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The universe is an object of thought at least as much as it is a means of satisfying needs.

—Claude Lévi-Strauss, 1962

Understanding is a very dull occupation.

—Gertrude Stein, 1937

Don’t lose your mind unless you have paid for it.

—Stanisław Jerzy Lec, 1957

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

—Charles Darwin, 1871

Sanity is madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled.

—George Santayana, 1920

The human mind is an evolutionary product, just like the human body.

—Tetsuro Matsuzawa, 2010

If anything affects your eye, you hasten to have it removed; if anything affects your mind, you postpone the cure for a year.

—Horace, 20 BC

Imagination continually outruns the creature it inhabits.

—Katherine Anne Porter, 1949

What the brain does by itself is infinitely more fascinating and complex than any response it can make to chemical stimulation.

—Ursula K. Le Guin, 1971

Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.

—William Shakespeare, 1603

my mind is
a big hunk of irrevocable nothing

—E.E. Cummings, 1923

Your mind’s got to eat, too.

—Dambudzo Marechera, 1978

Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain.

—Santiago Ramón y Cajal, 1897