The Best Oliver Sacks quotes

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In the world of business, there are a few revered names. Names like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Elon Musk come to mind. These entrepreneurs have made billions of dollars and changed the way we live our lives. But what about the entrepreneurs who never became billionaires? The ones who started with nothing and built their businesses from the ground up? This blog post is about one such entrepreneur: Oliver Sacks. While he may not be a household name, Sacks’ life story is one worth sharing. So without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the life of Oliver Sacks.

We are glad to present you the most inspiring Brain, Feelings, Life, Hallucination quotes from Oliver Sacks, and much more.


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About Oliver Sacks

birth of the author

9 July 1933

death of the author

30 August 2015

country of the author


education of the author

The Queen’s College, Oxford

knownfor of the author

Known For:
A Series Of Nonfiction Books On Particularly Interesting Cases Among His Psychiatric And Neurological Patients

institution of the author

New York University Columbia University Albert Einstein College Of Medicine University Of Warwick Little Sisters Of The Poor


About 10 percent of the hearing impaired get musical hallucinations, and about 10 percent of the visually impaired get visual hallucinations. — Oliver Sacks

Psychotic hallucinations, whether they are visual or vocal, they address you. They accuse you. They seduce you. They humiliate you. They jeer at you. You interact with them. — Oliver Sacks

In general, people are afraid to acknowledge hallucinations because they immediately see them as a sign of something awful happening to the brain, whereas in most cases they’re not. — Oliver Sacks

At 11, I could say ‘I am sodium’ (Element 11), and now at 79, I am gold. — Oliver Sacks

at 11 i could say i am sodium element 11 and now at 79 i am gold Oliver Sacks quote


I often feel that life is about to begin, only to realize it is almost over. — Oliver Sacks

I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. — Oliver Sacks

I rejoice when I meet gifted young people… I feel the future is in good hands. — Oliver Sacks

I feel I should be trying to complete my life, whatever ‘completing a life’ means. — Oliver Sacks

He wanted to do, to be, to feel–and could not; He wanted sense, He wanted purpose–in Freud’s words, ‘Work and Love’. — Oliver Sacks

i often feel that life is about to begin only to realize it is almost over Oliver Sacks quote


People will make a life in their own terms, whether they are deaf or colorblind or autistic or whatever. And their world will be quite as rich and interesting and full as our world. — Oliver Sacks

Life must be lived forwards but can only be understood backwards.’–Kierkegaard — Oliver Sacks

We have, each of us, a life story, whose continuity, whose sense, is our lives. — Oliver Sacks

The brain is The most intricate mechanism in The universe, i couldn’t imagine spending my life with kidneys. — Oliver Sacks

In examInIng disease, we gaIn wisdom about anatomy and physiology and biology. In examInIng the person with disease, we gaIn wisdom about life. — Oliver Sacks

life must be lived forwards but can only be understood backwards kierkegaard Oliver Sacks quote

I find my thoughts, increasingly, not on the supernatural or spiritual but on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life–achieving a sense of peace within oneself. — Oliver Sacks

I suspect that music has qualities both of speech and writing–partly built in, partly individually constructed–and this goes on all through one’s life. — Oliver Sacks

I am a man of vehement disposition, with violent enthusiasms, and extreme immoderation in all my passions. — Oliver Sacks


A profound intriguing and compelling guide to the intricacies of the human brain. — Oliver Sacks

Fascinating, Doidge’s book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain. — Oliver Sacks

a profound intriguing and compelling guide to the intricacies of the human brain Oliver Sacks quote

We see with the eyes, but we see with the brain as well. And seeing with the brain is often called imagination. — Oliver Sacks

In terms of brain development, musical performance is every bit as important educationally as reading or writing. — Oliver Sacks

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When the brain is released from the constraints of reality, it can generate any sound, image, or smell in its repertoire, sometimes in complex and ‘impossible’ combinations’. — Oliver Sacks

Creativity involves the depth of a mind, and many, many depths of unconsciousness. — Oliver Sacks

Inspiring Phrases From Oliver Sacks

It really is a very odd business that all of us, to varying degrees, have music in our heads. — Oliver Sacks

music is part of being human Oliver Sacks quote

We now know that memories are not fixed or frozen, like Proust’s jars of preserves in a larder, but are transformed, disassembled, reassembled, and recategorized with every act of recollection. — Oliver Sacks

The power of music to integrate and cure. . . is quite fundamental. It is the profoundest nonchemical medication. — Oliver Sacks

Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears–it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. — Oliver Sacks

Music is part of being human. — Oliver Sacks

Music, uniquely among the arts, is both completely abstract and profoundly emotional. — Oliver Sacks

The past which is not recoverable in any other way is embedded, as if in amber, in the music, and people can regain a sense of identity. — Oliver Sacks

Various Statements From Oliver Sacks

In forty years of medical practice, i have found only two types of non–pharmaceutical ‘therapy’ to be vitally important for patients with chronic neurological diseases: music and gardens. — Oliver Sacks

Music is…a fundamental way of expressing our humanity–and it is often our best medicine. — Oliver Sacks

I think there is no culture in which music is not very important and central. That’s why I think of us as a sort of musical species. — Oliver Sacks

The power of music and the plasticity of the brain go together very strikingly, especially in young people. — Oliver Sacks

music is a fundamental way of expressing our humanity and it is often our best medicine Oliver Sacks quote

Music evokes emotion and emotion can bring it’s memory. — Oliver Sacks

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