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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.


         

A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.

A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.


         


Learning never exhausts the mind.

Learning never exhausts the mind.


         

I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.

I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.


         


Time abides long enough for those who make use of it.

Time abides long enough for those who make use of it.


         

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.


         

Wisdom is the daughter of experience

Wisdom is the daughter of experience


         

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.


         

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

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


         

Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.

Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.


         

Reprove your friend in secret and praise him in public.

Reprove your friend in secret and praise him in public.


         


It is an acknowledged fact that we perceive errors in the work of others more readily than in our own.

It is an acknowledged fact that we perceive errors in the work of others more readily than in our own.


         

One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.

One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.


         

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.


         

There is nothing which deceives us as much as our own judgement.

There is nothing which deceives us as much as our own judgement.


         

Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.

Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.


         

Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness.

Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness.


         

The smallest feline is a masterpiece.

The smallest feline is a masterpiece.


         

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.


         

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence he is just using his memory.

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence he is just using his memory.


         

I abhor the supreme folly of those who blame the disciples of nature in defiance of those masters who were themselves her pupils

I abhor the supreme folly of those who blame the disciples of nature in defiance of those masters who were themselves her pupils


         

Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.

Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.


         

Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws, she has no effect without cause nor invention without necessity.

Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws, she has no effect without cause nor invention without necessity.


         

Fix your course to a star and you can navigate through any storm

Fix your course to a star and you can navigate through any storm


         

poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.

poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.


         

Not to punish evil is equivalent to authorizing it.

Not to punish evil is equivalent to authorizing it.


         

The acquisition of knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good. For nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.

The acquisition of knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good. For nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.


         

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.


         

God sells us all things at the price of labor.

God sells us all things at the price of labor.


         

Our life is made by the death of others.

Our life is made by the death of others.


         

All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.

All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.


         

Water is the driving force in nature.

Water is the driving force in nature.


         

The natural desire of good men is knowledge.

The natural desire of good men is knowledge.


         

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.


         

art is never finished, only abandoned

art is never finished, only abandoned


         

There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.

There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.


         

Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.

Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.


         

For, verily, great love springs from great knowledge of the beloved object, and if you little know it, you will be able to love it only little or not at all.

For, verily, great love springs from great knowledge of the beloved object, and if you little know it, you will be able to love it only little or not at all.


         

The painter will produce pictures of little merit if he takes the works of others as his standard.

The painter will produce pictures of little merit if he takes the works of others as his standard.


         

Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.

Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.


         

He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.

He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.


         

The eye which turns from a white object in the light of the sun and goes into a less fully lighted place will see everything as dark.

The eye which turns from a white object in the light of the sun and goes into a less fully lighted place will see everything as dark.


         

Fine gold is recognized when it is tested.

Fine gold is recognized when it is tested.


         

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

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


         

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

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


         

No counsel is more sincere than that given on ships which are in danger.

No counsel is more sincere than that given on ships which are in danger.


         

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

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


         

Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose

Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose


         

Truth at last cannot be hidden. Dissimulation is of no avail. Dissimulation is to no purpose before so great a judge. Falsehood puts on a mask. Nothing is hidden under the sun.

Truth at last cannot be hidden. Dissimulation is of no avail. Dissimulation is to no purpose before so great a judge. Falsehood puts on a mask. Nothing is hidden under the sun.


         

Just as food eaten without appetite is a tedious nourishment, so does study without zeal damage the memory by not assimilating what it absorbs.

Just as food eaten without appetite is a tedious nourishment, so does study without zeal damage the memory by not assimilating what it absorbs.