No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humour.
(Samuel Taylor Coleridge : 1772-1834)
Absence of occupation is not rest,
A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
Here lies our good Edmund, whose genius was such,
We scarcely can praise it or blame it too much;
Who, born for the Universe, narrowed his mind,
And to party gave up what was meant for mankind.
(Samuel Johnson on Edmund Burke)
Nature, that fram'd us of four elements
Warring within our breasts for regiment,
Doth teach us all to have aspiring minds....
(Marlowe : Tamburlaine)
The body is seen by the mind, but the mind is seen by what?
(Raja Rao : The Meaning of India)
Slowly, slowly, catch the monkey.
The mind is its own place and in itself
Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven
(John Milton : Paradise Lost - I)
The gentle mind by gentle deeds is known,
For a man by nothing is so well betrayed
As by his manners.
(Edmund Spenser : 1552-1599 : The Faerie Queen)
Among all the diseases of the mind there is not one more epidemical or more pernicious than the love of flattery.
(Richard Steele : 1672-1729 : The Spectator)
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
(Steele : The Tatler)
I must have a prodigious quantity of mind. It takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up.
(Mark Twain : 1835-1910)
Small minds discuss people.
Average minds discuss facts.
Great minds discuss ideas.
Greatest minds act in silence.