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?