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

Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.

What beauty enters through the eye!... Through the window of the eye the soul regards the world's beauty. For the eye endureth the soul the prison of human form. Without the eye that prison were its torment.

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.

The painter who draws by practice and judgment of the eye without the use of reason is like the mirror which reproduces within itself all the objects which are set opposite it without knowledge of the same.

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.

Small rooms or dwellings discipline the mind, large ones weaken it.

Nature never breaks her own laws.

Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.

Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.

Just as eating against one's will is injurious to health, so study without a liking for it spoils the memory, and it retains nothing it takes in.

Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.

Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.

He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss.

Inequality is the cause of all local movements.

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.

Force is only a desire for flight: it lives by violence and dies from liberty.

Among the great things which are to be found among us, the Being of Nothingness is the greatest.

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

Author Picture
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