Leonardo da Vinci, fully Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci

Leonardo
da Vinci, fully Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
1452
1519

Italian Renaissance Polymath, Painter, Sculptor, Inventor, Architect, Musician, Scientist, Mathematician, Engineer, Anatomist, Geologist, Cartographer, Botanist and Writer

Author Quotes

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

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.

Learning never exhausts the mind.

It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.

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.

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

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

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

As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

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.

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.

Life well spent is long.

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.

He who never puts his trust in any man will never be deceived.

The water you touch in a river is the last of that which has passed, and the first of that which is coming. Thus it is with time present.

Just as iron rusts from disuses… so our intellect wastes unless it is kept in use.

Poor is the pupil who does not surpass their Master.

All our knowledge has its origin in our perceptions.

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.

Who sows virtue reaps honor.

A painter above all must keep his mind as clear as the surface of a mirror.

The painter will produce pictures of little merit if he takes the works of others as his standard.

The time will come when men… will look on the murder of animals as the now look on the murder of men.

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First Name
Leonardo
Last Name
da Vinci, fully Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
Birth Date
1452
Death Date
1519
Bio

Italian Renaissance Polymath, Painter, Sculptor, Inventor, Architect, Musician, Scientist, Mathematician, Engineer, Anatomist, Geologist, Cartographer, Botanist and Writer