Brain Quotes

The Beatles

The Beatles (from the song I’m So Tired)

You know I can’t sleep, I can’t stop my brain.

Leonardo Bianchi (from The Mechanism of the Brain and the Function of the Frontal Lobes, 1922)

The brain is the great factory of thought. To it are directed all the forces of

nature, forces which, for thousands of years, have been expending themselves

upon it and impressing on it a slow and continuous motion of evolution.

Leonardo Bianchi
Tim Birkhead

Tim Birkhead (from Bird Sense. What It’s Like to Be a Bird, 2012)

Although we tend to think of the brain as a discrete organ – a lump of squidgy

tissue – it is better to think of it as part of an elaborate network of nervous tissue

that reaches out to every single part of the body.

Keith Black (quoted in Discover magazine, April, 2004)

If you look at the anatomy, the structure, the function, there’s nothing in the

universe that’s more beautiful, that’s more complex, than the human brain.

Keith Black
Helen Gurley Brown

Helen Gurley Brown

Beauty can’t amuse you, but brainwork — reading, writing, thinking — can.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Children use the fist until they are of age to use the brain.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes, in The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, 1948)

A man with so large a brain must have something in it.

Santiago Ramon y Cajal (from Recuerdos de mi vida, 1901)

Every man if he so desires becomes sculptor of his own brain.

Santiago Ramon y Cajal
Edward Clarke

Edward Clarke (from Vision: A Study of False Sight, 1878)

Sleep affords the opportunity, within certain limits, for the brain to act of itself, and dreams are the result.

Charles Darwin (from Autobiography, 1887)

If I had to live my life again I would have made a rule to read some poetry and

listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now

atrophied could thus have been kept active through use.

Charles Darwin-2
Albert Einstein-3

Albert Einstein

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative

pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into

lazy habits of thinking.