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It had long since come to my attention
by 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

Related topics: Motivational

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
- Leonardo da Vinci PHOTO

Iron rusts from disuse;
water loses its purity from stagnation...
even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
- Leonardo da Vinci

There are three classes of people:
those who see,
those who see when they are shown,
those who do not see.
- Leonardo da Vinci

 

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep,
so a life well spent brings happy death.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

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Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.
- Leonardo da Vinci

All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.
- Leonardo da Vinci

You do ill if you praise, but worse
if you censure, what you do not understand.
- Leonardo da Vinci

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Men of lofty genius,
when they are doing the least work,
are most active.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Beyond a doubt, truth bears the same relation
to falsehood as light to darkness.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Who sows virtue reaps honor.
- Leonardo da Vinci

You can have no dominion greater or
less than that over yourself.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Life is pretty simple:
You do some stuff.
Most fails. Some works.
You do more of what works.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The smallest feline is a masterpiece.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Nature never breaks her own laws.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Water is the driving force of all nature.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

I love those who can smile in trouble,
who can gather strength from distress,
and grow brave by reflection.
- Leonardo da Vinci

While I thought that I was learning how to live,
I have been learning how to die.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Common Sense is that which judges
the things given to it by other senses.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
- 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

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.
- Leonardo da Vinci

In rivers, the water that you touch
is the last of what has passed
and the first of that which comes;
so with present time.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The function of muscle is to pull and not to push,
except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Human subtlety will never devise an invention
more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature,
because in her inventions nothing is lacking,
and nothing is superfluous.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes
in the hope of pulling out an eel.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams
than the imagination when awake?
- Leonardo da Vinci

It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.
- Leonardo da Vinci

He who is fixed to a star
does not change his mind.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Learning never exhausts the mind.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Blinding ignorance does mislead us.
Oh Wretched mortals, open your eyes!
- Leonardo da Vinci

The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.
- Leonardo da Vinci

He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Life well spent is long.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The poet ranks far below the painter
in the representation of visible things,
and far below the musician in that of invisible things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't
reach the quality it should have.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Where the spirit does not work with the hand,
there is no art.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The truth of things is the chief nutriment
of superior intellects.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Our life is made by the death of others.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

I have wasted my hours.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Art is never finished, only abandoned.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff.
Most fails.
Some works.
You do more of what works.
If it works big, others quickly copy it.
Then you do something else.
The trick is the doing something else.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

I never had a policy;
I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
- Margaret Thatcher

I had forgotten how much light there is in the world,
'til you gave it back to me.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

I have had dreams, and I have had nightmares.
I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.
- Jonas Salk


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