10 Quotes by Leonardo da Vinci Quotes

Leonardo da Vinci is probably one of the most influential people in the history of humankind.  He left his art and his thoughts as his incredible legacy, and people quote da Vinci to this day.  He was so far ahead of his time in every way.  Here are ten quotes from da Vinci that show his incredible mind, spirit, and progressive thinking.

“Painting is concerned with all the 10 attributes of sight which are: Darkness and Light, Solidity and Color, Form and Position, Distance and Propinquity, Motion and Rest.”
“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.”

(Once Da Vinci started to really learn, he soared.)
“Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.”

Da Vinci was so passionate and feeling.

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”

Da Vinci has such a thirst for knowledge.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

Think of The Mona Lisa, how seemingly simple, but so complex she is- this embodies da Vinci’s work.

“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.”

A life’s lesson we all still strive for!

“Water is the driving force of all nature.”

“You can have no dominion great or less than that over yourself.”

Another thing we all strive toward.

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

“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”

Da Vinci realized that people were in need of open minds to grow- incredible!

The quotes above all show what an intelligent, progressive thinker da Vinci was.  His works will live on forever through his art and his writings.  We are so fortunate to have had him lead by example in history.

5 Life Lessons You Should Take Away From da Vinci’s Life

Mona Lisa, The Vitruvian Man and The Last Supper, do these words ring any bells in your mind? Genius, inventor, engineer, mapmaker and botanist among others describe an individual whom the current world has come to behold for his greatness.

Among the first three words, a few people may recognize the Vitruvian Man but many have heard of the famous paintings, Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. If you are aware of these paintings, then you know about Leornardo da Vinci.  Below are 5 lessons you should take away from Da Vinci’s life.

1) Have passionate curiosity.

There is curiosity…and passionate curiosity. Every one is curious not only about what happen in their immediate surroundings but of the unknown too. Curious people are just curious but those who have passionate curiosity go the extra mile to understand why things happen and how they affect people.

People who are passionate have an open mind, ask questions in order to understand something and have a thirst to fulfill their curiosity.

2) Creativity opens new possibilities.

Creativity can be said to be the mother of all inventions. The renaissance era experienced a burst of knowledge that covered different fields such as music, sculpting, majestic architecture and superb paintings and techniques. Much of this can be attributed to Leornado da Vinci.

3) Solitude breeds creativity

People are social which means they do interact with others not only to share stories but ideas too. In order to generate ideas, you need to make solitude your friend, just like da Vinci did. According to history, da Vinci took himself away from others for long periods and this enabled him to hone his creative juices.

4) Be an independent thinker.

It is important to know that diversity is critical for creativity and innovation. In order to be an independent thinker, you need to seek the view of others. As you grow, you don’t need to assume that your opinion matters only, you need to take some time and listen to others too.

This can provide you with a different perspective therefore helping you to come up with varied answers.

5) Balance your logic and imagination.

In order to be successful, you need to learn how to balance logic and imagination. While many people may say that both don’t go together, with practice, you will be able to accomplish it. The brain is made of two hemispheres which have different functions. The right hemisphere is synonymous with creativity, imagination, and intuition while the left is associated with logic, analysis, and linear thinking.

To balance logic and imagination means that you need to find a way of organizing ideas which integrate logic and imagination. This’ll help you to generate several ideas in no time.

I’m a vegetarian. So was Leonardo.

That Leonardo da Vinci was a vegetarian isn’t something that is widely known to most, as during his lifetime this type of lifestyle wasn’t thought about in the Renaissance Era.  Either you had food or you were hungry and voluntary restriction of one’s diet was considered abnormal.

However, da Vinci was a practicing vegetarian and his notebooks have many passages that support this practice along with various letters from people who were personally acquainted with Leonardo.

He was known for some antics, such as  his buying birds at the market and then freeing them to fly away.  He was also obviously no weakling as he was noted for his great strength as stories of his ability to straighten horseshoes for fun.  As a joke da Vinci actually removed the curve from a blacksmith’s entire stock of horseshoes, which made for an unhappy blacksmith!

How did being a vegetarian affect Leonardo’s creativity?

Hi vegetarianism may have had much more of an effect than many might think. Since his body was not spending time attempting to break down the complex proteins of meat, his body would have had more energy for other activities.

It’s fair to say that just the fact that he was able to think differently about food showed that he had a different way of thinking altogether.  Today, vegetarianism is much more common, but it seems to be quite a bit more factionized – now there are degrees of vegetarianism (veganism is hard!) and meat eaters really seem to enjoy their meat. I like to think that his out of the box thinking in all aspects of his life affected everything he did.

He was also undoubtedly healthy as he lived to the ripe old age of 67 in a time when making it to 30 years was consider quite a feat of longevity.

 

Along with his creativity his mathematical skills were extraordinary

If Leonardo were not a consummate artist, he might have become known as one of the foremost mathematicians of the age. As it was, his grasp of mathematical concepts was far beyond most, even to this day. He, however, preferred to express his discoveries in graphical form as he himself would say,

Writing about something confuses, but a picture makes things perfectly clear.

Da Vinci was one of those special few that can transcend words – he took images in his mind and transferred them directly into a picture that created that same concept in the mind of the observer.

He could only do this if his mind was functioning clearly and not being clouded by meat toxins loading down his liver and kidneys as they attempted to filter his blood.

As he was left-handed, meant his dominate side of his brain was the right side he had to have an  unimpaired access to both hemispheres as the language center in men is predominately on the left side even in the case of left-handers. This allowed him the ability to communicate himself clearly using words, mathematical formula as his optical observations show.

This requires a high degree of integration of both the left and right side of the brain and this can only be done if everything is running at optimum or in the “Zone” or a state of “Flow.” This has been shown to occur predominately with individuals who follow a vegetarian type diet and lifestyle.

Mental discipline

Meat is undeniably tasty.  I’d imagine that it was tough for da Vinci to give it up since food probably wasn’t as good during the Renaissance as it is now.  I think those of us that have gone from a meat diet to a vegetarian diet know how hard it is to give up meat, and that it requires a substantial amount of self-discipline at times.  But if you can have clearer mental states and be more creative, I think it’s worth it.