Quotations

CAREGIVING

Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.
—Grenville Kleiser

Laughter is important, not only because it makes us happy, it also has actual health benefits. And that’s because laughter completely engages the body and releases the mind. It connects us to others, and that in itself has a healing effect.
—Marlo Thomas

Humour is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
—Edward de Bono

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing . . . not healing, not curing . . . that is a friend who cares.
—Henri Nouwen

In Asian languages, the word for ‘mind’ and the word for ‘heart’ are same. So if you’re not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you’re not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention.
—Jon Kabat-Zinn

THE MIND

Of all the things I’ve lost I miss my mind the most.
—Ozzy Osbourne

We take for granted how our mind puts everything together.
—Robert Lanza

The mind is its own place and in itself
Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.
—John Milton

Neuroscience is by far the most exciting branch of science because the brain is the most fascinating object in the universe. Every human brain is different—the brain makes each human unique and defines who he or she is.
—Stanley B. Prusiner

The brain is probaby the most mysterious subject there is.
—Susumu Tonegawa

The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.
—Thomas A. Edison

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I or are the others crazy?
–Albert Einstein

What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call ‘thought.’
—David Hume

No machines will ever truly fully figure the brain out, because the brain’s performance is constantly altered or else constrained by this inanimate, rogue artifact you can’t control, namely, speech.
—Tom Wolfe

I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.
—Oscar Wilde

The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.
—Carl Sagan

If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn’t.
—Lyall Watson

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.
—Robert Frost

Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?
—Alfred Lord Tennyson

I’ve got the brain of a four year old. I’ll bet he was glad to be rid of it.
—Groucho Marx

We are all demented, it is just a matter of degree.
—Suzanne Nielson

MEMORY

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
—George Bernard Shaw

Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.
—Bob Dylan

He says Son, can you play me a memory?
I’m not really sure how it goes
But it’s sad and it’s sweet and I knew it complete
When I wore a younger man’s clothes.
—Billy Joel

I’m about to turn 60, and most of my memories reside in the brain of my wife.
—Bill Atkinson