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Leonardo da Vinci

1452-1519. Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer.

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While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.

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

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The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.

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Time stays long enough for those who use it.

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Just as courage imperils life; fear protects it.

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Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your mind.

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

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Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.

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Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.

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A good painter is to paint two main things, men and the working of man's mind.

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