Famous Quotes By Leonardo da Vinci


  1. A well-spent day brings happy sleep.
  2. All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.
  3. 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.
  4. Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence he is just using his memory.
  5. Art is never finished, only abandoned.
  6. As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.
  7. Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness.
  8. Experience does not err. Only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power.
  9. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.
  10. 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.
  11. I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.
  12. 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.
  13. Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.
  14. Learning never exhausts the mind.
  15. 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.
  16. Life well spent is long.
  17. Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.
  18. Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.
  19. Nature never breaks her own laws.
  20. Our life is made by the death of others.
  21. The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
  22. The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.
  23. The smallest feline is a masterpiece.
  24. The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects.
  25. Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.
  26. Water is the driving force of all nature.
  27. Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.
  28. Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
  29. While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.
  30. Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?

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