On Knowledge and a Place

I’m guessing you don’t know this Tuscan town and it’s 13th Century church … but I know you know something important about it.
Vinci Church

Here’s a hint. Does this look familiar?

Vitruvian Man is a great hint.

Vitruvian Man is a great hint.

Leonardo di ser Piero (aka Leonardo da Vinci) was from Vinci, a small town located on top of a rolling hill surrounded by olive trees and grapevines not too far from Florence.

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Visiting Vinci wasn’t on our radar, but not only did my cousins suggest visiting (only about 40 minutes away) – so they took us on a Saturday. Interestingly (in August) my wife and I visited the da Vinci travelling exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center. (Fabulous) … and now to get additional reinforcement of his brilliance in his hometown. (Something we never imagined.)

The museum ticket (9 Euros) includes three different locations: two very close within the town and his birthplace (a short drive outside of town). The 22-minute hologram story at his birthplace grabbed and held my attention. Simply fabulous. In short, the man was off-the-charts brilliant … and much more than I ever realized!

Enjoy images of Vinci, which are surrounded by quotes from one of the great intellectuals ever to live.

“The knowledge of all things is possible.”

“All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions – yet, the greatest deception men suffer is from their own perceptions. Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws that she never breaks, and she has no effect without causes nor invention without necessity.”
Vinci Corridor

“The acquisition of knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good.”
Vinci Old and Citrus

“Experience is the mother of all Knowledge. Wisdom is the daughter of experience.”
Vinci Street

“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.”
Vinci Home

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply.”

“Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.”

“Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses – especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

“The processes of science are sure,~but there are regions where we cannot follow them. Our body is subject to heaven, and heaven is subject to the spirit. I speak not against the sacred books, for they are supreme truth.”

Leonardo da Vinci … an artist, inventor, painter, sculptor, architect, mathematician, writer, explainer, philosopher engineer, scientists, and one who studied to explain botany, human anatomy, aerodynamics, optics, hydraulics, and more … yet, near the end of his life said, “I have offended God and mankind because my work didn’t reach the quality it should have.”

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On Seeds

Seedsa seemingly simple biological design for promoting the continuation of a species that also displays beauty, yet its complexity also serves as a useful metaphor

Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in your seeds. (Khalil Gibran)


If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me. (William Shakespeare)

Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities – that’s training or instruction – but is rather making visible what is hidden as a seed. (Thomas Moore)

Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds. (Norman Vincent Peale)

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. (Confucius)

By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity. (Robert A. Heinlein)

Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life. Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall. Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone. Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring. (William Alexander)

When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their hopes, the seeds of political manipulation are sown. (Stephen Jay Gould)

Seeds of great discoveries are constantly floating around us, but they only take root in minds well prepared to receive them. (Joseph Henry)

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout. (Morihei Ueshiba)
The way to activate the seeds of your creation is by making choices about the results you want to create. (Robert Fritz)
Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth. (Susan L. Taylor)
To see things in the seed, that is genius. (Lao Tzu)
I enjoy ornamental grasses, and these images are from my neighborhood. Do you have a favorite picture or saying here? If I didn’t list your favorite seed saying, feel free to share it.