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The brain recalls just what the muscles grope for; no more, no less.
Faulkner, William Absolom, Absolom
 
Conversation becomes intolerable when you are with men whose brain is full of boxes where everything is stowed away in order and nothing external can enter. Let us bear hospitable hearts and minds.
Joubert
 
The heart holds answers the brain refuses to see.
Kall
 
The brain gives the heart its sight. The heart gives the brain its vision.
Kall
 
In fear, the brain starves the heart of its bravest blood.
Kall
 
It is the heart and not the brain
That to the highest doth attain.
Longfellow, The Building of the Ship
 
It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.
Montaigne
 
A little learning is a dang'rous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring;
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.
Pope, Essay on Criticism
 
You know you've got to exercise your brain just like your muscles.
Will Rogers
 
To breath the air, how delicious!
To speak, to walk, to seize something by the hand!...
To be this incredible God I am!..
O amazement of things, even the last particle!
O spirituality of things!
I too carol the Sun, usher'd or at noon, or as now, setting;
I too throb to the brain and beauty of the earth and of all the growths of the earth....
Walt Whitman
 
"If a man treats life artistically, his brain is in his heart."
Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
 
Empty heads,-- heads without ideas in the wholesome variety and sufficient number to furnish food for the mental clockwork,-- ill regulated heads, where the faculties are not under the control of the will,-- these are the ones that hold the brains which their owners are so apt to tamper with, by introducing the appliances we have been talking about (alcohol, bad habits) Now, when a gentleman's brain is empty or ill-regulated, it is, to a great extent, his own fault; and so it is simple retribution, that, while he lies slothfully sleeping or aimlessly dreaming, the fatal habit settles on him like a vampire and sucks his blood, fanning him all the while with its hot wings into deeper slumber or idler dreams!
Holmes, O.W.THE AUTOCRAT OF THE BREAKFAST TABLE
 
The brain may be regarded as a kind of parasite of the organism.
Schopenhauer, Arthur
 
The brain may devise laws for the blood;
but a hot temper leaps over a cold decree.
Shakespeare
 
I have a heart of mettle apt as yours,
But yet a brain that leads my use of anger to better vantage."
Shakespeare, William, Coriolanus
 
Some strange commotion
Is in his Brain: He bites his lip and starts:
Stops on a sudden, looks upon the ground,
Then lays his finger on his temple; straight,
Springs out into fast gait; then, stops again,
Strikes his breast hard; and anon, he casts
His eye aginst the Moon; in most strange postures
We have seen him set himself.
Shakespeare
 
Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
Barbara Jordan
 
The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up and does not stop until you get into the office.
Robert Frost
 
To make biological survival possible, Mind at Large has to be funnelled through the reducing valve of the brain and nervous system. What comes out at the other end is a measly trickle of the kind of consciousness which will help us to stay alive on the surface of this particular planet. To formulate and express the contents of this reduced awareness, man has invented and endlessly elaborated those symbol-systems and implicit philosophies which we call languages. Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he or she has been born -- the beneficiary inasmuch as language gives access to he accumulated records of other people's experience, the victim in so far as it confirms him in the belief that reduced awareness is the only awareness and as it be-devils his sense of reality, so that he is all too apt to take his concepts for data, his words for actual things.
Aldous Huxley, Doors of Perception
 
An idle brain is the devil's workshop.
--English Proverb
 
When you don't have an education, you've got to use your brains.
--Anonymous
 
I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot. Men are not superior by reason of the accidents of race or color. They are superior who have the best heart--the best brain. The superior man ... stands erect by bending above the fallen. He rises by lifting others.
--Robert Green Ingersoll
 
I not only use all the brains I have, but all that I can borrow.
--Woodrow Wilson
 
A mob is a group of persons with heads but no brains.
--Thomas Fuller
 
The man who gets the most satisfactory results is not always the man with the most brilliant single mind, but rather the man who can best coordinate the brains and talents of his associates.
--W. Alton Jones
 
No brain is stronger than its weakest think.
--Thomas L. Masson
 
For God's sake, give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself.
--Robert Louis Stevenson
 
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice.
-- Albert Einstein
 
Shocking as though it sounds, a relatively small amount of touch deprivation alone caused brain damage, which was often displayed in the monkeys as aberrant behavior.
Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of The Senses
 
So soon as prudence has begun to grow up in the brain, like a dismal fungus, it finds its first expression in a paralysis of generous acts. The victim begins to shrink spiritually; he develops a fancy for parlours with a regulated temperature. To be overwise is to ossify;
and the scruple-monger ends by standing stockstill.
--R.L. Stevenson
 
No brain is stronger than its weakest think.
--Thomas L. Masson
 
An enchanted loom where millions of flashing shuttles weave a dissolving pattern, always a meaningful pattern though never an abiding one.
Sir Charles Sherrington, describing the brain
 
DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD
TO SAVE A MINUTE
YOU NEED YOUR HEAD
YOUR BRAIN IS IN IT
--Burma-Shave
 
The large brain, like large government, may not be able to do simple things in a simple way.
--Donald Hebb
 
The highest activities of consciousness have their origins in physical occurrences of the brain just as the loveliest melodies are not too sublime to be expressed by notes.
Somerset Maugham
 
My brain: It's my second favorite organ.
Woody Allen, from movie Sleeper
 
...in psychotherapy, we study the "secretions" of the human brain, coming out of the patient's mouth in the form of words.
Andrew Salter, Conditioned Refex Therapy

 

 

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