Leonardo DaVinci

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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence he is just using his memory.
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.
As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.
Every obstacle yields to stern resolve.
Human subtelty will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does Nature, because in her inventions, nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.
Intellectual passion dries out sensuality.
Iron rusts from disuse water loses its purity from stagnation and in cold weather becomes frozen even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.
It is hard to have patience with people who say 'There is no death' or 'Death doesn't matter.' There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter.
Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.
Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.
Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward for there you have been, there you long to return.
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.
People react to fear, not love- they don't teach that in Sunday School, but it's true.
You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand.

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