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"Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it."
Leonardo da Vinci

"Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art."
Leonardo da Vinci

"I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have."
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

"Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen."
Leonardo da Vinci

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

'Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active."
Leonardo da Vinci



"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
Leonardo da Vinci

"While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die."
Leonardo da Vinci

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

"You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand."
Leonardo da Vinci

"The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding."
Leonardo da Vinci

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
Leonardo da Vinci



"The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue."
Leonardo da Vinci

"The art of procreation and the members employed therein are so repulsive, that if it were not for the beauty of the faces and the adornments of the actors and the pent-up impulse, nature would lose the human species."
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



"Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses."
Leonardo da Vinci

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

"Human subtelty 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

"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

"There shall be wings! If the accomplishment be not for me, 'tis for some other."
Leonardo da Vinci

"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return."
Leonardo da Vinci

"Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel."
Leonardo da Vinci

"The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things."
Leonardo da Vinci











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