Oliver Sacks

Oliver
Sacks
1933
2015

British-American Neurologist, Naturalist and Author who explored the brain’s strangest pathways, best known for Movies: Awakenings, The Music Never Stopped, and At First Sight as well as for his Books: The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, On the Move: A Life, and Musicophilia

Author Quotes

Chemical exploration, chemical discovery, was all the more romantic for its dangers. I felt a certain boyish glee in playing with these dangerous substances, and I was struck, in my reading, by the range of accidents that had befallen the pioneers. Few naturalists had been devoured by wild animals or stung to death by noxious plants or insects; few physicists had lost their eyesight gazing at the heavens, or broken a leg on an inclined plane; but many chemists had lost their eyes, limbs, and even their lives, usually through producing inadvertent explosions or toxins.

Dialogue launches language, the mind, but once it is launched we develop a new power, inner speech, and it is this that is indispensable for our further development.

Fascinating, Doidge's book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.

He has achieved what Nietzsche liked to call ?The Great Health??rare humor, valor, and resilience of spirit: despite being, or because he is, afflicted with Tourette?s.

I decided to do one last experiment. It was early spring, the weather was cold, and I came in coat and gloves, throwing off them at the entrance to the sofa. Taking one of the gloves, I showed it to P. - What is it? - Let me take a look, - asked for PA, and took a glove, began to study it in the same way as before geometric shapes. - Continuous, rolled on the surface - he said finally. - And then there seems to be - he hesitated - five ... well, in a word ... pockets. - So, - I said. - You gave a description. Now tell me what it is. - Something like a bag ... - That's right - I said - and what to put? - Lay all fit! - I laughed P. - There are a lot of options. This may be, for example, change purse, for five different sizes of coins. It is also possible... I stopped this nonsense: - And what do not know? Do not you think that there could fit any part of your body? His face lit up with the slightest spark of recognition .

I have been comforted, since I wrote in February about having metastatic cancer, by the hundreds of letters I have received, the expressions of love and appreciation, and the sense that (despite everything) I may have lived a good and useful life. I remain very glad and grateful for all this ? yet none of it hits me as did that night sky full of stars.

I read 1984 when it came out in 1949, and found its account of the ?memory hole? peculiarly evocative and frightening, for it accorded with my own doubts about my memory. I think that reading this led to an increase in my own journal keeping, and photographing, and an increased need to look at testimonies of the past

Author Picture
First Name
Oliver
Last Name
Sacks
Birth Date
1933
Death Date
2015
Bio

British-American Neurologist, Naturalist and Author who explored the brain’s strangest pathways, best known for Movies: Awakenings, The Music Never Stopped, and At First Sight as well as for his Books: The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, On the Move: A Life, and Musicophilia