Leonardo da Vinci Quotes

A list created by: Lee Sonogan

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The original Elon Musk type of character. A universal genius for his time. Born in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci was known for many different iconic forms of work. Hundreds of innovative inventions. Paintings such as the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Scientific studies and anatomy. Some even call him the father of palaeontology and architecture. The list goes on. Leonardo’s influence remains popular in modern times.

  • “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
  • “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “I awoke, only to see that the rest of the world is still asleep.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “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.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “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.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “Like a kingdom divided, which rushes to its doom, the mind that engages in subjects of too great variety becomes confused and weakened.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo’s Notebooks
  • “He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “To become an artist you have to be curious.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “A wave is never found alone, but is mingled with the other waves.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “He who can copy can do.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “Those who, in debate, appeal to their qualifications, argue from memory, not from understanding.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “Details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “Truth at last cannot be hidden. Dissimulation is of no avail. Dissimulation is to no purpose before so great a judge. Falsehood puts on a mask. Nothing is hidden under the sun.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “He who does not oppose evil……commands it to be done.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “All our knowledge has its origin in our perceptions”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “Water is the driving force in nature.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “An average human looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odour or fragrance, and talks without thinking.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “Intellectual passion drives out sensuality. ”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of.”
    ― 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
  • “You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself…the height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment. …And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses- especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
    ― 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
  • “The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • “Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.”
    ― Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci’s last words were: “I have offended God and Mankind, by doing so little with my life,.”. Created and conceptualized ideas first from many technology we use today 500 years ago. His quotes are as relevent today as ever. While he will always be known as a painter before a great thinker in popular culture.

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