Leonardo Da Vinci
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"Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci" was an Italians/Italian painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal.

Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Polymath/Renaissance Man, a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination". According to art historian Helen Gardner (art historian)/Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and "his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote". Marco Rosci states that while there is much speculation about Leonardo, his vision of the world is essentially logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unusual for his time.

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

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.

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

You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand.

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

Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.

Experience does not ever err. It is only your judgment that errs in promising itself results which are not caused by your experiments.

Supreme happiness will be the greatest cause of misery, and the perfection of wisdom the occassion of folly.

Marriage: putting one's hand into a bag of snakes on the chance of drawing out an eel.

Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes!

Those who become enamored of practices without science are like sailors who go aboard ship without a rudder and compass, for they are never certain where they will land.

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.

Whoever in discussion adduces authority uses not intellect but memory.

The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things.

Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation ... even so does inaction sap the vigour of the mind.

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

Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.

It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.

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

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

Once you have flown, your eyes will ever gaze skyward. For once you have been there ... There you will go again!

Intellectual passion dries out sensuality.