Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Let Curiosity Be Your Guide

To most Americans today (April 15) is tax day. But long before Europeans found the New World, there was born on this date one of the world's greatest men of curiosity.

Leonardo da Vinci was born April 15, 1452, as an illegitimate son of a notary and a peasant woman near Florence, Italy. His 67 years on earth had him an accomplished scientist, engineer, inventor, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. Nothing brings quality to life like curiosity and Leonardo had a double portion of curiosity.

Lately I have had dreams that seem more real than life. Leonardo once said in that connection: "Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?"

Other quotes from the great man:

"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."

"Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it."

"Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation ... even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind."

"A well-spent day brings happy sleep."

Now, go pay your taxes, grin and bear it, and let curiosity be your guide.

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