Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Daniel Amen

American Physician, Child and Adult Psychiatrist and Author, Founder of Amen Clinic

"New research suggests that the brain influences, and may, in fact, be wired to experience God or deep spirituality. Religious experience often stems from temporal-lobe and limbic system function,, and obsessions (religious and others) stem from too much activity in the anterior cingulated gyrus and basal ganglia."

"Empathy is the foundation for a developed moral character. Without it, we can’t feel how others respond to our actions, or we may not care. With it, we are able to sense vicariously what others feel when we connect with them and in so doing build lasting emotional bonds."

"The sum of our memories and experiences is responsible for our sense of identity and connectedness to those around us, as well as our character."

"Don't believe everything you hear--even in your own mind."

"To feel successful, you must be able to be honest about the things that are really important to you."

"18/40/60 Rule When you're eighteen, you worry about what everybody is thinking of you. When you're forty, you don't give a damn about what anybody thinks of you. When you're sixty, you realize nobody's been thinking about you at all."