I have oft had cause to feel downhearted, for one reason or another, in the depths of Canadian winter. Brain functioning, pleasure, and physical energies all seem to plummet when the temperatures dive into the negatives and the sun is an infrequent visitor to the sky.
Thankfully, quotes from famous authors, thinkers, and philosophers are quickly accessible online for a midday pick-me-up. Powerful words put concisely can reframe problems, upset petty concerns, and derail negative thoughts. I generally prefer the quotes sans imagery, but that’s just me.
If you’ve ever read the books by Benjamin Hoff – The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet – you will know that A. A. Milne was an author whose main character, Winne-the-Pooh, captured not just children but adults as well. Quotes from A. A. Milne made me alternately smile and think (via BrainyQuote):
- “You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say”
- “The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking”
“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries”
- “What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow”
Some quotes, like this one from Jonathan Katz, made me laugh: “Scientists have found the gene for shyness. They would have found it years ago, but it was hiding behind a couple of other genes” (via BrainyQuote).
Others made me think: “Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are” – Soren Kierkegaard
Still others were enlightening in their use of analogy – take C.S. Lewis, a master of written analogies, as an example: “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts” (via BrainyQuote).
So regardless of where you are, how you are feeling, and what you are thinking about, quotes are a ‘nourishing’ source of brain food that can also elicit a positive emotional reaction.
Do you have a favorite quote, one that never fails to make you laugh or cheer you up? Share by commenting below!