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58 Intelligent Quotes from Leonardo da Vinci

Last updated on May 2nd, 2017

58 Intelligent Quotes from Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, leading artist, intellectual of the Italian Renaissance, architect, mathematician, inventor, and writer.

Born on April 15, 1452, as the illegitimate child of the wealthy notary and a peasant girl, in the Tuscan hill town of Vinci, Leonardo was raised by his father, Piero da Vinci, and his stepmothers. He was educated in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter, Verrocchio, and later worked in Milan, Rome, Bologna and Venice, spending his last years in France at the home given to him by Francis I.

During his life, he mastered so many disciplines that he epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the “Renaissance man”. Like the many others leaders of Renaissance humanism, he believed that art was strongly connected with science and nature.

Today, he is widely known for his art, including two paintings, Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Mona Lisa is the most famous and the most parodied portrait while The Last Supper the most reproduced religious painting of all time.

His work and observations were recorded in more than 10,000 pages of notes and drawings, including designs for anatomy, war machinery, flying machines, and architecture.

Here are 58 intelligent quotes to celebrate the life of this great genius.

1
As a day well spent procures a happy sleep, so a life well employed procures a happy death.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
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While I thought I have been learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
3
The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
4
The tears come from the heart and not from the brain.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
5
You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
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All our knowledge has its origin in our perceptions.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
7
Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams with the imagination being awake?The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
8
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.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
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Where there is most feeling, there is the greatest martyrdom.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
10
Poor is the pupil that does not surpass his master.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
11
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.Life, art and science, the thoughts of Leonardo by Leonardo da Vinci
12
Any one who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
13
Necessity is the mistress and guide of nature. Necessity is the theme and the inventress, the eternal curb and law of nature.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
14
Every action needs to be prompted by a motive.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
15
Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
16
The Common Sense, is that which judges of things offered to it by the other senses.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
17
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 and a Memory of His Childhood by Sigmund Freud
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Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
19
It’s easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
20
Our life is made by the death of others.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
21
Experience never errs; it is only your judgments that err by promising themselves effects such as are not caused by your experiments.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
22
The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
23
Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
24
Science is the captain, and practice the soldiers.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
25
He who does not punish evil commands that it be done.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
26
Fire destroys falsehood, that is sophistry, and restores truth, driving out darkness.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
27
Constancy does not begin, but is that which perseveres.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
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The motive power is the cause of all life.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
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Wisdom is the daughter of experience.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
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He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
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He who thinks little, errs much.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
32
Reprove your friend in secret and praise him openly.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
33
Love shows itself more in adversity than in prosperity; as light does, which shines most where the place is darkest.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
34
The memory of benefits is a frail defence against ingratitude.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
35
Shadow is the diminution alike of light and of darkness, and stands between darkness and light.Thoughts on Art and Life by Leonardo da Vinci
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Just as food eaten without appetite is a tedious nourishment, so does study without zeal damage the memory by not assimilating what it absorbs.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
37
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.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
38
Medicine is the restoration of discordant elements; sickness is the discord of the elements infused into the living body.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
39
He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
40
Each man is always in the middle of the surface of the earth and under the zenith of his own hemisphere, and over the centre of the earth.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
41
Our body is dependent on heaven and heaven on the Spirit.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
42
The knowledge of the past times and of the places of the earth is both an ornament and nutriment to the human mind.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
43
The eye — which sees all objects reversed — retains the images for some time.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
44
That which has no limitations, has no form.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
45
What is fair in men, passes away, but not so in art.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
46
Nothing is so much to be feared as Evil Report.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
47
Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
48
Truth was the only daughter of Time.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
49
Learning acquired in youth arrests the evil of old age.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
50
The grave will fall in upon him who digs it.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
51
The boundaries of bodies are the least of all things.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
52
The water that you touch in a river the last of that which has passed, and the first of that which comes is coming. Thus it is with time present.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
53
There is no object so large but that at a great distance from the eye it does not appear smaller than a smaller object near.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
54
The eye which turns from a white object in the light of the sun and goes into a less fully lighted place will see everything as dark.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
55
The limiting surface of one thing is the beginning of another.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
56
Fear arises sooner than anything else.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
57
Water is the driving force of all nature.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
58
The spirit desires to remain with its body, because, without the organic instruments of that body, it can neither act, nor feel anything.The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci