- A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer.
Emma (1816) ch. 27 1775–1817 English novelist:
- Our modern skulls house a Stone Age mind.
Evolutionary Psychology: a primer (1997 website http://www.psych.ucsb.edu/research/cep/primer.html) 1957– and American anthropologist and American psychologist:
- With me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man's mind which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy.
The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin (1887) ch. 3 1809–82 English natural historian: Francis Darwin (ed.)
- For it is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.
Le Discours de la méthode (1637) pt. 1 1596–1650 French philosopher and mathematician:
- Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open. 1842–1923 Scottish physicist: attributed
- My mind to me a kingdom is.
d. 1607 English poet: ‘In praise of a contented mind’ (1588), attributed
- It is neither death, nor exile, nor toil, nor any such thing that is the cause of our doing, or of our not doing, anything, but only our opinions and the decisions of our will.
often quoted as ‘Not things, but opinions about things, trouble men’
c.ad 50–120 Phrygian Stoic philosopher: The Discourses bk. 1, ch. 11
- There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver.
Women and Economics (1898) ch. 8 1860–1935 American writer and feminist:
- If my mental processes are determined wholly by the motions of atoms in my brain, I have no reason for supposing that my beliefs are true. They may be sound chemically, but that does not make them sound logically. And hence I have no reason for supposing my brain to be composed of atoms.
Possible Worlds (1927) ‘When I am Dead’ 1892–1964 Scottish mathematical biologist:
- On earth there is nothing great but man; in man there is nothing great but mind.
Lectures on Metaphysics and Logic (1859); attributed in a Latin form to Favorinus in Pico di Mirandola (1463–94) Disputationes Adversus Astrologiam Divinatricem 1788–1856 Scottish metaphysician:
- Purple haze is in my brain
Lately things don't seem the same.
1942–70 American rock musician: ‘Purple Haze’ (1967 song)
- O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall
Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed. Hold them cheap
May who ne'er hung there.
1844–89 English poet and priest: ‘No worst, there is none’ (written 1885)
- The contents of the personal unconscious are chiefly the feeling-toned complexes…The contents of the collective unconscious, on the other hand, are known as archetypes.
Eranos Jahrbuch (1934) 1875–1961 Swiss psychologist:
- The only means of strengthening one's intellect is to make up one's mind about nothing—to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts. Not a select party.
Letters of John Keats (1958) vol. 2 1795–1821 English poet: letter to George and Georgiana Keats, 24 September 1819, in H. E. Rollins (ed.)
- Everyone complains of his memory, and no one complains of his judgement.
Maximes (1678) no. 89 1613–80 French moralist:
- The mind of man is capable of anything. 1850–93 French novelist and short-story writer: ‘The Tress of Hair’ 1884
- The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
Paradise Lost (1667) bk. 1, l. 254 1608–74 English poet:
- Consciousness…is the phenomenon whereby the universe's very existence is made known.
The Emperor's New Mind (1989) ch. 10 ‘Conclusion’ 1931– British mathematician and theoretical physicist:
- That's the classical mind at work, runs fine inside but looks dingy on the surface.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974) 1928–2017 American writer:
- What is Matter?—Never mind.
What is Mind?—No matter.
1841–1992 English humorous weekly periodical: 14 July 1855
- What a waste it is to lose one's mind, or not to have a mind. How true that is.
Times 26 May 1989 1947– American Republican politician: speech to the United Negro College Fund, whose slogan is ‘a mind is a terrible thing to waste’; in
- Do I believe in free will? Of course, I have no choice.
quoted in slightly varying forms, as ‘We have to believe in free will. We've got no choice’
Optimism: the Biology of Hope (1979) 1904–91 Polish-born American novelist and short-story writer: attributed; L. Tiger
- The final weapon is the brain, all else is supplementary.
The Acts of King Arthur (1976) ‘Gawain, Ewain, and Marhalt’ 1902–68 American novelist:
- At the very best, a mind enclosed in language is in prison. 1909–43 French essayist and philosopher: ‘Human Personality’ (1943)
- Mind in its purest play is like some bat
That beats about in caverns all alone,
Contriving by a kind of senseless wit
Not to conclude against a wall of stone.
1921–2017 American poet: ‘Mind’ (1956)
- To give a sex to mind was not very consistent with the principles of a man [Rousseau] who argued so warmly, and so well, for the immortality of the soul.
often quoted as, ‘Mind has no sex’
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) ch. 3 1759–97 English feminist: