Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (1452 - 1519) which means Leonardo, son of Master Piero de Vinci, was a famous universal genius, artist and scientist born in Vinci (Italy) who worked and stood out in many areas such as painting, sculpture and philosophy, which is why he is listed as polymath.
It was illegitimate son of a rich family of nobles, baptized as "Lionardo" and delivered to the care of his grandfather. He was probably initiated into the arts by his grandmother, who was a potter. He entered to work as an apprentice in the workshop of the painter Andrea del Verrocchio who initiated Leonardo in the techniques used in traditional workshops, learning the basics of theto chemistry, and the work of metal, leather, mechanics, carpentry, drawing and sculpture.
At 20 he began his career as a painter and soon stood out as an engineer. His scientific method was based mainly on observation, trying to understand the phenomena by describing and illustrating them in detail.
He died in Amboise (France) in 1519. Of the more than 50,000 documents created by him, only about 13,000 are preserved, most of them in the Vatican.
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I admire those who can smile in adversity.
Studying without desire ruins memory, and retains nothing it absorbs.
The knowledge of all things is possible.
Life without love is not life at all.
When you can't do what you want, you want what you can do.
The deeper the feeling, the greater the pain.
A little truth is better than a big lie.
Wisdom is the daughter of experience.
Anyone who defends an argument appealing to authority, is not using his intelligence, is only using his memory.
It is a poor student who does not go beyond his teacher.
Set your course to a star and you can navigate through any storm.
I have offended God and humanity because my work did not reach the quality it should have.
Although nature begins with reason and ends in experience, it is necessary that we do the opposite, that is, begin with experience and, from there, investigate the reason.
Our life is made of the death of others.
He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who climbs aboard without a helm or compass and never knows where it will end.
Marriage is like putting your hand in a bag of snakes hoping to take out an eel.
Just as a divided kingdom falls, the mind divided among many subjects is confused and destroys itself.
Human ingenuity will never imagine an invention more beautiful, simpler or more direct than nature, because nothing is missing in its inventions, and nothing is superfluous.
Before there will be a body without shadow than virtue without envy.
The experience is not wrong, only your judgments are wrong to expect from her what is not in her power.
Lies don't solve problems, they only make them worse, so liars go carefully.
It is a great mistake to speak well of a useless man, as well as to speak ill of a good man.
Men fight in wars and destroy everything around them. The earth should open and swallow them. He who does not value life does not deserve it. Never destroy another life through anger or evil.
It is a recognized fact that we perceive mistakes in the work of others more easily than in ours.
Most people, if you give them a book, snoop around for a while and then try to eat it.
Truly man is the king of beasts, because his brutality overcomes them.
After having traveled a distance between shady rocks, I reached the entrance of a large cavern. Two contrary emotions arose in me: fear and desire. Fear of the menacing cavern and desire to see if there were wonderful things in it.
Who wants to be rich in a day, will be hanged in a year.
There will come a time when men consider the murder of animals as they now see the murder of men.
Nothing should be as feared as empty fame.
The air moves like a river and carries the clouds with it just like the water that runs takes all the things that float on it.
We must doubt the certainty of everything that goes through the senses, but how much more we should doubt is about things contrary to the senses, such as the existence of God and the soul.
Reprove your friend in secret and exalt him in public.
If the painter wishes to see beauties that he loves, it is up to him to create them, and if he wishes to see monsters that are frightening, ridiculous or really pitiful, he is their master and lord.
A wave is never alone, but it mixes with the other waves.
Learning is the only thing that the mind never exhausts, never fears and never regrets.
I woke up only to discover that the rest of the world was still asleep.
The worst evil an artist can do is to believe that his work should look good in his own eyes.
A lie is something so vile that even if he spoke with justice of God, it would take away a little of his divinity, and so excellent is the truth that if he praises the humblest things, they are exalted.
No advice is more trustworthy than that given to ships that are in danger.
Once you have tried to fly, you will always walk the earth with your eyes looking at the sky, because there you have been, and there you will always yearn to return.
Learning never drains the mind.
He who really knows has no need to shout.
He who does not oppose evil orders that it be done.
The acquisition of knowledge is always useful for the intellect, since it can expel useless things and retain good.
You must act like the poor man who arrives at the end of the fair and cannot find another way to provide for himself other than taking all the things that other buyers have already seen, and have only rejected for their lesser value.
All our knowledge has its origin in our perceptions.
The painter will produce images of little merit if he takes the works of others as his standard
I thought I was learning to live; I was just learning to die.
Just as a day of profit brings a happy dream, a life of profit brings a happy death.
My body will not be a grave for other creatures.
When the fig tree ran out of fruit, nobody looked at her. Wishing that the production of its fruits was praised by men, it was bent and broken by them.
Blind ignorance deceives us. Oh unfortunate mortals, open your eyes!
In the rivers, the water you touch is the last one that has already passed and the first one that comes from, just like the present.
It is better to imitate old work than modern work.
God sells us all things at the price of labor.
Iron oxidizes due to disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, in cold weather it freezes, and inaction undermines the spirits of the mind.
Knowledge is not enough; We must put into practice.
A painter must begin each canvas with a black bath, because all things in nature are dark, except when they are exposed by light.
The greatest deception that men suffer comes from their own opinions.
He who thinks little is very wrong.
Details make perfect, and perfection is not a detail.
Perception acts more easily than judgment.
And you who want to represent through words the form of man and all aspects of his membership, renounce that idea. Because the more thoroughly you describe, the more you will limit the mind of the reader, and the more you will keep it away from the knowledge of what is described. And then it is necessary to draw and describe.
Why does the eye see more clearly when we are asleep than the imagination when we are awake?
He who is fixed on a star does not change his mind.
Those who, in the debate, appeal to their qualifications, argue from memory, not from understanding.
The one who owns the most fears for the loss.
Art is the queen of all sciences, communicating knowledge to all generations of the world.
It has long since struck me that people with achievements rarely adjust and expect things to happen to them. They went out and things happened to them.
Nothing strengthens authority as much as silence.
Realize that everything connects with everything else.
An average human looks without seeing, listens without hearing, plays without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, breathes without perceiving smell or fragrance and speaks without thinking.
Time is long enough for those who use it.
You have no right to love or hate something if you have not acquired a deep knowledge of your nature. Great love arises from the great knowledge of the beloved object, and if you know it very little you can love it only a little or nothing.
The painter has the Universe in his mind and in his hands.
Obstacles cannot crush me, each obstacle yields to a firm determination.
A poet knows that he has reached perfection, not when he has nothing left to add, but when he has nothing left to remove.
Make your work fit your purpose.
The artist sees what others only intuit.
A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art does not die.
Patience serves as protection against mistakes just as clothes do against the cold. Because if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it won't have the power to hurt you. Then, likewise, you must be patient when you encounter great mistakes, and then they will be unable to irritate your mind.
Art never ends, it just leaves.
Once you've tasted the taste of heaven, you'll always look up.
Water is the driving force of nature.
From time to time, stay away, relax a little, because when you return to work your judgment will be safer. Go a certain distance because then the work seems smaller and you can see more than one glance and you can see more easily the lack of harmony and proportion.
Intellectual passion expels sensuality.
Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is understood for the first time.