Leonardo da Vinci Quote
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
“Oysters open completely when the moon is full; and when the crab sees one it throws a piece of stone or seaweed into it and the oyster cannot close again so that it serves the crab for meat. Such is the fate of him who opens his mouth too much and thereby puts himself at the mercy of the listener.”
―Leonardo da Vinci
The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, translated by Jean Paul Richter (1888), Volume 2, "XX. Humorous Writings"
Leonardo da Vinci
Born: April 15, 1452
Died: May 2, 1519 (aged 67)
Bio: Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal.