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Leonardo da Vinci quotes page 1

1452 - 1519, Italian inventor, artist and inventor

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on
more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you
must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to
vex your mind.
Leonardo da Vinci

Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen;
even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
Leonardo da Vinci

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

Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first understood.
Leonardo da Vinci

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

Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star
does not change his mind.
Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

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

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

He who does not oppose evil commands it to be done.
Leonardo da Vinci

If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one
companion you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness
of his conduct and if you have more than one companion you will fall more deeply into the
same plight.
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

Just as eating against one's will is injurious to health, so studying without a liking for it spoils
the memory, and it retains nothing it takes in.
Leonardo da Vinci

Time stays long enough for those who use it.
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Wisdom is the daughter of experience.
Leonardo da Vinci

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

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
Leonardo da Vinci

Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works.
If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing
something else.
Leonardo da Vinci

Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.
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It is true that impatience, the mother of stupidity, praises brevity, as if such persons had not
life long enough to serve them to acquire a complete knowledge of one single subject, such
as the human body.
Leonardo da Vinci

Learning acquired in youth arrests the evil of old age; and if you understand that old age has
wisdom for its food, you will so conduct yourself in youth that your old age will not lack for
nourishment.
Leonardo da Vinci

The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of.
Leonardo da Vinci

Oysters open completely when the moon is full; and when the crab sees one it throws a piece
of stone or seaweed into it and the oyster cannot close again so that it serves the crab for
meat. Such is the fate of him who opens his mouth too much and thereby puts himself at the
mercy of the listener.
Leonardo da Vinci

A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are
dark except where exposed by the light.
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He who truly knows has no occasion to shout.
Leonardo da Vinci

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

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work
your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller
and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more
readily seen.
Leonardo da Vinci

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

Learning never exhausts the mind.
Leonardo da Vinci

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

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