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Everything You Need To Know About Parenting In 9 Leonardo Da Vinci Quotes

In the order of famous Leonardos, it’s DiCaprio, the Ninja Turtle, and finally Da Vinci, the 15th century Italian artist, inventor, and scientist. You know Leo — he’s the guy who painted the “Mona Lisa,” “The Last Supper,” and “Vitruvian Man” (that’s the study of the human body you’ve taken to call, “That Naked Guy In A Circle.”)  Yes, it’s true that Da Vinci died without an heir, so there are no anecdotes about how he tried to get his kids to test out one of his crazy flying machines. But, he was the father of the Renaissance and spoke about his philosophy on life about as well as he did everything else. Here is his collected wisdom that’s still applicable to your modern parenting life.

Leonardo Da Vinci Vitruvian Man

On Complaining About Doing Homework

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”

On Being Proactive

“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 Flying To Grandma’s

“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 Fetus Sketch

On Learning Their ABCs

“All knowledge which ends in words will die as quickly as it came to life, with the exception of the written word: which is its mechanical part.”

On A Phrase That Should Have Been In Your Wedding Vows

“Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.”

On Your PowerBall Ticket

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

Leonardo Da Vinci Sketch

On Your Kid Gunning For You

“Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master. “

On 15th-Century Sex Ed

“The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.”

On What A Guy A Million Times More Productive Than You Once Said

“I have wasted my hours.”