18 most insightful and profound quotations about the brain

Benjamin Disreali, the two-time British Prime Minister, is quoted to say The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation”. Joseph Roux, the French poet, describes ‘a fine quotation’ as ‘a diamond in the hand of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool”.

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Many have put their wisdom and wit to the task of capturing the beauty and complexity of the brain. And they have used the most illuminating of words which have achieved the status of quotable quotes. Over the last few years I have etched some of these quotations in marble, and circulated them via social media. Here I bring together 18 most insightful and profound brain quotations, sculptured by those who should know a thing or two about the brain: neuroscientists, astronomers, and literary greats. Enjoy, and click to see them in their original tweet.

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NB: Many of the quotations used in this blog post were sourced from brainyquotes.com.

The “Library”. Quinn Dombrowski on Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/4692180679