Leonardo Da Vinci Quotes & Wallpapers

Leonardo Da Vinci
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Thirst will parch your tongue and your body will waste through lack of sleep ere you can describe in words that which painting instantly sets before the eye. Leonardo Da Vinci

The eye is the window of the human body through which it feels its way and enjoys the beauty of the world. Leonardo Da Vinci

Small rooms and dwellings set the mind on the right path, large ones cause it to go astray. Leonardo Da Vinci

There is no higher or lower knowledge, but one only, flowing out of experimentation. Leonardo Da Vinci

Those who fall in love with practice without science are like a sailor who enters a ship without a helm or a compass, and who never can be certain whither he is going. Leonardo Da Vinci

One day the world will look upon research upon animals as it now looks upon research on human beings. Leonardo Da Vinci

Why are the bones of great fishes, and oysters and corals and various other shells and sea-snails, found on the high tops of mountains that border the sea, in the same way in which they are found in the depths of the sea? Leonardo Da Vinci

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

The deeper the feeling, the greater the pain Leonardo Da Vinci

For those colours which you wish to be beautiful, always first prepare a pure white ground. Leonardo Da Vinci

Most men are of naught more use in their lives but as machines for turning food into sh*t. Leonardo Da Vinci

The young man should first learn perspective, then the proportions of objects. Next, copy work after the hand of a good master, to gain the habit of drawing parts of the body well; and then to work from nature, to confirm the lessons learned. Leonardo Da Vinci

Just as a well-filled day brings blessed sleep, so a well-employed life brings a blessed death. Leonardo Da Vinci

If you find from your own experience that something is a fact and it contradicts what some authority has written down, then you must abandon the authority and base your reasoning on your own findings. Leonardo Da Vinci

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

Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect. Leonardo Da Vinci

Ask advice of him who governs himself well. Leonardo Da Vinci

When the sun is covered by clouds, objects are less conspicuous, because there is little difference between the light and shade of the trees and the buildings being illuminated by the brightness of the atmosphere which surrounds the objects in such a way that the shadows are few, and these few fade away so that their outline is lost in haze. Leonardo Da Vinci

Fear arises sooner than anything else. Leonardo Da Vinci

A bird is an instrument working according to mathematical law, which instrument it is within the capacity of man to reproduce with all its movements. Leonardo Da Vinci

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. Leonardo Da Vinci

He who wishes to see how the soul inhabits the body should look to see how that body uses its daily surroundings. If the dwelling is dirty and neglected, the body will be kept by its soul in the same condition, dirty and neglected. Leonardo Da Vinci

A dark object seen against a bright background will appear smaller than it is. A light object will look larger when it is seen against a background darker than itself. Leonardo Da Vinci

Of several luminous bodies of equal size and brilliancy and at an equal distance, that will look the largest which is surrounded by the darkest background. Leonardo Da Vinci

The motions of men must be such as suggest their dignity or their baseness. Leonardo Da Vinci

Movement will fail sooner than usefulness. Leonardo Da Vinci

He who does not punish evil commands it to be done. Leonardo Da Vinci

Be not false about the past. Leonardo Da Vinci

There will be many men who will move one against another, holding in their hands a cutting tool. But these will not do each other any injury beyond tiring each other; for, when one pushes forward the other will draw back. But woe to him who comes between them! For he will end by being cut in pieces. Leonardo Da Vinci

He who does not oppose evil......commands it to be done. 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 like 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

Experiment is the sole interpreter of the artifices of Nature. Leonardo Da Vinci

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. Leonardo Da Vinci

Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it. Leonardo Da Vinci

Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes! Leonardo Da Vinci

A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not. Leonardo Da Vinci

Experience never errs; it is only your judgments that err by promising themselves effects such as are not caused by your experiments. Leonardo Da Vinci

How many emperors and how many princes have lived and died and no record of them remains, and they only sought to gain dominions and riches in order that their fame might be ever-lasting. Leonardo Da Vinci

The spirit desires to remain with its body, because, without the organic instruments of that body, it can neither act, nor feel anything. Leonardo Da Vinci

The human being, creature of eyes, needs the image. Leonardo Da Vinci

Sculptured figures which appear in motion, will, in their standing position, actually look as if they were falling forward. Leonardo Da Vinci

My works are the issue of simple and plain experience which is the true mistress. Leonardo Da Vinci

If on your own or by the criticism of others you discover error in your work, correct it then and there; otherwise in exposing your work to the public, you will expose your error also. Leonardo Da Vinci

If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. Leonardo Da Vinci

An artist's studio should be a small space because small rooms discipline the mind and large ones distract it. Leonardo Da Vinci

For youth, everything is sport. Leonardo Da Vinci

Envy wounds with false accusations, that is with detraction, a thing which scares virtue. Leonardo Da Vinci

The eye, the window of the soul, is the chief means whereby the understanding can most fully and abundantly appreciate the infinite works of Nature; and the ear is second. Leonardo Da Vinci

Oh! Speculators on things, boast not of knowing the things that nature ordinarily brings about; but rejoice if you know the end of those things which you yourself device. Leonardo Da Vinci

There is no result in nature without a cause; understand the cause and you will have no need of the experiment. Leonardo Da Vinci

One painter ought never to imitate the manner of any other; because in that case he cannot be called the child of nature, but the grandchild. It is always best to have recourse to nature, which is replete with such abundance of objects, than to the productions of other masters, who learnt everything from her. Leonardo Da Vinci

Ask counsel of him who rules himself well. Leonardo Da Vinci

There are many occasions when the muscles that form the lips of the mouth move the lateral muscles that are joined to them, and there are an equal number of occasions when these lateral muscles move the lips of this mouth, replacing it where it cannot return of itself, because 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 five senses are the ministers of the soul. Leonardo Da Vinci

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

When taking a selfie, remember the most natural pose is still best Leonardo Da Vinci

All our knowledge hast its origins in our perceptions ... In nature there is no effect without a cause ... Experience never errs; it is only your judgments that err by promising themselves effects such as are not caused by your experiments ... Science is the observation of things possible, whether present or past; prescience is the knowledge of things which may come to pass. Leonardo Da Vinci

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

Mechanics is the paradise of the mathematical sciences because by means of it one comes to the fruits of mathematics. Leonardo Da Vinci

Although human ingenuity may devise various inventions which, by the help of various instruments, answer to one and the same purpose, yet will it never discover any inventions more beautiful, more simple or more practical than those of nature, because in her inventions there is nothing lacking and nothing superfluous; and she makes use of no counterpoise when she constructs the limbs of animals in such a way as to correspond to the motion of their bodies, but she puts into them the soul of the body. Leonardo Da Vinci

Truth was always but the daughter of time. Leonardo Da Vinci

Knowledge ... shall always bear witness like a clarion to its creator. Leonardo Da Vinci

Intellectual passion dries out sensuality. Leonardo Da Vinci

Truth was the only daughter of Time. Leonardo Da Vinci

Nothing can be love or hated unless it is first known. Leonardo Da Vinci

Oysters open completely when the moon is full; and when the crab sees one it throws a piece of stone or seaweed into it and the oyster cannot close again so that it serves the crab for meat. Such is the fate of him who opens his mouth too much and thereby puts himself at the mercy of the listener. Leonardo Da Vinci

Inaction saps the vigor of the mind. Leonardo Da Vinci

The body of the earth is of the nature of a fish... because it draws water as its breath instead of air. Leonardo Da Vinci

Inequality is the cause of all local movements. Leonardo Da Vinci

Very great charm of shadow and light is to be found in the faces of those who sit in the doors of dark houses. The eye of the spectator sees that part of the face which is in shadow lost in the darkness of the house, and that part of the face which is lit draws its brilliancy from the splendour of the sky. From this intensification of light and shade the face gains greatly in relief and beauty by showing the subtlest shadows in the light part and the subtlest lights in the dark part. Leonardo Da Vinci



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