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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-04-15 1519-05-02) was an Italian Renaissance architect, musician, inventor, engineer, sculptor, and painter. His best known work is the painting Mona Lisa.
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The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.

Leonardo da Vinci

Learning never exhausts the mind.

Leonardo da Vinci

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your mind.

Leonardo da Vinci

A good painter is to paint two main things, men and the working of man's mind.

Leonardo da Vinci

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

Leonardo da Vinci

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

Leonardo da Vinci

Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes!

Leonardo Da Vinci

The part always has a tendency to reunite with its whole in order to escape from its imperfection.

Leonardo da Vinci

Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory.

Leonardo da Vinci

He who does not punish evil commands it to be done.

Leonardo da Vinci

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.

Leonardo da Vinci

Who sows virtue reaps honor.

Leonardo da Vinci

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

Leonardo da Vinci

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

Leonardo da Vinci

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

Leonardo da Vinci

Water is the driving force of all nature.

Leonardo da Vinci

He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.

Leonardo da Vinci

Life well spent is long.

Leonardo da Vinci

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.

Leonardo da Vinci

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.

Leonardo da Vinci

Nature never breaks her own laws.

Leonardo da Vinci

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.

Leonardo da Vinci

I have wasted my hours.

Leonardo da Vinci

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

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
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