Quotes by Leonardo da Vinci

People react to fear, not love - they don't teach that in Sunday School, but it's true.
– Leonardo da Vinci
The art of procreation and the members employed therein are so repulsive, that if it were not for the beauty of the faces and the adornments of the actors and the pent-up impulse, nature would lose the human species.
– 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
The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.
– Leonardo da Vinci
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
– 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
There shall be wings! If the accomplishment be not for me, 'tis for some other.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Water is the driving force of all nature.
– Leonardo da Vinci
When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.
– Leonardo da Vinci
While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Who sows virtue reaps honor.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?
– Leonardo da Vinci
Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Intellectual passion dries out sensuality.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.
– Leonardo da Vinci
The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects.
– Leonardo da Vinci
The smallest feline is a masterpiece.
– Leonardo da Vinci