FIRST AMONG EQUALS
Da Vinci awoke when much of the world was still in darkness. A time of great transition. The ending of the Dark Ages and the beginning of the rebirth. In this coming spring he stood out, among contemporaries such as Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello, as one of the most outstanding men of the Renaissance. The archetype of the Renaissance man.
This polymath virtuosos infinite curiosity was rivalled only by his powers of invention. He is one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person to ever live. His greatest legacy is his art. The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, The Vitruvian Man. Living, breathing, enigmatic art. Art with soul. Art which moves the soul.
A genius so divine that all problems he studied he solved with ease. He embodied the time period he helped define with his belief that man is limitless in his potential for development and that he should embrace all knowledge and develop his potential as fully as possible. If the Renaissance was a summit in human history, Leonardo was its epitome.
“For the first time in human history, the Buddha admonished, entreated and appealed to people not to hurt a living being, and it is not necessary to offer prayer, praise or sacrifice to gods.
With all the eloquence at his command the Buddha vehemently proclaimed that gods are also in dire need of salvation themselves.”
— Thomas William Rhys Davids
“The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives”
“Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans.”
— Gene Roddenberry
“If you want to know whether you are destined to be a success or a failure in life, you can easily find out. The test is simple and it is infallible: Are you able to save money? If not, drop out. You will lose. You may think not, but you will lose as sure as you live. The seed of success is not in you.”
— James J. Hill
“The inventor looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world; he is haunted by an idea. The spirit of invention possesses him, seeking materialization.”
— Alexander Graham Bell
“It is a child of my own and bids fair to be one of the most important (colonies) and at the same time one of the least expensive and troublesome which we possess. Our object is not territory but trade: a great commercial emporium”
— Sir Stamford Raffles
“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”
— Ibn Battuta
“For they could not love you, but still your love was true
And when no hope was left in sight, on that starry starry night
You took your life as lovers often do,
But I could have told you, Vincent,
This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.”
— Don McLean