The Surprising Wisdom of Leonardo da Vinci

By Sukh Singh, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

He may be known for works like The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper (pictured above), but Leonardo Da Vinci was so much more than a great artist. He has been dubbed as The First Scientist and had one of the greatest minds of his time, conceiving of ideas like the helicopter hundreds of years before it came to life! Here are some snippets of wisdom from Mr da Vinci…

On Inner Strength

"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."

On Initiative

"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."

On Self Mastery

"You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself."

On Commitment and Dedication

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

On Passion

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

On Chasing Money and Quick-Fix Success

"He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year."

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