Great Leonardo da Vinci Quotes

I know very well that because I am unlettered some presumptuous people will think they have the right to criticize me, saying that I am an uncultured man. What stupid fools! Do they not know that I could reply to them as Marius did to the Roman patricians: “Do those who pride themselves on the works of other men claim to challenge mine?


Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.


Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.


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.


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


Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.


Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.


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


Our life is made by the death of others.


All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.


If the thing loved is base, the lover becomes base.


Love shows itself more in adversity than in prosperity; as light does, which shines most where the place is darkest.


All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.


Beauty perishes in life, but is immortal in art.


Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.


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