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.
Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?
Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
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.
Learning never exhausts the mind.
Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
I have found that, in the composition of the human body as compared with the bodies of animals, the organs of sense are duller and coarser. Thus, it is composed of less ingenious instruments, and of spaces less capacious for receiving the faculties of sense.
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.
The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.
The length of a man's outspread arms is equal to his height.
The human bird shall take his first flight, filling the world with amazement, all writings with his fame, and bringing eternal glory to the nest whence he sprang.
A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.
Knowledge of the past and of the places of the earth is the ornament and food of the mind of man.
While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.
The beginnings and ends of shadow lie between the light and darkness and may be infinitely diminished and infinitely increased. Shadow is the means by which bodies display their form. The forms of bodies could not be understood in detail but for shadow.
Painting is concerned with all the 10 attributes of sight; which are: Darkness, Light, Solidity and Colour, Form and Position, Distance and Propinquity, Motion and Rest.
To such an extent does nature delight and abound in variety that among her trees there is not one plant to be found which is exactly like another; and not only among the plants, but among the boughs, the leaves and the fruits, you will not find one which is exactly similar to another.