Oliver Sacks Quotes

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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
In terms of brain development, musical performance is every bit as important educationally as reading or writing. -Oliver Sacks
We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of thought. -Oliver Sacks
I often feel that life is about to begin, only to realize it is almost over. -Oliver Sacks
Music evokes emotion and emotion can bring it's memory. -Oliver Sacks
At 11, I could say 'I am sodium' (Element 11), and now at 79, I am gold. -Oliver Sacks
Empirical science, empiricism, takes no account of the soul, no account of what constitutes and determines personal being. -Oliver Sacks
The power of music, whether joyous or cathartic must steal on one unawares, come spontaneously as a blessing or a grace- -Oliver Sacks
Waking consciousness is dreaming - but dreaming constrained by external reality -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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