Leonardo Da Vinci Quotes


He is the most famous Italian polymath ever to have lived in the High-Renaissance. Although his reputation rests on his accomplishments as an artist he is also known for his books in which he makes sketches and notes on science and invention, which cover a number of aspects, such as anatomy, astronomy, botany, cartography, paintings.

The genius of Leonardo embodied the humanist notion of the Renaissance, and his collaborative creations lead to subsequent generations of artists who are only rivaled by his contemporary Michelangelo.

Leonardo was born out of wedlock to notary and far-sighteous Piero da Vinci in Vinci, Florence, Italy, and a rural woman called Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci,The famous Italian artist Andrea del Verrocchio was trained in the workshop.

He worked for Ludovico Il Moro in Milan and later in Rome, Bologna and Venice. Most of his early working career was kept in service. In France, where he expired in 1519, he lived his last three years.


Quotes By Leonardo Da Vinci

"Learning never exhausts the mind."

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

"Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it."

"Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master."

 "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."

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

“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.”

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

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

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

"Experience never errs; it is only your judgments that err by promising themselves effects such as are not caused by your experiments."

 "All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions."

 "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."

 "There are four powers: memory and intellect, desire and covetousness. The two first are mental and the others sensual. The three senses sight, hearing, and smell cannot well be prevented; touch and taste not at all."

 "Just as food eaten without appetite is a tedious nourishment, so does study without zeal damage the memory by not assimilating what it absorbs."

 "All knowledge which ends in words will die as quickly as it came to life, with the exception of the written word: which is its mechanical part."

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

 "Life well spent is long."

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

"Knowledge of the past and of the places of the earth is the ornament and food of the mind of man."

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

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

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.”

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”

“I love those who can smile in trouble...”

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

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”


“I thought I was learning to live; I was only learning to die.”