44 Interesting Facts About Leonardo Da Vinci

Last updated on June 29th, 2020

41. In spite of his famous work in many fields, Leonardo on his death bed said, “I have offended God and mankind. My work did not reach the quality it should have.”

42. Recently, scientists have been looking to see if they can find Da Vinci’s DNA in work that he touched centuries ago, to make sure that the bones presumed to belong to the famed Renaissance artist are in fact his.

43. Leonardo da Vinci was known as the “Renaissance man” because of his work in so many disciplines of science and arts.

44. Leonardo was, and is, renowned primarily as a painter.

Famous quotes by Leonardo da Vinci

  1. “I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.”
  2. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
  3. “Learning never exhausts the mind.”
  4. “The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”
  5. “Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.”
  6. “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.”
  7. “It’s easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”
  8. “Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation… even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”
  9. “Experience never errs; it is only your judgments that err by promising themselves effects such as are not caused by your experiments.”
  10. “He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.”
  11. “A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.”
  12. “Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.”
  13. “Medicine is the restoration of discordant elements; sickness is the discord of the elements infused into the living body.”
  14. “While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.”
  15. “Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.”
  16. “You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand.”
  17. “Who sows virtue reaps honor.”
  18. “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”
  19. “Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”
  20. “Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.”
  21. “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
  22. “Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.”
  23. “Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.”

Leonardo Da Vinci – Quick facts

Born15 April 1452
Vinci, Republic of Florence (present-day Italy)
Died2 May 1519 (aged 67)
Amboise, Kingdom of France
NationalityItalian
Languages KnownFlorentine Italian and Latin
Age at the time of death67 years
Notable WorkMona Lisa
The Last Supper
The Vitruvian Man
Lady with an Ermine
ContributionsDiverse fields of the arts and sciences
EducationHome schooled
ParentsPiero da Vinci and Caterina