LEONARDO DA VINCI

"The acquisition of 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

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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

"Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in."

LEONARDO DA VINCI

"Nature never breaks her own laws."

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

"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

"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

"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

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