Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519), more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. 

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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.

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.

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.

He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.

Who sows virtue reaps honor.

It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.

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

Men of lofty genius, when they are doing the least work, are most active.

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

He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.

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

Our life is made by the death of others.

As every divided kingdom falls so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.

Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?

Where there is shouting there is no true knowledge.

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.

You do ill if you praise but worse if you censure what you do not understand.

Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.

I have wasted my hours.

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

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