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Men of lofty genius,
by Leonardo da Vinci

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

Related topics: Wisdom

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 PHOTO

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

 

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

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

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

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Who sows virtue reaps honor.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.
- 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

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

Nature never breaks her own laws.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

The smallest feline is a masterpiece.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

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

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

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

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learning never exhausts the mind.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Life well spent is long.
- 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 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

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

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

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

When It's Darkest, Men See the Stars.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Men in general judge more from
appearances than from reality. All
men have eyes, but few have
the gift of penetration.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste
that they hurry past it.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
- Henry David Thoreau

The majority of men meet with failure
because of their lack of persistence
in creating new plans to take
the place of those which fail.
- Napoleon Hill

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many men go fishing all of their lives
without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
- Henry David Thoreau

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
- Billy Sunday

Who never walks save where he sees
men's tracks, makes no discoveries.
- J. G. Holland

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
Mere tolerance has given place to a sentiment of brotherhood
between sincere men of all denominations.
- Helen Keller

There are times, sir, when men of good conscience
cannot blindly follow orders.
- Captain Picard, STAR TREK: The Next Generation

Behind an able man there are always other able men.
- Chinese proverb


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