I’m a big fan of learning from others. I’m a student of life and I constantly have my ear to the ground, looking for ways to live better. Ray Dalio is a financial maven, someone who has done things on a scale that few can stake claim. And he has been writing lately on LinkedIn some of his thoughts and principles. There is so much to learn from this person.
Today he penned a post that highlighted some of the principles that another great, Leonardo Da Vinci, lived by. And they’re absolutely wonderful. So simple, timeless and absolutely accurate. So here they are. You can check out his original post here.
“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.”
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve.”
“Wisdom is the daughter of experience.”
“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”
“Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.”
“Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness.”
“The truth of things is the chief nutrient of superior intellects.”
“Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws, she has no effect without cause nor invention without necessity.”
“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.”
“Nature never breaks her own laws.”
“Great love springs from great knowledge of the beloved object, and if you little know it, you will be able to love it only little or not at all.”
“He who does not punish evil commands that it be done.”
“It is easier to contend with evil at the first than at the last.”
“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”
*More than 500 years later and with translation effects (and misattribution on the internet), I’m not certain of the exact accuracy of these quotes. As with anyone else’s principles, what matters most is that you think for yourself about their logic and merit. To me, they’re logical, great principles that I have also found to be true.