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Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) was an Italian Renaissance genius. He was good at many things, but was most famous as a painter. He was also scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer.

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I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. It is 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.


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A well-spent day brings happy sleep.


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The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.


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Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.


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There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.


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


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The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.


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The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.


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Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.


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


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Water is the driving force of all nature.


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


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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.


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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.


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Learning never exhausts the mind.


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The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.


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Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.


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All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.


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Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.


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He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.


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It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.


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Nature never breaks her own laws.


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


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Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.


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Art is never finished, only abandoned.

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