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

Sublime Anatomy quotations

The brain is the organ of destiny. It holds within its humming mechanism secrets that will determine the future of the human race.

Conversation, like certain portions of the anatomy, always runs more smoothly when lubricated.

There is no scientific study more vital to man than the study of his own brain.

Our entire view of the universe depends on it.

Names are not always what they seem.

You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.

The early bird catches the worm.

No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.

In learning the art of storytelling by animation, I have discovered that language has an anatomy.

I profess to learn and to teach anatomy not from books but from dissections, not from the tenets of Philosophers but from the fabric of Nature.

Cellular pathology is not an end if one cannot see any alteration in the cell.

Chemistry brings the clarification of living processes nearer than does anatomy. Each anatomical change must have been preceded by a chemical one.

At some point, you have to make a decision.

Boundaries don't keep other people out. They fence you in. Life is messy. That's how we're made. So, you can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them

Women's chains have been forged by men, not by anatomy.

Massage is the study of anatomy in braille.

It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you place the blame.

The sculptor, and the painter also, should be trained in these liberal arts: grammar, geometry, philosophy, medicine, astronomy, perspective, history, anatomy, theory of design, arithmetic.

The more things change, the more they stay different.

Petting is the study of the anatomy in braille.

Although man has included meat in his diet for thousands of years, his anatomy and physiology, and the chemistry of his digestive juices, are still unmistakably those of a frugivorous animal.

I took anatomy classes. I went to medical libraries and talked to doctors and nutritionists. I did the whole thing before using myself as a human guinea pig.

It is shameful for man to rest in ignorance of the structure of his own body, especially when the knowledge of it mainly conduces to his welfare, and directs his application of his own powers.

So, if anatomy is destiny then testosterone is doom.

One of the problems with sex education.

.. is that it also strips kids - especially girls - of their modesty to have every detail of anatomy, physiology and condom usage made explicit.

As picture teaches the colouring, so sculpture the anatomy of form.

The soul is the effect and instrument of a political anatomy; the soul is the prison of the body

Boundaries don't keep other people out, they fence you in.

The object of my researches is the brain.

The cranium is only a faithful cast of the external surface of the brain, and is consequently but a minor part of the principal object.

In my second year, after moving to the Medical School, I began the courses of Anatomy and Physiology. I had begun to see that I was interested in cells and their functions.

Your brain has more than 100 billion cells, each connected to at least 20,000 other cells. The possible combinations are greater than the number of molecules in the known universe.

I put a bullet into the back of the crocodiles neck just behind the head, thus killing it. If a crocodile is hit in any other part of its anatomy it disappears into the water and is irrecoverable.

You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then - to learn.

Descriptive anatomy is to physiology what geography is to history, and just as it is not enough to know the typography of a country to understand its history, so also it is not enough to know the anatomy of organs to understand their functions.

The difference between a politician and a snail is that the snail leaves its slime behind. Whoever named it necking was a poor judge of anatomy.

It has never been in my power to study anything, mathematics, ethics, metaphysics, gravitation, thermodynamics, optics, chemistry, comparative anatomy, astronomy, psychology, phonetics, economics, the history of science, whist, men and women, wine, metrology, except as a study of semeiotic .

Anatomy is to physiology as geography is to history; it describes the theatre of events.