works of others as his standard.

--Leonardo da Vinci

person cooking on seashore

Inaction saps the vigor of the mind.

--Leonardo da Vinci

cluster of stars in the sky

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.

--Leonardo da Vinci

rock formation under starry skies

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

--Leonardo da Vinci


white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot.

--Leonardo da Vinci

None

When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.

--Leonardo da Vinci

low angle photography of green and brown tree

Intellectual passion dries out sensuality.

--Leonardo da Vinci


forest trees photograph

Common sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.

--Leonardo da Vinci

shallow focus photography of books

Let not your rage or malice destroy a life.

--Leonardo da Vinci

stainless steel key on brown rod

Men of lofty genius sometimes accomplish the most when they work least, for their minds are occupied with their ideas and the perfection of their conceptions, to which they afterwards give form.

--Leonardo da Vinci

red and black floral textile

I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.

--Leonardo da Vinci

brown grass field during daytime

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

--Leonardo da Vinci

green grass field

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


stars across the sky view at the desert

Great love is born of great knowledge of the thing that is loved, and if you do not know it, you can love it little or not at all.

--Leonardo da Vinci

clear blue sea under blue sky

Not to appreciate life, all of life, is not to deserve it.

--Leonardo da Vinci

rainbow

Every action needs to be prompted by a motive.

--Leonardo da Vinci

brown grass field under blue sky and white clouds during daytime

Just as iron rusts from disuse, and stagnant water putrefies, or when cold turns to ice, so our intellect wastes unless it is kept in use.

--Leonardo da Vinci

shallow focus photography of person raising hand

The moment has no time.

--Leonardo da Vinci

woman signing on white printer paper beside woman about to touch the documents

True and great love springs out of great knowledge, and where you know little you can love but little or not at all.

--Leonardo da Vinci

blue and black abstract painting

The grave will fall in upon him who digs it.

--Leonardo da Vinci

sunset

Who sows virtue reaps honor.

--Leonardo da Vinci

person holding white ceramic cup with liquid

What induces you, oh man, to depart from your home in town, to leave parents and friends, and go to the countryside over mountains and valleys, if it is not for the beauty of the world of nature?

--Leonardo da Vinci



concert photos

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the Earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.

--Leonardo da Vinci

black wooden louver door window

The senses are of the earth, the reason stands apart from them in contemplation.

--Leonardo da Vinci

brown tree branch during daytime

I love this site. It was lovingly hand-shaped it. Your soul transformed this into this art. It was perfect. I have tried to create another equal to it... but to no avail, so I will just have to paint the Sistine Chapel.

--Leonardo da Vinci

man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge

A good memory, which nature has endowed us with, causes things long past to seem present.

--Leonardo da Vinci

plain background

Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws, she has no effect without cause nor invention without necessity.

--Leonardo da Vinci

white analog wall clock at 11 00

We might say that the earth has the spirit of growth; that its flesh is the soil.

--Leonardo da Vinci

sunset highway

Anyone who invokes authors in discussion is not using his intelligence but his memory.

--Leonardo da Vinci


castle surrounded fog

Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.

--Leonardo da Vinci

man in gray sweater carrying woman in black jacket

The painter strives and competes with nature.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Arizona landscape snow

Learning is the only thing that never disappoints us.

--Leonardo da Vinci

gray concrete road between green trees during daytime

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

person holding hands

Poor is the man who desires a lot.

--Leonardo da Vinci



sunset forest

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.

--Leonardo da Vinci

white petaled flowers beside gray wall

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

black and white rectangular frame

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

person wearing black top

Every man at three years old is half his height.

--Leonardo da Vinci

blue wooden door opened

Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes!

--Leonardo da Vinci

two women walking on bridge during daytime

He who never puts his trust in any man will never be deceived.

--Leonardo da Vinci

close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

Black is like a broken vessel, which is deprived of the capacity to contain anything.

--Leonardo da Vinci

macro photography of green bird on tree branch

Life well spent is long.

--Leonardo da Vinci

pink flowers in vase

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

orange lily in bloom close up photo

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

--Leonardo da Vinci

flying blue and green hummingbird

When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.

--Leonardo da Vinci

sunset

You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself.

--Leonardo da Vinci

boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime

Among the great things which are found among us the existence of Nothing is the greatest.

--Leonardo da Vinci

time lapse photography body of water

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence, he is just using his memory.

--Leonardo da Vinci


red rope on three branch

Water is the driving force in nature.

--Leonardo da Vinci

white tulip flower in close up photography

Such is the supreme folly of man that he labours so as to labour no more.

--Leonardo da Vinci

white analog wall clock at 11 00

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

--Leonardo da Vinci

white pendant lamp

In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.

--Leonardo da Vinci

macro shot photography of two votive candles

It is better to imitate ancient than modern work.

--Leonardo da Vinci

multicolored heart LED light on wall

Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.

--Leonardo da Vinci


selective focus photo of green snake plant

As you cannot do what you want, want what you can do.

--Leonardo da Vinci

person looking at the milkyway

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

silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset

The most beautiful words of love are told in silence for a look.

--Leonardo da Vinci


yellow Labrador puppy running on field

Darkness is absence of light. Shadow is diminution of light.

--Leonardo da Vinci

brown wallpaper

If you put on more garments, the cold cannot reach you. Similarly, increase your patience and concentration and even great injuries cannot vex your mind.

--Leonardo da Vinci


pink petaled flower field

A bird is an instrument working according to mathematical law, which instrument it is within the capacity of man to reproduce with all its movements.

--Leonardo da Vinci

pink petaled flower on white surface

For, verily, great love springs from great knowledge of the beloved object, and if you little know it, you will be able to love it only little or not at all.

--Leonardo da Vinci

woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

Just as a well-filled day brings blessed sleep, so a well-employed life brings a blessed death.

--Leonardo da Vinci

red tulip in bloom close up photo

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.

--Leonardo da Vinci

rock formation surrounding by body of water

If we make mistakes in our first compositions and do not know them, we may not amend them.

--Leonardo da Vinci


silhouette photo of mountain during night time

The mind of a painter should be like a mirror which is filled with as many images as there are things placed before him.

--Leonardo da Vinci

silhouette photography of mountains

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.

--Leonardo da Vinci

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

The imagination is to the effect as the shadow to the opaque body which causes the shadow.

--Leonardo da Vinci

green forest during daytime

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

--Leonardo da Vinci

purple flower on purple textile

The act of procreation and anything that has any relation to it is so disgusting that human beings would soon die out if there were no pretty faces and sensuous dispositions.

--Leonardo da Vinci

solid background

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

man in white and black button up shirt holding lighted candle

A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.

--Leonardo da Vinci

green

The boundaries of bodies are the least of all things.

--Leonardo da Vinci

calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.

--Leonardo da Vinci


lights pattern swirls

Many have made a trade of delusions and false miracles, deceiving the stupid multitudes.

--Leonardo da Vinci


blue sky with stars during night time

To discover the soul living in somebody's body, we watch the surrounding of the body, and if it's messy and disordered, so is the soul.

--Leonardo da Vinci

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

A clever man without wisdom is like a beautiful flower without fragrance.

--Leonardo da Vinci

orange tabby cat on black textile

Our life is made by the death of others.

--Leonardo da Vinci

person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46

Learn diligence before speedy execution.

--Leonardo da Vinci

silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

Wisdom is the daughter of experience.

--Leonardo da Vinci

brown and black tiger near body of water

Being willing is not enough. We must do.

--Leonardo da Vinci

person holding brown sand close-up photography

Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.

--Leonardo da Vinci

minimalist photography of open door

Shadow is the diminution alike of light and of darkness, and stands between darkness and light.

--Leonardo da Vinci


pink and white abstract painting

The painter who draws merely by practice and by eye, without any reason, is like a mirror which copies every thing placed in front of it without being conscious of their existence.

--Leonardo da Vinci


pink and red flowers

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.

--Leonardo da Vinci

pink tulip flower

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

--Leonardo da Vinci


black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.

--Leonardo da Vinci

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

Men standing in opposite hemispheres will converse and deride each other and embrace each other, and understand each other's language.

--Leonardo da Vinci

toddlers standing outdoors

Wherever good fortune enters, envy lays siege to the place and attacks it; and when it departs, sorrow and repentance remain behind.

--Leonardo da Vinci


plain

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

silhouette of mountain

Perspective is to painting what the bridle is to the horse, the rudder to a ship.

--Leonardo da Vinci

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

The air moves like a river and carries the clouds with it; just as running water carries all the things that float upon it.

--Leonardo da Vinci



red tulips flower

Painting is concerned with all the 10 attributes of sight; which are: Darkness, Light, Solidity and Colour, Form and Position, Distance and Propinquity, Motion and Rest.

--Leonardo da Vinci


man sitting on couch with looking at his MacBook on table

Poetry is superior to painting in the presentation of words, and painting is superior to poetry in the presentation of facts. For this reason I judge painting to be superior to poetry.

--Leonardo da Vinci

green trees under blue sky at daytime

Once you have tasted the taste of sky, you will forever look up.

--Leonardo da Vinci

pink flowers in tilt shift lens

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Longer Version:

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.



gray elephant

Even the richest soil, if left uncultivated will produce the rankest weeds.

--Leonardo da Vinci

sunflower field during daytime

I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Longer Version:

I roamed the countryside searching for the answers to things I did not understand. Why shells existed on the tops of mountains along with the imprints of coral and plant and seaweed usually found in the sea. Why the thunder lasts a longer time than that which causes it and why immediately on its creation the lightening becomes visible to the eye while thunder requires time to travel. How the various circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by a stone and why a bird sustains itself in the air. These questions and other strange phenomena engaged my thought throughout my life.


milky way above body of water

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.

--Leonardo da Vinci

paper

Painting embraces and contains within itself all the things which nature produces or which results from the fortuitous actions of men... he is but a poor master who makes only a single figure well.

--Leonardo da Vinci

green trees under white clouds

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


yellow pen

The mind of the painter must resemble a mirror, which always takes the colour of the object it reflects and is completely occupied by the images of as many objects as are in front of it.

--Leonardo da Vinci

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

Those who fall in love with practice without science are like a sailor who enters a ship without a helm or a compass, and who never can be certain whither he is going.

--Leonardo da Vinci

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

He who in reasoning cites authority is making use of his memory rather than of his intellect.

--Leonardo da Vinci


two persons holding each other hands

He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.

--Leonardo da Vinci

brown leaf on asphalt road

A long life is a life well spent.

--Leonardo da Vinci

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?

--Leonardo da Vinci

top view photography of heart latte coffee

Medicine is the restoration of discordant elements.

--Leonardo da Vinci

silhouette of man in water

Whatever you think matters -- doesn't. Follow this rule, and you will add decades to your life. Rodger Rosenblatt As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.

--Leonardo da Vinci

red blue yellow and red paint

We are deceived by promises and time disappoints us.

--Leonardo da Vinci

yellow wallpaper

Man and animals are in reality vehicles and conduits of food, tombs of animals, hostels of Death, coverings that consume, deriving life by the death of others.

--Leonardo da Vinci

rainbow desert

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

--Leonardo da Vinci


sunset

Iron rusts from disuse even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.

--Leonardo da Vinci

pink and white abstract painting

In fact, whatever exists in the universe, in essence, in appearance, in the imagination, the painter has first in his mind and then in his hands ... it lies in his power to create them.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Vincent Van Gogh self portrait painting on wall

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

Longer Version:

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.


beach during daytime

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

shallow focus photography of orange flower

Every part is disposed to unite with the whole, that it may thereby escape from its own incompleteness.

--Leonardo da Vinci

red and black logo

Wood feeds the fire which burns it.

--Leonardo da Vinci

brown desert under sunny sky

Look at light and admire its beauty. Close your eyes, and then look again: what you saw is no longer there; and what you will see later is not yet.

--Leonardo da Vinci


silhouette of a woman with pink and purple sky

The men of experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use. But the bee...gathers its materials from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own.

--Leonardo da Vinci

man with LED headlight looking upward

Experiment is the sole interpreter of the artifices of Nature.

--Leonardo da Vinci


silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.

--Leonardo da Vinci

pink tulips in close up photography

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

red moon at night

Man has much power of discourse which for the most part is vain and false; animals have but little, but it is useful and true, and a small truth is better than a great lie.

--Leonardo da Vinci

woman in white shirt sitting on brown rock near lake during daytime

Time stays long enough for those who use it.

--Leonardo da Vinci


silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

Let proportion be found not only in numbers and measures, but also in sounds, weights, times, and positions, and what ever force there is.

--Leonardo da Vinci

green trees under white clouds

Make yourself a master of perspective, then acquire perfect knowledge of the proportions of men and other animals.

--Leonardo da Vinci

water color palette on white surface

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

--Leonardo da Vinci

silhouette of woman during sunset

Thirst will parch your tongue and your body will waste through lack of sleep ere you can describe in words that which painting instantly sets before the eye.

--Leonardo da Vinci

lion on green grass during golden hour

A day will come in which men will look upon an animal's murder the same way they look today upon a man's murder.

--Leonardo da Vinci


two dragonflies on green cornate leaf

He who does not value life does not deserve it.

--Leonardo da Vinci

white beans on white background

Necessity is a guardian in Nature.

--Leonardo da Vinci

fawn pug standing on textile

Practice should always be based upon a sound knowledge of theory.

--Leonardo da Vinci

white cow eating green grass

O mighty and once living instrument of formative nature. Incapable of availing thyself of thy vast strength thou hast to abandon a life of stillness and to obey the law which God and time gave to procreative nature.

--Leonardo da Vinci

man in blue tank top holding green and black skateboard

Realize that everything connects to everything else.

--Leonardo da Vinci

pink and white computer keyboard beside yellow framed sunglasses

Lust is the cause of generation.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Longer Version:

Lust is the cause of generation

Appetite is the support of life

Fear or timidity is the prolongation of life, and

Fraud the preservation of its instruments.


time lapse photography body of water

Mechanics is the paradise of the mathematical sciences because by means of it, one comes to the fruits of mathematics.

--Leonardo da Vinci

pink tree

My body is not a tomb for animals.

--Leonardo da Vinci

group of people inside the room in grayscale photo

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.

--Leonardo da Vinci

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

I am never weary of being useful... In serving others I cannot do enough. No labor is sufficient to tire me.

--Leonardo da Vinci

purple petaled flower on gray surface

All knowledge which ends in words will die as quickly as it came to life, with the exception of the written word: which is its mechanical part.

--Leonardo da Vinci



boat docked near house

Nature alone is the master of true genius.

--Leonardo da Vinci

man riding on boat on body of water

Just as courage is the danger of life, so is fear its safeguard.

--Leonardo da Vinci

man and woman kissing under blue sky during daytime

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

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