quote by 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

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Examined life quote For what it's worth: it's never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope yo
For what it's worth: it's never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and, if you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start over.

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.

The pleasant life is not produced by continual drinking and dancing, nor sexual intercourse, nor rare dishes of sea food and other delicacies of a luxurious table. On the contrary, it is produced by sober reasoning which examines the motives for every choice and avoidance, driving away beliefs which are the source of mental disturbances.

Examined life quote Some days I wish I could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a
Some days I wish I could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a few things twice.

We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly - spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.

In accordance with my conception of life, I have chosen not to bring children into the world. A coin is examined, and only after careful deliberation, given to a beggar, whereas a child is flung out into the cosmic brutality without hesitation.


The examined life is no picnic.

Examined life quote There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's bo
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.

Philosophers should be, as Seneca put it, 'lawyers for humanity'.

Make what you think and feel count; the examined life has global dimensions.

It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.

Is it not true that your gloominess and bad temper are due to your lack of determination in breaking the subtle snares laid by your own disordered desires? The daily examination of conscience is an indispensible help if we are to follow our Lord with sincerity of heart and integrity of life.

Examined life quote Never be a prisoner of your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.
Never be a prisoner of your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.
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If you examine your life well, you will find many instances when God showed His unmistakable mercy to you. Trouble was brewing, but it passed you by for some reason. God delivered you. Acknowledge these and thank God, Who loves you.


We all have life-defining moments. They are like open-book tests, but we don't know we have been examined until it is over.

It takes tremendous discipline, takes tremendous courage, to think for yourself, to examine yourself.

Examined life quote Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choi
Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice.

Socrates said, the unexamined life is not worth living. My dad said, Booty - mmm mmm.

I think therapy is a rather misguided notion of capitalist societies whereby the self-indulgent examination of one's life supersedes the actual living of said life.

I wonder if, in fact, we have been observed by aliens and upon close examination of human conduct and human behavior they have concluded that there is no sign of intelligent life on Earth.

Examined life quote The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and
The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure.

Im haunted a little this evening by feelings that have no vocabulary and events that should be explained in dimensions of lint rather than words. Ive been examining half-scraps of my childhood. They are pieces of distant life that have no form or meaning. They are things that just happened like lint.

Plato says that the unexamined life is not worth living.

But what if the examined life turns out to be a clunker as well?

The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being.

Examined life quote Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest ste
Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip top if you must, but take the step.

Painting has to get back to its original goal, examining the inner lives of human beings.

Examine from time to time what are the dominant passions of your soul, and having ascertained this, mold your life, so that in thought, word, and deed you may as far as possible counteract them.


Living simply is not about living in poverty or self-inflicted deprivation.

It's about living an examined life where one has determined what is truly important and enough … and then just let go of all the rest.

Examined life quote Don't wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to enjoy your life.
Don't wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to enjoy your life.

Superficial people are those who simply go along without a question in the world-asking nothing, troubled by nothing, examining nothing. Whatever people around them do, they do, too. That's a sad and plastic life-routine and comfortable, maybe, but still sad.

The current memoir craze has fostered the belief that confession is therapeutic, that therapy is redemptive and that redemption equals art, and it has encouraged the delusion that candor, daring and shamelessness are substitutes for craft, that the exposed life is the same thing as an examined one.

The life which is not examined is not worth living.

Examined life quote Don't compare your life to others. There's no comparison between the sun and the
Don't compare your life to others. There's no comparison between the sun and the moon. They shine when it's their time.

If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.


Our examination of computer viruses leads us to the conclusion that they are very close to what we might define as "artificial life." Rather than representing a scientific achievement, this probably represents a flaw in our definition.

Always examine the dice.

Examined life quote Failure are part of life. If you don't fail, you don't learn. If you don't learn
Failure are part of life. If you don't fail, you don't learn. If you don't learn you'll never change.

To examine the causes of life, we must first have recourse to death.

Once one is caught up into the material world not one person in ten thousand finds the time to form literary taste, to examine the validity of philosophic concepts for himself, or to form what, for lack of a better phrase, I might call the wise and tragic sense of life.

Once one is caught up into the material world not one person in ten thousand finds the time to form literary taste, to examine the validity of philosophic concepts for himself, or to form what, for lack of a better phrase, I might call the wise and tragic sense of life.

Examined life quote Life is like a piano, the white keys represent happiness and the black shows sad
Life is like a piano, the white keys represent happiness and the black shows sadness, but as you go through life's journey, remember that the black keys also makes music.
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What does a life of total dedication to truth mean? It means, first of all, a life of continuous and never-ending stringent self-examination. We know the world only through our relationship to it. Therefore, to know the world, we must not only examine it but we must simultaneously examine the examiner.

Art has to be a kind of confession. I don't mean a true confession in the sense of that dreary magazine. The effort it seems to me, is: if you can examine and face your life, you can discover the terms with which you are connected to other lives, and they can discover them, too - the terms with which they are connected to other people.

The ancient Greeks were the first ones to say an unexamined life is not worth living. They don't tell you of course what we found out, an examined life not that fascinating either.

If your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.

The psychiatrists examine you and ask you about your life and work, and then they decide whether your film can be shown or not. It's a horrible experience.

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