1. Small rooms or dwellings help the mind to concentrate itself; large rooms are a source of distraction.

    Thoughts on Art and Life

    Note that I skipped a whole tonne of Da Vinci’s longer notes, which can be summarised as: “painting is great, poetry is rubbish, music and sculpture are somewhere in between”.

  2. The intellect will always profit by the acquisition of any knowledge whatsoever, for thus what is useless will be expelled from it, and what is fruitful will remain. It is impossible either to hate or to love a thing without first acquiring knowledge of it.

    Thoughts on Art and Life

  3. So, today is (sort of) Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthday. I consider him to be a pioneer of the note content type (AKA somewhere between a tweet and a blog post, usually with no title). So, to celebrate his birthday, I’m going to be posting some of his (translated) notes from Thoughts on Art and Life.

    The source text I’m using is the gutenberg txt translation.