"Love shows itself more in adversity than in prosperity; as light does, which shines most where the place is darkest."
— Leonardo da VinciItalian
Renaissance polymath, born April 15, 1452

"A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light."
— Leonardo da Vinci
Italian Renaissance painter, died May 2, 1519

"As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death."
— Leonardo da Vinci
Italian Renaissance painter, born April 15, 1452

"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."
— Leonardo da Vinci
Italian Renaissance painter, born April 15, 1452

"Tears come from the heart and not from the brain."
— Leonardo da Vinci
Italian Renaissance painter, born April 15, 1452

"The length of a man's outspread arms is equal to his height."
— Leonardo da Vinci
Italian Renaissance painter, born April 15, 1452

"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return."
— Leonardo da Vinci
Italian Renaissance painter, born April 15, 1452

"The spirit desires to remain with its body, because, without the organic instruments of that body, it can neither act, nor feel anything."
— Leonardo da Vinci
Italian Renaissance painter, born April 15, 1452

"If you don't like this, I'll stop writing music."
— Antonio Vivaldi
Italian violinist and composer, born March 4, 1678

"Even fighting in self-defense is wrong, though it is higher than fighting in aggression. There is no "righteous" indignation, because indignation comes from not recognizing sameness in all things."
— Swami Vivekananda
Indian philosopher, born January 12, 1863

"We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far."
— Swami Vivekananda
Indian Hindu monk, born January 12, 1863

"All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark."
— Swami Vivekananda
Indian Hindu monk, born January 12, 1863

"Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way."
— Swami Vivekananda
Indian Hindu monk, died July 4, 1902

"All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything."
— Swami Vivekananda
Indian Hindu monk, born January 12, 1863

"She smiled at me, and I felt a sudden burning tenderness for this creature so like fruit and roses. I desired her like blue water at dawn."
— Renee Vivien
English-French poet, born June 11, 1877

"What we know of the world comes to us primarily through vision. Our eyes, however, are sensitive only to that segment of the spectrum between red and violet; the remaining 95 percent of all existing light (cosmic, infrared, ultraviolet, gammas, and x-rays) we cannot see. This means that we only perceive 5 percent of the “real” world."
— Amos Vogel
Film scholar and New York Film Festival founder, born April 18, 1921

"As high as you are seated, you are seated on your ass."
— Voltaire
French Enlightenment writer, born November 21, 1694

"Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world."
— Voltaire
French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher, born November 21, 1694

"It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets."
— Voltaire
French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher, born November 21, 1694

"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease."
— Voltaire
French Enlightenment writer and philosopher, born November 21, 1694