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In psychoanalysis nothing is true except the exaggerations.

—Theodor Adorno, 1951

Every thought is, strictly speaking, an afterthought.

—Hannah Arendt, 1978

What is outside my mind means nothing to it.

—Marcus Aurelius, c. 170

A mind lively and at ease can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer.

—Jane Austen, 1815

Brains are the only things worth having in this world.

—L. Frank Baum, 1899

Imagination is the secret and marrow of civilization. It is the very eye of faith.

—Henry Ward Beecher, 1887

Brain, n. An apparatus with which we think that we think.

—Ambrose Bierce, 1906

The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.

—Steve Biko, 1971

The brain is an unreliable organ, it is monstrously great, monstrously developed. Swollen, like a goiter.

—Aleksandr Blok, c. 1920

The march of the human mind is slow.

—Edmund Burke, 1775

my mind is
a big hunk of irrevocable nothing

—E.E. Cummings, 1923

The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.

—Charles Darwin, 1871

To be too conscious is an illness—a real thoroughgoing illness.

—Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1864