Leonardo da Vinci Quotes

Leonardo da Vinci Quotes


He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.


In her (nature’s) inventions nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.


Drawing is based upon perspective, which is nothing else than a thorough knowledge of the function of the eye.


Perspective is the rein and rudder of painting.


Nothing will be left, Nothing in the air, nothing under the earth, nothing in the waters. All will be exterminated.



Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.


Learning is the only thing that never disappoints us.


Learning never exhausts the mind.


Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.


Our life is made by the death of others.


Nature varies the seed according to the variety of the things she desires to produce in the world.


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.


Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience.




Just as eating against one’s will is injurious to health, so studying without a liking for it spoils the memory, and it retains nothing it takes in.


Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.

Learning never exhausts the mind.


A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.


All sciences are vain and full of errors that are not born of Experience, the mother of all Knowledge.



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


Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first understood.


Nature never breaks her own laws.


I roamed the countryside searching for the answers to things I did not understand. Why shells existed on the tops of mountains along with the imprints of coral and plant and seaweed usually found in the sea. Why the thunder lasts a longer time than that which causes it and why immediately on its creation the lightening becomes visible to the eye while thunder requires time to travel. How the various circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by a stone and why a bird sustains itself in the air. These questions and other strange phenomena engaged my thought throughout my life.


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