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Leonardo da Vinci Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Leonardo da Vinci

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Iron rusts from disuse;
water loses its purity from stagnation...
even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
- Leonardo da Vinci PHOTO

Life is pretty simple:
You do some stuff.
Most fails. Some works.
You do more of what works.
- Leonardo da Vinci

You can have no dominion greater or
less than that over yourself.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority
is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Who sows virtue reaps honor.
- Leonardo da Vinci

 

Men of lofty genius,
when they are doing the least work,
are most active.
- Leonardo da Vinci

You do ill if you praise, but worse
if you censure, what you do not understand.
- Leonardo da Vinci

There are three classes of people:
those who see,
those who see when they are shown,
those who do not see.
- Leonardo da Vinci

All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.
- Leonardo da Vinci

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Nature never breaks her own laws.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The smallest feline is a masterpiece.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Beyond a doubt, truth bears the same relation
to falsehood as light to darkness.
- Leonardo da Vinci

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Water is the driving force of all nature.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Human subtlety will never devise an invention
more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature,
because in her inventions nothing is lacking,
and nothing is superfluous.
- Leonardo da Vinci

It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.
- Leonardo da Vinci

He who is fixed to a star
does not change his mind.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I love those who can smile in trouble,
who can gather strength from distress,
and grow brave by reflection.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Experience does not err.
Only your judgments err by expecting from her
what is not in her power.
- Leonardo da Vinci

He who loves practice without theory
is like the sailor who boards ship
without a rudder and compass
and never knows where he may cast.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes
in the hope of pulling out an eel.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

While I thought that I was learning how to live,
I have been learning how to die.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Learning never exhausts the mind.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Common Sense is that which judges
the things given to it by other senses.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

Our life is made by the death of others.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The function of muscle is to pull and not to push,
except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Blinding ignorance does mislead us.
Oh Wretched mortals, open your eyes!
- Leonardo da Vinci

Life well spent is long.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The truth of things is the chief nutriment
of superior intellects.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Art is never finished, only abandoned.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Where the spirit does not work with the hand,
there is no art.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The poet ranks far below the painter
in the representation of visible things,
and far below the musician in that of invisible things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

Strike while the iron is hot.
- Proverb

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies;
but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and,
as the magnet finds the iron,
so it will find, in every hour,
some heavenly blessings!
- Henry Ward Beecher

From behind the Iron Curtain, there are signs that tyranny
is in trouble and reminders that its structure
is as brittle as its surface is hard.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Like everyone else I feel the need of relations and friendship,
of affection, of friendly intercourse,
and I am not made of stone or iron,
so I cannot miss these things without feeling,
as does any other intelligent man, a void and deep need.
I tell you this to let you know how much good your visit has done me.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Strike against war, for without you
no battles can be fought!
- Helen Keller

Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband
a month before she marries him
and what she thinks of him a year afterward,
and you will have the truth about him.
- H. L. Mencken

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

The greatest weapon against stress
is our ability to choose one thought over another.
- William James

He is a man of courage who does not run away,
but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.
- Socrates

The moment we want to believe something,
we suddenly see all the arguments for it,
and become blind to the arguments against it.
- George Bernard Shaw

Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.
- A Course In Miracles (commonly misattributed to Rumi)

Resolve to keep happy, and your joy
and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
- Helen Keller

Life is change. Without change, there is no life.
Why then do we so fight against change?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A house divided against itself cannot stand.
- Abraham Lincoln

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
- Mark Twain

Action is our greatest weapon against fear.
Left to molder, fear grows upon itself,
but in the face of action,
fear is left in the dust.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.
- Winston Churchill

One can flow harmoniously with the River -
or one can struggle fearfully against the River -
and the River just flows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you wish to see the truth,
then hold no opinion for or against.
- Osho

How is it that one rails against that
which is nearly a certainty?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Your success and happiness lies in you.
Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you
shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
- Helen Keller


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