In Praise of Good Attitude

atkins-bookshelf-quotationsAny one who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory. Good culture is born of a good disposition; and since the cause is more to be praised than the effect, I will rather praise a good disposition without culture, than good culture without the disposition.

From the Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (1888), Number XIX; Philosophical Maxims, Morals, Polemics, and Speculations by Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519), the quintessential Renaissance Man — accomplished painter, sculptor, musician, architect, engineer, inventor, anatomist, botanist, mathematician, cartographer — you get the picture: an all-around genius.

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