Quotes by Leonardo da Vinci

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.”

“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.”

“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.”

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

“Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.”

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

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

“Our life is made by the death of others.”

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

“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.”

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

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

“Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.”

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

“All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.”

“Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.”

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”

“A well-spent day brings happy sleep.”

“Life well spent is long.”

“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.”

“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”

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

“Water is the driving force of all nature.”

“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.”

“Nature never breaks her own laws.”

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”

“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.”

“Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.”

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

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

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