Quotes by Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian painter and a genius in many realms of science. He is best known for two paintings: the “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper.” Here are some of his quotations:

  1. “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
  2. “A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”
  3. “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.”
  4. “Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.”
  5. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
  6. “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.”
  7. “The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.”
  8. “One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.”
  9. “Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first understood.”
  10. “The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”
  11. “As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.”
  12. “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”
  13. “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
  14. “The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”
  15. “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.”
  16. “Learning never exhausts the mind.”
  17. “There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.”
  18. “As you cannot do what you want, Want what you can do”
  19. “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
  20. “Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.”

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3 thoughts on “Quotes by Leonardo da Vinci

  1. Leonardo will always attract seekers!
    When I was in Paris 2005, I could not visit the Louvre. But the Louvre came with sound recording equipment, which were kindly provided by the French. Found the “Mona Lisa” and began recording background sound created numerous visitors who came to see the masterpiece. The logic was simple. Allow myself to be noted that any masterpiece has the property of highly structured information field. Man – this is also, at its basis, the field structure. There is a contact of two field structures – human and masterpiece. This is probably the power of art. The sounds published the people who were in the masterpiece (talk, the shuffling of feet, etc.) were very valuable to me, they were correlated associated with him. Subjecting these records complicated transformation process, I managed to get some incredible sound. Many are led into shock – these sounds there is a clear identification with the portrait of “Mona Lisa.” Similar records I’ve made in the famous sculpture of Venus. As a result, based on these records, I had three works – “Knowledge”, “Flow” and “Communication”.

    MONA LISA_VENUS(Опыт работы с шедеврами) .avi
    Structure of presented video: sound background at Mona Lisa – result of transformational processing of a background, a sound background at Venus – result of transformational processing of a background, a work “Knowledge” fragment (the transformed sounds are used only).
    Full details can be found on my master class
    Academia of Music, Kishinev MOLDOVA
    ( Sorry, Google translation)

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