Leonardo Da Vinci Principles

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Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath of the Renaissance, whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter and tank, he epitomised the Renaissance humanist ideal.

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

“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.”

“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve.”

“Wisdom is the daughter of experience.”

“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”

“Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.”

“Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness.”

“The truth of things is the chief nutrient of superior intellects.”

“Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws, she has no effect without cause nor invention without necessity.”

“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.”

“Nature never breaks her own laws.”

“Great love springs from great knowledge of the beloved object, and if you little know it, you will be able to love it only little or not at all.”

“He who does not punish evil commands that it be done.”

“It is easier to contend with evil at the first than at the last.”

“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”

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