To make a perfume, take some rose water and wash your hands in it, then take a lavender flower and rub it with your palms, and you will achieve the desired effect

— Leonardo da Vinci

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Being willing is not enough. We must do.

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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

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Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.

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Leonardo da Vinci quote All our knowledge has its origin in our

All our knowledge has its origin in our perceptions.

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

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When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.

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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.

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Leonardo da Vinci quote It had long since come to my attention t

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.

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Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation... even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.

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Water is the driving force of all nature.

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average human “looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odour or fragrance, and talks without thinking.

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Leonardo da Vinci quote It had long since come to my attention t

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

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Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.

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In time and with water, everything changes.

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The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.

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Leonardo da Vinci quote Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophi

Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.

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About Leonardo da Vinci

Quotes 591 sayings
Nationality Italian
Profession Artist
Birthday October 16

Look at light and admire its beauty. Close your eyes, and then look again: what you saw is no longer there; and what you will see later is not yet.

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Learning never exhausts the mind.

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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.

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Leonardo da Vinci quote Learning never exhausts the mind.

Learning never exhausts the mind.

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One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself. How to do it?

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

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Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve.

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Leonardo da Vinci quote I awoke, only to see the rest of the wor

I awoke, only to see the rest of the world was still asleep.

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I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

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While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.

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

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Painting is concerned with all the 10 attributes of sight;

which are: Darkness, Light, Solidity and Colour, Form and Position, Distance and Propinquity, Motion and Rest.

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Realize that everything connects to everything else.

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An arch consists of two weaknesses which, leaning one against the other, make a strength.

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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.

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I love those who can smile in trouble.

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Art is never finished, only abandoned.

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A well-spent day brings happy sleep.

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Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.

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life without love, is no life at all

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

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Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.

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I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.

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Details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail.

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In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.

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I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.

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Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.

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You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself.

..the height of a man's success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment. ...And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.

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

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The beginnings and ends of shadow lie between the light and darkness and may be infinitely diminished and infinitely increased. Shadow is the means by which bodies display their form. The forms of bodies could not be understood in detail but for shadow.

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There is nothing which deceives us as much as our own judgement.

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You must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.

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The cat is nature's masterpiece.

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The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.

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A gray day provides the best light.

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I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand.

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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.

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Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.

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And Wisdom be the Daughter of Experience

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