Quotes of Leonardo da Vinci


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


“Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation… even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”


“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.”


“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”



“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”


“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”


“He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.”


“You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself.”


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








  1. Eric February 1, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    “Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation… even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.” -So true.


  2. Farjana February 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Here urgency and inaction are fitted against each other. The contrasts of meaning each has are given emphasis by the results each may cause. Don’t be is such a hurry or faults may become optimal. Neither be inactive or your mind and physique may become stale. Knowledgeable opinion are important rather than opinions formed by ideas only an individual alone generate.


  3. Sammy February 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    Knowledge, genius and common sense may make an individual achieve something. Common sense is implied as the simple thoughts and ideas that may output into great things when given importance than glorified genius. Genius on the other hand, is when silent work produces lofty ideals and masterpieces. This is what Leonardo da Vinci is referring to with this introspection.


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