Leonardo da Vinci

15 Apr 1452 // 2 May 1519
Scientist / Man of Arts


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Threats alone are the weapons of the threatened man
Fear arises sooner than anything else
We are deceived by promises and time disappoints us...
To speak well of a base man is much the same as speaking ill of a good man
Patience serves us against insults precisely as clothes do against the cold. For if you multiply your garments as the cold increases, that cold cannot hurt you; in the same way increase your patience under great offences, and they cannot hurt your feelings
Be not false about the past
Reprove your friend in secret and praise him openly
The memory of benefits is a frail defence against ingratitude
Where there is most feeling, there is the greatest martyrdom
It is easier to contend with evil at the first than at the last
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."