+ 390 There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it. Napoleon Hill

+ 288 Leopard is Winner

+ 426 Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another. Napoleon Hill

+ 393 Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. Napoleon Hill

+ 357 Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. Napoleon Hill

+ 329 Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought. Napoleon Hill

+ 293 Action is the real measure of intelligence. Napoleon Hill

+ 323 Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. Napoleon Hill

+ 263 Think and grow rich. Napoleon Hill

+ 428 Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times. Napoleon Hill

+ 340 Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. Napoleon Hill

+ 274 A goal is a dream with a deadline. Napoleon Hill

+ 354 Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent. Napoleon Hill

+ 307 Don't wait. The time will never be just right. Napoleon Hill

+ 286 The leopard cannot change its spots

+ 418 My sign is Leo. A Leo has to walk with pride. When he takes a step, he has to put his foot down. You walk into a room and you want people to know your presence, without you doing anything. Wesley Snipes

+ 355 The pride people take in their work transcends to their homes, their education, families and communities. Leonard Boswell

+ 309 Mavericks are nonconformists. They pride themselves on going it alone. Jacqueline Leo

+ 491 It is to deny, what the history of the world tells us is true, to suppose that men of ambition and talents will not continue to spring up amongst us. And, when they do, they will as naturally seek the gratification of their ruling passion, as others have so done before them. The question then, is, can that gratification be found in supporting and maintaining an edifice that has been erected by others? Most certainly it cannot. Many great and good men sufficiently qualified for any task they should undertake, may ever be found, whose ambition would inspire to nothing beyond a seat in Congress, a gubernatorial or a presidential chair; but such belong not to the family of the lion, or the tribe of the eagle. What! think you these places would satisfy an Alexander, a Caesar, or a Napoleon? — Never! Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. — It sees no distinction in adding story to story, upon the monuments of fame, erected to the memory of others. It denies that it is glory enough to serve under any chief. It scorns to tread in the footsteps of any predecessor, however illustrious. It thirsts and burns for distinction; and, if possible, it will have it, whether at the expense of emancipating slaves, or enslaving freemen. Is it unreasonable then to expect, that some man possessed of the loftiest genius, coupled with ambition sufficient to push it to its utmost stretch, will at some time, spring up among us? And when such a one does, it will require the people to be united with each other, attached to the government and laws, and generally intelligent, to successfully frustrate his designs. Abraham Lincoln

+ 330 By sheer force of moral purpose, by clarity of perception, by mastery of detail and benign manipulation of men, he had become, as Henry Adams admiringly wrote him, "the best herder of Emperors since Napoleon. ~ Edmund Morris

+ 340 Love is always bestowed as a gift - freely, willingly and without expectation. We don't love to be loved; we love to love. Leo Buscaglia

+ 307 Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life. Leo Buscaglia

+ 241 Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever. Leo Buscaglia

+ 396 What love we've given, we'll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity. Leo Buscaglia

+ 264 Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 285 A well-spent day brings happy sleep. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 293 Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 248 Water is the driving force of all nature. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 252 It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 206 Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 226 Who sows virtue reaps honor. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 213 Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 299 I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 229 The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 298 You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 348 A conflict arises when a religious community insists on the absolute truthfulness of all statements recorded in the Bible. This means an intervention on the part of religion into the sphere of science; this is where the struggle of the Church against the doctrines of Galileo and Darwin belongs. On the other hand, representatives of science have often made an attempt to arrive at fundamental judgments with respect to values and ends on the basis of scientific method, and in this way have set themselves in opposition to religion. These conflicts have all sprung from fatal errors. Albert Einstein

+ 329 Matter is real to my senses, but they aren't trustworthy. If Galileo or Copernicus had accepted what they saw, they would never have discovered the movement of the earth and planets. Albert Einstein

+ 441 The world needs new moral impulses which, I'm afraid, won't come from the churches, heavily compromised as they have been throughout the centuries. Perhaps those impulses must come from scientists in the tradition of Galileo, Kepler and Newton. In spite of failures and persecutions, these men devoted their lives to proving that the universe is a single entity, in which, I believe, a humanized God has no place. The genuine scientist is not moved by praise or blame, nor does he preach. He unveils the universe and people come eagerly, without being pushed, to behold a new revelation: the order, the harmony, the magnificence of creation! And as man becomes conscious of the stupendous laws that govern the universe in perfect harmony, he begins to realize how small he is. He sees the pettiness of human existence, with its ambitions and intrigues, its 'I am better than thou' creed. This is the beginning of cosmic religion within him; fellowship and human service become his moral code. And without such moral foundations, we are hopelessly doomed. Albert Einstein

+ 352 Religion and science go together. As I've said before, science without religion is lame and religion without science is blind. They are interdependent and have a common goal—the search for truth. Hence it is absurd for religion to proscribe Galileo or Darwin or other scientists. And it is equally absurd when scientists say that there is no God. The real scientist has faith, which does not mean that he must subscribe to a creed. Without religion there is no charity. The soul given to each of us is moved by the same living spirit that moves the universe. Albert Einstein

+ 285 You cannot teach a man anything, You can only help him discover it in himself. Galileo Galilei

+ 212 Don't wait. The time will never be just right. Napoleon Hill

+ 262 Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools. Napoleon Bonaparte

+ 239 The Germans and Austrians are very polite, the Swiss are very reserved and the Spanish usually kiss me. The Brits write me letters. Donna Leon

+ 244 The Germans and Austrians are very polite, the Swiss are very reserved and the Spanish usually kiss me. The Brits write me letters. Donna Leon

+ 228 Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone. Leonard Cohen

+ 259 The only reason for being a professional writer is that you just can't help it. Leo Rosten

+ 212 The secret of becoming a writer is to write, write and keep on writing. Ken MacLeod

+ 225 God sells us all things at the price of the labor. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 263 My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: when you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip. Elmore Leonard

+ 209 It is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous. Napoleon Bonaparte

+ 279 Send me 300 francs; that sum will enable me to go to Paris. There, at least, one can cut a figure and surmount obstacles. Everything tells me I shall succeed. Will you prevent me from doing so for the want of 100 crowns? Napoleon

+ 369 My waking thoughts are all of thee. Your portrait and the remembrance of last night's delirium have robbed my senses of repose. Sweet and incomparable Josephine, what an extraordinary influence you have over my heart. Are you vexed? Do I see you sad? Are you ill at ease? My soul is broken with grief, and there is no rest for your lover. Napoleon

+ 396 All great events hang by a hair. The man of ability takes advantage of everything and neglects nothing that can give him a chance of success; whilst the less able man sometimes loses everything by neglecting a single one of those chances. Napoleon

+ 282 From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us. Napoleon

+ 280 What I have done up to this is nothing. I am only at the beginning of the course I must run. Do you imagine that I triumph in Italy in order to aggrandise the pack of lawyers who form the Directory, and men like Carnot and Barras? What an idea! Napoleon

+ 378 I do not care to play the part of Monk; I will not play it myself, and I do not choose that others shall do so. But those Paris lawyers who have got into the Directory understand nothing of government. They are poor creatures. I am going to see what they want to do at Rastadt; but I doubt much that we shall understand each other, or long agree together. They are jealous of me, I know, and notwithstanding all their flattery, I am not their dupe; they fear more than they love me. They were in a great hurry to make me General of the army of England, so that they might get me out of Italy, where I am the master, and am more of a sovereign than commander of an army. They will see how things go on when I am not there. I am leaving Berthier, but he is not fit for the chief command, and, I predict, will only make blunders. As for myself, my dear Miot, I may inform you, I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up. I have made up my mind, if I cannot be master I shall leave France; I do not choose to have done so much for her and then hand her over to lawyers. Napoleon

+ 319 I hope the time is not far off when I shall be able to unite all the wise and educated men of all the countries and establish a uniform regime based on the principles of the Quran which alone are true and which alone can lead men to happiness. Napoleon

+ 284 The barbarous custom of having men beaten who are suspected of having important secrets to reveal must be abolished. It has always been recognized that this way of interrogating men, by putting them to torture, produces nothing worthwhile. The poor wretches say anything that comes into their mind and what they think the interrogator wishes to know. Napoleon

+ 270 A form of government that is not the result of a long sequence of shared experiences, efforts, and endeavors can never take root. Napoleon

+ 225 From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step. Napoleon

+ 207 There is but one step from the sublime to the ridiculous. Napoleon

+ 205 The word impossible is not French. Napoleon

+ 269 If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks, glory would become the prey of mediocre minds.... I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest. Napoleon

+ 311 What is a throne? — a bit of wood gilded and covered in velvet. I am the state— I alone am here the representative of the people. Even if I had done wrong you should not have reproached me in public — people wash their dirty linen at home. France has more need of me than I of France. Napoleon

+ 233 Whatever shall we do in that remote spot? Well, we will write our memoirs. Work is the scythe of time. Napoleon

+ 219 I generally had to give in. Napoleon

+ 291 I may have had many projects, but I never was free to carry out any of them. It did me little good to be holding the helm; no matter how strong my hands, the sudden and numerous waves were stronger still, and I was wise enough to yield to them rather than resist them obstinately and make the ship founder. Thus I never was truly my own master but was always ruled by circumstances. Napoleon

+ 242 Women are nothing but machines for producing children. Napoleon

+ 306 Religions are all founded on miracles — on things we cannot understand, such as the Trinity. Jesus calls himself the Son of God, and yet is descended from David. I prefer the religion of Mahomet — it is less ridiculous than ours. Napoleon

+ 232 The Mohammedan religion is the finest of all. Napoleon

+ 309 Muhammad was a great man, an intrepid soldier; with a handful of men he triumphed at the battle of Bender (sic); a great captain, eloquent, a great man of state, he revived his fatherland and created a new people and a new power in the middle of Arabia. Napoleon

+ 330 Muhammad was a prince; he rallied his compatriots around him. In a few years, the Muslims conquered half of the world. They plucked more souls from false gods, knocked down more idols, razed more pagan temples in fifteen years than the followers of Moses and Jesus did in fifteen centuries. Muhammad was a great man. He would indeed have been a god, if the revolution that he had performed had not been prepared by the circumstances. Napoleon

+ 267 Our hour is marked, and no one can claim a moment of life beyond what fate has predestined. Napoleon

+ 262 I see that everybody has lost their head since the infamous capitulation of Bail?n. I realise that I must go there myself to get the machine working again. Napoleon

+ 232 Ordinary men died, men of iron were taken prisoner: I only brought back with me men of bronze. Napoleon

+ 288 Among so many conflicting ideas and so many different perspectives, the honest man is confused and distressed and the skeptic becomes wicked ... Since one must take sides, one might as well choose the side that is victorious, the side which devastates, loots, and burns. Considering the alternative, it is better to eat than to be eaten. Napoleon

+ 292 God placed me on the throne, and you reptiles of the earth dare oppose me. I owe no account of my administration to the pope,— only to God and Jesus Christ. Napoleon

+ 242 There is but a step from the sublime to the ridiculous. Napoleon

+ 259 When you have an enemy in your power, deprive him of the means of ever injuring you. Napoleon

+ 265 He who fears being conquered is certain of defeat. Napoleon

+ 285 The people must not be counted upon; they cry indifferently : "Long live the King!" and "Long live the Conspirators!" a proper direction must be given to them, and proper instruments employed to effect it. Napoleon

+ 255 Hereditary succession to the magistracy is absurd, as it tends to make a property of it; it is incompatible with the sovereignty of the people. Napoleon

+ 220 A Government protected by foreigners will never be accepted by a free people. Napoleon

+ 274 A great people may be killed, but they cannot be intimidated. Napoleon

+ 225 The life of a citizen is the property of his country. Napoleon

+ 308 There are only two forces that unite men — fear and interest. All great revolutions originate in fear, for the play of interests does not lead to accomplishment. Napoleon

+ 307 Judah the son of Teima would say: Be bold as a leopard, light as an eagle, fleeting as a deer and mighty as a lion to do the will of your Father in Heaven. He would also say: The brazen--to purgatory; the bashful--to paradise. May it be Your will, L-rd our G-d and G-d of our fathers, that the Holy Temple be rebuilt speedily in our days; and grant us our portion in Your Torah. Pirkei Avot 5:20

+ 357 There's a certain amount of ambiguity in my background, what with intermarriages and conversions, but under various readings of three codes which I don’t much respect (Mosaic Law, the Nuremberg Laws, and the Israeli Law of Return) I do qualify as a member of the tribe, and any denial of that in my family has ceased with me. But I would not remove myself to Israel if it meant the continuing expropriation of another people, and if anti-Jewish fascism comes again to the Christian world—or more probably comes at us via the Muslim world—I already consider it an obligation to resist it wherever I live. I would detest myself if I fled from it in any direction. Leo Strauss was right. The Jews will not be 'saved' or 'redeemed.' (Cheer up: neither will anyone else.) They/we will always be in exile whether they are in the greater Jerusalem area or not, and this in some ways is as it should be. They are, or we are, as a friend of Victor Klemperer's once put it to him in a very dark time, condemned and privileged to be 'a seismic people.' A critical register of the general health of civilization is the status of 'the Jewish question.' No insurance policy has ever been devised that can or will cover this risk. Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

+ 212 Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Napoleon Hill

+ 296 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

+ 195 If you want to be happy, be. Leo Tolstoy

+ 217 Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced. Leo Tolstoy

+ 213 Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy

+ 257 The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. Leo Tolstoy

+ 223 There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth. Leo Tolstoy

+ 249 The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life. Leo Tolstoy

+ 263 A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. Leo Tolstoy

+ 253 I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means - except by getting off his back. Leo Tolstoy

+ 215 The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. Leo Tolstoy

+ 207 Music is the shorthand of emotion. Leo Tolstoy

+ 264 Joy can only be real if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness. Leo Tolstoy

+ 208 True life is lived when tiny changes occur. Leo Tolstoy

+ 233 All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Leo Tolstoy

+ 209 Boredom: the desire for desires. Leo Tolstoy

+ 238 Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible. Leo Tolstoy

+ 288 All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Leo Tolstoy

+ 281 In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. Leo Tolstoy

+ 229 Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six. Leo Tolstoy

+ 254 Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. Leo Tolstoy

+ 210 It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. Leo Tolstoy

+ 252 Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. Leo Tolstoy

+ 216 It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. Leo Tolstoy

+ 252 In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful. Leo Tolstoy

+ 273 If there existed no external means for dimming their consciences, one-half of the men would at once shoot themselves, because to live contrary to one's reason is a most intolerable state, and all men of our time are in such a state. Leo Tolstoy

+ 244 We lost because we told ourselves we lost. Leo Tolstoy

+ 211 One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken. Leo Tolstoy

+ 255 War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves. Leo Tolstoy

+ 218 Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us. Leo Tolstoy

+ 254 All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do. Leo Tolstoy

+ 293 The law condemns and punishes only actions within certain definite and narrow limits; it thereby justifies, in a way, all similar actions that lie outside those limits. Leo Tolstoy

+ 255 If so many men, so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of love. Leo Tolstoy

+ 298 And all people live, Not by reason of any care they have for themselves, But by the love for them that is in other people. Leo Tolstoy

+ 239 The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded. Leo Tolstoy

+ 284 Faith is the sense of life, that sense by virtue of which man does not destroy himself, but continues to live on. It is the force whereby we live. Leo Tolstoy

+ 232 Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them. Leo Tolstoy

+ 272 The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for God. Leo Tolstoy

+ 227 He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style. Leo Tolstoy

+ 260 Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself. Leo Tolstoy

+ 223 To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can't eat it. Leo Tolstoy

+ 255 War on the other hand is such a terrible thing, that no man, especially a Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of starting it. Leo Tolstoy

+ 232 Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity. Leo Tolstoy

+ 224 We must not only cease our present desire for the growth of the state, but we must desire its decrease, its weakening. Leo Tolstoy

+ 293 My wife and I are affiliated with a temple here in Los Angeles. We feel very close to the congregation and to the rabbi, who happens to be my wife's cousin and who I admire greatly. I talk to him regularly but I consider myself more spiritual than religious. Leonard Nimoy

+ 244 Action is the real measure of intelligence. Napoleon Hill

+ 338 Come with me from Lebanon, my bride.
Come with me from Lebanon,
from the top of Mount Amana,
from the tops of Mount Senir and Mount Hermon.
Come from the lions’ dens
and from the leopards’ hills.
Song of Solomon 4:8

+ 244 Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent. Napoleon Bonaparte

+ 237 It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata

+ 241 Anything is better than lies and deceit! Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

+ 210 History is a set of lies agreed upon. Napoleon

+ 89 The hedgehog, the chameleon, the lizard, the snail, and the mole. Vayikra 11:30

+ 79 Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. Michael Corleone

+ 74 I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse. Vito Corleone

+ 91 Learning never exhausts the mind. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 73 If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. Napoleon Hill

+ 69 A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world. Leo Buscaglia

+ 73 If you want a thing done well, do it yourself. Napoleon Bonaparte

+ 80 The truest wisdom is a resolute determination. Napoleon Bonaparte

+ 109 Under this roof are the heads of the family of Rothschild - a name famous in every capital of Europe and every division of the globe. If you like, we shall divide the United States into two parts, one for you, James [Rothschild], and one for you, Lionel [Rothschild]. Napoleon will do exactly and all that I shall advise him. Benjamin Disraeli

+ 90 Tears come from the heart and not from the brain. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 117 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

+ 85 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

+ 95 Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 99 The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 104 As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 94 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

+ 85 Learning never exhausts the mind. Leonardo da Vinci

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

+ 89 Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 77 Who sows virtue reaps honor. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 93 Medicine is the restoration of discordant elements; sickness is the discord of the elements infused into the living body. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 95 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

+ 105 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

+ 87 All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 105 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

+ 93 It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 87 He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 86 Art is never finished, only abandoned. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 86 Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake? Leonardo da Vinci

+ 113 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

+ 93 You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 123 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

+ 88 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

+ 97 I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 96 Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation... even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 86 Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 116 As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 93 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

+ 89 The length of a man's outspread arms is equal to his height. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 88 The Medici created and destroyed me. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 112 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

+ 92 He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 95 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

+ 103 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

+ 98 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

+ 116 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

+ 101 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

+ 105 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

+ 108 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

+ 95 Every action needs to be prompted by a motive. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 95 I have always felt it is my destiny to build a machine that would allow man to fly. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 101 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

+ 85 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

+ 107 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

+ 101 Knowledge of the past and of the places of the earth is the ornament and food of the mind of man. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 82 Just as courage is the danger of life, so is fear its safeguard. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 103 A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 95 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

+ 101 Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 109 Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes! Leonardo da Vinci

+ 104 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

+ 101 Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 90 The smallest feline is a masterpiece. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 123 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

+ 95 The senses are of the earth, the reason stands apart from them in contemplation. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 91 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

+ 92 The natural desire of good men is knowledge. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 99 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

+ 98 Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 98 You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 92 Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 90 Water is the driving force of all nature. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 88 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

+ 98 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

+ 102 Our body is dependant on Heaven and Heaven on the Spirit. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 96 Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 107 Our life is made by the death of others. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 93 The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 95 Nature never breaks her own laws. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 91 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

+ 108 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

+ 130 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

+ 82 Intellectual passion drives out sensuality. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 101 There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 92 Science is the captain, and practice the soldiers. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 122 Experience does not err. Only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 128 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

+ 107 Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 108 The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 98 It is better to imitate ancient than modern work. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 109 The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 114 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

+ 100 Life well spent is long. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 103 I have wasted my hours. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 105 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

+ 108 Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 111 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

+ 114 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

+ 114 The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects. Leonardo da Vinci

+ 123 There had been no enemies, just one single adversary, herself; her future had been killed by her own imprudence, by the reckless Salina pride; and now, just at the moment when her memories had come alive again after so many years, she found herself even without the solace of being able to blame her own unhappiness on others, a solace which is the last protective device of the desperate. Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard

+ 88 Profoundly moved, he kissed the lax waiting mouth with exquisite unhappiness. Leonard Gardner, Fat City

+ 119 She found herself even without the solace of being able to blame her own unhappiness on others, a solace which is the last deceiving philter of the desperate. Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard

+ 134 Mathematics provides a compact and exact language used to describe of the order in nature. This was noted and advocated by Pythagoras, Plato, Galileo, and Newton.

+ 108 We walking in Galileo
Amazing lioness and leo
Tuesday's calm is so sexy
Let's go without taxi