Leonardo Da Vinci


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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519, Old Style) was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the ... more »

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  • ''Life well spent is long.''
    Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519), Italian artist, scientist. Leonardo da Vinci's Notebooks, bk. 1, ch. 1, ed. and trans. by Edward McCurdy (1906).
  • ''The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.''
    Leonardo Da Vinci (1425-1519), Italian artist, scientist. The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, vol. 1, ch. 3, ed. Edward MacCurdy (1938).
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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (8/14/2016 9:55:00 AM)

    Poems of Sentiment: II. Life
    Perseverance
    Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519)

    [translated from the Italian by William Wetmore Story]

    IN facile natures fancies quickly grow,
    But such quick fancies have but little root.
    Soon the narcissus flowers and dies, but slow
    The tree whose blossoms shall mature to fruit.
    Grace is a moment’s happy feeling, Power 5
    A life’s slow growth; and we for many an hour
    Must strain and toil, and wait and weep, if we
    The perfect fruit of all we are would see.

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (8/14/2016 9:54:00 AM)

    no poems by Leonardo da Vinci.. well, here is one in Italian:


    'Se vuoi star sano'
    Se vuoi star sano, osserva questa norma:
    non mangiare senza voglia, e cena lieve;
    mastica bene e quel che in te ricevi
    sia ben cotto e di semplice forma.
    Su dritto sta, quando da mensa levi,
    di mezzogiorno fa che tu non dorma.
    E il vino sia temprato, poco e spesso,
    non fuordipasto, nè a stomaco vuoto.
    Non aspettare nè indugiare il cesso;
    se fai esercizio si di piccolo moto.

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