da Vinci, Leonardo

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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (15 April 1452–2 May 1519) was an Italian polymath of the Renaissance era. He has been variously called the father of palaeontology and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time (despite the fact that only around 15 of his paintings still being in existence, he is the one who painted Mona Lisa). His prime areas of interest included science and invention, drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, paleontology, and cartography.

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

Learning never exhausts the mind.

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.

He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done.

Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.

Our life is made by the death of others.


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Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost

Simone de Beauvoir (1908–1986) was a French writer, philosopher and political activist. She is known for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism.
The Second Sex

1984
1984

Delta of Venus
Delta of Venus

A Room of one's own
A Room of One’s Own