Quotes 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

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
– 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
Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
– Leonardo da Vinci
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.
– Leonardo da Vinci
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.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Experience does not err. Only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power.
– 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
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 offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.
– 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
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
Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.
– 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
Life well spent is long.
– 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
Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Our life is made by the death of others.
– Leonardo da Vinci