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Iron rusts from disuse;
by Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

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

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


 

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

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Life is pretty simple:
You do some stuff.
Most fails. Some works.
You do more of what works.
- Leonardo da Vinci


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

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

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

Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

Learning never exhausts the mind.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who sows virtue reaps honor.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

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

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

Nature never breaks her own laws.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

The smallest feline is a masterpiece.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

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

Life well spent is long.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

Art is never finished, only abandoned.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Blinding ignorance does mislead us.
Oh Wretched mortals, open your eyes!
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

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

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

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

Strike while the iron is hot.
- Proverb

From behind the Iron Curtain, there are signs that tyranny
is in trouble and reminders that its structure
is as brittle as its surface is hard.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies;
but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and,
as the magnet finds the iron,
so it will find, in every hour,
some heavenly blessings!
- Henry Ward Beecher

Like everyone else I feel the need of relations and friendship,
of affection, of friendly intercourse,
and I am not made of stone or iron,
so I cannot miss these things without feeling,
as does any other intelligent man, a void and deep need.
I tell you this to let you know how much good your visit has done me.
- Vincent Van Gogh

His answer trickled through my head like water through a sieve.
- Lewis Carroll

Getting married is a lot like getting into a tub of hot water.
After you get used to it, it ain't so hot.
- Minnie Pearl

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
- African Proverb

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

You can't cross the sea merely by
standing and staring at the water.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
- Khalil Gibran

We are tied to the ocean.
And when we go back to the sea,
whether it is to sail or to watch -
we are going back from whence we came.
- John F. Kennedy

The primal rhythmic power
and resonant sound of waves on the shore
are like the earth's heartbeat,
and become our connection with the body of nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take a course in good water and air;
and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own.
Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.
- John Muir

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools,
but the gentle touches of air and water
working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.
- Henry David Thoreau

When the water starts boiling
it is foolish to turn off the heat.
- Nelson Mandela

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Know that you are one with the earth, with the water,
with the fire, with the air that you breathe, with all living things,
and that all of these are one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

As many raindrops join to form a great river of water,
many souls join their highest intent to form
the river of evolved consciousness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In the world there is nothing more
submissive and weak than water.
Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong,
nothing can surpass it.
- Lao Tzu


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