Claremont further fleshed out Storm's backstory in The Uncanny X-Men #117 (January 1979). He retroactively added that Professor X, who recruits her in Giant Size X-Men #1 of 1975, had already met her as a child in Cairo. As Ororo grows up on the streets and becomes a proficient thief under the tutelage of master thief Achmed el-Gibar, one of her most notable victims was Charles Francis Xavier, later Professor X. He is able to use his mental powers to temporarily prevent her escape and recognizes the potential in her. However, when Xavier is attacked mentally by Amahl Farouk, the Shadow King, the two men are preoccupied enough with their battle to allow the girl to escape. Both Xavier and the Shadow King recognize Storm as the young girl later.
Ever since her inception in 1975, Storm's biography has largely stayed the same. The framework was laid first by Chris Claremont, who fleshed out her backstory in The Uncanny X-Men #102 (1976), #113 (1978) and #117 (1979). Some reinterpretations were made in 2005 and 2006, where writers Mark Sumerak and Eric Jerome Dickey, respectively, rewrote part of her early history in the miniseries Ororo: Before the Storm and Storm vol. 2.
Brain Quotes ExploreExperimentNewsQuestionsNewsletterSearchSupportHOME Scientists, musicians, poets, comedians, writers, advertisers...they allhave thoughts about the brain. Take your pick from these quotes. You mayagree with some of the quotes - you may disagree with others. All of themshould make you think! Diane Ackerman (from An Alchemy of Mind. The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain, 2004) Shaped a little like a loaf of French country bread, our brain is a crowded chemistry lab, bustling with nonstop neural conversations.Imagine the brain, that shiny mound of being, that mouse-gray parliament of cells, that dream factory, that petit tyrant inside a ball of bone, that huddle of neurons calling all the plays, that little everywhere, that fickle pleasuredome, that wrinkled wardrobe of selves stuffed into the skull like too many clothes into a gym bag. W. Ross Adey (from The Mind: Biological Approaches To ItsFunctions, 1968)I am often reminded of the image that one might just as well try to understand the sort of people that live in a city like Los Angeles by looking at the traffic patterns on the freeways, as to look at the transmission characteristics in the brain and expect to tell what sort of houses the people lived in, and whether they had Picassos on the walls or preferred the music of the Beatles.E.D. Adrian (from The Physical Background of Perception, 1947) In fact, if we are to understand ourselves better than we do now, I have no doubt that we must try to unravel all these complicated activities of the living matter in our brain. Aesop (from Aesop's Fables, The Fox and the Mask)A Fox entered the house of an actor and, rummaging through allhis properties, came upon a Mask, an admirable imitation of a human head.He placed his paws on it and said, "What a beautiful head! Yet it is ofno value, as it entirely lacks brains."Aesop (from Aesop's Fables, The Fox and the Goat)The fox speaking to the goat: "You foolish old fellow! If you had as many brains in your head as you have hairs in your beard, you would never have gone downbefore you had inspected the way up, nor have exposed yourself todangers from which you had no means of escape." John S. Allen (from The Lives of the Brain, 2009)The brain is truly wonderful and complex, seamlessly and apparently effortlessly able to attend to multiple tasks at the same time. However, the human brain, via religion or science, art or technology, has yet to figure itself out. John M. Allman (from Evolving Brains, 2000)Brains exist because the distribution of resources necessary for survival and the hazards that threaten survival vary in space and time.William F. Allman (from Apprentices of Wonder. Inside the NeuralNetwork Revolution, 1989)The brain is a monstrous, beautiful mess. Its billions of nervecells - called neurons - lie in a tangled web that displays cognitivepowers far exceeding any of the silicon machines we have built to mimicit.Susan Allport (from Explorers of the Black Box. The Search for theCellular Basis of Memory, 1986)Most of us have spent some time wondering how our brain works. Brainscientists spend their entire lives pondering it, looking for a way tobegin asking the question, How does the brain generate mind? The brain,after all, is so complex an organ and can be approached from so manydifferent directions using so many different techniques and experimentalanimals that studying it is a little like entering a blizzard, the Casbah,a dense forest. It's easy enough to find a way in - an interestingphenomenon to study - but also very easy to get lost.American ProverbsHalf a brain is too much for him who says little.We need brain more than belly food.Brain is worth more than brawn.Where there are no brains, there is no feeling.The less the brains, the bigger the hat.You can borrow brains, but you can't borrow character.Amy (from The Big Bang Theory TV show)I study the brain, the organ reponsible for Beethoven's 5th Symphony. Bernadette studies yeast, the organism responsible for Michelob Light.Anonymous (from A. Nonny Mouse Writes Again! by J.Prelutsky, 1993)Ashes to ashesDust to dustOil those brainsBefore they rust.Anonymous (from Scientific American, "The Printer's Song," Vol. 1, number 11, Nov. 27, 1845)We catch the thought, all glowing warm,As it leaves the student's brain;And place the stamp of enduring formOn Poet's airy strain.Aristotle (from De motu animalium, 4th century B.C.)The seat of the soul and the control of voluntary movement - in fact,of nervous functions in general, - are to be sought in the heart. Thebrain is an organ of minor importance.AristotleAnd of course, the brain is not responsible for any of the sensationsat all. The correct view is that the seat and source of sensation is theregion of the heart.Isaac Asimov (from the foreword to The Three-Pound Universe byJ. Hooper and D. Teresi, 1986)The human brain, then, is the most complicated organization of matterthat we know.Sir David Attenborough (from an interview with David Barrett, 'Attenborough: Children Don't Know Enough About Nature', Daily Telegraph, April 17 2011)Education is not a matter of getting facts and sowing them within brains, but that it is an attitude of mind that you teach children to find out for themselves. David Bainbridge (from The Strange Anatomy of the Brain, New Scientist, January 26, 2008.)The modern geography of the brain has a deliciously antiquated feel to it -- rather like a medieval map with the known world encircled by terra incognito where monsters roam.Dave BarryThe nuclear generator of brain sludge is television.Danielle S. Bassett and Michael S. Gazzaniga (from Understanding complexity in the human brain, Trends Cogn Sci.,15:200-209, 2011) The human mind is a complex phenomenon built on the physical scaffolding of the brain, which neuroscientific investigation continues to examine in great detail.L. Frank Baum (the "Scarecrow" in The Wonderful Wizard ofOz)No, indeed; I don't know anything. You see, I am stuffed, so I have no brains at all.The Beatles (from the song I'm So Tired)You know I can't sleep, I can't stop my brain.Sharon Begley (from In Our Messy, Reptilian Brains, Newsweek magazine, April 9, 2007)With modern parts atop old ones, the brain is like an iPod built around an eight-track cassette player.Charles Bell (from The Anatomy of the Brain, Explained in a Series of Engravings, 1802)In the Brain the appearance is so peculiar, and so little capable ofillustration from other parts of the body, the surfaces are so soft, andso easily destroyed by rude dissection, and it is so difficult to followan abstract description merely, that this part of Anatomy cannot bestudied without the help of Engravings.Charles Bell (from The Idea of a New Anatomy of the Brain, 1811)All ideas originate in the brain: the operation producing them is the remote effect of an agitation or impression on the extremities of the nerves of sense; directly they are consequences of a change or operation in the proper organ of the sense which constitutes a part of the brain, and over these organs, once brought into action by external impulse, the mind has influence.Tim Berners-Lee (from Weaving The Web: the original design and ultimate destiny of the world wide web by its inventor, 1999) There are billions of neurons in our brains, but what are neurons? Just cells. The brain has no knowledge until connections are made between neurons. All that we know, all that we are, comes from the way our neurons are connected.R.J.A. Berry (from Brain and Mind or The Nervous System of Man,1928)An intimate acquaintance with some of the structural features of thehuman brain is thus seen to be not only necessary to the physician, butalso to the psychologist, the educationalist, and the socialworker.Leonardo Bianchi (from The Mechanism of the Brain and the Functionof the Frontal Lobes, 1922)The brain is the great factory of thought. To it are directed all theforces of nature, forces which, for thousands of years, have beenexpending themselves upon it and impressing on it a slow and continuousmotion of evolution.Maurice Alpheus Bigelow and Ann N. Bigelow (from Introduction to Biology: An Elementary Textbook and Laboratory Guide, 1913)Nervous exhaustion from mental overwork is most often due to neglect of this rule and the brain worker should limit his regular day's work to a reasonable number of hours per day and those when the brain is at its best.Alfred Binet (from The Mind and the Brain, 1907)The force of our consciousness, the correctness of our judgments, our tempers and our characters, the state of health of our minds, and also their troubles, their weaknesses, and even their existence, are all in a state of strict dependence on the condition of our bodies, more precisely with that of our nervous systems, or, more precisely still, with the state of those three pounds of proteid substance which each of us has at the back of his forehead, and which are called our brains.Tim Birkhead (from Bird Sense. What It's Like to Be a Bird, 2012)Although we tend to think of the brain as a discrete organ - a lump of squidgy tissue - it is better to think of it as part of an elaborate network of nervous tissue that reaches out to every single part of the body.Keith Black (quoted in Discover magazine, April, 2004)If you look at the anatomy, the structure, the function, there's nothing in the universe that's more beautiful, that's more complex, than the human brain. Colin Blakemore (from Mechanics of the Mind, 1977)The brain struggling to understand the brain is society trying toexplain itself.Susan Blakemore (from "Meme, Myself, I", New Scientist, March13, 1999)In proportion to our body mass, our brain is three times as largeas that of our nearest relatives. This huge organ is dangerous and painfulto give birth to, expensive to build and, in a resting human, uses about20 per cent of the body's energy even though it is just 2 per cent of thebody's weight. There must be some reason for all this evolutionaryexpense.Floyd E. Bloom (in Fundamental Neuroscience edited by L.R. Squire et al., 2003)As we begin the 21st century, the Hubble space telescope is providing us with information about as yet uncharted regions of the universe and the promise that we may learn something about the origin of the cosmos. This same spirit of adventure is also being directed to the most complex structure that exists in the universe - the human brain.Floyd E. Bloom (in the Introduction to Best of the Brain from Scientific American, New York: Dana Press, 2007)The study of the human brain and its disease remains one of the greatest scientific and philosophical challenges ever undertaken.Charles E. Boklage (from "Twinning, handedness, and the biology of symmetry," in Cerebral Dominance. The Biological Foundations edited by N. Geschwind and A.M. Galaburda, 1984)Whatever happens in the mind of man is represented in the actions and interactions of brain cells.Erma BombeckAnybody who watches three games of football in a row should bedeclared brain dead.Ambrose BierceBrain: an apparatus with which we think that we think.Mind, n. A mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain.Lord Brain (from Science and Man, 1966 and yes,that is his real name)Just as brain development has greatly increased the range and scope ofperception (that is, the receptive side of its activities) so it hasenhanced the range and power of man's control over hisenvironment.Paul Broca (as quoted by von Bonin in 1950)There are in the human mind a group of faculties and in the braingroups of convolutions, and the facts assembled by science so far allowto state, as I said before, that the great regions of the mindcorrespond to the great regions of the brain.Richard D. Broadwell (from Neuroscience, Memory and the Brain, 1995)We sit on the threshold of important new advances in neuroscience thatwill yield increased understanding of how the brain functions and of moreeffective treatments to heal brain disorders and diseases. How the brainbehaves in health and disease may well be the most important question inour lifetime.Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (from Faust, 1808)Ah! my poor brain is racked and crazed,My spirit and senses amazed!Helen Gurley BrownBeauty can't amuse you, but brainwork -- reading, writing, thinking --can. Elizabeth Barrett BrowningChildren use the fist until they are of age to use the brain.Archie Bunker (character in All in the Family, 1971)You'd better start mixing toothpaste with your shampoo. You're getting a cavity in your brain.Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen (in the Academy Award-winning songSwinging on a Star recorded by Bing Crosby in 1944)A mule is an animal with long funny earsKicks up at anything he hearsHis back is brawny but his brain is weakHe's just plain stupid with a stubborn streakAnd by the way, if you hate to go to schoolYou may grow up to be a mule.Burma Shave roadside advertisementDon't loseYour headTo gain a minuteYou need your headYour brains are in it.George Bush (from Presidential Proclamation 6158, July 17,1990)I, George Bush, President of the United States of America, do herebyproclaim the decade beginning January 1, 1990, as the Decade of the Brain.I call upon all public officials and the people of the United States toobserve that decade with appropriate programs, ceremonies, andactivities.Pierre Cabanis (from Traite du physique et du moral de l'homme, Second Memoir, 1802)Impressions arriving at the brain make it enter into activity, just as food falling into the stomach excites it to more abundant secretion of gastric juice.Santiago Ramon y Cajal (in Charlas de cafe: pensamientos, anecdotas y confidencias, Madrid: Imprenta de Juan Pueyo Luna, 1920.As long as our brain is a mystery, the universe, the reflection of thestructure of the brain will also be a mystery.Santiago Ramon y CajalThe brain is a world consisting of a number of unexplored continentsand great stretches of unknown territory.Santiago Ramon y Cajal (from Recuerdos de mi vida, 1901)Every man if he so desires becomes sculptor of his own brain.Santiago Ramon y Cajal (from Recollections of My Life, 1937)To know the brain...is equivalent to ascertaining the material course of thought and will, to discovering the intimate history of life in its perpetual duel with external forces.Car AdvertisementThe brain: mind-boggling. But whatever mysteries that lie within its folds, there's no better stimulation for the brain of a driver than an empty road, a full tank of fuel and energizing music over the sound system.Lewis Carroll (from Sylvie and Bruno, 1890)My hand moves because certain forces----electric, magnetic, orwhatever 'nerve-force' may prove to be----are impressed on it by my brain.This nerve-force, stored in the brain, would probably be traceable, ifScience were complete, to chemical forces supplied to the brain by theblood, and ultimately derived from the food I eat and the air Ibreathe.Cindy (character in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, 2002)I washed your brain, but I had trouble getting the think stains out.Edward Clarke (from Vision: A Study of False Sight, 1878)Sleep affords the opportunity, within certain limits, for the brain toact of itself, and dreams are the result.Cobb (played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie Inception, 2010)Once an idea has taken hold of the brain, it's almost impossible to eradicate.Charles Coppens (from Moral Principles and Medical Practice TheBasis of Medical Jurisprudence, 1897)For the brain is the organ not of the imagination alone, which is put to an unhealthy strain by excessive mental labor, but probably also of the passions, whose emotions when excessive may cause even permanent lesion.William C. Corning (from The Mind: Biological Approaches To ItsFunctions, 1968)In the study of brain functions we rely upon a biased, poorlyunderstood, and frequently unpredictable organ in order to study theproperties of another such organ; we have to use a brain to study abrain.George Costanza (from "The Reverse Peephole" episode of Seinfeld TV show, 1998)Because important things go in a case. You got a skull for your brain, a plastic sleeve for your comb, and a wallet for your money.Peter Coveney and Roger Highfield (from Frontiers of Complexity. The Search for Order in a Chaotic World, R., New York: FawcettColumbine, 1995, p. 279)It is unmatched in its ability to think, to communicate, and toreason. Most striking of all, it has a unique awareness of its identityand of its place in space and time. Welcome to the human brain, thecathedral of complexity.Apollo Creed (character played by Carl Weathers in the movieRocky, 1976)Sports make you grunt and smell. Stay in school, use your brains. Be athinker, not a stinker.Francis Crick (from What Mad Pursuit, 1988)It is essential to understand our brains in some detail if we are toassess correctly our place in this vast and complicated universe we seeall around us.Francis H.C. Crick (from Scientific American, September,1979)There is no scientific study more vital to man than the study of hisown brain. Our entire view of the universe depends on it.Francis Crick (from The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for Soul, 1994)The Astonishing Hypothesis is that "You," your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behaviour of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules. As Lewis Carroll's Alice might have phrased it: "You're nothing but a pack of neurons."MacDonald Critchley (from The Divine Banquet of the Brain, 1979)We must admit that the divine banquet of the brain was, and still is, a feast with dishes that remain elusive in the blending, and with sauces whose ingredients are even now a secret.L.L. Larison Cudmore (from In The Center of Life: A Natural History of the Cell, 1977)Amoebas may not have backbones, brains, automobiles, plastic, television, Valium or any other of the blessings of a technologically advanced civilization; but their architecture is two billion years ahead of its time.William Cullen (1710-1790; from Institutions of Medicine,Pt.)Sensation and volition, so far as they are connected with corporealmotions, are functions of the brain alone...the will operating in thebrain only, by a motion begun there, and propagated along the nerves,produces the contraction of the muscles.Antonio R. Damasio (from How the Brain Creates the Mind, Sci. American (Special Issue), vol. 12, p. 4, 2002.More may have been learned about the brain and the mind in the 1990s -- the so-called decade of the brain -- than during the entire previous history of psychology and neuroscience.Charles Darwin (from The Origin of Species, 1859)It is certain that there may be extraordinary mental activity with anextremely small absolute mass of nervous matter: thus the wonderfullydiversified instincts, mental powers, and affections of ants arenotorious, yet their cerebral ganglia are not so large as the quarter of asmall pin's head. Under this point of view, the brain of an ant is one ofthe most marvelous atoms of matter in the world, perhaps more so than thebrain of a man.Charles Darwin (from Autobiography, 1887)If I had to live my life again I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied could thus have been kept active through use.Charles Darwin (from The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, 1871.)It is certain that there may be extraordinary activity with an extremely small absolute mass of nervous matter; thus the wonderfully diversified instincts, mental powers, and affections of ants are notorious, yet their cerebral ganglia are not so large as the quarter of a small pin's head. Under this point of view, the brain of an ant is one of the most marvellous atoms of matter in the world, perhaps more so than the brain of man.Joel Davis (from Mapping the Mind: The Secrets of the HumanBrain and How it Works, 1997)The human brain is the last, and greatest, scientific frontier. It istruly an internal cosmos that lies contained within our skulls. The morethan 100 billion nerve cells and trillion supporting cells that make upyour brain and mine constitute the most elaborate structure in the knownuniverse.William Henry Day (from Headaches; their Nature, Causes, andTreatment, 1880)The brain cannot stand like a monument, and maintain itsintegrity.Edward De Bono (from Daily Mail, 1990)Humour is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.Peter de Vries (from Comfort Me with Apples)We know the human brain is a device to keep the ears from grating onone another.Jose M.R. Delgado (from Physical Control of the Mind,1969)The brain, or cerebrum, is a material entity located inside the skullwhich may be inspected, touched, weighed, and measured. It is composed ofchemicals, enzymes, and humors which may be analyzed. Its structure ischaracterized by neurons, pathways, and synapses which may be examineddirectly when they are properly magnified.William C. Dement (from The Promise of Sleep, 1999, p.231)Sleep deprivation is the most common brain impairment.Daniel C. Dennett (from Consciousness Explained, 1991)The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching for asuitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life. Forthis task it has a rudimentary nervous system. When it finds its spot andtakes root, it doesn't need its brain any more so it eats it. It's ratherlike getting tenure. Rene Descartes (quoted in Minds Behind the Brain. A History of the Pioneers and Their Discoveries by S. Finger,2000)There is a little gland in the brain in which the soul exercises itsfunctions in a more particular way than in the other parts.Marian C. Diamond and Arnold B. Scheibel (in The Human Brain Coloring Book, 1985)The human brain is the most complex mass of protoplasm on earth-perhaps even in our galaxy.Emily Dickinson (in Johnson, T.H. (editor), The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Boston (MA): Little, Brown and Company, 1890.The Brain-is wider than the Sky-For-put them side by side-The one the other will containWith ease-and You-beside.The Brain is deeper than the sea -For - hold them - Blue to Blue -The one the other will absorb -As Sponges - Buckets - do -Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone, 1921)I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix. Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes, in The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, 1948)A man with so large a brain must have something in it.Dutch ProverbsA handful of patience is worth a bushel of brains.An ounce of patience is worth a pound of brains.Dr. Seuss (from Oh, the places you'll go!, 1990)You have brains in your head.You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourselfany direction you choose.Dr. SeussI like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.Dr. Seuss (from You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch)You're a monster, Mr. Grinch.Your heart's an empty hole.Your brain is full of spiders,You've got garlic in your soul.Bob Dylan (from Unbelievable, 1990)Every brain is civilized,Every nerve is analyzed,Everything is criticized when you are in need.John C. Eccles (from The Understanding of the Brain, 1977)I can state with complete assurance that for each of us our brainsform the material basis of our experiences and memories, our imaginations,our dreams.John C. Eccles (from The Future of the Brain Sciences, editedby Samuel Bogoch, 1969)A better understanding of the brain is certain to lead man to a richercomprehension both of himself, of his fellow man, and of society, and infact of the whole world with its problems.John C. Eccles (quoted by C.C. Pfeiffer in Mental and ElementalNutrients, 1975)The last thing that man will understand in nature is the performanceof his brain.Gerald M. Edelman (from Neuroscience, Memory and the Brain, 1995)A knowledge of brain science will provide one of the majorfoundations of the new age to come. That knowledge will spawncures for disease, new machines based on brain function, furtherinsights into our nature and how we know.Albert EinsteinReading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from itscreative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain toolittle falls into lazy habits of thinking.Dwight D. Eisenhower (from a radio broadcast on June 3, 1957)Dollars and guns are no substitutes for brains and will power.H. Chandler Elliott (from The Shape of Intelligence. The Evolution of the Human Brain, 1969)The brain is the man; its health is essential for normal living; its disorders are surely the most profound of human miseries; and its destruction annihilates a person humanly, however intact his body.Ralph Waldo Emerson Ideas must work through the brains and arms of men, or they areno better than dreams.English ProverbsIf the brain sows not corn, it plants thistles.Money spent on brain is never spent in vain.Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria in 1873.The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon.William Feindel (from the Introduction in The Mystery of the Mind, by Wilder Penfield, Princeton (NJ): Princeton University Press, 1975)Made up of a dozen billion microscopic nerve-cell units interconnected by millions upon millions of conducting nerve-threads weaving incredibly intricate patterns, the brain, as an object of research, presents a defiant challenge to its own ingenuity.David Ferrier (from The Functions of the Brain, 1876)There is, perhaps, no subject in physiology of greater importance and general interest than the functions of the brain, and there are few which present to experimental investigation conditions of greater intricacy and complexity.Katrina Firlik (from Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside, New York: Random House, 2006)I am a neurosurgeon. The brain is my business. Gerald D. Fischbach (from Scientific American, September,1992)The brain immediately confronts us with its great complexity. Thehuman brain weighs only three to four pounds but contains about 100billion neurons. Although that extraordinary number is of the same orderof magnitude as the number of stars in the Milky Way, it cannot accountfor the complexity of the brain. The liver probably contains 100 millioncells, but 1,000 livers do not add up to a rich inner life.Ruth Fischback and Gerald Fischbach (from Hard Science, HardChoices by Sandra J. Ackerman, New York: Dana Press, 2006)When we deal with brain science, we are dealing with the organ that makes us unique individuals, that gives us our personality, memories, emotions, dreams, creative abilities, and at times our sinister selves.Edward B. Foote (from Medical Common Sense, 1866)The brain is the great receiving and distributing reservoir of vitalelectricity, just as the heart is the receiving and distributing reservoirof the blood.Michael J. Fox, actor (quoted in People magazine, December 7,1998, p. 135; talking about his surgery for Parkinson's disease)They did something once that slurred my speech, and I thought, "Oh,man, you're messing with my brain. It's freaking me out."Benjamin Franklin (from Poor Richard, 1758)A full belly makes a dull brain.Morgan Freeman, actor (from The Associated Press, May 8,2008) If you're going to play a brain surgeon, you just have tolearn how to say the words. You don't have to go and learn how to cut opensomebody's scalp. I think acting is acting. Being is somethingelse.French ProverbA brain is worth little without a tongue.Sigmund Freud (from The Interpretation of Dreams (3rd edition), translated by A. A. Brill, 1911)The dream acts as a safety-valve for the over-burdened brain.Robert FrostThe brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up and does not stop until you get into the office.Wm. Fuller (from Architecture of the Brain, 1896)When a general knowledge of the structure of the brain is acquired by the student a useful and practical step is gained, because he will not only be able to describe the situation of a lesion and understand the descriptions made by others, but he will be in a situation to intelligently discuss the functions of its parts, and is prepared to work in the field of discovery.Franz Joseph Gall (quoted in Minds Behind theBrain. A History of the Pioneers and Their Discoveries by S. Finger,2000)The object of my researches is the brain. The cranium is only afaithful cast of the external surface of the brain, and is consequentlybut a minor part of the principal object.Franz Josef Gall (from On the Functions of the Brain and Each of its Parts, 1835Now I have demonstrated, that the convolutions of the brain are nothing but the peripheric expansion of the bundles of which it is composed; consequently the convolutions of the brain must be recognized as the parts in which the instincts, sentiments, propensities are exercised; and, in general the moral and intellectual forces.Howard Gardner (from Frames of the Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligence, 1983)To ask "Where in your brain is intelligence?" is like asking "Where is the voice in the radio?"Michael S. Gazzaniga (from The Bisected Brain, 1970)While there have been great technological advances in the study of thebrain, yielding enormous amounts of data on its physical and psychologicalcharacteristics, the old problem of relating mind to brain in a reasonablefashion remains unaccomplished.Michael S. Gazzaniga (from The Mind's Past, 1998)The human brain is generally regarded as a complex web of adaptationsbuilt into the nervous system, even though no one knows how.Charlotte Perkins Gilman (from The Home, 1903)The softest, freest, most pliable and changeful living substance isthe brain--the hardest and most iron-bound as well.Kenneth Grahame ("Toad" in The Wind in the Willow)Brain against brute force - and brain came out on the top - as itsbound to do.Greek ProverbBetter brains in the head than riches and confusion.Richard L. Gregory (from Eye and Brain: The Psychology ofSeeing, 1966)One of the difficulties in understanding the brain is that it is likenothing so much as a lump of porridge.Tim Green, Stephen F. Heinemann and Jim F. Gusella (from a paper in Neuron, vol. 420, page 427, 1998)The human brain is estimated to have about a hundred billion nervecells, two million miles of axons, and a million billion synapses, makingit the most complex structure, natural or artificial, on earth.Susan Greenfield (from How Might the Brain Generate Consciousness, inFrom Brains to Consciousness? Essays on the New Sciences of theMind, edited by S. Rose, Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1998)The most obvious feature of the brain is that it is not homogeneous,but composed of different regions. There are no intrinsic moving parts,no obvious way of knowing where to start to understand what is actuallyhappening, or what functions are taking place.Susan Greenfield (from The Private Life of the Brain,2000)The question of how the ebb and flow of a highly developed mind can becatered to by a physical brain, and the related question of how the oneimpacts the other, are the hardest-ever challenges to human ingenuity andimagination.Hanson (from the song, Man From Milwaukee)He says where he's from is called Albertane.There they use more than 10% of the brain.J. Allan Hobson (from The Dream Drugstore. Chemically Altered States of Consciousness, 2001)In New England, farmers say, "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute!" Meaning, of course, that New England weather is constantly changing. This is like the brain and its mind.Pinckney J. Harman (from James Arthur Lecture on the Evolution ofthe Human Brain, 1956)It is not unreasonable to expect that man's brain will continue tostudy itself so long as Homo sapiens shall last.Sydney J. Harris Knowledge fills a large brain; it merely inflates a small one.Erich Harth (from Windows on the Mind, 1982)The brain presents two seemingly irreconcilable aspects: It is amaterial body, exhibiting all the physical properties of matter, and itpossesses a set of faculties and attributes, collectively called mind,that are not found in any other physical system.Joel Havemann (from A Life Shaken, 2002)What seems astonishing is that a mere three-pound object, made of the same atoms that constitute everything else under the sun, is capable of directing virtually everything that humans have done: flying to the moon and hitting seventy home runs, writing Hamlet and building the Taj Mahal -- even unlocking the secrets of the brain itself.Jimi Hendrix (from song, Purple Haze, 1967)Purple haze was in my brain,Lately things don't seem the same,Actin' funny, but I don't know why,'Scuse me while I kiss the sky.Hippocrates (about 400 B.C.)Men ought to know that from the brain, and from the brain only, arise our pleasures, joy, laughter and jests, as well as our sorrows, pains, griefs, and tears.Hippocrates (about 400 B.C.)...all the most acute, most powerful, and most deadly diseases, and those which are most difficult to be understood by the inexperienced,fall upon the brain.Hippocrates (about 400 B.C.; quoted in MindsBehind the Brain. A History of the Pioneers and Their Discoveries byS. Finger, 2000)Wherefore the heart and the diaphragm are particularly sensitive, theyhave nothing to do, however, with the operations of the understanding, butof all these the brain is the cause.Benjamin L. Hooks (from African American Wisdom)The most enduring contributions made to civilization have not been made by brawn, they have been made by brain. Robert Green Ingersoll (from Liberty)I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot. Menare not superior by reason of the accidents of race or color. They aresuperior who have the best heart - the best brain.James I of England, James VI of Scotland (from A Counter-blaste toTobacco, 1604)A custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to thebrain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black, stinking fume thereofnearest resembling the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit that isbottomless.Judith Hooper and Dick Teresi (from The Three-Pound Universe,1986)The brain is a little saline pool that acts as a conductor, and itruns on electricity.David Hubel (from Scientific American, September 1979, p. 45) The brain is a tissue. It is a complicated, intricately woven tissue, like nothing else we know of in the universe, but it is composed of cells, as any tissue is. They are, to be sure, highly specialized cells, but they function according to the laws that govern any other cells. Their electrical and chemical signals can be detected, recorded and interpreted and their chemicals can be identified; the connections that constitute the brain's woven feltwork can be mapped. In short, the brain can be studied, just as the kidney can.David Hubel (from Scientific American, September 1979, p.45)Can the brain understand the brain? Can it understand the mind? Isit a giant computer, or some other kind of giant machine, or somethingmore?Italian ProverbsEveryone thinks he has more than his share of brain.Every one gives himself credit for more brains than he has, and less money.All the brains are not in one head.Half a brain is enough for him who says little. William James (from The Principles of Psychology, 1890)As the brain changes are continuous, so do all these consciousnessesmelt into each other like dissolving views. Properly they are but oneprotracted consciousness, one unbroken stream.William James (from The Principles of Psychology, 1890) If the nervous communication be cut off between the brain and other parts, the experiences of those other parts are non-existent for the mind. The eye is blind, the ear deaf, the hand insensible and motionless.Frances Gulick Jewett (from Control of Body and Mind, 1908) It is within my brain, then, in the wonderful neurons which make up the gray cortex of the cerebrum, that I not only think but feel. 2b1af7f3a8