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Leonardo da Vinci Quotes

Possible Self-Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci

Quotes by Leonardo da Vinci

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“Learning never exhausts the mind.”

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

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“Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.”

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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

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“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

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

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“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.”

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

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“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. It is 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.”

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“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions”

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“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”

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

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Leonardo da Vinci

  • Name:            Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
  • Born:              1452 – Vinci, Republic of Florence (present-day Italy)
  • Died:              1519 (aged 67) – Amboise, Kingdom of France
  • Nationality:  Italian
  • Movement:   High Renaissance
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“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” – Leonardo da Vinci

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Photo Credit: Leonardo da Vinci [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons