Se la cosa amata e vile  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

"Se la cosa amata e vile, l'amante si fa vile" (If the thing loved is base, the lover becomes base) is a dictum by Leonardo da Vinci.

"Se la cosa amata e vile," as Leonardo da Vinci profoundly said, "l'amante se fa vile." However illogical it may have been, there really was a justification for the old Christian identification of the flesh with the sexual instinct. They stand or fall together; we cannot degrade the one and exalt the other. As our feelings towards nakedness are, so will be our feelings towards love. --Studies In The Psychology Of Sex Volume II

The quote stems from the Codice trivulziano.

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