Leonardo da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519) was an Italian polymath of the High Renaissance who was active as a painter, draughtsman, engineer, scientist, theorist, sculptor and architect. While his fame initially rested on his achievements as a painter, he also became known for his notebooks, in which he made drawings and notes on a variety of subjects, including anatomy, astronomy, botany, cartography, painting, and paleontology.
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.
A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.
If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.
I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.
Sometimes, I feel like one who is on the sidelines, who has missed life itself.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.
Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.
There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way.
I made a mistake by being ejected from the presidency. Next time, I will choose a Cabinet which will allow me to be life President.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.
As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.