“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” Leonardo Da Vinci was born on this day in 1452.
Leonardo Da Vinci didn’t receive any formal education. He was first trained as a musician, a lyre player, and was home-schooled. He trained under the Florentine painter Andrea Del Verrocchio and spent days observing nature, which prominently featured in his works. Leonardo was able to write with one hand and draw with another at the same time. He developed a system of writing backwards to note down his important findings and to hide secret messages, decipherable only through a mirror. He was arrested along with several of his male companions on the allegations of sodomy, a crime punishable by death in 15th century Florence. Fortunately, his case was dismissed when no witnesses came forward during the court hearings. Leonardo bought caged animals just to set them free and was a strict vegetarian. Leonardo dug into graveyards at night to steal corpses and study human anatomy. Leonardo Da Vinci is the first person to have designed a parachute. He thought ahead of time, which is proved by the notes in many of his journals that talk about modern inventions, including a helicopter, calculator and solar power.
“You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself…the height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment… And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.”
“An average human looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odour or fragrance, and talks without thinking.”
“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”
“As you cannot do what you want, want what you can do”
“The deeper the feeling, the greater the pain”
“One has no right to love or hate anything if one has not acquired a thorough knowledge of its nature. Great love springs from great knowledge of the beloved object, and if you know it but little you will be able to love it only a little or not at all.”