Leonardo da Vinci Quotes

Date of Birth: April 15, 1442    Date of Death: May 02, 1519

Leonardo da Vinci was born out of wedlock in the town of Vinci in the Republic of Florence Italy.  Having no surname, da Vinci means of the town of Vinci. Leonardo had a great imagination and curiosity.  Although he is noted as being one of the greatest painters of all time he was gifted with many other talents and is considered by many to have been a genius. Due to his procrastination and his constant changing and creating and not completing many of his works only fifteen of his original paintings remain. Two of them are “The Last Supper” and The Mona Lisa” that are among the greatest paintings of all time.

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

Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first understood.  ~ 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

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.  ~ Leonardo da Vinci

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

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.  ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.  ~ 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

The smallest feline is a masterpiece.  ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Time stays long enough for those who use it.  ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Learning never exhausts the mind.  ~ 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

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

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

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

God sells us all things at the price of labor.  ~ 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

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

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

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

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

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

One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.  ~ 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.  ~
Leonardo da Vinci

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