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+ 309 If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible. Epictetus

+ 481 I shall never cease from the practice and teaching of philosophy, exhorting anyone whom I meet after my manner, and convincing him, saying: O my friend, why do you who are a citizen of the great and mighty and wise city of Athens, care so much about laying up the greatest amount of money and honor and reputation, and so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul, which you never regard or heed at all? Are you not ashamed of this? And if the person with whom I an arguing says: Yes, but I do care: I do not depart or let him go at once; I interrogate and examine and cross-examine him, and if I think that he has no virtue, but only says that he has, I reproach him with overvaluing the greater, and undervaluing the less. ...For this is the command of God, as I would have you know...

+ 463 Those arguments that are made, that the inferior race are to be treated with as much allowance as they are capable of enjoying; that as much is to be done for them as their condition will allow. What are these arguments? They are the arguments that kings have made for enslaving the people in all ages of the world. You will find that all the arguments in favor of king-craft were of this class; they always bestrode the necks of the people, not that they wanted to do it, but because the people were better off for being ridden. That is their argument, and this argument of the Judge is the same old serpent that says you work and I eat, you toil and I will enjoy the fruits of it. Turn in whatever way you will, whether it come from the mouth of a King, an excuse for enslaving the people of this country, or from the mouth of men of one race as a reason for enslaving the men of another race, it is all the same old serpent, and I hold if that course of argumentation that is made for the purpose of convincing the public mind that we should not care about this, should be granted, it does not stop with the negro. I should like to know if, taking this old Declaration of Independence, which declares that all men are equal upon principle, and making exceptions to it, where will it stop? If one man says it does not mean a negro, why not another say it does not mean some other man? If that declaration is not the truth, let us get the Statute book, in which we find it, and tear it out! Who is so bold as to do it? If it is not true let us tear it out! Abraham Lincoln

+ 283 If you can lose it all and still believe in yourself - its's when you become invincible.

+ 265 Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 292 A well-spent day brings happy sleep. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 294 Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 254 Water is the driving force of all nature. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 255 It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 208 Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 228 Who sows virtue reaps honor. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 218 Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 303 I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 232 The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 301 You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 358 The majority of the stupid is invincible and guaranteed for all time. The terror of their tyranny, however, is alleviated by their lack of consistency. Albert Einstein

+ 229 God sells us all things at the price of the labor. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 270 All fiction is a process of imagining: whatever you write, in whatever genre or medium, your task is to make things up convincingly and interestingly and new. Neil Gaiman

+ 326 When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it - always. Mahatma Gandhi

+ 286 It's not about pop culture, and it's not about fooling people, and it's not about convincing people that they want something they don't. We figure out what we want. Steve Jobs Fortune, 2008

+ 305 I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. If they keep on risking failure, they're still artists. Dylan and Picasso were always risking failure. Leonardo da Vinci was a great artist and a great scientist. Michelangelo knew a tremendous amount about how to cut stone at the quarry. The finest dozen computer scientists I know are all musicians. Steve Jobs

+ 299 This mental activity, at first involuntary under the pressure of illness and suffering, gradually became second nature and led me finally to recognize that I was but an automaton devoid of free will in thought and action and merely responsible to the forces of the environment. Our bodies are of such complexity of structure, the motions we perform are so numerous and involved and the external impressions on our sense organs to such a degree delicate and elusive, that it is hard for the average person to grasp this fact. Yet nothing is more convincing to the trained investigator than the mechanistic theory of life which had been, in a measure, understood and propounded by Descartes three hundred years ago. Nikola Tesla

+ 96 Learning never exhausts the mind. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 91 Tears come from the heart and not from the brain. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 120 I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. Tis 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. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 86 It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 96 Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 100 The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 112 As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 101 Just as food eaten without appetite is a tedious nourishment, so does study without zeal damage the memory by not assimilating what it absorbs. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 86 Learning never exhausts the mind. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 86 Time abides long enough for those who make use of it. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 91 Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 80 Who sows virtue reaps honor. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 98 Medicine is the restoration of discordant elements; sickness is the discord of the elements infused into the living body. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 100 I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 112 Painting is concerned with all the 10 attributes of sight; which are: Darkness, Light, Solidity and Colour, Form and Position, Distance and Propinquity, Motion and Rest. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 91 All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 107 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. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 94 It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 88 He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 87 Art is never finished, only abandoned. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 88 Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake? Leonardo da Vinci

+ 116 There are four Powers: memory and intellect, desire and covetousness. The two first are mental and the others sensual. The three senses: sight, hearing and smell cannot well be prevented; touch and taste not at all. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 94 You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 128 Experience never errs; it is only your judgments that err by promising themselves effects such as are not caused by your experiments. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 93 The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 102 I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 98 Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation... even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 89 Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 122 As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 98 The divisions of Perspective are 3, as used in drawing; of these, the first includes the diminution in size of opaque objects; the second treats of the diminution and loss of outline in such opaque objects; the third, of the diminution and loss of colour at long distances. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 93 The length of a man's outspread arms is equal to his height. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 90 The Medici created and destroyed me. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 114 In order to arrive at knowledge of the motions of birds in the air, it is first necessary to acquire knowledge of the winds, which we will prove by the motions of water in itself, and this knowledge will be a step enabling us to arrive at the knowledge of beings that fly between the air and the wind. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 98 He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 96 Human subtlety 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. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 111 The painter who draws merely by practice and by eye, without any reason, is like a mirror which copies every thing placed in front of it without being conscious of their existence. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 101 It seems that it had been destined before that I should occupy myself so thoroughly with the vulture, for it comes to my mind as a very early memory, when I was still in the cradle, a vulture came down to me, he opened my mouth with his tail and struck me a few times with his tail against my lips. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 118 I have found that, in the composition of the human body as compared with the bodies of animals, the organs of sense are duller and coarser. Thus, it is composed of less ingenious instruments, and of spaces less capacious for receiving the faculties of sense. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 103 Many are they who have a taste and love for drawing, but no talent; and this will be discernible in boys who are not diligent and never finish their drawings with shading. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 106 Man and animals are in reality vehicles and conduits of food, tombs of animals, hostels of Death, coverings that consume, deriving life by the death of others. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 112 Weight, force and casual impulse, together with resistance, are the four external powers in which all the visible actions of mortals have their being and their end. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 97 Every action needs to be prompted by a motive. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 96 I have always felt it is my destiny to build a machine that would allow man to fly. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 103 Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 88 Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 86 Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 111 The beginnings and ends of shadow lie between the light and darkness and may be infinitely diminished and infinitely increased. Shadow is the means by which bodies display their form. The forms of bodies could not be understood in detail but for shadow. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 103 Knowledge of the past and of the places of the earth is the ornament and food of the mind of man. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 83 Just as courage is the danger of life, so is fear its safeguard. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 105 A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 97 The human bird shall take his first flight, filling the world with amazement, all writings with his fame, and bringing eternal glory to the nest whence he sprang. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 103 Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 113 Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes! Leonardo da Vinci

+ 105 There is no object so large but that at a great distance from the eye it does not appear smaller than a smaller object near. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 102 Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 94 The smallest feline is a masterpiece. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 126 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. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 98 The senses are of the earth, the reason stands apart from them in contemplation. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 94 Necessity is the mistress and guide of nature. Necessity is the theme and inventress of nature, her curb and her eternal law. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 93 The natural desire of good men is knowledge. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 102 For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 99 Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 103 You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 95 Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 93 Water is the driving force of all nature. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 91 All knowledge which ends in words will die as quickly as it came to life, with the exception of the written word: which is its mechanical part. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 103 People talk to people who perceive nothing, who have open eyes and see nothing; they shall talk to them and receive no answer; they shall adore those who have ears and hear nothing; they shall burn lamps for those who do not see. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 105 Our body is dependant on Heaven and Heaven on the Spirit. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 99 Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 110 Our life is made by the death of others. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 97 The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 98 Nature never breaks her own laws. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 94 Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws, she has no effect without cause nor invention without necessity. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 114 For, verily, great love springs from great knowledge of the beloved object, and if you little know it, you will be able to love it only little or not at all. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 135 The mind of the painter must resemble a mirror, which always takes the colour of the object it reflects and is completely occupied by the images of as many objects as are in front of it. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 83 Intellectual passion drives out sensuality. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 103 There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 93 Science is the captain, and practice the soldiers. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 123 Experience does not err. Only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 132 To such an extent does nature delight and abound in variety that among her trees there is not one plant to be found which is exactly like another; and not only among the plants, but among the boughs, the leaves and the fruits, you will not find one which is exactly similar to another. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 110 Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 112 The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 100 It is better to imitate ancient than modern work. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 110 The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 116 How many emperors and how many princes have lived and died and no record of them remains, and they only sought to gain dominions and riches in order that their fame might be ever-lasting. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 104 Life well spent is long. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 104 I have wasted my hours. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 106 The spirit desires to remain with its body, because, without the organic instruments of that body, it can neither act, nor feel anything. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 101 While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 113 Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 115 The painter who is familiar with the nature of the sinews, muscles, and tendons, will know very well, in giving movement to a limb, how many and which sinews cause it; and which muscle, by swelling, causes the contraction of that sinew; and which sinews, expanded into the thinnest cartilage, surround and support the said muscle. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 115 Each man is always in the middle of the surface of the earth and under the zenith of his own hemisphere, and over the centre of the earth. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 117 The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects. Leonardo da Vinci