The 72 Greatest Leonardo Da Vinci Quotes:

1. “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.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

2. “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

3. “Reprove your friend in secret and praise him openly.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

4. “Just as food eaten without appetite is a tedious nourishment, so does study without zeal damage the memory by not assimilating what it absorbs.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

5. “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

6. “As you cannot do what you want, Want what you can do.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

7. “While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

8. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

9. “Details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

10. “Life without love, is no life at all.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI



11. “A poet knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

12. “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.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

13. “Virtue is our true wealth and the true reward of its possessor; it cannot be lost, it never deserts us until life leaves us.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

14. “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.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

15. “All our knowledge has its origin in our perceptions.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

16. “Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

17. “To speak well of an evil man is much the same as speaking ill of a good man.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

18. “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

19. “Learn diligence before speedy execution.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

20. “That painter who has no doubts will achieve little.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

21. “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.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

22. “Such is the supreme folly of man that he labours so as to labour no more.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

23. “Be a mirror, absorb everything around you and still remain the same.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

24. “The deeper the feeling, the greater the pain.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

25. “One has no right to love or hate anything if one has not acquired a thorough knowledge of its nature. Great love springs from great knowledge of the beloved object, and if you know it but little you will be able to love it only a little or not at all.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

26. “Truth was the only daughter of time.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

27. “The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI



28. “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.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

29. “There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

30. “The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

31. “He who walks straight rarely falls.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

32. “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

33. “It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

34. “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

35. “Be eager to lend a patient ear to the opinions of others and think long and hard whether whoever finds fault has reason or not to censure you. And if the answer is yes, correct the fault. If no, give the impression that you have not heard him, or if he is a man whom you respect, explain to him why he is mistaken.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

36. “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

37. “Men wrongly lament the flight of time, blaming it for being too swift; they do not perceive that its passage is sufficiently long, but a good memory, which nature has given to us, causes things long past to seem present.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

38. “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

39. “Time stays long enough for those who use it.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

40. “Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

41. “The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

42. “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.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

43. “Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

44. “The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

45. “Just as iron which is not used grows rusty, and water putrefies and freezes in the cold, so the mind of which no use is made is spoilt.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

46. “One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI



47. “Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.”  ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

48. “Nature never breaks her own laws.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

 49. “Intellectual passion drives out sensuality. ”― LEONARDO DA VINCI

50. “O time! swift devourer of all created things!” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

51. “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.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

52. “Good writing comes from good talent.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

53. “Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

54. “If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness of his conduct and if you have more than one companion you will fall more deeply into the same plight.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

55. “Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

56. “Experience is a truer guide than the words of others.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

57. “You must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

58. “Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

59. “Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

60. “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

61. “Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

62. “An 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.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

63. “That which can be lost cannot be deemed riches.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

64. “The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

65. “Small rooms or dwellings discipline the mind, large ones weaken it.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

66. “Necessity is the theme and inventress of nature, her curb and her eternal law.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

67. “Whatever you do in life, if you want to be creative and intelligent, and develop your brain, you must do everything with the awareness that everything, in some way, connects to everything else.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

68. “God sells us all things at the price of labor.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

69. “I am not poor. Poor are those who desire many things.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

70. “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI



71. “To be a winner you must want to win but must know of the chance of losing and must not fear of it.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

72. “Life well spent is long.” ― LEONARDO DA VINCI

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