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Leonardo da Vinci quotes

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.

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.

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

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.

Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

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

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

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

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

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

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.

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

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

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

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.