Nothing can be love or hated unless it is first known.
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- The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
- Learning never exhausts the mind.
- Time stays long enough for those who use it.
- Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.
- I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand. Why thunder lasts longer than that which causes it, and why immediately on its creation the lightning becomes visible to the eye while thunder requires time to travel. How the various circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by a stone and why a bird sustains itself in the air. These questions and other strange phenomena engaged my thought throughout my life.
- A good painter is to paint two main things, men and the working of man’s mind.