Brain Quotes


Biology gives you a brain. Life turns it into a mind.

Middlesex

Jeffrey Eugenides

Middlesex
Brain    Life    Mind

Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything.

Winnie-the-Pooh

A.A. Milne

Winnie-the-Pooh

I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skillful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

Brain    Ethics    Inspirational    Kindness    Life    Morality    Philosophy    Simple    Temple

I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix.

When you're socially awkward, you're isolated more than usual, and when you're isolated more than usual, your creativity is less compromised by what has already been said and done. All your hope in life starts to depend on your craft, so you try to perfect it. One reason I stay isolated more than the average person is to keep my creativity as fierce as possible. Being the odd one out may have its temporary disadvantages, but more importantly, it has its permanent advantages.

Learn to deal with the fact that you are not a perfect person but you are a person that deserves respect and honesty.

How ghastly for her, people actually thinking, with their brains, and right next door. Oh, the travesty of it all.

Soulless

Gail Carriger

Soulless

When good people consider you the bad guy, you develop a heart to help the bad ones. You actually understand them.

No brain at all, some of them [people], only grey fluff that's blown into their heads by mistake, and they don't Think.

My brain tells me it will be better to just let him go.
My heart... not so much.

Brain    Heart    Love

But when you're in front of an audience and you make them laugh at a new idea, you're guiding the whole being for the moment. No one is ever more him/herself than when they really laugh. Their defenses are down. It's very Zen-like, that moment. They are completely open, completely themselves when that message hits the brain and the laugh begins. That's when new ideas can be implanted. If a new idea slips in at that moment, it has a chance to grow.

Last Words

George Carlin

Last Words
Brain    Growth    Idea    Laugh    Path    Zen

I think a lot of psychopaths are just geniuses who drove so fast that they lost control.

I'm convinced that responsibility is some kind of psychological disease.

I like living in my head because in there, everyone is kind and innocent. Once you start integrating yourself into the world, you realize that people are nasty, mean creatures. They're worse than zombies. People try to crush your soul and destroy your happiness, but zombies just want to have a little nibble of your brain.

Apocalypse    Apocalyptic    Brain    Brains    Craziness    Crazy    Creatures    Happiness    Happy    Head    Human    Human nature    Humanity    Humans    Innocence    Innocent    Integrating    Integration    Kind    Kindness    Like    Little nibble    Live    Living    Living life    Mean    Mean people    Mental health    Mental illness    Nasty    Nasty people    Nibble    Nibbling    People    Post apocalyptic    Reality    Realization    Realize    World    Yourself    Zombie    Zombie apocalypse    Zombies    Zompoc

If I could put my brain in her body, the world would be mine for the taking.

Body    Brain    Power    Powerful

I'm an insomniac, my mind works the night shift.

Brain    Insomnia    Mind    Non stop    Sleep    Sleepless

I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,
And Mourners to and fro
Kept treading – treading – till it seemed
That Sense was breaking through –
And when they all were seated,
A Service, like a Drum –
Kept beating – beating – till I thought
My Mind was going numb –
And then I heard them lift a Box
And creak across my Soul
With those same Boots of Lead, again,
Then Space – began to toll,
As all the Heavens were a Bell,
And Being, but an Ear,
And I, and Silence, some strange Race
Wrecked, solitary, here –
And then a Plank in Reason, broke,
And I dropped down, and down –
And hit a World, at every plunge,
And Finished knowing – then –

I don't believe that consciousness is generated by the brain. I believe that the brain is more of a reciever of consciousness.

Thomas: Is it [my brain] fixed?
Brenda: It worked, judging from the fact that you're not trying to kill us anymore...

She has man's brain--a brain that a man should have were he much gifted--and woman's heart. The good God fashioned her for a purpose, believe me when He made that so good combination.

Brain    Brains    Combination    Gifted    Giftedness    God    Heart    Intelligence    Man    Mankind    Mind    Purpose    Woman    Women

Whenever I think of something but can't think of what it was I was thinking of, I can't stop thinking until I think I'm thinking of it again. I think I think too much.

Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain.

Advice for a Young Investigator

Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Advice for a Young Investigator

The exaggerated dopamine sensitivity of the introvert leads one to believe that when in public, introverts, regardless of its validity, often feel to be the center of (unwanted) attention hence rarely craving attention. Extroverts, on the other hand, seem to never get enough attention. So on the flip side it seems as though the introvert is in a sense very external and the extrovert is in a sense very internal - the introvert constantly feels too much 'outerness' while the extrovert doesn't feel enough 'outerness'.

Attention    Awareness    Brain    Cognition    Compassion    Dopamine    Emotions    Empathy    Exaggeration    External    Extroversion    Extrovert    Feelings    Internal    Introversion    Introvert    Personality    Pity    Private    Psychology    Public    Senses    Sensitivity    Social    Sympathy    Traits

The lizard brain is hungry, scared, angry, and horny.
The lizard brain only wants to eat and be safe.
The lizard brain will fight (to the death) if it has to, but would rather run away. It likes a vendetta and has no trouble getting angry.
The lizard brain cares what everyone else thinks, because status in the tribe is essential to its survival.
A squirrel runs around looking for nuts, hiding from foxes, listening for predators, and watching for other squirrels. The squirrel does this because that's all it can do. All the squirrel has is a lizard brain.
The only correct answer to 'Why did the chicken cross the road?' is 'Because it's lizard brain told it to.' Wild animals are wild because the only brain they posses is a lizard brain.
The lizard brain is not merely a concept. It's real, and it's living on the top of your spine, fighting for your survival. But, of course, survival and success are not the same thing.
The lizard brain is the reason you're afraid, the reason you don't do all the art you can, the reason you don't ship when you can. The lizard brain is the source of the resistance.

Brain    Fear    Lizard    Resistance

You can deal with the brain, as I say; it looks sensible, whereas the heart, the human heart, I'm afraid, looks a fucking mess.

You can do what you decide to do — but you cannot decide what you will decide to do.

Brain    Free will    Mind

There comes a time in a man's life when he hears the call of the sea. If the man has a brain in his head, he will hang up the phone immediately.

Brain    Call    Humor    Life    Men    Phone    Pirates    Sea

A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.

Traumatic events, by definition, overwhelm our ability to cope. When the mind becomes flooded with emotion, a circuit breaker is thrown that allows us to survive the experience fairly intact, that is, without becoming psychotic or frying out one of the brain centers. The cost of this blown circuit is emotion frozen within the body. In other words, we often unconsciously stop feeling our trauma partway into it, like a movie that is still going after the sound has been turned off. We cannot heal until we move fully through that trauma, including all the feelings of the event.

Anger's like a battery that leaks acid right out of me
And it starts from the heart 'til it reaches my outer me

Acid    Anger    Battery    Bottled up    Brain    Cognition    Cold hearted    Control    Health    Heart    Heartache    Heartbreak    Inner    Lyrics    Mental    Mental health    Mental illness    Out of control    Outer    Pain    Passive aggressive    Poem    Poetry    Psychology    Rage    Rhyme    Rhythm    Secrecy    Self control

The Net’s interactivity gives us powerful new tools for finding information, expressing ourselves, and conversing with others. It also turns us into lab rats constantly pressing levers to get tiny pellets of social or intellectual nourishment.

Oftentimes, those special brains, the ones that are capable of focusing more intently than others, do so at the expense of emotional maturity

Dominion does not mean domination. We hold dominion over animals only because of our powerful and ubiquitous intellect. Not because we are morally superior. Not because we have a "right" to exploit those who cannot defend themselves. Let us use our brain to move toward compassion and away from cruelty, to feel empathy rather than cold indifference, to feel animals' pain in our hearts.

Animal rights    Brain    Feel    Pain    Speciesism    Vegan

Your own brain ought to have the decency to be on your side!

Wintersmith

Terry Pratchett

Wintersmith
Brain    Humor    Insanity    Life    Sanity

Stuff your brain with knowledge.

Brain    Chanel    Designer    Educational    Karl lagerfeld    Knownledge    Life    Mind    Quotes    Stuff    Success    Wisdom

[T]he more clamour we make about 'the women's point of view', the more we rub it into people that the women's point of view is different, and frankly I do not think it is -- at least in my job. The line I always want to take is, that there is the 'point of view' of the reasonably enlightened human brain, and that this is the aspect of the matter which I am best fitted to uphold.

The supposedly immaterial soul, we now know, can be bisected with a knife, altered by chemicals, started or stopped by electricity, and extinguished by a sharp blow or by insufficient oxygen.

How the Mind Works

Steven Pinker

How the Mind Works

The distinction between diseases of "brain" and "mind," between "neurological" problems and "psychological" or "psychiatric" ones, is an unfortunate cultural inheritance that permeates society and medicine. It reflects a basic ignorance of the relation between brain and mind. Diseases of the brain are seen as tragedies visited on people who cannot be blamed for their condition, while diseases of the mind, especially those that affect conduct and emotion, are seen as social inconveniences for which sufferers have much to answer. Individuals are to be blamed for their character flaws, defective emotional modulation, and so on; lack of willpower is supposed to be the primary problem.

We become, neurologically, what we think."(33)

What the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. Whether I’m online or not, my mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.

my brain had begun to endure its familiar siege: panic and dislocation, and a sense that my thought processes were being engulfed by a toxic and unnameable tide that obliterated any enjoyable response to the living world.

Instead of reality being passively recorded by the brain, it is actively constructed by it.

This is my child, he said. I wash a dead man's brains out of his hair. That is my job.

Brain    Child    Death    Job

The level of intelligence has been tremendously increased, because people are thinking and communicating in terms of screens, and not in lettered books. Much of the real action is taking place in what is called cyberspace. People have learned how to boot up, activate, and transmit their brains.
Essentially, there’s a universe inside your brain. The number of connections possible inside your brain is limitless. And as people have learned to have more managerial and direct creative access to their brains, they have also developed matrices or networks of people that communicate electronically. There are direct brain/computer link-ups. You can just jack yourself in and pilot your brain around in cyberspace-electronic space.

God has mercifully ordered that the human brain works slowly; first the blow, hours afterwards the bruise.

Brain    Mind    Shock    Trauma    Wounds

In each of us there is another whom we do not know.
(quoted in

Incognito

)

My dull brain was wrought with things forgotten.

Banquo    Brain    Humor    Macbeth    Shakespeare    Thinking

The vast majority of us imagine ourselves as like literature people or math people. But the truth is that the massive processor known as the human brain is neither a literature organ or a math organ. It is both and more.

Superhero science has taught me this: Entire universes fit comfortably inside our skulls. Not just one or two but endless universes can be packed into that dark, wet, and bony hollow without breaking it open from the inside. The space in our heads will stretch to accommodate them all. The real doorway to the fifth dimension was always right here.
Inside.
That infinite interior space contains all the divine, the alien, and the unworldly we’ll ever need.

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