portrait of Leonardo da Vinci
Self-portrait in red chalk (ca. 1512-1515)

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Quotes of the Day for 15 April 2004 – Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was born at Anchiano, Italy on this day in 1452, the illegitimate son of Ser piero da Vinci. He was apprenticed to the artist Andrea del Verrocchio, but soon developed his own style which set the standard for the High Renaissance period when it was adopted by Michaelangelo and Raphael twenty years later. His primary work was in art, but his incredibly imaginative and inventive mind let him serve, at various times, as an inventor, scientist, engineer, architect, painter, sculptor, musician, mathematician, anatomist, astronomer, geologists, biologist, and philosopher. He wrote the first textbook of human anatomy and was the first to comprehend that the light of the moon was reflected sunlight. He flitted from one thought to another with great speed, finishing very little, the ultimate poster child for Attention Deficit Disorder, but I'm not sure there has been another human mind of such insight and range.

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The quotes:

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.

As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.

Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

The faculty of imagination is both the rudder and the bridle of the senses.

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.

You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand.
     - All from Leonardo da Vinci, 1452 - 1519

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