If Da Vinci Tweeted

Mona Lisa
Da Vinci’s most famous painting

This Amazing Words Wednesday post is inspired by writer Karen Rought, who recently posted on the wonderful artwork and wisdom of Leonardo Da Vinci.

Old Leo was the quintessential Renaissance man.

Can you imagine what this guy would have invented with a PC or an iPad? Let’s hope he would also use technology to tweet. Here are 20 top Da Vinci quotes of 140 characters or less:

1. The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.

2. Art is never finished, only abandoned.

3. Life well spent is long.

4. I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

5. All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.

6. Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.

7. There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.

8. As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.

9. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

10. …people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

11. Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.

12. Learning never exhausts the mind.

13. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.

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

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

17. Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.

18. It’s easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.

19. You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself.

20. The smallest feline is a masterpiece.

Study of Cat Movements and Positions
Leonardo Da Vinci

Not bad, eh?

What’s your favorite Da Vinci quote–from the above or elsewhere? Do you have a favorite Da Vinci accomplishment?

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28 thoughts on “If Da Vinci Tweeted

  1. Gotta love Da Vinci! That man was incredible. My favorite quote is definitely “10. …people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” So inspiring!

    1. Thanks, Kathy! Hope #10 (people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things) inspires your work!

  2. 8. As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.
    When I read all of them, this is the one that stood out for me. I think about the end of my life a lot, more than I should I bet. I don’t know if it has to do with my kids getting older or the fact my mom and dad are both gone now or that people my age are dying. Who knows? But I do hope that when I am at death’s door that I will be happy that I lived a happy life.

  3. Wow, these are all good and so inspiring. I really like #’s 3,4 and 10. Thanks for the insight.

  4. Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.

    Ick. LOL.

    I’m thinking my favorite of the above is #11…Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge. In fact, I may paste that to the wall!

  5. Leonardo will always attract seekers! quote16

    When I was in Paris 2005, I could not visit the Louvre. But the Louvre came with sound recording equipment, which were kindly provided by the French. Found the “Mona Lisa” and began recording background sound created numerous visitors who came to see the masterpiece. The logic was simple. Allow myself to be noted that any masterpiece has the property of highly structured information field. Man – this is also, at its basis, the field structure. There is a contact of two field structures – human and masterpiece. This is probably the power of art. The sounds published the people who were in the masterpiece (talk, the shuffling of feet, etc.) were very valuable to me, they were correlated associated with him. Subjecting these records complicated transformation process, I managed to get some incredible sound. Many are led into shock – these sounds there is a clear identification with the portrait of “Mona Lisa.” Similar records I’ve made in the famous sculpture of Venus. As a result, based on these records, I had three works – “Knowledge”, “Flow” and “Communication”.

    MONA LISA_VENUS(Опыт работы с шедеврами) .avi
    Structure of presented video: sound background at Mona Lisa – result of transformational processing of a background, a sound background at Venus – result of transformational processing of a background, a work “Knowledge” fragment (the transformed sounds are used only).
    Full details can be found on my master class
    Academia of Music, Kishinev MOLDOVA
    (sorry, translated by google)

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