100 Famous Leonardo Da Vinci Quotes About Art and Life

These Famous Leonardo Da Vinci Quotes About Life and Art will inspire you to live your life at your full potential.

Leonardo da Vinci was born on 15 April 1452 was a painter, draughtsman, engineer, scientist, theorist, sculptor, and architect. He was a curious mind with an insatiable desire for knowledge. He had such a wide range of knowledge in different areas.

Leonardo da Vinci’s proper name was Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci who was an illegitimate child. His parents married separately after the year of his birth. Leonardo eventually has 12 half-siblings who were quite younger than him. The age difference between one of his half-siblings was around 40 years.

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Leonardo’s family was the descendent of a long line of notaries and despite his family history, he only received a basic and informal education in writing, reading, and math, maybe because his artistic talents were recognized early. Andrea del Verrocchio was the one who introduces Leonardo to the world of art. But art was not enough to satisfy his curious mind so he also studied the laws of science and nature. Mona Lisa’s painting is one of his works that is still popular and gets many praises to this date.

Many of Leonardo’s ideas and inventions are present in his notebook tells us that how his mind was so ahead of that time he lived in. His ideas influenced and inspired so many people around the world.

Here we are sharing famous Leonardo Da Vinci Quotes for you to follow your passions.

Leonardo Da Vinci Quotes

“He who can copy can do.”
― 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

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

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“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

“We must doubt the certainty of everything which passes through the senses, but how much more ought we to doubt things contrary to the senses, such as the existence of God and the soul.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Why does the eye see more clearly when asleep than the imagination when awake?”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci Quotes About Art

“The eye sees a thing more clearly in dreams, than the imagination awake.”
― 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

“He who wishes to be rich within a day, will be hanged within a year.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“It is an acknowledged fact that we perceive errors in the work of others more readily than in our own.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“What is fair in men, passes away, but not so in art”
― 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

“I love those who can smile in trouble…”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“To become an artist you have to be curious.”
― Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci Quotes On Life

“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Wisdom is the daughter of experience”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“The supreme misfortune is when theory outstrips performance”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“The acquisition of knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good. For nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Men fight wars and destroy everything around them. The earth should open and swallow them up. He who does not value life does not deserve it. Never destroy another life through rage, or through malice.”
― Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo’s Notebooks

“Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first understood.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“The human bird shall take his first flight, filling the words with amazement, all writings with his fame, and bringing eternal glory to those whose nest whence he sprang.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

Famous Leonardo Da Vinci Quotes

“Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail.”
― Leonardo Da Vinci

“If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness of his conduct and if you have more than one companion you will fall more deeply into the same plight.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.”
― 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

“The painter will produce pictures of little merit if he takes the works of others as his standard.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“The knowledge of all things is possible”
― Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci Quotes To Inspire You

“Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Truth at last cannot be hidden. Dissimulation is of no avail. Dissimulation is to no purpose before so great a judge. Falsehood puts on a mask. Nothing is hidden under the sun.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses- especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
― 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

“Many have made a trade of delusions and false miracles, deceiving the stupid multitudes.”
― Leonardo Da Vinci

“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”
― 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 mind that engages in subjects of too great variety becomes confused and weakened.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci Flight Quote

“The deeper the feeling, the greater the pain”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“As you cannot do what you want,
Want what you can do”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“One has no right to love or hate anything if one has not acquired a thorough knowledge of its nature. Great love springs from great knowledge of the beloved object, and if you know it but little you will be able to love it only a little or not at all.”
― Leonardo DaVinci

“I thought I was learning to live; I was only learning to die.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“He is a poor pupil who does not go beyond his master.”
― 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

“You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself…the height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment. …And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“While human ingenuity may devise various inventions to the same ends, it will never devise anything more beautiful, nor more simple, nor more to the purpose than nature does, because in her inventions nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci Simplicity Quote

“The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of.”
― Leonardo Da Vinci

“life without love, is no life at all”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art; Study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.”
― Leonardo DaVinci

“Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
― Leonardo Da Vinci

“If you find from your own experience that something is a fact and it contradicts what some authority has written down, then you must abandon the authority and base your reasoning on your own findings.”
― Leonardo Da Vinci

“Time stays long enough for those who use it.”
― Leonardo Da Vinci

“An average human looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odour or fragrance, and talks without thinking.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“He who truly knows has no occasion to shout.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose”
― Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci Sayings

“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“The worst evil which can befall the artist is that his work should appear good in his own eyes.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Intellectual passion drives out sensuality. ”
― Leonardo DaVinci

“I have offended God and mankind because my work didn’t reach the quality it should have.”
― Leonardo Da Vinci

“A well-spent day brings happy sleep”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“All our knowledge has its origin in our perceptions”
― Leonardo Da Vinci

“Water is the driving force in nature.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. So we must stretch ourselves to the very limits of human possibility. Anything less is a sin against both God and man.”
― 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

“God sells us all things at the price of labor.”
― Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci Quotes About Love

“Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“All sciences are vain and full of errors that are not born of Experience, the mother of all Knowledge.”
― Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo’s Notebooks

“Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“A poet knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Having wandered some distance among gloomy rocks, I came to the entrance of a great cavern … Two contrary emotions arose in me: fear and desire–fear of the threatening dark cavern, desire to see whether there were any marvelous things in it.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Our life is made by the death of others.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“I awoke only to find that the rest of the world was still asleep.”
― Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo’s Notebooks

“Just as a well-filled day brings blessed sleep, so a well-employed life brings a blessed death.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“once you have tasted the taste of sky, you will forever look up”
― Leonardo DaVinci

“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

Best Leonardo Da Vinci Quotes

“My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“He who thinks little errs much…”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Man has much power of discourse which for the most part is vain and false; animals have but little, but it is useful and true, and a small truth is better than a great lie.”
― Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo’s Notebooks

“He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes!”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Those who, in debate, appeal to their qualifications, argue from memory, not from understanding.”
― 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

“He who does not oppose evil……commands it to be done.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Obstacles cannot crush me; every obstacle yields to stern resolve.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
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.
Learning never exhausts the mind.
Art is never finished, only abandoned.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.
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.
I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.
Water is the driving force of all nature.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

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Leonardo has inspired many people during his lifetime and continued to do till this date. He is the iconic figure of his time and life his thoughts for people to get inspired and learn from.

We all know Leonardo for his art but his work as a scientist and an inventor was also commendable which makes him a true genius. We hope these Leonardo Da Vinci Quotes will inspire you to live your life to your full potential.

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