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Published on April 3rd, 2011 | by Yellow Magpie


Leonardo da Vinci Quotes: Pearls Of Wisdom From The Polymath


Leonardo da Vinci Quotes

Here is a selection of choice Leonardo da Vinci quotes.

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

‘Iron rusts from disuse. Water loses its purity from stagnation…even so, does inaction sap the vigour of the mind.’

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

‘Learning never exhausts the mind.’

‘Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.’

‘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.’

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

Leonardo da Vinci Quotes Self-Portrait

‘Art is never finished, only abandoned.’

‘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.’

‘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.’

‘Nature never breaks her own laws.’

‘There are three classes of people, those who see, those who see when they are shown and those who do not  see.’

‘You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself.’

‘Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.’

‘The smallest feline is a masterpiece.’

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6 Responses to Leonardo da Vinci Quotes: Pearls Of Wisdom From The Polymath

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  4. Yanna says:

    The Painting is NOT a self portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, but a self portrait of Rembrand… here is more on Leonardo, including the newly discovered self portrait!

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  6. Yellow Magpie says:

    Thanks for your comment Yanna. We took it for granted that it was da Vinci.

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