Leonardo da Vinci

While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.

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.

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.

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

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.