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  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
  

  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.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first understood.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

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

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

  I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Experience does not err. Only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.  
 -  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
  

  He who does not oppose evil commands it to be done.  
 -  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
  

  I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Just as eating against one's will is injurious to health, so studying without a liking for it spoils the memory, and it retains nothing it takes in.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Time stays long enough for those who use it.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Wisdom is the daughter of experience.  
 -  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
  

  Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  It is true that impatience, the mother of stupidity, praises brevity, as if such persons had not life long enough to serve them to acquire a complete knowledge of one single subject, such as the human body.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Learning acquired in youth arrests the evil of old age; and if you understand that old age has wisdom for its food, you will so conduct yourself in youth that your old age will not lack for nourishment.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Oysters open completely when the moon is full; and when the crab sees one it throws a piece of stone or seaweed into it and the oyster cannot close again so that it serves the crab for meat. Such is the fate of him who opens his mouth too much and thereby puts himself at the mercy of the listener.  
 -  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
  

  He who truly knows has no occasion to shout.  
 -  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
  

  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
  

  Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Learning never exhausts the mind.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Wherever good fortune enters, envy lays siege to the place and attacks it; and when it departs, sorrow and repentance remain behind.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Who sows virtue reaps honor.  
 -  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
  

  While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.  
 -  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
  

  People react to fear, not love - they dont teach that in Sunday School, but it is true.  
 -  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
  

  One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  He who thinks little, errs much.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Our life is made by the death of others.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Water is the driving force in nature.  
 -  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
  

  It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Let no man who is not a mathematician read the elements of my work.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  God sells us all things at the price of labor.  
 -  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
  

  No human research can be called true science unless it can be mathematically proved.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Life without love is no life at all.  
 -  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
  

  Art is never finished, only abandoned.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

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

  To lie is so vile, that even if it were in speaking well of godly things it would take off something from God's grace; and Truth is so excellent, that if it praises but small things they become noble.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  The knowledge of past times and of the places on the earth is both an ornament and nutriment to the human mind.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  The acquisition of any 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
  

  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
  

  Men out of fear will cling to the thing they most fear.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  In order to prove whether the spirit can speak or not, it is necessary in the first place to define what a voice is and how it is generated.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  All our knowledge has its origin in our perceptions.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  There shall be wings! If the accomplishment be not for me, 'tis for some other.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

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

  The sun gives spirit and life to plants and the earth nourishes them with moisture.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Necessity is the mistress and guardian of nature.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Darkness is absence of light. Shadow is diminution of light.  
 -  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
  

  Reprove your friend in secret and praise him openly.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  He who walks straight rarely falls.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Learning never exhausts the mind.  
 -  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
  

  For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.  
 -  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.  
 -  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
  

  He who truly knows has no occasion to shout.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Oysters open completely when the moon is full; and when the crab sees one it throws a piece of stone or seaweed into it and the oyster cannot close again so that it serves the crab for meat. Such is the fate of him who opens his mouth too much and thereby puts himself at the mercy of the listener.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

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

  As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  To lie is so vile, that even if it were in speaking well of godly things it would take off something from God's grace; and Truth is so excellent, that if it praises but small things they become noble.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Life without love is no life at all.  
 -  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
  

  Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

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

  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
  

  Who sows virtue reaps honor.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  God sells us all things at the price of labor.  
 -  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
  

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

  Wisdom is the daughter of experience.  
 -  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.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  People react to fear, not love - they don't teach that in Sunday School, but it's true.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  God sells us all things at the price of labor.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

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

  Reprove your friend in secret and praise him openly.  
 -  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
  

  It is true that impatience, the mother of stupidity, praises brevity, as if such persons had not life long enough to serve them to acquire a complete knowledge of one single subject, such as the human body.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Learning acquired in youth arrests the evil of old age; and if you understand that old age has wisdom for its food, you will so conduct yourself in youth that your old age will not lack for nourishment.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?  
 -  Leonardo Da Vinci
  

  While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.  
 -  Leonardo Da Vinci
  

  While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.  
 -  Leonardo Da Vinci
  

  Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory.  
 -  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
  

  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
  

  Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.  
 -  Leonardo Da Vinci
  

  Water is the driving force in nature.  
 -  Leonardo Da Vinci