In his life Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was famous not only for his work but also for quotations and sayings, some of which are quite popular and listed here.

Quotes By Leonardo da Vinci

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DOB
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15-04-1452
DOD
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2-05-1519
Known as the greatest painter that has ever lived, Leonardo was born to a notary named Piero da Vinci, who had an extramarital affair with a peasant. Leonardo hardly shared a rapport with his mother, barring a few letters that they exchanged, but he was quite close to his father. Today, Leonardo is regarded as the “Renaissance man”, as his inventions and paintings spurred the birth of the famous ‘Renaissance’ period. He was revered for being a technological genius, whose thoughts were way ahead of their time. He conceptualized sophisticated flying machines, armored fighting vehicles, solar powered houses at a time when they were alien to mankind and illustrated them on canvas. For achieving this feat, he was regarded as one of the most diversely talented individuals of all time. His paintings such as the ‘Mona Lisa’, ‘The Last Supper’ and the ‘Vitruvian Man’ amongst others, is still a global topic of discussion and debate. Studies are still being held on these paintings to decipher the encrypted details it contains. Apart from all this, Da Vinci is also known for his love for animals. Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), a famous painter and a biographer, once penned a story of Da Vinci. According to him, one day the legendary painter was walking through the market stalls in Florence, Italy, when he came across a bird that was caged. Appalled by the helplessness of the bird, Da Vinci bought it from the vendor, took it home and set the bird free.

The smallest feline is a masterpiece.

- Leonardo da Vinci

I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.

- Leonardo da Vinci

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

- Leonardo da Vinci

The knowledge of all things is possible

- Leonardo da Vinci

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

- Leonardo da Vinci

One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.

- Leonardo da Vinci

I love those who can smile in trouble...

- Leonardo da Vinci

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

- Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.

- Leonardo da Vinci

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

- Leonardo da Vinci

Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.

- Leonardo da Vinci

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.

- Leonardo da Vinci

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.

- Leonardo da Vinci

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

- Leonardo da Vinci

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

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.

- Leonardo da Vinci

Learning never exhausts the mind.

- Leonardo da Vinci

Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen, even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.

- Leonardo da Vinci

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

- Leonardo da Vinci

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

- Leonardo da Vinci

Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness.

- Leonardo da Vinci

All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.

- Leonardo da Vinci

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

- Leonardo da Vinci

Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.

- Leonardo da Vinci

Experience does not err. Only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power.

- Leonardo da Vinci

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

- Leonardo da Vinci

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

Water is the driving force of all nature.

- Leonardo da Vinci

I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand. Why thunder lasts longer than that which causes it, and why immediately on its creation the lightning becomes visible to the eye while thunder requires time to travel. These questions and other strange phenomena engaged my thought throughout my life.

- Leonardo da Vinci

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