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All Quotes by author - Leonardo da Vinci
" A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory. "
" Art is never finished, only abandoned. "
" As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death. "
" As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself. "
" Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness. "
" Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes! "
" Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses. "
" Each man is always in the middle of the surface of the earth and under the zenith of his own hemisphere, and over the centre of the earth. "
" Every action needs to be prompted by a motive. "
" Experience does not err. Only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power. "
" Experience never errs; it is only your judgments that err by promising themselves effects such as are not caused by your experiments. "
" 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. "
" For, verily, great love springs from great knowledge of the beloved object, and if you little know it, you will be able to love it only little or not at all. "
" He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind. "
" 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. "
" He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year. "
" How many emperors and how many princes have lived and died and no record of them remains, and they only sought to gain dominions and riches in order that their fame might be ever-lasting. "
" 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. "
" I have always felt it is my destiny to build a machine that would allow man to fly. "
" 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 found that, in the composition of the human body as compared with the bodies of animals, the organs of sense are duller and coarser. Thus, it is composed of less ingenious instruments, and of spaces less capacious for receiving the faculties of sense. "
" I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have. "
" I have wasted my hours. "
" 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. "
" In order to arrive at knowledge of the motions of birds in the air, it is first necessary to acquire knowledge of the winds, which we will prove by the motions of water in itself, and this knowledge will be a step enabling us to arrive at the knowledge of beings that fly between the air and the wind. "
" 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. "
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