Nerves quotes

  • Melody has a certain way that it projects back to you. It triggers certain nerves in your body and certain instincts that normally wouldn't be triggered by a normal voice.
    -- Akon

    #Voice #Nerves #Body

  • The real resistance now is to an art which forces its audience to recognize and accept imaginatively, in their nerve ends, not the facts of life but the facts of death and violence: absurd, random, gratuitous, unjustified, and inescapably part of the society we have created.
    -- Al Alvarez

    #Art #Real #Nerves

  • One is what one has the nerve to pretend to be.
    -- Alan Furst


  • I think any movie star who refuses autographs has a hell of a nerve
    -- Alan Ladd

    #Stars #Thinking #Nerves

  • Acting touches nerves you have absolutely no control over.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Theatre #Acting #Nerves

  • Joe E. Lewis said, 'Money doesn't buy happiness but it calms the nerves.' And that is how I feel about a film being well-received.
    -- Alexander Payne

    #Nerves #Calm #Film

  • I definitely wanted this win today and I don't want anybody to talk about my nerves anymore.
    -- Amelie Mauresmo

    #Sports #Winning #Nerves

  • My nerves will come when I have to take off my top.
    -- Angel Porrino


  • It is useless to dabble in beauty. One must be utterly devoted to beauty, with every nerve of the body.
    -- Anna Pavlova

    #Beauty #Nerves #Useless

  • The most demanding part of living a lifetime as an artist is the strict discipline of forcing oneself to work steadfastly along the nerve of one's own intimate sensitivity.
    -- Anne Truitt

    #Artist #Discipline #Nerves

  • I destroy because for me everything that proceeds from reason is untrustworthy. I believe only in the evidence of what stirs my marrow, not in the evidence of what addresses itself to my reason. I have found levels in the realm of the nerve. I now feel capable of evaluating the evidence. There is for me an evidence in the realm of pure flesh which has nothing to do with the evidence of reason. The eternal conflict between reason and the heart is decided in my very flesh, but in my flesh irrigated by nerves...
    -- Antonin Artaud

    #Believe #Heart #Nerves

  • We must not listen to those who advise us 'being men to think human thoughts, and being mortal to think mortal thoughts' but must put on immortality as much as possible and strain every nerve to live according to that best part of us, which, being small in bulk, yet much more in its power and honour surpasses all else.
    -- Aristotle

    #Men #Thinking #Nerves

  • There is no magic method of beginning... Take hold of your nerves, and jump.
    -- Arnold Bennett

    #Magic #Nerves #Method

  • If a symbolic language dies, it tortures us like a nightmare, like a thousand piece orchestra grating on our nerves and tearing our mind to pieces... It is a corpse with no symbolic power or strength.
    -- Asger Jorn

    #Mind #Orchestra #Nerves

  • absence can be present, like a damaged nerve, like a dark bird
    -- Audrey Niffenegger

    #Dark #Bird #Nerves

  • I definitely feel much more comfortable in front of the cameras after 'The Hills.' Before, it was much more nerve-racking.
    -- Audrina Patridge

    #Cameras #Nerves #Hills

  • I'm cooler than a polar bear's toenails... bend corners like I was a curve, I struck a nerve.
    -- Big Boi

    #Curves #Nerves #Toenails

  • You've got a lotta nerve to say you are my friend. When I was down you just stood there a grinin
    -- Bob Dylan

    #Friendship #Being Happy #Nerves

  • The fifth set is not about tennis, it's about nerves.
    -- Boris Becker

    #Tennis #Nerves #Fifth

  • They say nerves heal real slowly. Lots of things about us heal real slowly.
    -- Buck Brannaman

    #Real #Nerves #Heal

  • Putting affects the nerves more than anything. I would actually get nauseated over three-footers.
    -- Byron Nelson

    #Three #Nerves #Affection

  • Food is good for the nerves and the spirit. Courage comes from the belly – all else is desperation.
    -- Charles Bukowski

    #Nerves #Spirit #Desperation

  • What I'm certain I don't want is to find myself someday in a new century, an old bitter woman looking back, wishing that right now I'd had more nerve.
    -- Charles Frazier

    #Wish #Want #Nerves

  • Reader, if you are gifted with nerves like mine, aspire to any character but that of a wit.
    -- Charles Lamb

    #Character #Nerves #Wit

  • The terminal path may, to distinguish it from internuncial common paths, be called the final common path. The motor nerve to a muscle is a collection of such final common paths.
    -- Charles Scott Sherrington

    #Path #Finals #Nerves

  • That a strong stimulus to such an afferent nerve, exciting most or all of its fibres, should in regard to a given muscle develop inhibition and excitation concurrently is not surprising.
    -- Charles Scott Sherrington

    #Strong #Nerves #Should

  • He solved at a stroke the great question of the direction of nerve-currents in their travel through brain and spinal cord.
    -- Charles Scott Sherrington

    #Brain #Nerves #Currents

  • I wish that the act of publishing a book was less of a nerve-wracking experience.
    -- Charlie Huston

    #Book #Wish #Nerves

  • Do not be perturbed with by an ill-bred person; in most cases the one who is unsociable has a liver complaint and bad nerves.
    -- Chico Xavier

    #Nerves #Cases #Ill

  • I had a turnover and three missed shots down the stretch. I just have to make sure I calm my nerves.
    -- Chris Bosh

    #Three #Nerves #Calm

  • It gets on my nerves when women take too much time on makeup. You would think after a lifetime they would have the process down to less than 45 minutes!
    -- Christopher

    #Thinking #Makeup #Nerves

  • No man can have a 'yellow streak' and last. He must pay much attention to his nerves or temperament. He must hide every flaw.
    -- Christy Mathewson

    #Men #Yellow #Nerves

  • Sometimes a journey arises out of hope and instinct, the heady conviction, as your finger travels along the map: Yes, here and here ... and here. These are the nerve-ends of the world ...
    -- Colin Thubron

    #Journey #Nerves #World

  • Actually, I failed drama in high school because of nerves. I wasnt able to memorize the words. I had complete stage fright.
    -- Constance Marie

    #Drama #School #Nerves

  • I just do my thing and try each show to be more honest about why I am and who I am. It's quite tricky and actually nerve-racking to do that. It's kind of a happy train wreck.
    -- Craig Ferguson

    #Who I Am #Trying #Nerves

  • Pressure on nerves causes irriatation and tension with deranged functions as a result. Why not release the pressure? Why not adjust the cause instead of treating the effects? Why not?
    -- Daniel D. Palmer

    #Nerves #Why Not #Pressure

  • We don't get too nervous for too may things, but on television a few million people are sitting there watching. Definitely a lot more nerves.
    -- Dave Haywood

    #People #Nerves #Sitting

  • Lots of small business men have been contacting me to say they wish they had the nerve to say what I said.
    -- David A. Siegel

    #Men #Wish #Nerves

  • A game of chess is not an examination of knowledge; it is a battle of nerves.
    -- David Bronstein

    #Games #Battle #Nerves

  • If you trust your nerve as well as your skill, you're capable of a lot more than you can imagine.
    -- Debi Thomas

    #Athlete #Skills #Nerves

  • our nerve filaments twitch with its presence day and night, nothing we say has not the husky phlegm of it in the saying, nothing we do has the quickness, the sureness, the deep intelligence living at peace would have.
    -- Denise Levertov

    #War #Night #Nerves

  • It was always exciting, but it was also always dangerous. And fear takes a toll finally: when you live in danger from moment to moment, the constant tension becomes very wearying. Every step I took on the roads of Gelderland was nerve-wracking, because I was secretly carrying the very material that could turn out to be my own death warrant.
    -- Diet Eman

    #Tolls #Steps #Nerves

  • It's so nerve-wracking to go out into a stadium, feeling a billion eyes upon you when you mess up your touches. That's an overwhelming environment.
    -- Donal Logue

    #Eye #Feelings #Nerves

  • Changes in my personal life are nerve-racking for me.
    -- Donny Deutsch

    #Nerves #Personal Life

  • There are movements which impinge upon the nerves with a strength that is incomparable, for movement has power to stir the senses and emotions, unique in itself.
    -- Doris Humphrey

    #Unique #Nerves #Movement

  • Before the civil war, Pottibakia was a normal member of the Comity of Nations. She erected tariff walls, broke treaties, persecuted minorities, obstructed at conferences unless she was convinced there was no danger of a satisfactory solution; then she strained every nerve in the cause of peace.
    -- E. M. Forster

    #Wall #War #Nerves

  • It is obvious enough for the reader to conclude, "She loves young Emerson." A reader in Lucy's place would not find it obvious. Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice, and we welcome "nerves" or any other shibboleth that will cloak our personal desire. She loved Cecil; George made her nervous; will the reader explain to her that the phrases should have been reversed?
    -- E. M. Forster

    #Practice #Desire #Nerves

  • Losing a position is aggravating, whereas losing your nerve is devastating.
    -- Ed Seykota

    #Nerves #Losing #Position

  • Emma McChesney was engaged in that nerve-wracking process known as getting things out of the way. When Emma McChesney aimed to get things out of the way she did not use a shovel; she used a road-drag.
    -- Edna Ferber

    #Nerves #Use #Way

  • Instant communication is not communication at all but merely a frantic, trivial, nerve-wracking bombardment of cliches, threats, fads, fashions, gibberish and advertising.
    -- Edward Abbey

    #Fashion #Communication #Nerves

  • Vanity, indeed, is the very antidote to conceit; for while the former makes us all nerve to the opinion of others, the latter is perfectly satisfied with its opinion of itself.
    -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

    #Vanity #Nerves #Opinion

  • I have no nerves, no emotion, no pressure.
    -- Eileen Collins

    #Nerves #Pressure #Emotion

  • You think, eventually, that nothing can disturb you and that your nerves are impregnable. Yet, looking down at that familiar face, I realized that death is something to which we never become calloused.
    -- Eliot Ness

    #Thinking #Nerves #Faces

  • You can always tell when the relationship is over. Little things start getting on your nerves, 'Would you please stop that! That breathing in and out, it's so repetitious.'
    -- Ellen DeGeneres

    #Funny Relationship #Breathing #Nerves

  • Nothing is more trying than nerves to people who have none.
    -- Ellen Glasgow

    #People #Trying #Nerves

  • If your Nerve, deny you - Go above your Nerve
    -- Emily Dickinson

    #Courage #Nerves #Deny

  • Every day kill just one, rather than today five, tomorrow ten . . . that is enough for you. Then your nerves are calm and you can sleep good, you have your drink in the evening and the next morning you are fit again.
    -- Erich Hartmann

    #Morning #Sleep #Nerves

  • And as I started reaching deeper I realized that most of the blues of that day was done by men. Women just didn't have the nerve.
    -- Etta James

    #Men #Nerves #Done

  • I thought I was bulletproof or Superman there for a while. I thought I'd never run out of nerve. Never.
    -- Evel Knievel

    #Running #Nerves #Bulletproof

  • Never miss a party...good for the nerves--like celery.
    -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

    #Party #Missing #Nerves

  • I wasn't used to children and they were getting on my nerves. Worse, it appeared that I was a child, too. I hadn't known that before; I thought I was just short.
    -- Florence King

    #Children #Nerves #Used

  • The airman must possess absolutely untroubled nerves.
    -- Francis Collins

    #Nerves #Airmen

  • You could at least complain,” I say. “I adore complaining. It calms the nerves.
    -- Franny Billingsley

    #Complaining #Nerves #Calm

  • I'm nearsighted in my right eye, have glaucoma in my left, and the nerves in my hands are on Medicare. Basically, I'm on the wrong end of a short sale.
    -- Gary McCord

    #Eye #Hands #Nerves

  • The only system which is truly secure is one which is switched off and unplugged, locked in a titanium lined safe, buried in a concrete bunker, and is surrounded by nerve gas and very highly paid armed guards. Even then, I wouldn't stake my life on it.
    -- Gene Spafford

    #Nerves #Safe #Bunkers

  • The riding of young horses is an excellent nerve tonic.
    -- Geoffrey Brooke

    #Horse #Riding #Nerves

  • We learn words by rote, but not their meaning; that must be paid for with our life-blood, and printed in the subtle fibres of our nerves.
    -- George Eliot

    #Blood #Nerves #Subtle

  • If there's been any use of nerve gas it's the rebels that used it. If there has been a use of chemical weapons it was Al-Qaeda that used the chemical weapons - who gave al-Qaeda the chemical weapons? Here's my theory, Israel gave them the chemical weapons.
    -- George Galloway

    #Israel #Rebel #Nerves

  • My nerves could use a drink.
    -- Grace Kelly

    #Drinking #Nerves #Use

  • The most nervous I've ever been was on a 250 pound music video which is the first thing I ever did. And I stepped on there with a directing partner, so I could blame him when everything went ***** up. But since then my nerves have incrementally decreased so I'm not plagued by the same sense of nerves as I used to be.
    -- Guy Ritchie

    #Video #Nerves #Firsts

  • It is when suffering finds a voice and sets our nerves quivering that this pity comes troubling us.
    -- H. G. Wells

    #Voice #Suffering #Nerves

  • My very first audition was on the lot of Paramount, and I was put on tape and it was very nerve-racking. I think it was about 15 pages.
    -- Hailee Steinfeld

    #Thinking #Tape #Nerves

  • We see in the electroencephalogram a concomitant phenomenon of the continuous nerve processes which take place in the brain, exactly as the electrocardiogram represents a concomitant phenomenon of the contractions of the individual segments of the heart.
    -- Hans Berger

    #Heart #Brain #Nerves

  • To play well you must feel tranquil and at peace. I have never been troubled by nerves in golf because I felt I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.
    -- Harry Vardon

    #Golf #Play #Nerves

  • You have to control the nerves. I used to get so nervous that I couldn't eat, which wasn't really productive. Having goals and a plan is a good way of lessening the nerves.
    -- Helen Jenkins

    #Goal #Nerves #Way

  • there was nothing like necessity to supply a lack of nerve.
    -- Helen Nielsen

    #Courage #Nerves

  • What fortune teller would ever have had the nerve to predict that the best years of my life would turn out to be my old age?
    -- Helene Hanff

    #Years #Age #Nerves

  • In the meantime the groans changed into the protracted, thunderous roar by which all living creatures are struck with terror, and the nerves of people, who do not know what fear is, shake, just as the window-panes rattle from distant cannonading.
    -- Henryk Sienkiewicz

    #Fear #People #Nerves

  • It takes nerves of steel to stay neurotic.
    -- Herb Kelleher

    #Steel #Nerves #Neurotic

  • Literature boils with the madcap careers of writers brought to the edge by the demands of living on their nerves, wringing out their memories and their nightmares to extract meaning, truth, beauty.
    -- Herbert Gold

    #Memories #Careers #Nerves

  • If you start responding to every stimulus, then you end up as a nerve gas case, quite literally. Neurons fire at once.
    -- Hollis Frampton

    #Fire #Nerves #Neurons

  • Every athlete acquires routines as a way to help control nerves.
    -- Hope Solo

    #Athlete #Nerves #Way

  • Guilt is the very nerve of sorrow.
    -- Horace Bushnell

    #Sorrow #Guilt #Nerves

  • Yiddish for gall, nerve, arrogance-whatever
    -- Howard Fast

    #Arrogance #Nerves #Yiddish

  • Women are terrified of being raped, but somewhere in the back of the womb there is one rebellious nerve end that tingles with curiosity whenever the word is mentioned.
    -- Hunter S. Thompson

    #Curiosity #Nerves #Rebellious

  • One should never regret one's excesses, only one's failures of nerve.
    -- Iain Banks

    #Regret #Nerves #Excess

  • Nerves are good. They keep you alive.
    -- Idina Menzel

    #Nerves #Alive

  • Physiology has, at last, gained control over the nerves which stimulate the gastric glands and the pancreas.
    -- Ivan Pavlov

    #Nerves #Lasts #Pancreas

  • In the case of the stomach, however, the nerves of the glandular cells were always severed when constructing an artificially isolated pouch and this, naturally, affected the normal work of the stomach.
    -- Ivan Pavlov

    #Cells #Nerves #Normal

  • Our success was mainly due to the fact that we stimulated the nerves of animals that easily stood on their own feet and were not subjected to any painful stimulus either during or immediately before stimulation of their nerves.
    -- Ivan Pavlov

    #Animal #Feet #Nerves

  • The public's nerves are raw and edgy. You have to be discreet and understanding about the films you are showing.
    -- Jack Valenti

    #Understanding #Nerves #Film

  • The meek shall inherit the earth. They won't have the nerve to refuse it.
    -- Jackie Vernon

    #Sassy #Nerves #Earth

  • I once had the nerve to ask Picasso the question, 'What is art?' He answered, 'Art is a lie which makes us see the truth.
    -- James Dickey

    #Art #Lying #Nerves

  • Taking drugs to overcome nerves is the thin edge of the wedge going in there.
    -- James Galway

    #Drug #Overcoming #Nerves

  • Being unprepared heightens nerves.
    -- James Galway

    #Nerves #Unprepared

  • I'm half deaf. I have nerve damage and a constant ringing in both of my ears, and there are certain times and conditions when I can hardly hear at all.
    -- James Nachtwey

    #Nerves #Ears #Half

  • I find acting slightly nerve racking, but I like the challenge.
    -- Jane Wiedlin

    #Challenges #Acting #Nerves

  • I had an alarm, I had nerve gas, I had a yogurt. What more could anyone want?
    -- Janet Evanovich

    #Alarms #Nerves #Yogurt

  • Forgive me. I can no longer live with my nerves.
    -- Jean Seberg

    #Forgive Me #Forgiving #Nerves

  • I'm a Pilates person. It's great. I had a hip problem. I had a chronic back, a pinched nerve and a hip problem and it's completely solved all of it. I love it. It makes me feel like I'm taller.
    -- Jennifer Aniston

    #Nerves #Pilates #Hips