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Leonardo da Vinci Quotes

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Leonardo da Vinci
April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519
Nationality: Italian
Category: Artist
Subcategory: Italian Artist

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.


Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.


You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself.


Water is the driving force of all nature.


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


The smallest feline is a masterpiece.


He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.


Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.


The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.


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


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


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


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


A well-spent day brings happy sleep.


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 function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.


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.


I have wasted my hours.


Life well spent is long.


There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.


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