Great Leonardo da Vinci Quotes

Shadow is the obstruction of light. Shadows appear to me to be of supreme importance in perspective, because, without them opaque and solid bodies will be ill defined; that which is contained within their outlines and their boundaries themselves will be ill-understood unless they are shown against a background of a different tone from themselves.


There are three aspects to perspective. The first has to do with how the size of objects seems to diminish according to distance: the second, the manner in which colors change the farther away they are from the eye; the third defines how objects ought to be finished less carefully the farther away they are.


Truth was the only daughter of Time.


Therefore, O students, study mathematics and do not build without foundations.


Mechanics is the paradise of the mathematical sciences because by means of it one comes to the fruits of mathematics.


Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.


A bird is an instrument working according to mathematical law, which instrument it is within the capacity of man to reproduce with all its movements, but not with a corresponding degree of strength, though it is deficient only in the power of maintaining equilibrium. We may therefore say that such an instrument constructed by man is lacking in nothing except the life of the bird, and this life must needs be supplied from that of man.


There is no result in nature without a cause; understand the cause and you will have no need of the experiment.


When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.


The water which rises in the mountain is the blood which keeps the mountain in life.


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.


Water is the driving force of all nature.


The body of the earth is of the nature of a fish… because it draws water as its breath instead of air.


Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation… even so does inaction sap the vigour of the mind.


Learning never exhausts the mind.


Whatever you do in life, if you want to be creative and intelligent, and develop your brain, you must do everything with the awareness that everything, in some way, connects to everything else.


I roamed the countryside searching for the answers to things I did not understand. Why shells existed on the tops of mountains along with the imprints of coral and plant and seaweed usually found in the sea. Why the thunder lasts a longer time than that which causes it and why immediately on its creation the lightening becomes visible to the eye while thunder requires time to travel. How the various circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by a stone and why a bird sustains itself in the air. These questions and other strange phenomena engaged my thought throughout my life.


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


Nature varies the seed according to the variety of the things she desires to produce in the world.


Nature never breaks her own laws.


O neglectful Nature, wherefore art thou thus partial, becoming to some of thy children a tender and benignant mother, to others a most cruel and ruthless stepmother? I see thy children given into slavery to others without ever receiving any benefit, and in lieu of any reward for the services they have done for them they are repaid by the severest punishments.


Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience.


Very great charm of shadow and light is to be found in the faces of those who sit in the doors of dark houses. The eye of the spectator sees that part of the face which is in shadow lost in the darkness of the house, and that part of the face which is lit draws its brilliancy from the splendour of the sky. From this intensification of light and shade the face gains greatly in relief and beauty by showing the subtlest shadows in the light part and the subtlest lights in the dark part.


In her (nature’s) inventions nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.


There is no result in nature without a cause; understand the cause and you will have no need of the experiment.