48 Beautiful Leonardo Da Vinci Quotes

Leonardo da Vinci was a famous Italian artist and scientist of the Italian Renaissance. He is most known for his ‘The Last Supper’ and ‘Mona Lisa’.

He was born in Vinci, an Italian city, in 1452, and passed away in France, in 1519.

A person who is able to learn from the past will not repeat it.
A person who is able to learn from the past is no longer young.
A person who can learn from the past is really old.

48 Leonardo da Vinci Quotes

And here, the “1.” is actually a space, a gap in the text. It is not there in the original.

> The beauty of art lies in its adaptability.

Experience does not err, but your judgements do. You are expected to make a judgement every time you make an assumption.

I’ve been impressed with the urgency of doing. To know is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

You cannot always stop your behavior, but you can begin to resist it.

Life is long. But there are some things that are worth waiting for.

Leonardo da Vinci said that if you taste a bit of sky, you will forever look up.

If a human being is not able to understand the basic principles of natural law, then they can never achieve the highest levels of sophistication and greatness.

The painter has a universe in his mind and hands, and that’s the real secret of painting.

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Experience is a good teacher, and Wisdom is the product of experience.

It is recommended that a first step in creating a successful piece of artwork is to start with a dark background.

Life is the most important thing in the world. The sooner you start living, the sooner you’ll die.

People who are fixed on a star, like a planet, do not change their minds.

15. A well-filled day brings a blessed life. The more you work, the happier you will sleep.

Love is really the most important part of life. If you can’t love, you’re not living and you are wasting your time.

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To me, this quote means that to have mastery over oneself, you must first have mastery over yourself. If you do not master yourself, you will have no mastery over people.

Studying without any desire spoils the memory of your studies, and you will lose the lessons you learned.

In this world, there are three types of people: those who perceive reality, those who see reality, and those who do not see reality.

The only thing the individual can have dominion over is himself.

A wave is never found on its own, but is always surrounded by other waves.

The quote says that you cannot control what is over your head.
So you need to change the goal of what you are doing and then go for what you can do.

He who thinks little, is likely to be wrong a lot. But he who thinks a lot, is likely to be right a lot.

Water and time are the most efficient ways of changing our lives.

Learning is the only thing the mind never gets tired of, never fears or regrets.

It is a good idea to know the purpose of what you want to achieve and make sure that your work fits in with it.

To create an object or scene that is seen rather than felt or sensed, then make it more real to the audience by creating a painting. You can make a scene visual instead of actual.

When faced with an emotional challenge, people usually use their brains.

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“The perception of distance is relative.” – Albert Einstein

Now, the question is, “What is the difference between the two?”

If we look closely, we will find the difference.

When you praise something you don’t understand, you do ill. When you censure things you don’t understand, you do more ill.

I know someone who spent a lot of time in bed one day. She could not sleep because she was too busy thinking of other things. The next day, she slept a long time and was happy.

The truth is the light in the darkness, as the darkness is the shadow of light, and vice-versa: the light is the truth, and the true light is the light that sheds light upon all things.

When you truly know yourself, there is no need to shout about it.

Action is as important as inaction.
In both cases though the key seems to be being attentive to the world and doing one’s best, but especially in the second case to avoid the danger of complacency.

Learning can never completely fill your mind’s capacity, because you will always be in search of more information and new challenges.

When you say ‘love’, you are expressing you are having feelings for something. When you say ‘hate’, you are expressing the opposite feelings, that you have for something. Feelings do originate from an opinion, but the feelings can change based on understanding.

Leonardo was referring to many things in his statement but to me it describes the people at the top of any company that is not using their brainpower to advance their organization.

This is a quote by Leonardo da Vinci, but it is paraphrased by me to make it fit with the theme of the course.

If you have been flying, you can dream of soaring into the sunset. The world is a very beautiful place, and you deserve to be able to see it all.

All knowledge has its origin in our perception which is influenced by memory and our emotional state.

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Action/motive is a critical component of any narrative.

I have always felt that it is my destiny to build a machine that would allow people to fly.

You can only get things done if you are able to make a vision happen. You can start with something and then evolve to this other thing in a way where you end up with much more than what you started with.

Life is not easy. It requires a great deal of hard work, persistence, and the ability to fail and learn from it.
Life is simple. It provides a lot of tools and methods we can learn from as we work towards mastery.
You can make things happen by using existing tools and strategies.
As you discover new ways to make things happen you can invent new tools and strategies.

The obstacles that I have encountered have failed to deter me, they have not deterred me; I have faced them with a resolve that won’t allow me to be deterred.

Everything affects everything. It’s a self-organizing system.

In life, everything revolves around knowledge. One should take every opportunity to advance as a human being.

The reason why we see things better when asleep is that our eyes are relaxed. When we are fully alert, we have to use conscious imagination to visualize what is out there. When we are asleep, our eyes are not engaged in any conscious thought, so they are free to focus on what is out there.


Leonardo da Vinci lived from 1452-1519 and he is considered one of the great thinkers of all time. He was a painter, a sculptor, a designer, a mathematician, an engineer, an anatomist, a scientist and a man of literature. He invented the helicopter, he discovered the laws of motion, he created a self-propelled artillery. These are just a few of his many inventions.

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