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Leonardo da Vinci – 32 Quotes

32 Quotes by 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


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.

– Leonardo da Vinci


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

– Leonardo da Vinci


Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.

– Leonardo da Vinci


Our life is made by the death of others.

– Leonardo da Vinci


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

– Leonardo da Vinci


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

– Leonardo da Vinci


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

– Leonardo da Vinci


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

– Leonardo da Vinci


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

– 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


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

– 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


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

– Leonardo da Vinci


Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.

– Leonardo da Vinci


All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.

– Leonardo da Vinci


Learning never exhausts the mind.

– Leonardo da Vinci


Life well spent is long.

– Leonardo da Vinci


A well-spent day brings happy sleep.

– 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


The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.

– Leonardo da Vinci


Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.

– Leonardo da Vinci


Nature never breaks her own laws.

– Leonardo da Vinci


Water is the driving force of all nature.

– 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


The smallest feline is a masterpiece.

– Leonardo da Vinci


Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.

– 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


The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects.

– Leonardo da Vinci


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

– Leonardo da Vinci


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