Brain quotes

  • Brains first and then Hard Work.
    -- A. A. Milne

    #Work #Hard Work #Brain

  • To be a textual critic requires aptitude for thinking and willingness to think; and though it also requires other things, those things are supplements and cannot be substitutes. Knowledge is good, method is good, but one thing beyond all others is necessary; and that is to have a head, not a pumpkin, on your shoulders and brains, not pudding, in your head.
    -- A. E. Housman

    #Thinking #Brain #Aptitude

  • Let me tell you, though: being the smartest boy in the world wasn’t easy. I didn’t ask for this. I didn’t want this. On the contrary, it was a huge burden. First, there was the task of keeping my brain perfectly protected. My cerebral cortex was a national treasure, a masterpiece of the Sistine Chapel of brains. This was not something that could be treated frivolously. If I could have locked it in a safe, I would have. Instead, I became obsessed with brain damage.
    -- A. J. Jacobs

    #Boys #Brain #World

  • Slowly, my brain let me in on the fact that I had just come this close to dying.
    -- Abby Sunderland

    #Brain #Dying #Facts

  • The best brains of the nation may be found on the last benches of the classroom.
    -- Abdul Kalam

    #Brain #Benches #May

  • What a lover’s heart knows let no man’s brain dispute.
    -- Aberjhani

    #Heart #Men #Brain

  • That brain of mine is something more than merely mortal; as time will show.
    -- Ada Lovelace

    #Brain #Shows

  • I'm always going to be making costumes. It's one of the ways I relax my brain. In addition to the pleasure of having the piece, there is a deep and abiding pleasure for me assembling something in my head - learning to know something in its totality in my head, and then putting together all the constituent parts into a cohesive whole.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Brain #Relax #Together

  • But Christianity is an invention of sick brains: one could imagine nothing more senseless, nor any more indecent way of turning the idea of the Godhead into a mockery.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Ideas #Sick #Brain

  • All that you need to become an entrepreneur and change the world is a working brain - and pretty much nothing else.
    -- Adora Svitak

    #Entrepreneur #Brain #Needs

  • You will find, that when you have someone to love, that the face is less important than the brain, and the body is less important than the heart.
    -- Adrian Tan

    #Heart #Brain #Important

  • When you inquire 'Who am I?' if you are honest, you'll notice that it takes you right back to silence instantly. The brain doesn't have an answer, so all of a sudden there is silence.
    -- Adyashanti

    #Silence #Brain #Answers

  • Don't try to make intelligent decisions when your brain is hyped
    -- Aeschylus

    #Intelligent #Decision #Brain

  • What a splendid head, yet no brain.
    -- Aesop

    #Brain #Splendid

  • When engaged in eating, the brain should be the servant of the stomach.
    -- Agatha Christie

    #Brain #Eating #Should

  • It is the brain, the little gray cells on which one must rely. One must seek the truth within--not without." ~ Poirot
    -- Agatha Christie

    #Cells #Brain #Littles

  • Use that fluff of yours you call a brain.
    -- Agatha Christie

    #Brain #Use #Fluff

  • We're all getting too smart. Our brains are just getting bigger and bigger, and the world dries up and dies when there's too much thought and not enough heart.
    -- Aimee Bender

    #Smart #Heart #Brain

  • Everybody kind of understands, Oh yeah you take drugs and it does something to your brain and then you can't stop. It's easier to describe that shame, that horrible feeling of not being able to control your own life.
    -- Aimee Mann

    #Drug #Feelings #Brain

  • All that I need now is someone with the brains and the know-how to tell me what I want.
    -- Aimee Mann

    #Brain #Needs #Want

  • Kind of wish I was dead. Maybe, I'll blow my brains out, mama, or maybe I'll go bowling.
    -- Al Yankovic

    #Suicide #Blow #Brain

  • The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts: those with brains, but no religion, and those with religion, but no brains.
    -- Al-Maʿarri

    #Two #Brain #Earth

  • I am often thought of as being remarkably bright, and yet my brains, more often than not, are busily devising new and interesting ways of bringing my enemies to sudden, gagging, writhing, agonizing death.
    -- Alan Bradley

    #Interesting #Brain #Enemy

  • I have a very serious censorship office inside my head; it censors things that I could tell you that you would never forget, and I don't want to be the person to stick that in your brain.
    -- Alan Furst

    #Office #Brain #Want

  • A gun doesn't have the brain to hate with, or a finger to pull the trigger, so the problem isn't the gun.
    -- Alan Gottlieb

    #Hate #Gun #Brain

  • I think the trick with knowledge is to “acquire it, and forget all except the perfume” - because it is noisy and sometimes drowns out one's own “brain voices”. The perfume part is important because it will help find the knowledge again to help get to the destinations the inner urges pick.
    -- Alan Kay

    #Thinking #Voice #Brain

  • Thoughts are no more than electrical surges in the brain. Sexual arousal is no more than a flow of chemicals to certain nerve endings. Sadness is no more than a bit of acid transfixed in the cerebellum. In short, the body is a machine, subject to the same laws of electricity and mechanics as an electron or clock.
    -- Alan Lightman

    #Sadness #Law #Brain

  • When the first mechanical clocks were invented, marking off time in crisp, regular intervals, it must have surprised people to discover that time flowed outside their own mental and physiological processes. Body time flows at its own variable rate, oblivious to the most precise hydrogen master clocks in the laboratory. In fact, the human body contains its own exquisite time-pieces, all with their separate rhythms. There are the alpha waves in the brain; another clock is the heart. And all the while tick the mysterious, ruthless clocks that regulate aging.
    -- Alan Lightman

    #Heart #People #Brain

  • Oh, love is very much a physical thing.... I realize that it's very complicated, and I'm sure it can't be traced to individual neurons and hormones, but I think it's very much a physiological sensation that takes place in the brain.
    -- Alan Lightman

    #Love Is #Thinking #Brain

  • No, I'm not interested in developing a powerful brain. All I'm after is just a mediocre brain, something like the President of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company.
    -- Alan Turing

    #Powerful #Brain #President

  • Instead of trying to produce a programme to simulate the adult mind, why not rather try to produce one which simulates the child's? If this were then subjected to an appropriate course of education one would obtain the adult brain.
    -- Alan Turing

    #Children #Brain #Mind

  • We are not interested in the fact that the brain has the consistency of cold porridge.
    -- Alan Turing

    #Consistency #Brain #Facts

  • The animal tends to eat with his stomach, and the man with his brain. When the animal's stomach is full, he stops eating, but the man is never sure when to stop. When he has eaten as much as his belly can take, he still feels empty, he still feels an urge for further gratification.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Animal #Men #Brain

  • Conscious attention is a designed function of the brain which scans the environment for any trouble making changes. If you identify yourself with your trouble shooter, then naturally you define yourself as being in a perpetual state of anxiety.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Anxiety #Brain #Attention

  • If you paint, write, do mosaics, knit - if it's solving that part of your brain saying, 'I need to do this,' you've won.
    -- Albert Brooks

    #Writing #Brain #Mosaics

  • To obtain an assured favorable response from people, it is better to offer them something for their stomachs instead of their brains.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #People #Brain #Response

  • Paper is to write things down that we need to remember. Our brains are used to think.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Writing #Thinking #Brain

  • To work with the hands or brain, according to our requirements and our capacities, to do that which lies before us to do, is more honorable than rank and title.
    -- Albert Pike

    #Lying #Hands #Brain

  • That’s what the human brain is there for—to turn the chaos of given experience into a set of manageable symbols. Sometimes the symbols correspond fairly closely to some of the aspects of the external reality behind our experience; then you have science and common sense. Sometimes, on the contrary, the symbols have almost no connection with external reality; then you have paranoia and delirium. More often there’s a mixture, part realistic and part fantastic; that’s religion.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Reality #Common Sense #Brain

  • Given the nature of spiders, webs are inevitable. And given the nature of human beings, so are religions. Spiders can't help making fly-traps, and men can't help making symbols. That's what the human brain is there for - the turn the chaos of given experience into a set of manageable symbols.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Men #Brain #Spiders

  • Every one interprets everything in terms of his own experience. If you say anything which does not touch a precisely similar spot in another man's brain, he either misunderstands you, or doesn't understand you at all.
    -- Aleister Crowley

    #Men #Brain #Say Anything

  • I cannot live or write without music. It stimulates the normally dormant parts of my brain that come in handy when constructing fiction.
    -- Aleksandar Hemon

    #Writing #Brain #Fiction

  • My wish for you... is that your skeptic-eclectic brain be flooded with the light of truth.
    -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    #Light #Brain #Wish

  • The brain is not an organ to be relied upon.
    -- Alexander Blok

    #Brain #Intelligence #Organs

  • For, as the substance of the brain, like that of the other solids of our body, is nearly incompressible, the quantity of blood within the head must be the same, or very nearly the same, at all times, whether in health or disease, in life or after death.
    -- Alexander Monro

    #Blood #Brain #Disease

  • Lulled in the countless chambers of the brain, our thoughts are linked by many a hidden chain; awake but one, and in, what myriads rise!
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Memories #Brain #Chains

  • A brain of feathers, and a heart of lead.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Sarcastic #Heart #Brain

  • Brains are no good if you don't use them.
    -- Alexei Panshin

    #Brain #Use

  • I think we're all fascinated and a little mystified by how the brain works. One of the most mysterious of the physical sciences is neurological science.
    -- Alexis Denisof

    #Thinking #Brain #Littles

  • Follow your heart but take your brain with you.
    -- Alfred Adler

    #Heart #Follow Your Heart #Brain

  • What a frightful weapon is human thought! It is our defense and our safeguard, the most precious gift that God has made us. It is ours and it obeys us; we may launch it forth into space, but, once outside of our feeble brains, it is gone; we can no longer control it.
    -- Alfred de Musset

    #Space #Brain #Defense

  • Ninety percent of our lives is governed by emotion. Our brains merely register and act upon what is telegraphed to them by our bodily experience. Intellect is to emotion as our clothes are to our bodies; we could not very well have civilized life without clothes, but we would be in a poor way if we had only clothes without bodies.
    -- Alfred North Whitehead

    #Clothes #Brain #Way

  • By relieving the brain of all unnecessary work, a good notation sets it free to concentrate on more advanced problems, and in effect increases the mental power of the race.
    -- Alfred North Whitehead

    #Learning #Race #Brain

  • I just want your body, Sheeba, I don't want your brains.
    -- Alice Cooper

    #Brain #Body #Want

  • That's like making fun of a maniac because his brain isn't completely right, because he isn't in the norm.
    -- Alice Cooper

    #Fun #Brain #Norm

  • The brain is highly structured, but it is also extremely flexible. It's not a blank slate, but it isn't written in stone, either.
    -- Alison Gopnik

    #Brain #Stones #Blank

  • The brain knows the real secret of seduction, more effective than even music and martinis. Just keep whispering, 'Gee, you are really special' to that sack of water and protein that is a body, and you can get it to do practically anything.
    -- Alison Gopnik

    #Real #Water #Brain

  • Ineffective or weak brain connections are pruned in much the same way a gardener would prune a tree or bush, giving the plant a desired shape,
    -- Alison Gopnik

    #Giving #Tree #Brain

  • We are different because our brain is wired differently. This causes us to perceive the world in different ways and have different values and priorities. Not better or worse - different.
    -- Allan Pease

    #Priorities #Brain #Different

  • A three-year old was examining his testicles while taking a bath. 'Mom,' he asked,'are these my brains?' 'Not yet.' she replied.
    -- Allan Pease

    #Mom #Years #Brain

  • Brain surgeons earn 10 times that of a general practitioner... it pays to be an expert.
    -- Allan Pease

    #Brain #Experts #Pay

  • I never knew there were this many stars." "I can't see them," he told me. "I just see you." "That's one of your cheesier lines," I told him. "It's the altitude," he told me. "I don't have enough oxygen in my brain." "I see.
    -- Ally Carter

    #Stars #Oxygen #Brain

  • As many know, brain injury comes in many forms. The two most prevalent brain injuries - stroke and trauma - affect more than 2.2 million Americans, and these numbers are expected to grow.
    -- Allyson Schwartz

    #Two #Numbers #Brain

  • Laughing brains are more absorbent.
    -- Alton Brown

    #Laughing #Brain

  • If you can be funny, it means you're intelligent. Your brain is working fast.
    -- Amber Valletta

    #Mean #Intelligent #Brain

  • MIND, n. A mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain. Its chief activity consists in the endeavour to ascertain its own nature, the futility of the attempt being due to the fact that it has nothing but itself to know itself with.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Nature #Science #Brain

  • Fear has no brains; it is an idiot.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Fear #Brain #Idiot

  • Fear has no brains; it is an idiot. The dismal witness that it bears and the cowardly counsel that it whispers are unrelated.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Brain #Bears #Idiot

  • Brain: an apparatus with which we think that we think. Mind, n. A mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Thinking #Mind #Brain

  • I always tell beginning runners: Train your brain first. It's much more important than your heart or legs.
    -- Amby Burfoot

    #Heart #Brain #Important

  • Consciousness does matter. Matter is secondary. Consciousness is primary. Brain does not do consciousness, consciousness does the brain.
    -- Amit Goswami

    #Brain #Doe #Matter

  • The music is a vibration in the brain rather than the ear.
    -- Amy Clampitt

    #Brain #Ears #Vibrations

  • We forget most of our dreams because we don't have access to those parts of our brain once we are switched to wakefulness. But why we evolved that way is a puzzle to me.
    -- Amy Hardie

    #Dream #Brain #Way

  • I try to see what the dream might be referring to - because the information in the world is being interpreted by my brain which only has the concepts derived from our five senses. So I think of the sequences in my dream as my brain doing its very best to process information in a way it knows I can deal with.
    -- Amy Hardie

    #Dream #Thinking #Brain

  • I like the way dreams present themselves as words and images that are trying to get your attention using your model-making brain's ability to make up stories.
    -- Amy Hardie

    #Dream #Brain #Trying

  • I think the neural pathways in our brains affect what happens in our bodies, and so can alter our health.
    -- Amy Hardie

    #Thinking #Brain #Pathways

  • We dream primarily the same way that we have consciousness of the world for the same reason. Basically, that our brains evolve to simulate reality and to control what's happening around us.
    -- Amy Hardie

    #Dream #Reality #Brain

  • A person's tragedy does not make up their entire life. A story carves deep grooves into our brains each time we tell it. But we aren't one story. We can change our stories. We can write our own.
    -- Amy Poehler

    #Writing #Brain #Tragedy

  • Do you know who Karl Marx is? He is this strange little man, long dead, who lived his narrow little life, and somehow managed by the power of his wayward brain to lay hold upon millions of human lives!
    -- Anchee Min

    #Men #Long #Brain

  • Shoot from the gut, edit with the brain
    -- Anders Petersen

    #Brain #Guts

  • We should make decisions in life with our hearts, not our brains, not only in music but in daily life.
    -- Andre Rieu

    #Heart #Decision #Brain

  • It's the best gift in the world to be able to get up and dance because it's the best gym. You artistically stretch your brain and you physically stretch your body to a higher point than a singular rotation movement like running. It makes your whole body move in lots of different ways, and it can make you very flexible as well, which is good for later life.
    -- Andrew Stone

    #Running #Moving #Brain

  • Dance improves your ability to concentrate because your brain has to work in so many ways. You're being stretched physically and mentally. You've got to focus on the steps and you have to communicate and interact with people.
    -- Andrew Stone

    #People #Focus #Brain

  • I need to have something to source my energy to and something to remove me from my own weird brain.
    -- Andy Biersack

    #Brain #Energy #Needs

  • I know what you wanted to say, Do you think that electrocution rewired your brain to make you the ***** that you are? You can say it, lady.
    -- Andy Dick

    #Thinking #Brain #Retard

  • Some people are born with a brain that has this weird, magical mathematical thing that makes them an amazing jazz musician.
    -- Andy Richter

    #People #Brain #Musician

  • My ***** is doing as much to keep me alive as my brain.
    -- Andy Weir

    #Brain #Alive

  • I'm always doing something. I never shut my brain off.
    -- Angelina Jolie


  • Your brain is your greatest weapon. Connect it to your heart, and you can go anywhere.
    -- Angelique Kidjo

    #Heart #Brain #Weapons

  • Do some research on the effects of television and your brain, and I promise you you'll have a decision to make when it comes to television, especially with what you watch.
    -- Angus T. Jones

    #Decision #Brain #Promise

  • A good brain ain't diddley, if you don't have the facts.
    -- Ani DiFranco

    #Education #Brain #Facts

  • A girl with brains ought to do something with them besides think.
    -- Anita Loos

    #Girl #Thinking #Brain

  • She kept walking. The very small, brave part of her brain knew that this would be her one chance. If she turned around, she would lose it.
    -- Ann Brashares

    #Brave #Brain #Would Be

  • He took her in his arms right away. "I'm so sorry," he murmured in her ear. He rocked her, saying it over and over. But no matter how many times he said it, no matter how much she knew he meant it, the words stirred around in her ear but didn't get into her brain. Sometimes he could comfort her. Sometimes he said what she needed, but today he couldn't reach her. Nothing could.
    -- Ann Brashares

    #Sorry #Brain #Comfort

  • Its been studied to the point where we know that the impact on humans would be from consuming the most infected parts of the cow; that is, the brain and the spinal cord.
    -- Ann Veneman

    #Impact #Brain #Would Be

  • I think it's important that, as a matter of course, the brain and spinal column were removed from this cow, and that would be the material that would cause concern in terms of human health. And therefore we're confident in the safety of the food supply.
    -- Ann Veneman

    #Thinking #Safety #Brain

  • Beautiful thoughts flit across the brain, like butterflies in the sun's rays, and are as difficult to capture.
    -- Anna Cora Mowatt

    #Beautiful #Butterfly #Brain

  • It is an old error of man to forget to put quotation marks where he borrows from a woman's brain
    -- Anna Garlin Spencer

    #Men #Errors #Brain

  • Every time I talk to a fancy journalist and they ask what I do in my free time my scumbag brain goes 'say masturbate, it'll be hilarious'.
    -- Anna Kendrick

    #Brain #Fancy #Scumbags

  • I don't have to listen to the Gospel on Sunday to know the stories of the New Testament. They inform so much of what I write that they're practically like a news scrim that goes through my brain 24/7.
    -- Anna Quindlen

    #Writing #Sunday #Brain