Leonardo Da Vinci Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Leonardo Da Vinci quotes, Leonardo Da Vinci sayings, and Leonardo Da Vinci proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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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Just as courage imperils life; fear protects it.     

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The eye sees a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination awake.     

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Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.     

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He who does not punish evil commands it to be done.     

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Water is the driver of Nature.     

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When 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.     

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Lust is the cause of generation.     

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The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.     

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

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Who sows virtue reaps honor.     

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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.     

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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.     

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He who truly knows has no occasion to shout.     

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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.     

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Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.     

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Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.     

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He who truly knows has no occasion to shout.     

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A well-spent day brings happy sleep.     

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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.     

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Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.     

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Iron rusts from disuse even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.     

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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.     

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Water is the driving force of all nature.     

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I am still hopeful. A falcon, Time. But the coincidence is probably accidental.      

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You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself     

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

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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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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.     

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