Human Brain Quotes

To relax, I love sitting back and turning my brain off and watching TV.

— Aja Naomi King

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

Let me put it this way: I don’t plan to retire. What would I do, become a brain surgeon? I mean, a brain surgeon can retire and write novels, but a novelist can’t retire and do brain surgery – or at least he better not.

— Alan Furst

I don’t think the goal is, ‘How big a star did you ever become?’ I think the goal is, ‘Were you able to express yourself?’ And if you’re able to say yes, in any field, you’ve won. 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

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

I’m not a great student, so I don’t know that I would have been a great detective. Part of my brain sort of works that way, like wanting to figure out puzzles and figure out what happened and why people do the things they do and who they are and how it happened.

— Alexandra Daddario

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

Oh yeah, I think about kids all the time. I feel like the next person I commit to, that’s going to be the guy who I’m going to have kids with. That’s in my crazy female brain. So that’s why I’m like, ‘I can’t commit.’

— Amanda Seyfried

I don’t want technology to take me so far that I don’t have to use my brain anymore. It’s like GPS taking over and losing your internal compass. It’s always got to be tactile, still organic.

— Andrew Bird

It is more important to eat some carbohydrates at breakfast, because the brain needs fuel right away, and carbohydrate is the best source.

— Andrew Weil

The world is beset by many problems, but in my opinion, this hijacking of our brain’s reward centers by electronic media is potentially one of the most destructive.

— Andrew Weil

Interestingly enough, not all feelings result from the body’s reaction to external stimuli. Sometimes changes are purely simulated in the brain maps.

— Antonio Damasio

When you deal with something like compassion for physical pain, which we know is very, very old in evolution – we can find evidence for it in nonhuman species – the brain processes it at a faster speed. Compassion for mental pain took many seconds longer.

— Antonio Damasio

There is no such thing as a disembodied mind. The mind is implanted in the brain, and the brain is implanted in the body.

— Antonio Damasio

You still have only one self and one identity. However, self, identity and personality are not things, they are not objects, and they certainly are not rigid. Instead, they are biological processes built within the brain from numerous interactive components, step by step, over a period of time.

— Antonio Damasio

When we talk about emotion, we really talk about a collection of behaviors that are produced by the brain. You can look at a person in the throes of an emotion and observe changes in the face, in the body posture, in the coloration of the skin and so on.

— Antonio Damasio

To the artist is sometimes granted a sudden, transient insight which serves in this matter for experience. A flash, and where previously the brain held a dead fact, the soul grasps a living truth! At moments we are all artists.

— Arnold Bennett

I saw that all beings are fated to happiness: action is not life, but a way of wasting some force, an enervation. Morality is the weakness of the brain.

— Arthur Rimbaud

I’m totally an anxious mess all the time. There’s a constant dialogue going on in my brain, and it’s just reminding me of all the failures that I have had, and all of the things I need to do, and all of the things I’m not doing good enough.

— Aubrey Plaza

There are so many songs in my heart and in my brain. I wake up at 2 in the morning, and I have to get up and sing them. There are so many of them, it’s ridiculous.

— Aaron Neville

I’m not the type of guy to go so deep with the concept songs, but there’s deep thought in everything. Maybe it’s not just a repetitive hook telling you what the song is about – you have to use your brain a little bit.

— Action Bronson

That brain of mine is something more than merely mortal, as time will show.

— Ada Lovelace

I have my hopes, & very distinct ones, too, of one day getting cerebral phenomena such that I can put them into mathematical equations: in short, a law or laws for the mutual actions of the molecules of the brain (equivalent to the law of gravitation for the planetary & sideral world).

— Ada Lovelace

Even on your hiatus, you feel like you need to keep the character in the back of your brain.

— Adam Driver

I had saved a few hundred photos of dodo skeletons into my ‘Creative Projects’ folder – it’s a repository for my brain, everything that I could possibly be interested in. Any time I have an Internet connection, there’s a sluice of stuff moving into there, everything from beautiful rings to cockpit photos.

— Adam Savage

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

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 suffice.

— Albert Einstein

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

Here we stand in the middle of this new world with our primitive brain, attuned to the simple cave life, with terrific forces at our disposal, which we are clever enough to release, but whose consequences we cannot comprehend.

— Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

My ideal audience is on the young side, eager to mutate and move to a higher level of consciousness. I want my images to turn the viewer’s brain into what it is: a flying carpet.

— Alejandro Jodorowsky

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

A brain of feathers, and a heart of lead.

— Alexander Pope

He was thinking alone, and seriously racking his brain to find a direction for this single force four times multiplied, with which he did not doubt, as with the lever for which Archimedes sought, they should succeed in moving the world, when some one tapped gently at his door.

— Alexandre Dumas

That’s like making fun of a maniac because his brain isn’t completely right, because he isn’t in the norm.

— Alice Cooper

It’s not just professional athletes and soldiers who are at risk from traumatic brain injury. More than 1.7 million people a year sustain a traumatic brain injury, and about 50,000 of them die each year, according the Centers for Disease Control. There are both emotional and financial costs from these injuries.

— Anne Wojcicki

As the heat of the coal differs from the coal itself, so do memory, perception, judgment, emotion, and will, differ from the brain which is the instrument of thought.

— Annie Besant

We learn much during our sleep, and the knowledge thus gained slowly filters into the physical brain, and is occasionally impressed upon it as a vivid and illuminative dream.

— Annie Besant

My brain and body and nervous system, they see a plane ride, a long plane trip, as an opportunity to sleep with nothing coming in, nothing to do. I just go offline the minute I’m on the plane.

— Anthony Bourdain

I think a firm grip helps you control the club and prevents it from turning in your hands. Another thing about feel is, if you make a change in your grip, it takes time for your brain to adapt.

— Arnold Palmer

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.

— Arthur Conan Doyle

I think my characters with my fingers, I think my characters with my guts. But when I say I think them, that is what I do, I feel them with the sympathetic neurons and I work out with my brain what it is that I am trying to write about, or I can’t do it.

— A. S. Byatt

In our world of sleek flesh and collagen, Botox and liposuction, what we most fear is the dissolution of the body-mind, the death of the brain.

— A. S. Byatt

When it comes down to it, I’m thinking about football all the time. When I’m on the golf course, I’m thinking about it. It’s never out of your brain.

— Al Michaels

Kids don’t eat fast. They take their time they talk and laugh. Sometimes it’s really annoying, because you’re like, ‘Come on, it’s bedtime!’ But try it: You’ll fill up before you know it, because it takes 20 minutes for your brain to know your stomach is full.

— Alison Sweeney

I wake up very early in the morning. I like to start in the dark, and I never work at night, because my brain is evaporated by 4 P.M.

— Alice Sebold

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

— Andy Richter

Kids are fabulous, but when you’re home all day with an infant that can’t talk, your brain starts to kind of melt, and I thought, ‘I have to do something, or my brain is just going to liquefy.’

— Ann Leckie

In day-to-day life, our brain sends lots of signals. In acting, there are no signals. You have to believe in what you are trying to portray.

— Anupam Kher

We are a country that lacks riches. The Jewish brain, that’s what we have. Everything that we’ve had and will have in this country is the direct and clear product of higher education. If we harm this system, we will drastically decline and cease to exist.

— Aaron Ciechanover

We are paying the price for living longer, collecting degenerative diseases along the way. Cancer is only one. Others are heart and brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons.

— Aaron Ciechanover

People used to think that more population was bad for growth. In this view, people are stomachs – they eat, leaving less for everyone else. But once we realize the importance of ideas in the economy, people become brain – they innovate, creating more for everyone else.

— Alex Tabarrok

When we deal with death, the pupils will always be fixed and dilated, which indicates that there is no longer brain activity or response.

— Ann Hood

I am interested in levels of brain discourse. How articulate are the voices in your head? You know, there’s a different voice for the phone, and a different voice if you’re talking in bed. When you’re starting off with a narrator, it’s interesting to think, where is their voice coming from, what part of their brain?

— Anne Enright

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

I couldn’t sleep for nights on end, as my brain felt like there were thoughts colliding within it I obsessed over small details, from saving pennies and polishing each one of them to washing my clothing over and over in the washing machine.

— Andy Behrman

I met Jack Bruce, one of my heroes, in a studio while doing some recording. England had just beat Scotland in a big football match and I saw Jack trying to break into this refrigerator in the lounge, drunk out of his brain, and I didn’t know what to say.

— Andy Partridge

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

In school, I studied psychology, linguistics, neuroscience. I understand that there is a real lack of respect for the brain.

— Aloe Blacc

If you can be funny, it means you’re intelligent. Your brain is working fast.

— Amber Valletta

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

It’s 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

You have to get it in your brain that you don’t belong to yourself as an actor, but that you belong to the director who creates the character.

— Anne Parillaud

When I was 10 years old, a cousin of mine took me on a tour of his medical school. And as a special treat, he took me to the pathology lab and took a real human brain out of the jar and placed it in my hands. And there it was, the seat of human consciousness, the powerhouse of the human body, sitting in my hands.

— Aditi Shankardass

When looking at the brain, it is important to go beyond its structure to its function. This is because often in cognitive disorders, the structure of the brain is intact, but its function is compromised.

— Aditi Shankardass

Abnormalities in brain function have traditionally been detected using electroencephalography (EEG), which involves the measurement of the ongoing electrical activity generated by the brain.

— Aditi Shankardass

To diagnose and treat a brain disorder accurately, it would be necessary to look at the brain directly. Looking at behavior alone can miss a vital piece of the puzzle and provide an incomplete, or even a misleading, picture of the child’s problems.

— Aditi Shankardass

Vin Diesel is the best kisser in the world, better than anyone else I’ve ever had. The most attractive thing about Vin is his brain. That’s his most attractive muscle.

— Asia Argento

And if thought and emotion can persist in this way so long after the brain that sent them forth has crumpled into dust, how vitally important it must be to control their very birth in the heart, and guard them with the keenest possible restraint.

— Algernon H. Blackwood

Sadly, I haven’t had a brain cell since I had children.

— Ali Hewson

And so while the great ones depart to their dinner, the secretary stays, growing thinner and thinner, racking his brain to record and report what he thinks that they think that they ought to have thought.

— Arthur Bryant

Every time I am looking into the depths of somebody’s brain, I’m thinking, ‘This is what makes a person who they are. That structure contains memories. Everything that they’ve ever experienced is right in there.’

— Ben Carson

There is a tendency of people to try to make you believe only a few people are smart. As a brain surgeon, I know better than that.

— Ben Carson

When I read Mike Webster’s file before I began his autopsy, I knew he was more than a 50-year-old heart attack victim. His file and the television reports of the death of the former Pittsburgh Steelers center described a long, steep fall into bizarre behavior. I suspected he suffered from some sort of brain disorder.

— Bennet Omalu

All the NFL players I have examined pathologically, I have not seen one that did not have changes in their brain system with brain damage.

— Bennet Omalu

Yes, the concept that blunt-force trauma of the head causes brain damage is a generally accepted principle of medicine. That is why I was so appalled by the NFL doctors who were denying my work.

— Bennet Omalu

As a physician, I’m somewhat an advocate of patients. How come, before Mike Webster, no NFL player was told or knew that there was an intrinsic risk of brain damage from playing football?

— Bennet Omalu

A child who plays a game of football for one season without any documented concussion – several months after that season, if you subject his brain to sophisticated psychological testing and radiological testing, functional MRIs, there is evidence of brain damage.

— Bennet Omalu

Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your own failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see.

— Bernard Baruch

You use the body as a medium to bring the mind back to the brain. Perfect married between body and mind. Then, you can knock the door to the spirit.

— Bikram Choudhury

When you tell an Iowan a joke, you can see a kind of race going on between his brain and his expression.

— Bill Bryson

I get migraines a lot. I get them when I’m stressed out. My brain freezes, and I just try to get through that.

— Bill Hader

Texting is addicting. Once you get emotionally involved with constant outside stimulation assaulting your brain, it is hard to stop looking at your machine every two minutes. Without rapid fire words appearing on a screen, you feel bored, not part of the action.

— Bill O’Reilly

In the traditional modernist planning that created the suburbs, you put residential buildings in suburban neighborhoods, office spaces into brain parks and retail in shopping malls. But you fail to exploit the possibility of symbiosis or synthesis that way.

— Bjarke Ingels

One time I happened to use the word ‘denigrate’ onstage, and it didn’t get any reaction. So as I continued my act, the left side of my brain was fast-forwarding to see if I had any other big words coming up.

— Bob Newhart

For some reason, chewing gum for me gets my brain going.

— Brie Larson

If you’re in somebody’s head for 12 hours a day for four weeks, it’s like your brain actually wires itself to start thinking that way.

— Brie Larson

When you eliminate all stimuli, your brain is like, ‘Finally, we’ve got some space! I want to talk with you about something!’

— Brie Larson

I just really like learning. I have to keep using my brain otherwise, I get depressed.

— Brie Larson

Quick as lightning Wild Bill pulled his revolver. The stranger fell dead, shot through the brain.

— Buffalo Bill

John Wells let me write a couple of West Wings, which was an incredible gift. I loved it once I got past the brain injury part of it, and so I’m working on a couple of things that are far from fruition, but what I want to pursue.

— Bradley Whitford

Your brain sends out vibrations all the time, and your thoughts affect your life and other people’s. They pick up these thoughts and get changed by them. That’s why, say, a pacifist gets caught up in a riot situation. It’s a field of vibrations – you can ‘feel’ someone else’s thoughts when close to them.

— Bruce Lipton

If the brain expects that a treatment will work, it sends healing chemicals into the bloodstream, which facilitates that. And the opposite is equally true and equally powerful: When the brain expects that a therapy will not work, it doesn’t. It’s called the ‘nocebo’ effect.

— Bruce Lipton

Let me be accurate in everything, for though you and I have seen some strange things together, you may at the first think that I, Van Helsing, am mad. That the many horrors and the so long strain on nerves has at the last turn my brain.

— Bram Stoker

Even if you overcome a tremendous challenge and feel the personal victory, it’s simply not powerful enough. It may activate your left brain, which says, ‘I have achieved,’ but it will not activate your more social right brain, which desperately desires to say, ‘Look, Ma, I did it!’

— Brendon Burchard

Software options proliferate extremely easily – too easily, in fact – because too many options create tools that can’t ever be used intuitively. Intuitive actions confine the detail work to a dedicated part of the brain, leaving the rest of one’s mind free to respond with attention and sensitivity to the changing texture of the moment.

— Brian Eno

The creative part of your brain needs to be stimulated. Sometimes you get blocked in the thing you do, because there’s so much pressure to do it.

— Bat for Lashes

I’m a Hollywood writer, so I put on my sports jacket and take off my brain.

— Ben Hecht

If you have a therapist who agrees with your every word, then your brain isn’t getting proper exercise.

— Beth Ditto

As life expectancy extends beyond 80 years in some parts of the world, more people are struggling with brain diseases. For older people, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other conditions become a major impediment to quality of life.

— Bill Maris

Every time I started going in the direction of thinking how it might turn out, I started to just turn my brain around and not go there, because I think the surest way to guarantee that you won’t win is to assume that you will.

— Brad Bird

You put on this set of goggles, and within seconds, your brain is convinced you’re now in a different, virtual environment. You’re somewhere else, and that somewhere else may be a video game, it may be in a real-time movie, a museum exhibit, or a medical surgical training app.

— Brendan Iribe

I’m interested in the ideas that sound a little crazy, such as radical life extension, curing cancer, being able to create a simulation of the human brain and map every neuron.

— Bill Maris

As computer intelligence gets better, what will be possible when we interface our brains with computers? It might sound scary, but early evidence suggests otherwise: interfacing brains with machines can be helpful in treating traumatic brain injury, repairing spinal cord damage, and countless other applications.

— Bill Maris

I can’t tell you how many people have asked me to show them Stray Cat Strut and that little diminished run on the C. I guess my brain is wired backwards. I don’t know what possessed me to do that, but I did.

— Brian Setzer

I had a husband who, I’m convinced, was an undiagnosed manic depressive. He didn’t treat me as if I had a brain – I was just this beautiful little doll he could show off.

— Britt Ekland

The human brain is probably one of the most complex single objects on the face of the earth I think it is, quite honestly.

— Bill Viola

When we’re playing, when we’re really, really going… you’re just in the moment. You’re not thinking about yesterday, tomorrow, or anything else. The brain gets out of the way. Your body just does what it knows how to do, and it’s just… it’s like a religion.

— Butch Trucks

Oh, he’s magic. Faulkner has opened passages in my brain. You do things you’d never expect.

— Butch Trucks

I was on ‘SVU’ for 11 years. I developed a muscle in my brain that could memorize things much more easily than people who don’t do it every day. I got used to the language, and some of it got to be repetitive language, so you build your vocabulary.

— B. D. Wong

You hear it in your brain. Whatever makes sense. Some songs work well as quartet songs, sometimes they don’t.

— Branford Marsalis

There is no cure for prions. They are a protein-based disease that, among other things, targets and transforms your brain. The symptoms reveal themselves differently in each host, and you might go months or you might go years before you realize you’re infected.

— Benjamin Percy

The Idea enters the brain from the outside. It rearranges the furniture to make it more to its liking. It finds other Ideas already in residence, and picks fights or forms alliances. The alliances build new structures, to defend themselves against intruders.

— Bernard Beckett

I respond well to what I read of Immanuel Kant’s idea that the world as we see it is absolutely a function of the way our brain works. In the modern parlance, it’s an evolved machine that we carry with us.

— Bernard Beckett

You have two hemispheres in your brain – a left and a right side. The left side controls the right side of your body and right controls the left half. It’s a fact. Therefore, left-handers are the only people in their right minds.

— Bill Lee

Even though you really don’t feel like you’re motivated to go to the gym, remember how good you felt after the last time you went. Keep that in the forefront of your brain.

— Bob Harper

Remember that you are not a damsel in distress, waiting for some prince to rescue you. Forget that prince. With your brain and your resourcefulness, you can rescue yourself.

— Brad Meltzer

Food is a lot of people’s therapy – when we say comfort food, we really mean that. It’s releasing dopamine and serotonin in your brain that makes you feel good.

— Brett Hoebel

But there’s a little guy who sits astride my brain with a whip, and if I’m away from the machine for more than a couple of hours during the day, this little guy’s lashing away.

— Brian Lumley

I watch people get older and lose their intellectual acuity you lose that sharpness, that cleanness, that brain that you worked so hard on and that you were gifted with and lose the gifts that were given.

— Bryce Courtenay

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

— Bill Atkinson

Physically my brain is in great shape. My motor functions are fine, but I think going through the whole ordeal… coming pretty close to death, may have affected my priorities.

— Bill Berry

I like working, and my brain sort of keeps going whether I like it or not.

— Bryan Fuller

When the time comes for your brain to process the information, the second word comes up faster than the first one. So when it’s in your head, all of a sudden, it comes out backwards and you think of the word backwards.

— Caitlyn Jenner

I’ve started doing yoga and meditation, but I’m not very good at that kind of thing and turning my brain off.

— Cara Delevingne

Sometimes I get a lyric, and the lyric, you know, comes off the page, and goes into my brain and comes out with a melody. Other times, I may create a melody first.

— Carole King

Golf is a search for perfection, for balance. It’s about meditation and concentration. You have to use hand and brain.

— Celine Dion

Your brain will eventually enjoy exercise for exercise sake, right endorphins and endocannabinoids will create a sense of reward, but it doesn’t know that at first.

— Charles Duhigg

The discovery of the habit loop is important because it reveals a basic truth: When a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating in decision making. It stops working so hard, or diverts focus to other tasks.

— Charles Duhigg

I’m different. I have a different constitution, I have a different brain, I have a different heart. I got tiger blood, man. Dying’s for fools, dying’s for amateurs.

— Charlie Sheen

I have a different constitution. I have a different brain I have a different heart I got tiger blood, man.

— Charlie Sheen

From my big beautiful warlock brain, welcome to ‘Sheen’s Korner’ … You’re either in my corner, or you’re with the trolls.

— Charlie Sheen

It’s not an act. I love it. It’s totally original. People go, ‘What’s going on with this guy? Why does he sound so weird? What is going on in his brain. I don’t know. Just one day I suddenly woke up with a new brain.

— Charlie Sheen

Duh! So, we’re asking you now, what are some of your favorite lines that this warlock brain produced?

— Charlie Sheen

When people get into that fight-or-flight place, then they move away from the creative centers of their brain.

— Chip Conley

People don’t realize how much control they do have. The more you can show them this control, the easier it is to tap back into the creative side of the brain that allows people to see possibilities and options.

— Chip Conley

Videogames make you feel like you’re actually doing something. Your brain processes the tiered game achievements as real-life achievements. Every time you get to the next level, hot jets of reward chemical coat your brain in a lathery foam, and it seems like you’re actually accomplishing stuff.

— Chris Hardwick

I almost think of nerd brains as rattlesnake venom like, you can milk it. You can milk the pulpy venom out of the nerd brain and use it for good if you want to.

— Chris Hardwick

Work takes up a lot of my brain space. So when I work, it’s one thing. I don’t have a lot of time to think about dating.

— Chris Pine

Working out is incredibly boring. I swear it’s true that the bigger your muscles get, the fewer brain cells you have.

— Christian Bale

When you play a videogame, you could be a completely different person than you are in the real world, certain aspects of the way your brain works can be leveraged for something you could never do in the real world.

— Christopher Nolan

In a prime-time address, President Bush said he backed limited federal funding for stem cell research. That’s right, the President said, this is a quote, the research could help cure brain diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and whatever it is I have.

— Conan O’Brien

As long as my mouth, hands, and brain still work, I’ll be out there doing it. I’m going to keep going ’til I’m not there anymore. This is what’s keeping me alive and feeling young and inspired.

— Clarence Clemons

I would not hesitate to say I was addicted to the Internet in the first two years. It can be addictive, and things not taken in moderation have negative effects. But the alarmism around ‘Facebook is changing our brains’ strikes me as a kind of historical trick. Because we now know from brain science that everything changes our brains.

— Clay Shirky

The world is a nested space, and so we have our brain as a person, and people are members of teams, and teams are part of business units, and business units are parts of corporations, and corporations are part of industries, which are part of economies.

— Clayton M. Christensen

Vice President Biden had recently launched the ‘Cancer Moonshots’, a campaign to finally eradicate cancer across humanity. He had lost his eldest son, Beau, in 2015, to brain cancer, and the ESPYs gave him a platform to raise awareness.

— Craig Sager

I’ve always been fascinated with adrenaline it’s saved my life more than once, and it’s caused me to need it to save my life more than once. One of the most fascinating responses in human evolution, adrenaline sharpens your brain it sharpens your responses.

— Craig Venter

God gave you a brain. Do the best you can with it. And you don’t have to be Einstein, but Einstein was mentally tough. He believed what he believed. And he worked out things. And he argued with people who disagreed with him. But I’m sure he didn’t call everybody jerks.

— Clint Eastwood

My insurance provider probably wouldn’t allow me to go into a mosh pit anymore. My brain is insured by Lloyd’s of London, you know what I’m saying?

— CeeLo Green

Life and consciousness are the two great mysteries. Actually, their substrates are the inanimate. And how do you get from neurons shooting around in the brain to the thought that pops up in your head and mine? There’s something deeply mysterious about that. And if you’re not struck by the mystery, I think you haven’t thought about it.

— Charles Krauthammer

Most talk about ‘super-geniuses’ is nonsense. I have found that when ‘stars’ drop out, successors are usually at hand to fill their places, and the successors are merely men who have learned by application and self-discipline to get full production from an average, normal brain.

— Charles M. Schwab

I’ve got an overactive, analytical brain. I get frustrated, impatient, angry with myself. I swear at myself a lot.

— Cherie Lunghi

It’s a strange thing, but you get this click in your brain the wonderful feeling that the entirety of a character is suddenly available and accessible to you.

— Chiwetel Ejiofor

In virtual reality, we’re placing the viewer inside a moment or a story… made possible by sound and visual technology that’s actually tricking the brain into believing it’s somewhere else.

— Chris Milk

The theory of isolation of certain tasks in certain hemispheres of the brain suggests I shouldn’t even be able to speak, never mind write.

— Chris Van Allsburg

I’m tough, I’m pushy, I’m really loud. I used to spend a lot of time thinking about it. But we only have so much brain capacity, so if I’m spending part of my brain thinking about how I’m acting, A, I’m not spending all of my brain doing, and B, I’m not actually in that moment.

— Christine Quinn

A lot of the demonstrations that I do, when I get inside people’s minds, is understanding human behavior and understanding how people think and getting their patterns down so I know how to create the illusion that I get inside their brain.

— Criss Angel

You need to put easy, nice, tranquil thoughts in your head before you go to bed. You know what I do? I read metaphysical books. The good stuff stays in your brain once you go under.

— Cristina Saralegui

The thinnest I’ve ever been was after I had my appendix out, during the London run of The Seagull. I went down to 112 pounds and realized my brain doesn’t work when I’m that thin, so I can’t do my job. That’s why, when I came out here, I never had that whole Hollywood pressure thing.

— Carey Mulligan

As a writer, I always think about who my prototype actors are, in my brain. It’s helpful, as a writer, to think about that.

— Carlton Cuse

Sometimes, cameras can’t capture a scene like your brain does. But the use of apps can help get it just a little closer to reality.

— Connor Franta

I think having musical training as a child was really, really important. I studied piano as a child. Piano is a great instrument to understand musical theory on. I think I have that in my brain somewhere.

— Corin Tucker

Sitting next to Olivia Newton-John, I was like, ‘Do not sing one song from Grease.’ That’s all I was telling my brain at all times: ‘Do not sing Hopelessly Devoted. Don’t do it.’

— Caroline Rhea

I’m married, which means that instead of occasionally wondering about men from afar, I actually live with one and can be constantly astounded by the strange male brain.

— Cathy Guisewite

In the United States, workouts tend to focus on body image and how you look. For me, it’s really all about the brain.

— Chris Cornell

That’s a different side of the brain going into the studio, as opposed to doing a live show, obviously.

— Charles Kelley

There’s a gender in your brain and a gender in your body. For 99 percent of people, those things are in alignment. For transgender people, they’re mismatched. That’s all it is. It’s not complicated, it’s not a neurosis. It’s a mix-up. It’s a birth defect, like a cleft palate.

— Chaz Bono

I think I’m still trying to find my feet as an actor. And I know it ain’t brain surgery, but it confuses me and it comes between me and my sleep a lot.

— Colin Farrell

Ageing is very exciting. But if I didn’t work on ageing, I’d want to work on the brain. There are really cool techniques you can use now. And bioinformatics. The methods you can use for comparing large data sets – that’s so powerful.

— Cynthia Kenyon

I’m a fairly ascetic person. And I do most of my writing at night. You don’t get distracted, your brain goes into what you are writing about, into the world you’re writing about, rather than into the world you’re in.

— Caleb Carr

I’m not good with sci-fi stuff. I’ll be in it, as long as I can see what I’m dealing with and know it’s fake. As soon as I watch it on TV, though, my brain registers it as ‘Everything’s real!’

— Chelan Simmons

I went to see ‘The Piano’ with Holly Hunter when I was in a Paula Vogel play, and I was just gone. I couldn’t focus at all. It took that creative part of my brain with it so absolutely.

— Cherry Jones

Art, to me, is the interpretation of the impression which nature makes upon the eye and brain.

— Childe Hassam

People have wanted to look inside the human mind, the human brain, for thousands of years.

— Christopher deCharms

Union Square Cafe is all soul, not brain.

— Danny Meyer

I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted.

— Dalai Lama

Generally speaking, if a human being never shows anger, then I think something’s wrong. He’s not right in the brain.

— Dalai Lama

I have music in my brain all the time, all sorts.

— Daniel Barenboim

Motivation aside, if people get better at these life skills, everyone benefits: The brain doesn’t distinguish between being a more empathic manager and a more empathic father.

— Daniel Goleman

Whenever we feel stressed out, that’s a signal that our brain is pumping out stress hormones. If sustained over months and years, those hormones can ruin our health and make us a nervous wreck.

— Daniel Goleman

Brain studies of mental workouts in which you sustain a single, chosen focus show that the more you detach from what’s distracting you and refocus on what you should be paying attention to, the stronger this brain circuitry becomes.

— Daniel Goleman

What’s important now are the characteristics of the brain’s right hemisphere: artistry, empathy, inventiveness, big-picture thinking. These skills have become first among equals in a whole range of business fields.

— Daniel H. Pink

In many professions, what used to matter most were abilities associated with the left side of the brain: linear, sequential, spreadsheet kind of faculties. Those still matter, but they’re not enough.

— Daniel H. Pink

Something in a writer’s brain needs to watch everything with a detached, amoral eye.

— Damon Galgut

Our minds influence the key activity of the brain, which then influences everything perception, cognition, thoughts and feelings, personal relationships they’re all a projection of you.

— Deepak Chopra

Your conscious brain cannot multitask. If I’m speaking to you and checking my I-Phone at the same time, I’m doing neither. This is why our society is frazzled this misconception that we can consciously do more than one thing at a time effectively.

— Deepak Chopra

Before a brain can register a thought, a mind must think it… every step of the way is mind over matter… We override our brains all the time.

— Deepak Chopra

No matter how closely you examine the water, glucose, and electrolyte salts in the human brain, you can’t find the point where these molecules became conscious.

— Deepak Chopra

Being healthy is a complete lifestyle for me. It allows my brain to function at a very high degree so I can comprehend all the new things that are thrown at me. It also allows me to sleep well so that I am rested when I need to perform. Finally, being healthy will hopefully allow me to live a long and fun-filled life.

— Derrick Rose

From a scientist’s perspective, to understand everything that you need to know about human beings, you only have to tinker with all the mechanical parts of genes and the brain until there are no more secrets left.

— Deepak Chopra

An illustration I use to get people to understand it is this: I’ll ask major corporate audiences: Why don’t you just take all your traditional beliefs about organizations, and apply them to the neurons in your brain?

— Dee Hock

I’m not saying being a comedian is brain surgery, but it is definitely – it’s like being a carpenter. You learn how to make tables and chairs. You have to have the right tools, and you have to know how to put the thing together, right?

— Denis Leary

The human brain had a vast memory storage. It made us curious and very creative. Those were the characteristics that gave us an advantage – curiosity, creativity and memory. And that brain did something very special. It invented an idea called ‘the future.’

— David Suzuki

Humans are an infant species, a mere 150,000 years old. But, armed with a massive brain, we’ve not only survived, we’ve used our wits to adapt to and flourish in habitats as varied as deserts, Arctic tundra, tropical rainforests, wetlands and high mountain ranges.

— David Suzuki

Humans are distinguished from other species by a massive brain that enables us to imagine a future and influence it by what we do in the present. By using experience, knowledge and insight, our ancestors recognized they could anticipate dangers and opportunities and take steps to exploit advantages and avoid hazards.

— David Suzuki

We – we need strength, we need energy, we need quickness and we need brain in this country to turn it around.

— Donald Trump

I was working in corporate Canada and I was doing all right. But I was burnt out… Long hours, a lot of clients. I just wanted to get away. Track and field was sort of like the elimination thing. I just wanted to go and do something. Exercise my brain and my body and kind of gravitate to that.

— Donovan Bailey

Of course you can’t ‘trust’ what people tell you on the web anymore than you can ‘trust’ what people tell you on megaphones, postcards or in restaurants. Working out the social politics of who you can trust and why is, quite literally, what a very large part of our brain has evolved to do.

— Douglas Adams

Working out the social politics of who you can trust and why is, quite literally, what a very large part of our brain has evolved to do.

— Douglas Adams

Try not thinking of peeling an orange. Try not imagining the juice running down your fingers, the soft inner part of the peel. The smell. Try and you can’t. The brain doesn’t process negatives.

— Douglas Coupland

Brain research tells us that only twenty percent of human beings have a sense of irony, which means that eighty percent of the world takes everything at face value.

— Douglas Coupland

I miss my pre-Internet brain, but that doesn’t help anything. We can only go forward.

— Douglas Coupland

Fashionable people can opt out of the fashion stream, but a stylish person never becomes unstylish unless they hit their head on a rock and suffer brain damage.

— Douglas Coupland

I decided at 40 I was wasting entire chunks of my brain and didn’t want to blow my one chance on Earth. I’m glad I made that decision. Writing is largely about time, while visual art is largely about space. Sometimes, as with film, you can hybridize, but I think it’s basically the space part of my brain wanting equal footing with the time part.

— Douglas Coupland

Like most early enthusiasts, I always thought the way the Internet encouraged multitasking made users less vulnerable to manipulation, while simultaneously exploiting even more of our brain’s capacity than before. Apparently not.

— Douglas Rushkoff

I personally battled with my own body image for years. I used to tell myself, You can’t wear anything sleeveless or strapless. And all of a sudden I was like, What if I just didn’t send such negative messages to my brain and said, wear it and enjoy it? And now I’m more comfortable in clothes than ever.

— Drew Barrymore

I love acting. Acting is a true love of mine, acting and math. Although they are both creative, they use very different sides of your brain. And I love both. Acting is my first love, and that’s my main career, it really is.

— Danica McKellar

When I got to college, I was intending to study film. But I found that my brain was feeling mushy, so I took a few math classes. I started doing really well at them, and solving equations was this, like, drug rush.

— Danica McKellar

All relationships change the brain – but most important are the intimate bonds that foster or fail us, altering the delicate circuits that shape memories, emotions and that ultimate souvenir, the self.

— Diane Ackerman

As the most social apes, we inhabit a mirror-world in which every important relationship, whether with spouse, friend or child, shapes the brain, which in turn shapes our relationships.

— Diane Ackerman

In the entire history of the human species, every tool we’ve invented has been to expand muscle power. All except one. The integrated circuit, the computer. That lets us use our brain power.

— David Gerrold

I spend a lot of time upside down. It increases the blood flow to the brain, so it really helps your creativity.

— Daphne Guinness

The brain process that results in a joke materializing where no joke was before remains a mystery. I’m not aware of any scholarly, scientific or neurological studies on the subject.

— Dick Cavett

Theater is where you go to find out something new that you don’t know. It goes through somebody’s brain and comes out in a comprehensible way that is beautiful, that’s really interesting.

— D. A. Pennebaker

My brain kind of rolls pretty fast when I’m conscious. It’s constantly looking for stuff to do. Like if I’m in my house and I’m hanging out, I tend to be listening to music whilst watching a film whilst sending e-mails.

— Dominic Monaghan

I understand what’s it like to work all week and on Friday night just want to go and leave your brain at the door, buy some popcorn and be thrilled by something.

— Don Cheadle

When someone is looking down, they’re saying no. When they’re looking up, they’re looking to their brain for memory. When they look to the left, they’re looking for a lie or something they memorized. When they look to the right, they’re feeling sorry – they don’t want to answer.

— Duane Chapman

I ran into an extraordinary doctor. He got up inside my head and figured out how my brain processed things, what my core values were, what my inner dialogue was.

— Darrell Hammond

A friend of mine had died, and I went for an audition. It was weird and cathartic: the producer was very excited about the piece, but my brain wasn’t working, and it all seemed really pointless and fickle. I told them I didn’t want to be there any more, and left. It was the most terrifying and empowering audition experience I’ve had.

— Darren Boyd

A typical neuron makes about ten thousand connections to neighboring neurons. Given the billions of neurons, this means there are as many connections in a single cubic centimeter of brain tissue as there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy.

— David Eagleman

Exercise your brain and body, keep engaged with work and friends, and feed your brain with a healthy, plant-based diet – as well as knowledge.

— David H. Murdock

My office has two buildings that function like the right and left sides of the brain. There’s a room where everything is being edited for an upcoming project, but you can pull out of that into a tranquil space to work in a different, more solitary medium. It’s an architectural unfolding of the process instead of just one chaotic structure.

— Doug Aitken

There’s a fraudulent root element of comedy in that we say things night after night as though they are rolling effortlessly from the brain and off the tongue, when in fact they are crafted over weeks and months and years.

— Doug Stanhope

Because I write prose, when I sat down to write a comic, it feels like my brain’s working differently. It actually feels like different bits of my head are springing into action.

— Denise Mina

The science supporting the relationship between carbohydrates and dementia is quite exciting, as it paves the way for lifestyle changes that can profoundly affect a person’s chances of remaining intact, at least from a brain perspective.

— David Perlmutter

The story of gluten as it relates to the brain throws a wide net, so much more encompassing than the inflammation of a small section of the small intestine that characterizes celiac disease.

— David Perlmutter

Carbohydrates, whether derived from gluten-containing foods or other sources, including fruit, sweetened beverages, and starchy vegetables, are dangerous as they relate to brain health in and of themselves.

— David Perlmutter

Fat is your friend. The brain thrives on a fat-rich, low-carbohydrate diet.

— David Perlmutter

Parkinson’s is described as a progressive idiopathic neurodegenerative disorder, a brain disease that will worsen with time for which no cause has as yet been identified.

— David Perlmutter

To relax, I do yoga and meditate and do little math problems, and it’s fun to check that part of your brain off and turn on a different part.

— David Alpay

A script is so word-heavy, after trying to communicate so much verbally, I think you need a different outlet to give the verbal centre of your brain a chance to cool off.

— David Alpay

The brain is the only kind of object capable of understanding that the cosmos is even there, or why there are infinitely many prime numbers, or that apples fall because of the curvature of space-time, or that obeying its own inborn instincts can be morally wrong, or that it itself exists.

— David Deutsch

I think one of things is that all fantasy it seems to me works the way your brain basically works. This is perhaps a startling concept, but I think it’s true.

— Diana Wynne Jones

Because many squid have brain nerve fibres that are hundreds of times thicker than those of humans, neuroscientists have long used them for research. These nerve fibres have led to so many breakthroughs in the study of neurons that many scientists joke that the squid should receive a Nobel Prize.

— David Grann

Photography forces one out into the world, interacting with people and the environment. It flexes all those right brain, spatially-adept muscles.

— Deborah Copaken Kogan

It’s actually amazing because you go so far into another side of your brain when you’re studying something completely different, and I loved it.

— Dido Armstrong

I don’t always want to read serious fiction. But when I read fiction that’s not serious, I don’t want to read brain candy. Entertain me, for God’s sake.

— Dorothea Benton Frank

If you want to know why all writers are a little crazy read ‘The Midnight Disease’ by Alice W. Flaherty. She talks about the drive to write, writer’s block, and the creative brain. I know what’s wrong with me!

— Dorothea Benton Frank

You have to understand that PTSD has to be an event that you experience, a very traumatic event. And actually, there is evidence that brain chemistry changes during this event in certain individuals where it’s imprinted indelibly forever and there’s an emotion associated with this which triggers the condition.

— Dale Archer

For the last three years, I’ve been working on ‘Bromst,’ and that’s all that encompassed my brain. And now that it’s out, it will change the way that I think musically.

— Dan Deacon

You can imagine a soul as being a detailed, elaborate pattern that exists very clearly in one brain. When a person dies, the original is no longer around. But there are other versions of it in other people’s brains. It’s a less detailed copy, it’s coarse-grained.

— Douglas Hofstadter

We’re not that far from being able to plant images, memories, and emotional states directly into the brain.

— Douglas Trumbull

I sat there in awe that some guy overseas, trying to protect our interests, was using a silly comedy as a survival tool. My brain had an explosion. I was really moved by that.

— David Denman

As you get older, the physical abilities decrease, which is particularly frustrating because your brain gets so good! So as you are becoming less technically or physically able, younger dancers are emerging who need the space to perform.

— Deborah Bull

Conception, my boy, fundamental brain work, is what makes all the difference in art.

— Dante Gabriel Rossetti

When we talk about stem cells, we are actually talking about a complicated series of things, including adult stem cells which are largely cells devoted to replacing individual tissues like blood elements or liver or even the brain.

— David Baltimore

I think I went into poli-sci because I knew there was a stage, plus I thought I wanted to help people, and I realized in poli-sci that if you want to be a politician you’re either born into it, or you’ve got an amazing brain, which those are rare – and I don’t have one.

— David Koechner

My brain never turns off of songwriting. Every conversation, everything I see, I’m just kind of like a sponge and I soak it up.

— Dustin Lynch

I’m a laid-back guy, but my brain is always wrapped up in music.

— Dustin Lynch

It’s called a pen. It’s like a printer, hooked straight to my brain.

— Dale Dauten

Much as I loved doing ‘The Big Breakfast,’ it almost became automatic. I need something to keep my brain ticking over, something that I have to concentrate on.

— Denise Van Outen

It hadn’t really percolated through my brain that I was going to see real, live TV from the surface of the Moon, and boy, oh, boy, had that Saturn V launch been exciting! And then, there it was – late at night, sitting up, watching, and there was Neil Armstrong actually standing on the surface of the Moon.

— David Weber

Our brain is mapping the world. Often that map is distorted, but it’s a map with constant immediate sensory input.

— E. O. Wilson

An individual ant, even though it has a brain about a millionth of a size of a human being’s, can learn a maze the kind we use is a simple rat maze in a laboratory. They can learn it about one-half as fast as a rat.

— E. O. Wilson

When I cook, my brain stops completely.

— Dino De Laurentiis

My brain is good, but my body is deteriorating. I probably have another two or three years. Or I can pass tomorrow, but it doesn’t make a difference to me.

— Ed Koch

The dog, on the other hand, has few or no ideas because his brain acts in coarse fashion and because there are few connections with each single process.

— Edward Thorndike

Do not borrow the productions of other men’s brains and pens and recite them as a lesson but make the most of the talents, the brain power, that God has given you.

— Ellen G. White

One of the ultimate challenges for biology is to understand the brain’s processing of unconscious and conscious perception, emotion, and empathy.

— Eric Kandel

The brain is a complex biological organ possessing immense computational capability: it constructs our sensory experience, regulates our thoughts and emotions, and controls our actions.

— Eric Kandel

I was interested in the nature of human mental processes, which is what got me interested in psychoanalysis. And it became clear to me after a while that mental processes come from the brain, and in order to understand them, you need to be a biologist of the brain.

— Eric Kandel

I have a theory about the human mind. A brain is a lot like a computer. It will only take so many facts, and then it will go on overload and blow up.

— Erma Bombeck

If one day a TV series comes into my head, and that is what I want to write, I’ll write it. It just depends what story is in my brain at the time.

— Evangeline Lilly

If we ever find out how the brain works, with all its complexity, then we will be able to build a machine that has consciousness. And if that happens, that is a road to planetary disaster because everything we’ve thought about ourselves, since the Bronze Age, the Bible, all of that will be gone.

— E. L. Doctorow

Researchers have found that the brain definitely sends nerves directly to organs of the immune system and not just to the heart and the lower gut. In that way, too, the brain is influencing the body.

— Elizabeth Blackburn

Sometimes I have a nervous breakdown over my suitcase – over socks – because your brain just goes, ‘I just can’t pack again. I can’t.’ You’re looking at your suitcase going, ‘I’m in five countries in two weeks, and it’s four different seasons.’ That’s when my brain melts.

— Elizabeth Debicki

I find that a lot of the good acting comes out when you’re physically being pushed: your brain turns off and just deals with the situation at hand. You get to a point where you’re exhausted at the end of the day, but I quite like that.

— Emilia Clarke

Because of the power of neuroplasticity, you can, in fact, reframe your world and rewire your brain so that you are more objective. You have the power to see things as they are so that you can respond thoughtfully, deliberately, and effectively to everything you experience.

— Elizabeth Thornton

The key to transforming mental models is to interrupt the automatic responses that are driven by the old model and respond differently based on the new model. Each time you are able to do this, you are actually loosening the old circuit and creating new neural connections in your brain, often referred to as self-directed neuroplasticity.

— Elizabeth Thornton

Brains don’t really smell, but what’s amazing about the brain is that it’s almost like scrambled eggs or soft tofu, almost like a gel. The brain controls so much of what we do, but you could put your finger right through it.

— Ellen Pompeo

I’ve only half-admitted I’m a professional. I know I am, I’ve paid my dues, but one of the things I could do better when I’m acting is to really be rigorous and to think I know how to do it. To use my brain.

— Emily Mortimer

I never walk into the studio and say, I’m going to write a song called… ‘X’ or called ‘Slow Me Down.’ I write a ton of lyrics, often the title is somewhere in those 10 pages of… I call it brain vomit. It’s kind of like whatever comes out of my head and I’m unabashedly just writing it down.

— Emmy Rossum

That’s an amazing feeling, to walk onstage, and you’re not thinking about anything, you’re not thinking about your lines or what you’re supposed to do – your body, your brain knows, so there’s freedom. There’s not fear, there’s not nerves.

— Eric McCormack

As a composer, I know that all sorts of sounds I hear are making their way into my brain and soul and later sneak into my music.

— Eric Whitacre

Cultivate the frontal portion of her brain as much as that of man is cultivated, and she will stand his equal at least. Even now, where her mind has been called out at all, her intellect is as bright, as capacious, and as powerful as his.

— Ernestine Rose

Put simply, behavioural economics argues that human beings’ decision-taking is guided by the evolutionary baggage which we bring with us to the present day. Evolution has made us rational to a point, but not perfectly so. It has given us emotions, for example, which programme us to override our rational brain and act more instinctively.

— Evan Davis

Most couples manage to cooperate on child raising – for us, our brain project is our third child, so nothing different, really.

— Edvard Moser

I was interested in big unknowns, and the brain is one of the biggest, so building tools that allow us to regard the brain as a big electrical circuit appealed to me.

— Edward Boyden

It’s not even known how many kinds of cells there are in the brain. If you were looking for a periodic table of the brain, there is no such thing. I really like to think of the brain as a computer.

— Edward Boyden

What I’m really interested in is this idea of a ‘brain co-processor’ – a device that can record from, and deliver information to, so many points in the brain, with a computational infrastructure in between – a computer that can process the information and compute exactly what needs to be restored.

— Edward Boyden

Some people say video games rot your brain, but I think they work different muscles that maybe you don’t normally use.

— Ezra Koenig

Our spirit is not dependent on the brain or body. It is eternal, and no one has one sentence worth of hard evidence that it isn’t.

— Eben Alexander

I understand what happens to the brain when people are near death, and I had always believed there were good scientific explanations for the heavenly out-of-body journeys described by those who narrowly escaped death.

— Eben Alexander

I don’t know where I got the idea for ‘The Great Thumbprint Drawing Book’ I just told my brain to think of a book, and it did.

— Ed Emberley

In the pie chart of my brain growing up, there’s a huge slice for ‘Ghostbusters.’

— Evan Goldberg

My hand does the work and I don’t have to think in fact, were I to think, it would stop the flow. It’s like a dam in the brain that bursts.

— Edna O’Brien

Anguish over the loss of a loved one or feelings of helplessness have complex roots. But in the end, they make you feel bad because they adjust your brain’s chemistry. Happiness and its opposite are both electro-chemical reactions those reactions are temporary and ineffable and could even have hidden benefits.

— Eliot Schrefer

My experience is that when one is in psychosis, you’re on a mission and nothing is going to stop you. At some level your brain is telling you you probably shouldn’t be doing this, but you’re on a mission.

— Elyn Saks

The world intrudes in my brain daily. Since my brain is dripping with all kinds of stuff that’s out there in the world, that I can’t seem to be able to shut out, it has to end up being in my work as well.

— Eric Bogosian

You are going in one second the length of a football field. That means you brain is receiving information from your body what the car is doing physically, bumping, balance, performance.

— Emerson Fittipaldi

Brain cells are normally not sensitive to light. So by introducing light-sensitive proteins into specific types of neurons, we can now selectively control that specific type of neuron by shining light in the brain.

— Feng Zhang

From morning when I wake up until I go to sleep, I am working. I go to bed and I want to switch off, but the brain doesn’t switch off.

— Frank Lowy

I really enjoyed my degree, for me it was the best course you can do. To be able to study the brain and nervous system and the mind with a scientific approach is just incredible! Its philosophical, psychological and biological, three very interesting areas to me.

— Freddie Stroma

Most architects think in drawings, or did think in drawings today, they think on the computer monitor. I always tried to think three dimensionally. The interior eye of the brain should be not flat but three dimensional so that everything is an object in space. We are not living in a two-dimensional world.

— Frei Otto

A fascinating reaction of the human brain when we fail to meet a goal is that it tells us to throw caution to the wind and make things even worse, which ultimately leads to us giving up.

— Fabrizio Moreira

In ‘Clockwork Orange,’ you’re there with your eyes, watching all those things, your brain goes off, ahh, exposes you to so many things, and at the end of the day, it’s just like a roller coaster. Why do you jump in a roller coaster? You want a thrill.

— Fede Alvarez

It’s only because I feel like such a philistine spending all that time in hair and makeup that I started to knit. I used to spend that time studying Italian and French. Then after I had two kids, my brain turned to mush and I took up knitting.

— Felicity Huffman

Dementia is, after all, a symptom of organic brain damage. It is a condition, a disorder of the central nervous system, brought about in my case by a viral assault on brain tissue. When the assault wiped out certain intellectual processes, it also affected emotional processes.

— Floyd Skloot

A new laboratory technique, positron emission tomography, uses radioactively labeled oxygen or glucose that essentially lights up specific and different areas of the brain being activated when a person speaks words or sees words or hears words, revealing the organic location for areas of behavioral malfunction.

— Floyd Skloot

I used to be able to think. My brain’s circuits were all connected, and I had spark, a quickness of mind that let me function well in the world.

— Floyd Skloot

Getting toxic lead out of gasoline, the oil industry shouted, would cost a dollar a gallon. It turned out to cost just a penny a gallon to protect hundreds of thousands of kids from lead-induced brain damage.

— Frances Beinecke

I’m enormously interested to see where neuroscience can take us in understanding these complexities of the human brain and how it works, but I do think there may be limits in terms of what science can tell us about what does good and evil mean anyway, and what are those concepts about?

— Francis Collins

The brain is the most complicated organ in the universe. We have learned a lot about other human organs. We know how the heart pumps and how the kidney does what it does. To a certain degree, we have read the letters of the human genome. But the brain has 100 billion neurons. Each one of those has about 10,000 connections.

— Francis Collins

For delightfully quirky descriptions of bizarre neurological syndromes that teach us a lot about how the brain works, there is no match for Oliver Sacks.

— Francis Collins

A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart.

— Frank Lloyd Wright

The most important part of the body is the brain. Of my face, I like the eyebrows and eyes. Aside from that, I like nothing. My head is too small.

— Frida Kahlo

Working on fashion shows, you work with the designer and try to read his brain – what was in the creative process, what images did he have in his head?

— Francois Nars

You cannot make a social-conscious picture in which you say that the intermediary between the hand and the brain is the heart. I mean, that’s a fairy tale – definitely.

— Fritz Lang

You can involve yourself in electronics, computers, puzzles… there’s a lot of creativity and brain working. There’s a lot to model trains that people don’t realize.

— Gary Coleman

You know those little snow globes that you shake up? I always thought my brain was sort of like that. You know, where you just give it a shake and watch what comes out and shake it again. It’s like that.

— Gary Larson

Good fiction makes me turn off all the other parts of my brain, so that I become quiet and submissive, entirely at the mercy of the work at hand.

— Gary Shteyngart

Our imagination just needs space. It’s all it needs, that moment where you just sort of stare into the distance where your brain gets to sort of somehow rise up.

— Glen Hansard

Good for you, you have a heart, you can be a liberal. Now, couple your heart with your brain, and you can be a conservative.

— Glenn Beck

The most important tribute any human being can pay to a poem or a piece of prose he or she really loves is to learn it by heart. Not by brain, by heart the expression is vital.

— George Steiner

I like to talk on the cell when I do interviews. That way, I double my chances of getting brain cancer: from the cell phone, and from the questions.

— Garry Shandling

I have a form of Parkinson’s disease, which I don’t like. My legs don’t move when my brain tells them to. It’s very frustrating.

— George H. W. Bush

If we can come up with a way of backing up my brain into another that I have in my back-pack, we’ll do it. People talk themselves out of things very easily. Things that they think are a million years away, or never, are actually four years away.

— George M. Church

I proposed abolishing boxing because it was bad for the brain, but boxers were generally so decent that I loved being around the gyms.

— George Vecsey

What I’ve learned is that unless it’s an emergency, like a fire or brain surgery, hierarchy is not necessary and may be damaging. If you have a hierarchy, you’re repeating the strengths and weaknesses of one person without allowing for the accumulative strength of a group.

— Gloria Steinem

Big government is indeed big, and like another big creature, the sauropod dinosaur, government has a primitive nervous system: The fact of an injury to the tail could take nearly a minute to be communicated to the sauropod brain.

— George Will

I wanted to be a brain surgeon, but I had a bad habit of dropping things.

— Gilbert Gottfried

You can’t be two people in your brain, one rock dude and a dad – there’s something in the middle of them, and that’s really what you are and that’s going to make you the best dad – not when you try to be one or the other.

— Gerard Way

Boy, you know, it’s amazing how your brain can turn into a sieve, and you can literally forget episodes that you have shot.

— Gillian Jacobs

My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane.

— Graham Greene

Where past generations had film cameras, scrapbooks, notebooks, and that part of the brain which stores memories, we now have a smartphone app for every conceivable recording need.

— Graydon Carter

Water-boarding can result in damage to the lungs and the brain, as well as long-term psychological trauma.

— Graydon Carter

Kids are different from adults. They are not as developed as far as brain science, controlling impulses, and maturity, and fall prey to all kinds of pressures.

— Greg Boyle

Phrenology taught us that the mind thinks by means of the brain, is liable to become fatigued by too long attention, as the locomotive muscles are by too much walking and I therefore proposed to them to take a brief rest.

— George Combe

Sneakers are a new era. Anyone can feel new with a new pair of shoes. They make you feel contemporary. It’s fun because I’m not a young designer, and it opens my brain. Hip-hop isn’t just for the U.S. Everyone loves it.

— Giuseppe Zanotti

With a theatre audience there’s always the additional sense of a sustained challenge of which I’m acutely aware and for which you need to have the tools ready – your voice, physicality, brain.

— Greta Scacchi

The ultimate creative capacity of the brain may be, for all practical purposes, infinite.

— George Leonard

Like some high official, you have to tell your brain: ‘Do it. Come on. I have to do it.’

— Haile Gebrselassie

If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.

— Harvey Milk

Kids only learn that the stove is hot when they put their finger on and they burn it. This, unfortunately, is the limitation of our precious brain.

— Hasso Plattner

Africa touches me. At night, there’s this thought in your brain that a million years ago we started here.

— Hasso Plattner

It seems like everything that we see perceived in the brain before we actually use our own eyes, that everything we see is coming through computers or machines and then is being input in our brain cells. So that really worries me.

— Hayao Miyazaki

I don’t really get shaken very much. People could heckle me, a spotlight could go out, I could forget a lyric… I’m not operating on somebody’s brain, you know what I mean? So I just think it’s all funny.

— Harry Connick, Jr.

If I had my way everyone would have a psychiatrist. When the brain is sick and you must throw up, you do it by being purged in a psychiatrist’s office.

— Hedy Lamarr

When you look at the brain regions associated with picking up data from the body, a huge amount of the brain is devoted to picking up information from the lips and tongue.

— Helen Fisher

You fall in love with somebody who fits within what I call your ‘love map,’ an unconscious list of traits that you build in childhood as you grow up. And I also think that you gravitate to certain people, actually, with somewhat complementary brain systems.

— Helen Fisher

When you massage someone, the levels of oxytocin go up in the brain, and oxytocin is one of the chemicals that drives attachment.

— Helen Fisher

From my studies of genetics and neuroscience I have come to believe that people fall into four broad personality types – each influenced by a different brain chemical: I call them the Explorer, Builder, Director, and Negotiator.

— Helen Fisher

There were real reasons that you were attracted to somebody originally. The brain doesn’t pick willy-nilly. Unless you part ways hating each other for some reason, that mechanism could get triggered again. You can literally fall in love again.

— Helen Fisher

There are cognitive processes and limbic reactions associated with basic emotions. And you can change brain chemistry, but you’re still not going to change memories and experiences in a human being.

— Helen Fisher

Any kind of novelty or excitement drives up dopamine in the brain, and dopamine is associated with romantic love.

— Helen Fisher

Experiences shape the brain, but the brain shapes the way we view experiences, too.

— Helen Fisher

Blushing is thought to be linked to increased levels of norepinephrine in the brain, which may be associated with romantic feelings. It signals that we are interested and excited, which is attractive to men.

— Helen Fisher

The brain was not built to walk into a bar, where you know nobody, and start a conversation. That’s not the way humanity has courted.

— Helen Fisher

In modelling, there is no point in trying to prove you have a brain, so why even bother? I’d sooner save the energy for something more meaningful.

— Helena Christensen

I am not afraid of dying. I have lived longer than most people in the world. What scares me is to have a body that works but a brain that is waving goodbye. If that happens, I hope I die quickly.

— Henning Mankell

I didn’t know it, but my father had a brain tumour. Everything happened very fast. Within a year, he was gone. Because I was so young, I didn’t completely understand the concept of death.

— Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Literally thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the NFL by retired players, many of whom say that information on brain injury in football was withheld from them.

— Henry Rollins

I wasn’t playing the music, the music was playing me… and once that went away, and I had the feeling I was playing music, I had to stop. The need to go onstage and get my brain flattened every night left me, and what I didn’t wanna do is go onstage and perpetrate a fraud… You cannot fool an audience.

— Henry Rollins

Rush Limbaugh makes money getting simpleminded people to feel good about their intellectually undernourished brain spasms. He’s very good at it, and I scarcely believe a fraction of what he says.

— Henry Rollins

Toil is man’s allotment toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that’s more than either, the grief and sin of idleness.

— Herman Melville

The forties are the time when you begin to take notice of certain aches and pains. Your body and brain behave in inexplicable ways: Less hair on your head, more in your ears and nostrils. More memories in the bank, less synaptic firepower with which to access them. Gravity has started to show its inexorable pull.

— Hampton Sides

I believe that the brain has evolved over millions of years to be responsive to different kinds of content in the world. Language content, musical content, spatial content, numerical content, etc.

— Howard Gardner

Many cognitive psychologists see the brain as a computer. But every single brain is absolutely individual, both in its development and in the way it encounters the world.

— Gerald Edelman

Your brain develops depending on your individual history. What has gone on in your own brain and its consciousness over your lifetime is not repeatable, ever – not with identical twins, not even with conjoined twins.

— Gerald Edelman

For the longest time, neuroscientists were forced to be passive observers of brain activity.

— Gero Miesenbock

Sticking wires into the brain is obviously rather crude. It’s hard to do in animals that run around, and there is a physical limit to the number of wires that can be inserted simultaneously.

— Gero Miesenbock

I shall be found with ‘Indians’ engraved on my brain when I am dead. A fire has been kindled within me, which will never go out.

— Helen Hunt Jackson

Doctor Who’ rewrites your brain because at first when you watch it, you think, ‘That doesn’t make sense.’

— Holly Black

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

The brain does not manufacture thoughts unless we stimulate it with habitual verbalizing. When we train ourselves by constant practice to stop verbalizing, the brain can experience things as they are.

— Henepola Gunaratana

We cannot experimentally map out the brain. It’s just too big. In a piece of the brain the size of a pinhead there are 3,000 pathways like a city with 3,000 streets.

— Henry Markram

The brain builds a version of the universe and projects this version of the universe like a bubble all around us. So I can say with some certainty, ‘I think therefore I am.’ But I cannot say, ‘You think therefore you are,’ because you are within my perceptual bubble.

— Henry Markram

Today, you have neuroscientists working on a genetic, behavioural or cognitive level, and then you have informaticians, chemists and mathematicians. They all have their own understanding of how the brain functions and is structured. How do you get them all around the same table?

— Henry Markram

Everybody agrees that the brain is a remarkable machine. It’s capable of generating an enormous number of phenomena, some of them very obvious and some of them less obvious. But I think that in the end there are going to be some very basic explanations for many things: emotions, awareness, consciousness, attention, perception, recognition.

— Henry Markram

All evidence indicates that the neuron does not reset. The synapses do not reset. They are always different. They’re changing every millisecond. Your brain today is very, very different from what it was when you were 10 years old, and yet you may have profound memories from when you were 10.

— Henry Markram

I trained in medicine after pursuing an academic career in the humanities, mainly because of my interest in the relationship between mind and body, and between mind and brain.

— Iain McGilchrist

Just because you get to a certain number doesn’t mean you have to roll up into a ball and wait for the grim reaper. We were put on this earth to do something! If you stop using your brain, at any age, it is going to stop working. It’s like if you stop using your hand, it will atrophy. I think doing nothing is a curse.

— Iris Apfel

There’s basically an element of fiction in everything you remember. Imagination and memory are almost the same brain processes. When I write fiction, I know that I’m using a bunch of lies that I’ve made up to create some form of truth. When I write a memoir, I’m using true elements to create something that will always be somehow fictionalized.

— Isabel Allende

Build your self-esteem by recalling all the ways you have succeeded, and your brain will be filled with images of you making your achievements happen again and again. Give yourself permission to toot your own horn, and don’t wait for anyone to praise you.

— Jack Canfield

I knew all of the childhood prayers I uttered on my knees at the side of my bed. Many years of Sunday-school attendance had etched certain Psalms and rote prayers into the fibers of my brain. However, somewhere deep inside of me, I had the secret belief that I did not know how to pray, and that frightened me.

— Iyanla Vanzant

A lot of people, when they say ‘forgive and forget,’ they think you completely wash your brain out and forget everything. That is not the concept. What I think is you forgive and you forget so you can transform your experiences, not necessarily forget them but transform them, so that they don’t haunt you or handicap you or kill you.

— Ishmael Beah

Certainly the first true humans were unique by virtue of their large brains. It was because the human brain is so large when compared with that of a chimpanzee that paleontologists for years hunted for a half-ape, half-human skeleton that would provide a fossil link between the human and the ape.

— Jane Goodall

It has actually been suggested that warfare may have been the principle evolutionary pressure that created the huge gap between the human brain and that of our closest living relatives, the anthropoid apes. Whole groups of hominids with inferior brains could not win wars and were therefore exterminated.

— Jane Goodall

What happens when corn and wheat prices rise is that we see real increases in malnutrition and under-nutrition. And when children are malnourished, their brain development actually slows down and is affected. So this is not just a short-term impact.

— Jim Yong Kim

I’m taking special treatments for the cancer in my brain and in my liver. Part of the liver was removed, and they did the treatment on four places in my brain with radiation. And now I’m taking a long-term medicine that stimulates my own immune system to fight against cancer.

— Jimmy Carter

You hear things about certain people. When you hear someone was mean to a limo driver or a wardrobe lady, or someone was rotten to a fan, somewhere in your brain it gets stuck.

— Joan Rivers

You start chasing a ball and your brain immediately commands your body to ‘Run forward, bend, scoop up the ball, peg it to the infield,’ then your body says, ‘Who me?’

— Joe DiMaggio

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients that we must get from our diets because our bodies cannot make them they are crucial for early brain development, and there is much evidence that they promote cardiovascular health and cognitive function.

— Joel Fuhrman

When I write, my brain moves faster than my hands so I’m always trying to picture things.

— John Lydon

You’re not going to eliminate concussions. Anytime you hit your head, you have a chance of getting a concussion, in any sport, too. I think we have to learn more about it. Part of it is rules, part of it is equipment, part of it is medical studies, knowing more about the brain.

— John Madden

When people think about ‘thinking,’ they often think ‘academia’ they think ‘threat.’ They think ‘coldness.’ I want to reverse all those images and say, ‘No, the brain God gave you is intended to throw fuel on the fire of your affections for God. It’s really good at it if you let it.’

— John Piper

I don’t know if I can relax. Relax, I can’t do. My brain, on idle, is a bad thing. I just get weird. I mean, not weird. I get, I get antsy.

— Johnny Depp

Books, the children of the brain.

— Jonathan Swift

I hate first drafts, and it never gets easier. People always wonder what kind of superhero power they’d like to have. I wanted the ability for someone to just open up my brain and take out the entire first draft and lay it down in front of me so I can just focus on the second, third and fourth drafts.

— Judy Blume

Happiness is just a positive perception from our brain. Some days, you will be unhappy. Our brain is a tool we use. It’s not who we are.

— James Altucher

I’m crazy, I’m nuts. Just the way my brain works. I’m not normal. I think differently.

— Justin Bieber

Brain surgery is a fairly aggressive process. There’s a lot to get through. There’s the beautiful, delicate shaving first, which is really lovely. There’s a wonderful ceremony of putting all the covers on, so only the little bit you’re operating on is revealed. But once they make the incision and tear the skin back, the drill comes out.

— James Nesbitt

When you see a tumour in the brain, it’s an ugly looking thing. It’s kind of black, grisly and messy. Or it can be white. To see it taken away is just amazing.

— James Nesbitt

Although surgeons know how to deal with bits of the brain, they don’t really know how it works.

— James Nesbitt

Brain surgeons are dealing with the very last thread of life, and they have to be very confident, but I think they tend to remember their failures rather than their successes, and that must be very hard. Who do you share that failure with? That’s why their personal lives are often disastrous.

— James Nesbitt

Also, because people like to multitask, in a way if you’ve got a bit of music on in the background and the lyrical content is making you want to listen to it, then that would probably put you off the texting you wanted to do. I think people like things that just make that right kind of noise, but leave your brain free to do something else.

— Jarvis Cocker

When you get to your third millionth frequent flyer mile, I think something snaps in your brain.

— Jeff Foxworthy

I’m cooking 42 years, and I didn’t know bananas are good for my brain.

— Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Scarily, football helmets, which do a fine job of protecting against scalp laceration and skull fracture, do little to prevent concussions and may even exacerbate them, since even as the brain is rattling around inside the skull, the head is rattling around inside the helmet.

— Jeffrey Kluger

The brain sits snugly inside the skull, but it’s not a completely flush fit – there is still a layer of fluid between bone and soft tissue that serves as a natural shock absorber. Some shocks, however, can’t be absorbed, and when the head gets clobbered too hard, the brain can twist or torque or rattle around inside its skeletal casing.

— Jeffrey Kluger

I had some friends that went to this hypnotist to stop smoking, and I kind of love things that seem magical. And I liked that it was in Santa Monica, and I had to go near the ocean to get my brain washed out or whatever. So I went there. And I went on a Thursday, and I got hypnotized.

— Jenny Slate

The market is incredibly inefficient and capable on rare occasions of being utterly dysfunctional. And people have a really hard time getting their brain around that fact. They want to believe that it’s approximately efficient almost all the time, and it simply isn’t true.

— Jeremy Grantham

Market timing, by the way, is a tag some buy-and-hold investors use to put down anything that involves using your brain. These are the same people who like to watch the locomotive coming and get run down in the name of discipline.

— Jeremy Grantham

We pretend that the brain is binary, like a computer. But it’s not. It’s completely holographic.

— Jim Harrison

I believe that if your brain has to get to grips with complicated words, then you won’t get Alzheimer’s. I’m sure it’s not true, but I do believe it.

— Jo Brand

Boxing is the only sport you can get your brain shook, your money took and your name in the undertaker book.

— Joe Frazier

Making a movie like ‘Felony’ is hard work because you’re really putting your own ideas on the screen. You can’t hide behind some other person’s script you’re saying, ‘This is my brain, and I want you to know what I think’.’

— Joel Edgerton

Our brain, our body, craves fat. We cannot help it. That’s why a kid will eat a hot dog quicker than a piece of broccoli.

— Jose Andres

Art and music is part of what it means to be a human being. And if you’re neglecting that, you’re basically ignoring a huge side of the brain and a huge side of what it means to be human.

— Joshua Bell

I know how to deal with jet lag, and I know just how much rest I need and when I need to take naps. When you walk on stage, you need your brain working at its highest and most fully-functioning, so it’s not always easy, but I sort of figure it out.

— Joshua Bell

A story is a story is a story. The only difference is in the techniques you bring to bear. There are always limitations on what you can and can’t do. But I enjoy that. Just like when you write a sonnet or haiku, there are rules you have to abide by. And to me, playing within the rules is the fun part. It keeps the brain fresh.

— J. Michael Straczynski

We know that if memory is destroyed in one part of the brain, it can be sometimes re-created on a different part of the brain. And once we can unravel that amino chain of chemicals that is responsible for memory, I see no reason why we can’t unlock it and, essentially, wipe out what’s there.

— J. Michael Straczynski

The ability to sympathize with those around us seems crucial to our survival, and it’s connected to the mirroring functions of the brain.

— Jay Parini

I’m big on setting goals, but I also think that if you have too many lofty ambitions and set goals for everything, you can sabotage your efforts by overextending your brain.

— Jean Chatzky

My parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles were all funny, and I felt that energy, that delivery, that timing, that sarcasm. All that stuff seeped into my brain.

— Jeff Ross

When something is coming off of a Neve board and being laid down on tape, it’s like a warm blanket for the brain. When you’re working in a digital form, it’s so harsh it’s almost painful. Your ears get more fatigued if you’re mixing all day.

— Jenny Lewis

There’s all that brain work involved, remembering all those lines in a script. I find I have to eat a lot of fish, late – but not too late – in the afternoon. Doing theatre, you need to be like an athlete in training.

— Jerry Hall

I like to remember phone numbers because it keeps your brain active. If you don’t use it, you lose it.

— Joan Collins

There’s a lot of neuroscience now raising the question, ‘Is all the intelligence in the human body in the brain?’, and they’re finding out that, no, it’s not like that. The body has intelligence itself, and we’re much more of an organic creature in that way.

— Joel Kinnaman

The home phone is relatively cheap, incredibly reliable, and – if you buy the right phone – will work for years without replacement. Oh, and far as I can tell, a home phone won’t give you brain cancer. In a perfect world, the hard line should have become a platform for building out an entire app ecosystem for the home. And yet… it didn’t.

— John Battelle

I love card games, and I’ve always loved board games and stuff like that as a kid, and I think it’s that part of your brain that’s engaged in con movies. It’s like this ‘Who’s outsmarting whom?’

— John C. Reilly

For me, some things, like, I just don’t want to know what they are before I eat them. Like, if you’re going to start feeding me, like, sexual organs of animals, or, like, a monkey’s brain or something – I’ll eat it. Just don’t tell me what it is until after I’ve finished it.

— Johnny Iuzzini

We’re not doing brain surgery. We’re not saving lives… Even if you’re doing Shakespeare, it’s still entertainment. We’re just entertaining people. We’re just doing the stuff that comes on in between the ads.

— Julia Stiles

I was reluctant to join Twitter. My biggest concern was, I don’t want these thoughts that pop into my brain to be immediately broadcast. There’s a danger in that. And also – who cares?

— Julia Stiles

Anything that activates the joy center in the brain makes you happy, and therefore protects you. Oddly enough, that’s what they do in ‘Harry Potter’: The nurse gives the kids chocolates when they’ve been near the Dementors!

— Jane Siberry

Healthy foods are great, but it’s important to keep your body active. Your muscles only get stronger and build more endurance for everyday things if you’re moving and get the blood pumping. Exercising stimulates certain brain chemicals and can put you in a better mood!

— Jenna Ushkowitz

In most sports, your brain and your body will cooperate… But in rock climbing, it is the other way around. Your brain doesn’t see the point in climbing upwards. Your brain will tell you to keep as low as possible, to cling to the wall and not get any higher. You have to have your brain persuading your body to do the right movements.

— Jo Nesbo

I obviously love ‘The Grey’ that was a pleasure to make. It was also very difficult. Listen, I love ‘Smokin’ Aces.’ That was a lot of fun to make. Completely different part of your brain, I guess. Some would argue the part that they don’t want you to use.

— Joe Carnahan

From a writing point of view, you now have teams of screenwriters working with a director. What’s lost in the process is the power of that one heart, brain, gut and soul that makes something an original piece of writing.

— Joe Eszterhas

When I’m talking about a product, before it was a product, it was in my brain. So if I have an inspiration, I will literally get up in the middle of the night, and I’ll dream about my customer… I don’t feel like it’s selling. I feel like it’s talking about my children.

— Joy Mangano

I’ve had jokes stolen a thousand times. But if you can do it better than me, you can have it. I’ve had jokes stolen from me in the club when I’m next on stage. And my brain will start to turn, and the gears will start turning, and I’ll go onstage and create a whole new bit.

— J. B. Smoove

My eyes, my brain seek out escape routes wherever I am sent.

— Jack Henry Abbott

I’m sort of a Walter Mitty. I got fewer brain cells than most people, so when I got friendly with cowboys, I started rodeoing. When I was calf-roping, there was something about the dirt that made me feel clean.

— James Caan

Some guys say beauty is only skin deep. But when you walk into a party, you don’t see somebody’s brain. The initial contact has to be the sniffing.

— James Caan

It’s the subconcussive hits, the constant bam, bam, bam that linemen like Suh give and receive. Those are the hits scientists say cause the lasting damage to the brain, the kind of injuries that made guys like Mike Webster, Terry Long, and so many others go crazy. The subconcussive hits – every single play.

— Jeanne Marie Laskas

Omalu first found the tau ‘threads’ in the brain of former Steeler Mike Webster in 2002 and published his findings in 2005, in the journal ‘Neurosurgery.’

— Jeanne Marie Laskas

I don’t like the idea of being a human being, existing, talking to my friends, and having these real human conversations, and then getting to work on a sitcom and turning that part of my brain off.

— Jerrod Carmichael

All of imagination – everything that we think, we feel, we sense – comes through the human brain. And once we create new patterns in this brain, once we shape the brain in a new way, it never returns to its original shape.

— Jay S. Walker

Sometimes people who want to understand Haiti from a political perspective may be missing part of the picture. They also need to look at Haiti from a psychological perspective. Most of the elite suffer from psychogenic amnesia. That means it’s not organic amnesia, such as damage caused by brain injury. It’s just a matter of psychology.

— Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Even when I don’t think I’m writing, I’m writing. There’s some part of my brain geared toward making songs up, and I know it’s collecting things and I know when I get a moment to be by myself, that’s when they come out.

— Jeff Tweedy

When the doctors showed me an X-ray of my brain, they pointed to a black hole on the upper left side and told me that all memory from that spot was dead. I thought to myself that I hoped that’s where I kept ‘The Orange Blossom Special.’

— Johnny Gimble

Forties are good! I’m thinking with my brain now, which is a lot more clear, and women seem to appreciate that. It’s a wonderful decade where you’re in control of yourself but the women are still interested.

— James Marsters

I’m definitely incredibly attracted to the aesthetic of what is typically deemed goth stuff, but. A lot of my experience growing up was in being around that kind of thing, and it’s just what sinks into a person’s brain.

— Jhonen Vasquez

I’ve always been interested in the paranormal, but ‘Gray Matter’ is a more subtle, mature expression of that – looking at the powers of the brain and more delicate evidence of the extraordinary.

— Jane Jensen

How do you make RoboCop? How do you slowly bring a guy to be a robot? How do you actually take humanity out of someone and how do you program a brain, so to speak, and how does that affect an individual?

— Jose Padilha

I have five, six, seven things I do before those lines are in my brain. I say them like I’m a robot I sing them. I put a pencil in my mouth, and I say them. I cook. I play with a cushion and say them – so they really are inside of me.

— Juan Pablo Di Pace

The human brain is a product of natural selection. In the face of scarcity, our hominid great-great-uncles were unable to compete against our sapient great-great-grandparents’ abilities to build more elaborate mental models and orchestrate their bodies’ movements in more sophisticated ways.

— Justin Rosenstein

Asana and complementary services are bringing the evolved team brain to the entire world. In great companies like Twitter, Uber, Airbnb, Foursquare, and LinkedIn, people already add information to and extract insight from these systems much the same way our hands and brain exchange signals.

— Justin Rosenstein

I’m raised to actually think, to use my brain.

— Jason Momoa

Our bodies are hanging along for the ride, but my brain is talking to your brain. And if we want to understand who we are and how we feel and perceive, we really understand what brains are.

— Jeff Hawkins

Prediction is not just one of the things your brain does. It is the primary function of the neo-cortex, and the foundation of intelligence.

— Jeff Hawkins

My songs pretty much revolve in my brain most of the time – usually, whatever’s coming next.

— Jeff Mangum

I was never really sure what I wanted to do – I’m in awe of these people who knew at age 10 or 12 they wanted to be a brain surgeon, and they did it, and they still are.

— Jerry Doyle

For me, the desire exists less to get myself a degree than to just go and have the whole college experience, and throw myself into the brain pool and see if I can swim.

— Joshua Jackson

Air warfare is a shot through the brain, not a hacking to pieces of the enemy’s body.

— J. F. C. Fuller

I like to read, especially nonfiction. I love learning, so I study languages, cook, learn basic HTML, and enjoy other activities that stimulate communication and the dark recesses of my musician’s brain.

— Joshua Roman

All of a sudden, those few pages of script that he had shown me with the weird images I could visualize all of that in my brain, and I knew that there was this mad little genius at work here and I really wanted to do the film.

— Jack Nance

Seven is more than a lucky number or a famous baseball player’s uniform. It’s the brain’s natural shepherd, herding vast amounts of information into manageable chunks.

— Jacqueline Leo

I never realized it until I watched an interview, but sometimes my brain stutters between thoughts, and for some reason it comes out as an ‘ummmm.’ I’m hoping it’s because I’m so smart, and there’s just too much information to process, but it’s more than likely just because it’s a small processor.

— Justin Baldoni

I decided, as a medical student, to devote myself to a study of the brain.

— John Eccles

To the extent that we have a better understanding of the brain, we will have a richer appreciation of ourselves, of our fellow men and of society and, in fact, of the whole world and its problems.

— John Eccles

I can explain my body and my brain, but there’s something more. I can’t explain my own existence – what makes me a unique human being.

— John Eccles

Cognitive neuroscience is entering an exciting era in which new technologies and ideas are making it possible to study the neural basis of cognition, perception, memory and emotion at the level of networks of interacting neurons, the level at which we believe many of the important operations of the brain take place.

— John O’Keefe

It turns out that this part of the brain is one of the first areas that’s attacked by Alzheimer’s disease. So we can now use some of the basic understanding of this part of the brain to ask the simple question, ‘What is going wrong with these special cells in the hippocampus at the very earliest stages?’

— John O’Keefe

If we’re given a number of circumstances to deal with, the brain goes into this mode of trying to find a solution, and it’s amazing how good we are at it.

— Jon Brion

Children need to move to develop their brain it’s a natural urge. That’s why boys will run after a ball and play soccer despite how many video games are available to them, and they can’t help themselves from building with Lego bricks as well. They want to be creating something that’s uniquely their own.

— Jorgen Vig Knudstorp

There are a lot of times when I walk into a room and forget why I walked in there. I’m going through some studies right now, and I am going to do a brain scan.

— Jim McMahon

I like my friends to be the hitters. The pitchers, they all have the same brain as I do. The hitters see the game from a different perspective.

— Joe Mays

The provocation with Holmes is the fact that he’s described by Doyle as a man without a heart – all brain… and that’s very difficult to play, or even indicate.

— Jeremy Brett

Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.

— John C. Crosby

In reality, everyone is good in bed. Close eyes. Shutdown brain. Pause as necessary. Restart brain. Open eyes. What’s there to not be good at? Bed is the one place where laziness is rewarded.

— John Dobbin

Happily, there’s a reversal of the brain drain occurring in Ghana now. We’re seeing a lot of – actually in Africa – we’re seeing a lot of African professionals, you know, returning to the continent to contribute their quota.

— John Dramani Mahama

What you discover when you look at creativity from the perspective of the brain is that it is universal. We’re all creative all of the time, we can’t help but be creative.

— Jonah Lehrer

I don’t think any drug that can cause brain damage, failing kidneys, hardening arteries, pain, and suffering should be made available.

— Layne Staley

I have an internal protectiveness where it’s like, if it comes to just me, as frightened as I am of losing someone I love or things going sour or simply being alone, there is a dark place in my brain where I’m like, It could happen and I’m okay, I’m prepared.

— Lena Headey

Genetics is crude, but neuroscience goes directly to work on the brain, and the mind follows.

— Leon Kass

I can’t really walk well. The muscles don’t get the electronic signals from my brain, not that there’s anything wrong with the muscles themselves. It’s just my brain.

— Linda Ronstadt

Every time I use an app, part of my brain dies! We’ll get to the point where we go to bed and wonder: ‘Did I have a thought today?’ You’ll have to go to your ‘Thought’ app!

— Lewis Black

We’re as clever as we think we are, but we’ll be a lot cleverer when we learn to use not just one brain but to pool huge numbers of brains. We’re at a level technologically where we can share information and think collectively about our problems. We do it in science all the time – there’s no reason why we can’t do it in other endeavors.

— Lewis Thomas

If you’re public speaking, imagine yourself feeling confident if you’re nervous about a date and thinking, ‘I’m gonna be a dork,’ picture yourself being funny. Then it will be familiar to your brain.

— Lindsey Stirling

I have a little Nintendo DS, and I play these brain games that are supposed to stimulate your mind.

— Lindsey Vonn

I was going through some stressful stuff, and I lost feeling in my face and in my tongue. So I went to a doctor. He said he didn’t think I had MS or a brain tumor. He said, ‘I think you’re just stressed out.’

— Lisa Cholodenko

Filmmaking is a huge privilege it’s not brain surgery. It’s art, and art is supposed to be an enjoyable process, and it is an enjoyable experience for me.

— Lake Bell

In the cold, all the blood rushes to your core to protect your heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and brain. When you leave the water, the blood rushes back to your arms and legs, absorbs that freezing cold, and brings it back to the heart.

— Lewis Gordon Pugh

By learning about my body and making small, subtle changes, I find out what I enjoy and what is effective. I’m always finessing: adjusting my diet and my workouts. You have to figure out which exercises are fun and interesting and stimulate your brain – or else you’ll never keep at them.

— Lisa Edelstein

Aging is one of the most visual diseases on the planet and includes things that we all know like wrinkles and grey hair, but also brain atrophy, muscle wasting and organ damage.

— Liz Parrish

For the next three plus years, I really was not in creative shape. That part of my brain was not functioning.

— Lou Gramm

I like to work I like to be creative. I work in the entertainment industry where work may come up, and it may not, so I wanted to do something proactive. I’ve got a brain I don’t want to just sit at home – I want to do as much as I can.

— Louise Nurding

The main thing I’ve learned is that we all have to learn to work with – and appreciate – the brain we’ve been given, and not waste time wishing things were easier.

— Laini Taylor

When the headache persisted, I checked myself into an emergency room. When the doctor used the term ‘brain tumour’, I feared the worst. My whole world shrank around me.

— Leander Paes

I was thinking on the rollers today that, before a race, if I could just pick my brain up and put it on the side of the track for four minutes, it would be perfect.

— Laura Trott

When someone speaks to an introvert, her brain responds with a high level of activity. It is as if several lights start flashing on a control panel.

— Laurie Helgoe

I can’t give you a brain, but I can give you a diploma.

— L. Frank Baum

Whenever I get the sort of fancy pants idea that I’m doing anything other than pure expression things start to go wrong. When I get too premeditated, things start to go wrong. I just shut that part of my brain off.

— Lev Yilmaz

I will never be good at the oboe. No matter what happens, I will never be good at it because I just don’t have that much time on my hands. I don’t have the gift of going back to being a child and having my brain develop around this instrument.

— Lola Kirke

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

— Lyall Watson

When something comes to my brain, I don’t ignore it. You never know what it’s going to turn into.

— Kacey Musgraves

I recognized that I needed to re-train my brain to stop eating like I wanted to punish myself or punish someone else. I needed to re-learn how to eat like I loved myself, and want to nourish and support myself.

— Karen Salmansohn

I’m a huge fan of meditation. I know lots of people assume meditation to be some Buddhist mumbo-jumbo, but it’s been scientifically documented to create therapeutic changes in the brain.

— Karen Salmansohn

The brain is a muscle, and I’m a kind of body-builder.

— Karl Lagerfeld

I think there’s a part of my brain where food, language, and memory all intersect, and it’s really powerful. I think I’m not alone in this.

— Kate Christensen

Modeling can be a bit brain damaging. Starting my own brand was what I needed to do. I only model if there are such good jobs that you don’t want to say no to. All that dressing up makes me say, ‘What do I want to wear?’ and, ‘What do I want to do with Topshop?’ It all kind of leads into the other things.

— Kate Moss

God, my brain really goes to mush when I’m pregnant.

— Kate Winslet

Yes, I’ve been trepanned. That’s quite an interesting experience, especially for my brain surgeon, who saw my thoughts flying around in my brain.

— Keith Richards

Most women say ‘Please speak to me from the waist up: my brain, my eyes.’

— Kellyanne Conway

And they discovered something very interesting: when it comes to walking, most of the ant’s thinking and decision-making is not in its brain at all. It’s distributed. It’s in its legs.

— Kevin Kelly

I’ll leave a store if I hate the music. If it’s just, like, techno, I feel like my brain is going to explode.

— Kim Gordon

Smoking is hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, and dangerous to the lungs.

— King James I

I feel like an old boxer. The brain’s gone, but I can still move around.

— Kris Kristofferson

I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it’s a very poor scheme for survival.

— Kurt Vonnegut

The lesion is in the area of my brain that is responsible for motor function, so I have continual chronic pain in my left arm from elbow to fingertips and the right side of my body from my ear to my breast area.

— Karen Duffy

Writing a song is much like being an author. Yes, we all have tools to write (everyone has a brain I hope!), but that doesn’t all of a sudden make us best selling authors.

— Ken Hill

Even before you understand them, your brain is drawn to maps.

— Ken Jennings

When you make a decision, you need facts. If those facts are in your brain, they’re at your fingertips. If they’re all in Google somewhere, you may not make the right decision on the spur of the moment.

— Ken Jennings

The hardest thing in golf is trying to two-putt when you have to, because your brain isn’t wired that way. You’re accustomed to trying to make putts, and when you change that mind-set, your brain short-circuits, especially under pressure.

— Ken Venturi

I greatly enjoyed working as a freelance journalist, because it gets you out of the house, and it gets you talking to people, but it wasn’t satisfying all of my cravings, and I knew that I needed to work with the other side of my brain – the darker, murkier side!

— Kevin Barry

With all the lines I have to learn for TV scripts, I don’t think I have any problems with forgetfulness – that’s brain exercise enough for me.

— Kevin Whately

I definitely want people to laugh because I don’t think there’s a better feeling – I think it’s just so fabulous to laugh. I don’t mind if people think, either. I think the brain is a very sexy organ.

— Kate Clinton

I focus on consumer Internet. Sometimes it’s a working prototype sometimes it’s an idea on a napkin. I don’t do a ton of deals a year, and I really like working with startups – it’s the only way I can invest. It fits my ADD brain.

— Kevin Rose

It’s funny because I’m so used to acting in English that any time I have these moments where I have to speak Russian, it definitely takes a different part of my brain to pull it off, but it’s always nice and fun.

— Ksenia Solo

I think different games have a different chemical release in your brain as far as reward goes. I like making puzzle games, just because I know I’m kinda good at it, and they really are superfun to work on.

— Kim Swift

On television, you have an intimate moment with the camera. In theater, you are making something live with people there. My brain doesn’t understand that you don’t get another take ever. I’m finally learning on TV that you can do something over if you make a mistake.

— Kirsten Vangsness

For an impression, I just find that I can do a lot of the people I love without much research, because I’ve already watched hours and hours of them on video and it seeped into my brain while I wasn’t thinking about it.

— Kate McKinnon

Nobody programmes the brain, yet it keeps learning. India shouldn’t miss the emerging age of brain-inspired computing.

— Kris Gopalakrishnan

Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.

— Mahatma Gandhi

The individual – man as a man, man as a brain, if you like – interests me more than what he makes because I’ve noticed that most artists only repeat themselves.

— Marcel Duchamp

If critics have problems with my personal life, it’s their problem. Anybody with half a brain would realize that it’s the charts that count.

— Mariah Carey

Hollywood infected my brain and I really valued the wrong things in life, but I changed dramatically.

— Marina and the Diamonds

When your entire brain is active, that means you are taking everything in through all sense perception. Your entire memory bank and your instincts are in play, so you make much quicker and more intelligent choices.

— Martha Beck

One of the interesting applications of symbolic systems is artificial intelligence, and I spent some time thinking about how to create a brain that operates the way ours does.

— Marissa Mayer

Basic human contact – the meeting of eyes, the exchanging of words – is to the psyche what oxygen is to the brain. If you’re feeling abandoned by the world, interact with anyone you can.

— Martha Beck

Sacred play is anything that takes you into that right hemisphere of your brain. It turns out that this move away from left to the right hemisphere, that sense of expansiveness and everything, can be accomplished through unusual rhythmic action, or any action that requires so much attention away from words that you cannot think in words.

— Martha Beck

When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.

— Mark Twain

Success is not something I’ve wrapped my brain around. If people go to those movies, then yes, that’s true, big-time success. If not, it’s much ado about nothing.

— Matt Damon

Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more.

— Maya Angelou

You have to have conviction and completely question everything and anything you do. No matter how much you study, no matter how much you know, the side of your brain that has the smarts won’t necessarily help you in making art.

— Maya Lin

I have no problem with commitment – you can’t have a real relationship without it. I can flip on a switch in my brain, and even if the next Brad Pitt is standing next to me, I won’t look at him. But I can also turn that switch off, and then I collect attractive boys.

— Megan Fox

There’s a particular sensitivity required to be an artist, and a certain vulnerability, perhaps, and also, somewhere between, you’re in your body a lot, too. It’s much more physical than one would imagine because I think it’s the body where the imagination lives somehow. I do feel the imagination isn’t just in the brain up there.

— Michael Leunig

Teenagers blithely skip off to uncertain futures, while their parents sit weeping curbside in the Volvo, because the adolescent brain isn’t yet formed enough to recognize and evaluate risk.

— Michael J. Fox

The human brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10 thousand other neurons. Sitting on your shoulders is the most complicated object in the known universe.

— Michio Kaku

No one knows when a robot will approach human intelligence, but I suspect it will be late in the 21st century. Will they be dangerous? Possibly. So I suggest we put a chip in their brain to shut them off if they have murderous thoughts.

— Michio Kaku

Sometimes I think if I had the same body and the same natural ability and someone else’s brain, who knows how good a player I might have been.

— Mickey Mantle

From reading too much, and sleeping too little, his brain dried up on him and he lost his judgment.

— Miguel de Cervantes

I try to catch them right on the tip of his nose, because I try to punch the bone into the brain.

— Mike Tyson

I’m not saying writing comedy’s brain surgery, but there is a certain pressure to it. It’s the equivalent of doing homework that’s going to end up on national television.

— Miranda Hart

When you are creating to the magnitude that I try to create, your brain is like a computer, and you need to refresh.

— Missy Elliott

The brain’s calculations do not require our conscious effort, only our attention and our openness to let the information through. Although the brain absorbs universes of information, little is admitted into normal consciousness.

— Marilyn Ferguson

I have my dark side. You have your dark side. From the second that we have a brain, there are things that are not right – we are human beings with all these illusions and complexes and everything. That’s attractive to me.

— Marjane Satrapi

I thought that when you have more success that you’d feel more buoyed or feel more confident. But in fact my brain has the gift of switching it around and saying, ‘Now people are expecting something. Now you’re really going to let people down.’

— Maria Bamford

I think I, like a lot of people, have that type of brain where I find it interesting or fulfilling to worry about something.

— Maria Bamford

I don’t think that I have ever been rebellious. The thing is that I don’t believe in people – what people tell me. I have to accept it in my own brain first. I don’t listen to anyone, never.

— Marjane Satrapi

After the brain tumor happened, I realized I love acting, I’ve always loved it, I may never get a chance to do it again.

— Mark Ruffalo

I woke up one morning with the knowledge that I had a brain tumor. It wasn’t so much that I dreamt I had a brain tumor it was like someone just poured the knowledge into my head. It wasn’t like an image it was just like knowing. It was so weird, which is why I paid attention.

— Mark Ruffalo

From the growth of the Internet through to the mapping of the human genome and our understanding of the human brain, the more we understand, the more there seems to be for us to explore.

— Martin Rees

Neuroscience is a baby science, a mere century old, and our scientific understanding of the brain is nowhere near where we’d like it to be. We know more about the moons of Jupiter than what is inside of our skulls.

— Matt Haig

When passion has wrecked the body in one life, it is stamped upon the seed atom. In the next descent to rebirth, it is therefore impossible for him to gather sound material with which to build a brain of stable construction.

— Max Heindel

High energy creates more energy, more energy, more energy. It kicks off synapses, I guess. It opens up your brain and you think of one thing after another thing, after another. You can really open yourself up comedically, which is fun.

— Michael Keaton

For me, to be perfectly honest, the part of my brain that was stimulated by directing was much more exciting than a typical day of acting.

— Misha Collins

I’m that person who says, ‘No matter what the problem is, there’s a solution.’ That’s the way my brain is wired. If someone says to me, ‘Well, that’s not possible. It can’t happen,’ I say, ‘Yes it is. I’m going to sit here and show you that it can.’

— Miranda Kerr

There is an incompatibility between being glamorous, young and a woman and using my brain. The official version is there is no discrimination, and talent dominates, but that is not the case.

— Maiwenn

In the 21st century our tastes buds, our brain chemistry, our biochemistry, our hormones and our kitchens have been hijacked by the food industry.

— Mark Hyman

Calories from protein affect your brain, your appetite control center, so you are more satiated and satisfied.

— Mark Hyman

I never have, but I would love to pick R. Kelly’s brain.

— Mayer Hawthorne

I used to paint pictures – what happened was, I used to draw and paint pictures. And some of my friends would be, like, ‘Yo, you should put that on a T-shirt,’ because that’s where their brain would go.

— Michael Che

Cholesterol – which you get from eating too much of the wrong kind of fat – doesn’t just help clog arteries in the brain, it may also help to seed the amyloid plaques that riddle the brain tissue of Alzheimer’s victims.

— Michael Greger

Berries are the healthiest fruit, offering potential protection against cancer and heart disease, boosting the immune system and acting as a guard for the liver and brain.

— Michael Greger

So, what is a stroke? In about 90 per cent of strokes, it’s the result of blood flow to part of the brain getting cut off, depriving it of oxygen and killing off the part fed by the clogged artery.

— Michael Greger

A small minority of strokes are hemorrhagic strokes, which are caused by bleeding into the brain when a blood vessel bursts.

— Michael Greger

I don’t know if this is the flat-out strangest, but I’ll never forget handling a human brain. It had been sliced into sections for autopsy, each about an inch thick, and felt like pork tenderloin. I swear to god, my first thought was that if you were to dust it with chipotle and cinnamon and saute it in butter, it would probably be delicious.

— Marcus Sakey

When I’m working on a novel, I generally do write every day, but in between those marathons, I take breaks. My brain needs time to recharge.

— Marie Brennan

I am the way I am. If you like me because I’m glamorous, so be it. If you like me, because I speak well or I have a brain and opinion, so be it.

— Malaika Arora Khan

The actual atoms and molecules that make up my brain and body today are not the same ones that I was born with on September 8, 1954, a half-century ago this month.

— Michael Shermer

We are inhabited by as many as ten thousand bacterial species these cells outnumber those which we consider our own by ten to one, and weigh, all told, about three pounds – the same as our brain.

— Michael Specter

If caught early, Lyme is easily treated with antibiotics. But activists, and many researchers, have long contended that tens of thousands of people remain unaware that they have been infected – sometimes for years, during which the bacterium can spread to the heart, nervous system, and brain.

— Michael Specter

You do remember things that people say in movies. You remember particular lines and things that are funny. But, you also remember really strong images. Images have a way of bypassing your brain and hitting you emotionally.

— Miranda Otto

As your career goes on, you get to flex your brain a little more and play characters that are stronger and more intelligent.

— Miranda Otto

When in my writing lair, I have no access to the Web. Otherwise, I’m like one of those lab rats on too much sugar. To compile my Google searches would be to see my sludgy, allusive brain at work.

— Michael Paterniti

A writer is always, always searching, even against her will, against all her better instincts, for the thread of a story. Everything is fodder. Everything is fuel. You can feel it coming on like the tingling of a sore throat. The brain never stops struggling to reshape every experience and feeling into a coherent narrative.

— Miriam Toews

All these gadgets, the phone and the computer, they expose the inside of your brain in a way that’s bad.

— Michel Gondry

When I sing, I have a sense of peace, I feel like my brain turns off, and I become the core person of who I am – the essence of me. I feel connected to whatever is out there. It’s almost like I leave my body and get to watch.

— Michelle Branch

I think sometimes less is more. I don’t think it helps to overdo exercising – I think you need to do it to keep your body healthy and fit, but there is a fine line between, you know, healthy and obsession. You have to build your foundation first. Your brain has to sort of connect to your body.

— Martha Hunt

Before MS moved in on me, I’d worked for seven years as a city lawyer, as the editor of a literary magazine, and before the age of 20, I’d also worked as a cadet journalist and as an assistant director in both film and TV. And then, after the lesions of MS, both on my spine and in my brain, I was the opposite of bionic.

— M. J. Hyland

Even two of humanity’s most intimate possessions – a sense of self and a body image – are fluid, highly modifiable creations of the brain’s mischievous deployment of electricity and a handful of chemicals. They both can change or be changed on less than a second’s notice.

— Miguel Nicolelis

Eventually, brain implants will become as common as heart implants. I have no doubt about that.

— Miguel Nicolelis

With its billions of interconnected neurons, whose interactions change from millisecond to millisecond, the human brain is an archetypal complex system.

— Miguel Nicolelis

There are several patients – there are thousands of patients, tens of thousands of patients, that carry either a stimulator in the brain or in the periphery, in the inner ear, to restore neurological functions or to control diseases like Parkinson’s disease.

— Miguel Nicolelis

In my view, while the single neuron is the basic anatomical and information processing-signaling unit of the brain, it is not capable of generating behaviors and, ultimately, thinking. Instead, the true functional unit of the central nervous system is a population of neurons, or neural ensembles or cell assemblies.

— Miguel Nicolelis

24′ is a pretty serious show – there isn’t a lot of improv that is happening. Having said that, I do play around with the delivery. A lot of the humor comes from playing a character who is very furious and really up in her own brain and in a serious situation. That is humorous to me.

— Mary Lynn Rajskub

I wrote ‘Science For Her!’ because I found normal, manly science textbooks to be too intense for my small size-0 brain, and I found normal science textbooks to have covers too heavy for my dainty size-0/size-2-with-bloat hands.

— Megan Amram

The press don’t like to say nice things because nice is boring. It’s much better to label me the devil. What we do is not brain surgery. We are entertainers, plain and simple, and we’re responsible to bring that money back, to make a profit.

— Michael Bay

There’s so many mysteries related to how flies are able to make their way through the world. I’d certainly like to know a lot more about how their brain works. I’d certainly like to know a lot more about just how they’re put together. I mean, these animals are basically, topologically, spheres. They don’t have bones as we do, of course.

— Michael Dickinson

I have to use other things to help my tennis, like my brain. But I believe that, even when your muscles are not so fast, with the brain and with concentration you can compensate.

— Marion Bartoli

Of course I get drunk, my brain is only the size of a walnut.

— Mark McKinney

Programmers work in bursts of productivity. Then, they let the brain rest and get back into it. A lot about the office world is not a great fit for me.

— Marco Arment

I’ve always zoomed through life in a vain attempt to keep up with my sprinting brain. If I have to choose between doing something quickly and doing it right, I often select the speedier option.

— Megan McCafferty

I met a woman who went through a very difficult personal crisis, and she was really bed-ridden for a long time, and ‘Friends’ got her through. I met a woman who had a brain injury while living in Europe, and ‘Friends’ got her through.

— Maggie Wheeler

I love doing crosswords, it’s so important to keep the brain going.

— Magnus Magnusson

I learned a lot more about transgender people. It’s not a choice, but a physiological condition that has to do with the size of the hypothalamus part of the brain.

— Mercedes Ruehl

When you’re writing, you’re only a brain and some fingers, but drumming, you’re involving all four limbs, and you’re hearing stuff and you’re converting your ideas into physical motions, getting physical feedback from things you are touching – it’s pretty cool. It’s a really a nice contrast to writing.

— Michael Azerrad

I used to want to be a lawyer, but I didn’t want to have half my brain sucked out.

— Max Walker

There’s no doubt that there’s certain songs and arrangements of music that release a chemical reaction in my brain. This sounds a little goofy, but I really believe that. It’s such a euphoric experience that I sort of want to chase that experience as often as possible.

— McG

I’m pretty convinced there’s a chemical reality to who I am, regarding my brain, that makes me kind of a strange guy.

— McG

Soul development depends on attachment and bonding. Every brain and body is genetically wired to develop itself, but the full soul development of brain and body depends on each child receiving the care of between two and five completely bonded caregivers.

— Michael Gurian

Juggling is a conversation with the stick, the body, the brain.

— Michael Moschen

The biggest hits – be they Coca-Cola or Doritos – owe their success to complex formulas that pique the taste buds enough to be alluring but don’t have a distinct, overriding single flavor that tells the brain to stop eating.

— Michael Moss

The idea of a pseudonym had been flitting around my brain for a long time, along with its cognate, disappearance. In the 1980s, I published some poems under a pen name in a literary magazine to see what it would feel like. It was fun. It was even a little thrilling.

— Michael Redhill

My best asset is my brain. Without my brain, I don’t think the rest of me would be too hot.

— Mamie Van Doren

In common with many who have a brain injury, I initially lost my confidence and felt very vulnerable, as if a protective layer of skin had been stripped away.

— Maryam D’Abo

The challenge of directing and interviewing helped me with confidence, and I learnt so much. If I hadn’t had the brain hemorrhage, I might never have done it.

— Maryam D’Abo

Neuroscience has proven that similar areas of the brain are activated both in the person who suffers and in the one who feels empathy. Thus, empathic suffering is a true experience of suffering.

— Matthieu Ricard

I love CG – it’s a great tool. I just don’t think you should use it to replace reality you should use it to augment and enhance. Do matte paintings, do composites, do replications, stuff like that, but you’re taking something real and working with that as opposed to trying to fake it from scratch. The human brain can tell the difference.

— Neil Marshall

In the hierarchy of instruments, if you’re a harpist, you’re considered someone with a brain much more than if you’re a singer.

— Nellie McKay

Some of the best writing I’ve done, whether I’m shooting a story or thinking of a script, I write it in my head as I’m running. Running literally jogs my brain.

— Natalie Morales

If a brain is exercised properly, anyone can grow intelligence, at any age, and potentially by a lot. Or you can just let your brain idle – and watch it slowly, inexorably, go to seed like a sedentary body.

— Michael Merzenich

What constrains or enables the capacity of human beings to work in groups is not so much the technology, but rather the capacity of the human brain to have and monitor social interactions.

— Nicholas A. Christakis

The truth is, I don’t sketch much at all. I have a very visual/spatial brain that retains a lot of information about maps, directions, positioning, and details, so I usually prefer working out those issues on the page itself.

— Nate Powell

It’s the way the human brain works: when enough events occur in a pattern, we stop thinking and go into macro mode.

— N. K. Jemisin

It’s a writer’s or director’s role to be cerebral, whereas for an actor it should be a visceral, gut thing. When the action starts, it’s best to turn the brain off and let it become an instinctual thing.

— Natalie Dormer

A lot of boys in my poker circle are mathematicians who play on probability. I don’t have that kind of brain, so I rely on instinct. But I recently found out that poker and cards in general go way back in my family gene pool.

— Natalie Dormer

The only time I can’t sleep is on a plane, when I am literally keeping it in the air with my brain.

— Natalie Massenet

Everything we do, every thought we’ve ever had, is produced by the human brain. But exactly how it operates remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries, and it seems the more we probe its secrets, the more surprises we find.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson

I always like to keep busy, otherwise my brain starts ticking.

— Nicholas Hoult

If I wanted a circus ringmaster, I’d hire Trump. If I wanted advice on brain surgery or hospital management, I’d turn to Carson. Fiorina would make an articulate television pundit. But for president?

— Nicholas Kristof

I can’t get any satiation. My brain is wired in such a way that I – in my research, I probably have a lack of D1 and D2 receptor sites. These are dopamine receptor sites, and satiation is a process that involves a cascade.

— Nick Nolte

With some CGI, I think the brain slightly perceives that things aren’t real. There’s no gravity, the light’s not quite real, the shadows aren’t quite real.

— Nick Park

Being a parent is weird. It changes people in subtle and unsubtle ways. In my case, it awoke a kind of manic sentinel in my brain. Anything in the house that might be a threat to the kids or to my wife gets terminated – food, sharp edges, poor wiring.

— Nick Harkaway

I’m just a believer in keeping all of the creative brain cells moving and working even when you’re not working because the inevitable loneliness and boring drought in the actor’s world, it can eat you alive.

— Nikki Reed

When I fish, I stop thinking about anything else. But truth be told, if you want to declare victories, I can tell you the fish have won a lot more than I have. It’s interesting that something with a brain the size of a fish’s can outsmart us humans, who think we are el supremo.

— Norman Schwarzkopf

The minute somebody joins a committee… they immediately suffer from committee brain. They become wildly over-enthusiastic, over-optimistic, over-pessimistic. Committees turn people into idiots, and politics is a committee.

— P. J. O’Rourke

The thing we don’t want to do is overstate the benefits, but there is all kinds of proof that exercise, both physical and mental, increases brain activity.

— Nolan Bushnell

Learning ballroom dancing is great for your brain. But it only works for three to six months. After that, you’ve got all the benefit you can get, and so you have to move on to yoga, and then Tai Chi, and then bridge, always keeping on the steep part of the learning curve.

— Nolan Bushnell

My little circle of friends know how twisted my brain is. I’m constantly reading and people always think, ‘Ah, we didn’t know that about you’, but that’s part of my charm.

— Pamela Anderson

With ‘Duplicity’, I was a little bit like, ‘This isn’t that hard of a movie.’ This isn’t like some huge brain trust of a movie. You gotta be a little bit awake to follow the plot, but it’s really just a kind of light entertainment. It’s like those Cary Grant movies, which are not meant to be anything other than diverting. In a nice way.

— Paul Giamatti

Gays don’t have a lot of testosterone. I’m talking about that they use both sides of their brain. Straight men only use one side. Gay men are very bright, very handsome… they put themselves better together. They dress good, they decorate, they clean, they cook.

— Patti Stanger

We have a lot of black Anglo-Saxons. Their skin is black, but their brain is white. When I get real mad at them, I call them ‘graham crackers.’

— Paul Mooney

I think I have a superior brain and an inferior stature, if you really want to get brutal about it.

— Paul Simon

Mushrooms have many helpful nutrients, including beta glucans for immune enhancement, ergothioneines for antioxidative potentiation, nerve growth stimulators for helping brain function, and antimicrobial compounds for limiting viruses.

— Paul Stamets

The great thing about doing art shows is you get to meet the people who are interested in your art, and I think that when you’re purchasing a piece of art it’s a tremendous bonus to get to meet the artist because you get a chance to pick their brain a bit and find out first hand what the piece is about for the artist.

— Paul Stanley

One of the things that Teller and I are obsessed with, one of the reasons that we’re in magic, is the difference between fantasy and reality. That is the subject that, if you have a brain in your head, is always dealt with in magic. The smarter the tricks you’re doing, the more that’ s an important thing.

— Penn Jillette

Doctors tell me I have the body of a thirty year old. I know I have the brain of a fifteen year old. If you’ve got both, you can play baseball.

— Pete Rose

In the past, my brain would never stop. Now I’m a father the world no longer revolves around me. When I’m with Bronx, he’s got my complete attention. He’s the only thing that occupies my thoughts.

— Pete Wentz

I hate the Internet. It’s full of rubbish. I’m on it all the time, watching terrible, useless things and ossifying my brain.

— Peter Capaldi

Metaphorically speaking, of course, if I put a problem behind my pillow and fall asleep, very often because my brain went to sleep with that idea or the problem alive, very often in the middle of the night I wake up, and I wake up with a solution or with a direction of solution.

— Philippe Petit

I did try to write in Iraq, and I failed. I think you just don’t have the brain space for it.

— Phil Klay

After all my probing into the human brain, I should still be aware of mysteries and come up with them myself.

— Pamela Stephenson

Natural selection shaped the human brain to be drawn toward aspects of nature that enhance our survival and reproduction, like verdant landscapes and docile creatures. There is no payoff to getting the warm fuzzies in the presence of rats, snakes, mosquitoes, cockroaches, herpes simplex and the rabies virus.

— Paul Bloom

Some scholars argue that although the brain might contain neural subsystems, or modules, specialized for tasks like recognizing faces and understanding language, it also contains a part that constitutes a person, a self: the chief executive of all the subsystems.

— Paul Bloom

I have sat with countless patients and families to discuss grim prognoses: It’s one of the most important jobs physicians have. It’s easier when the patient is 94, in the last stages of dementia, and has a severe brain bleed. For young people like me – I am 36 – given a diagnosis of cancer, there aren’t many words.

— Paul Kalanithi

While all doctors treat diseases, neurosurgeons’ work is the crucible of identity. Every operation on the brain is, by necessity, a manipulation of the substance of our selves.

— Paul Kalanithi

Before operating on a patient’s brain… I must first understand his mind: his identity, his values, what makes his life worth living, and what devastation makes it reasonable to let that life end.

— Paul Kalanithi

It takes a very strong brain to resist the absolutes, the myths that the media and the politicians peddle – the idea that if you are too kind, where does it all end? That not to help someone is somehow a good idea.

— Peter Mullan

When a child knows that he or she is dyslexic, that it’s the way their brain is programmed, and it’s not their fault, that makes all the difference in the world.

— Philip Schultz

In terms of the brain, you can in a crude way think of the human brain as a computer.

— Paul Greengard

I’m sure our brains are working unconsciously. When you have a creative thought, it’s parts of the brain talking to each other without your awareness.

— Paul Greengard

A lady is smarter than a gentleman, maybe, she can sew a fine seam, she can have a baby, she can use her intuition instead of her brain, but she can’t fold a paper in a crowded train.

— Phyllis McGinley

I’m not ashamed to say I love television. I put the TV on, and my brain switches off, and I just sit there for a few hours.

— Pauline Gedge

In general, people are afraid to acknowledge hallucinations because they immediately see them as a sign of something awful happening to the brain, whereas in most cases they’re not.

— Oliver Sacks

The way I miss my daughter Esme is to worry about her. It is not a pleasurable longing. It contorts my body and scrambles my brain, makes me stop breathing, clench my jaw and my fists, it makes me frown, and makes me blind and deaf, in fact entirely without sensory perception.

— Olivia Williams

Economize in other things if you must, wear threadbare clothes if necessary, but never cheat your body or brain by the quality and quantity of your food. Poor, cheap food which produces low vitality and inferior brain force is the worst kind of economy.

— Orison Swett Marden

I truly believe that God has given us few brain cells, and you have to direct them to the right things that make you happy.

— Ranbir Kapoor

I’ve been listening to ‘Chapo Trap House’ – they’re quite radical. Every time I listen to it, my brain feels opened up.

— Rebecca Hall

I do not have a brain that I long for in dealing with matters of which I am ignorant – that don’t come within my ken and a rationale, a reason, an argument and so on – and I can’t do that, and I’m not in that bracket at all.

— Richard Attenborough

For somebody who has injured their brain, every single thing they say and think will be the subject of their own questioning.

— Richard Hammond

I had post-traumatic amnesia, five-second memory, it happens as a result of brain injury.

— Richard Hammond

My humor is channeling everything through my brain. For example, when I talk about something, it’s how Richard Lewis feels about it. I’m a storyteller. I do a lot of free association.

— Richard Lewis

We live longer and healthier lives than ever before. Animal research has improved the treatment of infections, helped with immunisation, improved cancer treatment and had a big impact on managing heart disease, brain disorders, arthritis and transplantation.

— Robert Winston

While nobody has identified any gene for religion, there are certainly some candidate genes that may influence human personality and confer a tendency to religious feelings. Some of the genes likely to be involved are those which control levels of different chemicals called neurotransmitters in the brain.

— Robert Winston

If the heart stops for more than two minutes, you have massive brain death. There are only two minutes between our conscious world and zero. That’s how fragile our consciousness is.

— Robin Gibb

The human brain has evolved the capacity to impose a narrative, complete with chronology and cause-and-effect logic, on whatever it encounters, no matter how apparently random.

— Robin Marantz Henig

As the brain matures, one thing that happens is the pruning of the synapses. Synaptic pruning does not occur willy-nilly it depends largely on how any one brain pathway is used.

— Robin Marantz Henig

I have late onset ADHD. I take on too much and end up spinning plates, but it’s entertaining, and it helps you make quick connections if you’re a comedian, if you have a brain that can dance around too much.

— Rory Bremner

My mother watched her loving husband look at her with blankness or contempt and sometimes hatred. And yet dementia is classed as a social condition, so that the state is not required to pay for long-term residential care. Calling it what it is – brain damage – is too expensive.

— Rose George

If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled.

— Ramakrishna

Melody is the single most important thing to any song, period. I don’t care what anybody says, it trumps everything. Not because that’s my opinion but because I think it’s actually indisputable fact. The human brain retains melody easier than it retains words. It’s that simple.

— Ryan Tedder

Stories about race and identity pique my interest for obvious reasons. That’s in my body, my brain, my history, my memories – it’s all part of my toolbox as an actor.

— Ruth Negga

Supercomputers will achieve one human brain capacity by 2010, and personal computers will do so by about 2020.

— Ray Kurzweil

I mean I think that when you’ve got a big brain, when you find yourself planted in a world with a brain big enough to understand quite a lot of what you see around you, but not everything, you naturally fall to thinking about the deep mysteries. Where do we come from? Where does the world come from? Where does the universe come from?

— Richard Dawkins

The very large brain that humans have, plus the things that go along with it – language, art, science – seemed to have evolved only once. The eye, by contrast, independently evolved 40 times. So, if you were to ‘replay’ evolution, the eye would almost certainly appear again, whereas the big brain probably wouldn’t.

— Richard Dawkins

My thoughts, my beliefs, my feelings are all in my brain. My brain is going to rot.

— Richard Dawkins

Every night of our lives, we dream, and our brain concocts visions which are, at least until we wake up, highly convincing. Most of us have had experiences which are verging on hallucination. It shows the power of the brain to knock up illusions.

— Richard Dawkins

Sometimes I find I’m wearing a divided, split brain in terms of drama and humor.

— Ridley Scott

Progress depends on our brain. The most important part of our brain, that which is neocortical, must be used to help others and not just to make discoveries.

— Rita Levi-Montalcini

It is imperfection – not perfection – that is the end result of the program written into that formidably complex engine that is the human brain, and of the influences exerted upon us by the environment and whoever takes care of us during the long years of our physical, psychological and intellectual development.

— Rita Levi-Montalcini

Truthfully, everyone knows how to eat right. They know the difference between oatmeal and a jelly cream doughnut. They know how to walk. Everyone has this in their brain. When I started, we didn’t have all this knowledge.

— Richard Simmons

You cannot change the conclusion of the brain by torture, nor by social ostracism. But I will tell you what you can do by these and what you have done. You can make hypocrites by the million.

— Robert Green Ingersoll

Space and time, not proteins and neurons, hold the answer to the problem of consciousness. When we consider the nerve impulses entering the brain, we realize that they are not woven together automatically, any more than the information is inside a computer.

— Robert Lanza

I had always wanted to become a neurologist, which is one of the most demanding vocations in medicine. Where do you stop, after all, with the brain? How does it function? What are its limits? The work seems unending.

— Roger Bannister

You can teach somebody how to be a brain surgeon, but you cannot teach them how to walk on a stage and make people laugh.

— Ron White

My brain is like a cross between a colander and a Lazy Susan – thin, slow, and it leaks.

— Ron White

Some social scientists say that in-group/out-group biases are hard-wired into the human brain. Even without overt prejudice, it is cognitively convenient for people to sort items into categories and respond based on what is usually associated with those categories: a form of statistical discrimination, playing the odds.

— Rosabeth Moss Kanter

By immersing ourselves with our consciousness in a supersensible world, we now learn a new kind of thinking, a new life of mental pictures, one that is not dependent on the nervous system in the way ordinary thinking is. We know that previously we have had to make use of our nervous system, but now we no longer need our brain.

— Rudolf Steiner

I enjoyed having a reputation as being wild, but these days I try not to worry about what people think in the privacy of their own brain or what they write in the bizarre publicity of their own newspapers, because all of those things are meaningless.

— Russell Brand

Marty was an extraordinary person. Of all the boys I had dated, he was the only one who really cared that I had a brain. And he was always – well, making me feel that I was better than I thought I was.

— Ruth Bader Ginsburg

On Sunday, I think the most important thing for me is to just turn my brain off. The idea of not trying is the key, because that’s where you’re relaxed enough to let your brain make new connections.

— Rebecca Stead

The first thing I became interested in in terms of ‘Brain Storm’ was neuroscience, and that is like saying you’re interested in the universe. So ultimately I knew if I was going to handle this in a fictional format, I would have to take a subsection of neuroscience, and that turned out to be the use of neuroscience in criminal courts.

— Richard Dooling

All the different ways we know the world all come from the brain, and they all depend on each other to make sense.

— Richard Powers

The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile.

— Robert Cormier

All science requires mathematics. The knowledge of mathematical things is almost innate in us. This is the easiest of sciences, a fact which is obvious in that no one’s brain rejects it for laymen and people who are utterly illiterate know how to count and reckon.

— Roger Bacon

The human brain is a funny thing: it’s very susceptible to tempo and melody. You put the right words to it, and it becomes very influential.

— Ray Stevens

It’s quite similar to guitar solos, only with programming you have to use your brain. The most important thing is that it should have some emotional effect on me, rather than just, ‘Oh, that’s really clever.’

— Richard D. James

There’s one point where I play the piano upside down. When I first did that, I hit my head and it really hurt. But people were laughing, so we’ve kept it in ever since. I probably have severe brain damage.

— Richard Hyung-ki Joo

My mantra is: put your brain into gear and if you can add to what’s on the screen then do it, otherwise shut up.

— Richie Benaud

It strikes me that these days, clubs don’t even want players who can truly play any more they just want athletes, quick guys who don’t have a football brain, can just run and run some of them, Jesus. I can never imagine acting like that.

— Robbie Fowler

Vertigo, it was thought at the time, could only be caused by a disease of the cerebellum. He observed this kind of patient for years and saw absolutely no symptoms of brain disease.

— Robert Barany

Every meal should end with something sweet. Maybe it’s jelly on toast at breakfast, or a small piece of chocolate at dinner – but it always helps my brain bring a close to the meal.

— Robert Irvine

If I don’t get enough sleep, my brain gets fatigued, and the voice suffers. If I’m doing some retail work and trying to read and record legal copy, I start sounding like I had a few too many the night before.

— Roger Craig Smith

With Magic Leap, your brain doesn’t distinguish what’s real and what’s Magic Leap. Because as far as your brain’s concerned, it is real.

— Rony Abovitz

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, brain and spinal cord disorders, diabetes, cancer, at least 58 diseases could potentially be cured through stem cell research, diseases that touch every family in America and in the world.

— Rosa DeLauro

I do think that I’m a big believer in having an idea or having ideas and just tucking them away in the back of your brain. Even if you aren’t consciously thinking of them, I think they simmer. You’re working on them, even if you don’t know you’re working on them, and I think having something in your head for a while is a valuable thing.

— Rian Johnson

I always say this to people: ‘If Shaq can be in the NBA for 19 years and dominate for 19 years using his body, why can’t I be in the music industry for 50 years using my brain when my brain is way stronger than anyone’s body?’ I have to have a successful record company, more hit records. I want to dominate the game.

— Rico Love

There are a lot of actors out there who are able to engage with something in themselves which isn’t necessarily their brain. But personally I find it very intellectually satisfying: doing your research and then burrowing as deeply into character as you can. I’m a naturally inquisitive person, too, and acting does feed into that.

— Rory Kinnear

When it comes to losing with United, I feel solely responsible for it. I can’t help it. My brain will work like mad after a defeat. I want to know where I have made the wrong decisions, how I could have changed things for this fantastic club.

— Ruud van Nistelrooy

I still like complete sentences that are grammatically correct without spelling errors. I don’t always achieve this, and it is irksome to read a message I have sent and discover errors. I know I often leave out words in e-mail, not by choice, but because of the way my brain works.

— Ray Tomlinson

You can open up a centenarian’s brain, and you’ll see some areas that look like that of a 50-year-old or of a 110-year-old. You can have variation in the basic process of aging, called senescence, in different parts of the same body.

— S. Jay Olshansky

Human experience depends on everything that can influence states of the human brain, ranging from changes in our genome to changes in the global economy.

— Sam Harris

If you get an infection, you get a fever the fever is your body dealing with the infection. If you get traumatized, your mind and your brain have a reaction to that trauma. If you’re not dreaming about it, something’s probably wrong.

— Sebastian Junger

As a college student, what really interested me was the human brain and human intelligence.

— Sebastian Thrun

Money is the last enemy that shall never be subdued. While there is flesh there is money or the want of money, but money is always on the brain so long as there is a brain in reasonable order.

— Samuel Butler

The amount of sensory material stored up or stored down in the brain’s and the body’s systems is inestimable. It’s like a culture at the bottom of a jar, although it doesn’t grow, I think, or help anything else to grow unless you find a way to reach it and touch it.

— Seamus Heaney

Everything you see is filtered through your visual system (imperfect) and your brain (also imperfect, despite what your mom told you). Witness testimony is the worst kind of evidence in science.

— Seth Shostak

Heads are a good deal, and I think they would be a common feature. It’s hard to think of species that don’t have heads, although there are some. It’s good to have a head because it puts some of the sensory organs – eyes, ears, whiskers or whatever – next to the CPU, the brain.

— Seth Shostak

If the cosmos isn’t finite, then far, far away, floating duplicates of your brain – with all its experiences, thoughts, and emotions – are occasionally (and temporarily) thrown together by the random combining of atoms. Such ‘Boltzmann brains,’ as they’re called, are a disturbing consequence of an unlimited universe.

— Seth Shostak

My brain, I believe, is the most beautiful part of my body.

— Shakira

There are plenty of skills I’ve learned from playing video games. It’s more interactive than watching TV, because there are problems to solve as you’re using your brain.

— Shaun White

We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.

— Stephen Hawking

I think the brain is essentially a computer and consciousness is like a computer program. It will cease to run when the computer is turned off. Theoretically, it could be re-created on a neural network, but that would be very difficult, as it would require all one’s memories.

— Stephen Hawking

We must develop as quickly as possible technologies that make possible a direct connection between brain and computer, so that artificial brains contribute to human intelligence rather than opposing it.

— Stephen Hawking

Neurobiological research has shown that in people with chronic PTSD, both stress hormone secretion and areas of the brain connected to memory function, such as the hippocampus, appear to be affected, although exactly how and why remains controversial.

— Siri Hustvedt

Many scholars working in the humanities have already shown interest in brain research. For years, contemporary theory in the humanities has left the body and biology out of their discussions.

— Siri Hustvedt

I have not been diagnosed with epilepsy. I did have an MRI of the brain, and they found no abnormalities in my brain. Now, there are people with epilepsy who have completely normal MRI’s, too. I just think also, you know, epileptic seizures can be triggered by emotional stress, by all kinds of things, lights.

— Siri Hustvedt

It’s thought that about 96% of us have visual imagery, and there’s a very tiny minority in the population, some of whom are normal, some of whom have brain lesions, who cannot produce visual imagery.

— Siri Hustvedt

Both depression and anxiety disorders, for example, are repeatedly described in the media as ‘chemical imbalances in the brain,’ as if spontaneous neural events with no relation to anything outside a person’s brain cause depression and anxiety.

— Siri Hustvedt

All human states are organic brain states – happiness, sadness, fear, lust, dreaming, doing math problems and writing novels – and our brains are not static.

— Siri Hustvedt

We live in a culture that is much happier talking about organic brain disease than about psychic illness because the former suggests that something that is physically wrong in a brain is wholly unrelated to that person’s upbringing or experiences in the world, but that is not necessarily true.

— Siri Hustvedt

The brain is an immensely complex organ, and many mysteries remain. Exactly how brain and mind or soma and psyche are related is one of them.

— Siri Hustvedt

I found myself fascinated by neuroscience, attended a monthly lecture on brain science at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, and was invited to become a member of a discussion group devoted to a new field: neuropsychoanalysis.

— Siri Hustvedt

I bought myself a rubber brain, familiarized myself with its many parts, listened intently, and read more. In fact, I read obsessively, as my husband has told me repeatedly. He has even suggested that my rapacious reading resembles an addiction.

— Siri Hustvedt

A healthy body means a healthy mind. You get your heart rate up, and you get the blood flowing through your body to your brain. Look at Albert Einstein. He rode a bicycle. He was also an early student of Jazzercise. You never saw Einstein lift his shirt, but he had a six-pack under there.

— Steve Carell

It’s likely that taboo words are stored in the right hemisphere of the brain. Massive left hemisphere strokes or the entire surgical removal of the left hemisphere can leave people with no articulate speech other than the ability to swear, spout cliches and song lyrics.

— Steven Pinker

Why do people believe that there are dangerous implications of the idea that the mind is a product of the brain, that the brain is organized in part by the genome, and that the genome was shaped by natural selection?

— Steven Pinker

But the newest research is showing that many properties of the brain are genetically organized, and don’t depend on information coming in from the senses.

— Steven Pinker

Consciousness surely does not depend on language. Babies, many animals, and patients robbed of speech by brain damage are not insensate robots they have reactions like ours that indicate that someone’s home.

— Steven Pinker

Consciousness turns out to consist of a maelstrom of events distributed across the brain. These events compete for attention, and as one process outshouts the others, the brain rationalizes the outcome after the fact and concocts the impression that a single self was in charge all along.

— Steven Pinker

Of course, genes can’t pull the levers of our behavior directly. But they affect the wiring and workings of the brain, and the brain is the seat of our drives, temperaments and patterns of thought.

— Steven Pinker

No one knows what the nongenetic causes of individuality are. Perhaps people are shaped by modifications of genes that take place after conception, or by haphazard fluctuations in the chemical soup in the womb or the wiring up of the brain or the expression of the genes themselves.

— Steven Pinker
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