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The mind does not know what diet it can feed on until it has been brought to the starvation point.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Whose little body lodged a mighty mind.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. V, l. 999), (Pope's translation)

A faultless body and a blameless mind.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. III, l. 138), (Pope's translation)

The glory of a firm capacious mind.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. IV, l. 262), (Pope's translation)

And bear unmov'd the wrongs of base mankind,
  The last, and hardest, conquest of the mind.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XIII, l. 353), (Pope's translation)

A well-prepared mind hopes in adversity and fears in prosperity.
  [Lat., Sperat infestis, metuit secundis
    Alteram sortem, bene preparatum
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (II, 10, 13)

If anything affects your eye, you hasten to have it removed; if anything affects your mind, you postpone the cure for a year.
  [Lat., Quae laedunt oculum festinas demere; si quid
    Est animum, differs curandi tempus in annum.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 238)

A mind that is charmed by false appearances refuses better things.
  [Lat., Acclinis falsis animus meliora recusat.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (II, 2, 6)

The body loaded by the excess of yesterday, depresses the mind also, and fixes to the ground this particle of divine breath.
  [Lat., Quin corpus onustum
    Hesternis vitiis, animum quoque praegravat una
      Atque affigit humo divinae particulam aurae.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (II, 2, 77)

I hope your mind's not as empty as that desk.
      - Lyndon Baines Johnson

As the mind must govern the hands, so in every society the man of intelligence must direct the man of labor.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The true, strong, and sound mind is the mind that can embrace equally great things and small.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

Minds which never rest are subject to many digressions.
      - Joseph Joubert

The mind is the atmosphere of the soul.
      - Joseph Joubert

We disjoint the mind like the body.
      - Joseph Joubert

We measure minds by their stature; it would be better to esteem them by their beauty.
      - Joseph Joubert

What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind.
      - Thomas Hewitt Key,
        on the authority of F.J. Furnivall

Seven Watchmen sitting in a tower,
  Watching what had come upon Mankind,
    Showed the Man the Glory and the Power
      And bade him shape the Kingdom to his mind.
        . . . .
          That a man's mind is wont to tell him more
            Than Seven Watchmen sitting in a tower.
      - Rudyard Kipling,
        Dedication to Seven Watchmen

The mind, like all other things, will become impaired, the sciences are its food,--they nourish, but at the same time they consume it.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

A lofty mind always thinks nobly, it easily creates vivid, agreeable, and natural fancies, places them in their best light, clothes them with all appropriate adornments, studies others' tastes, and clears away from its own thoughts all that is useless and disagreeable.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Great minds lower, instead of elevate, those who do not know how to support them.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Minds of moderate calibre ordinarily condemn everything which is beyond their range.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Gravity is a mystery of the body invented to conceal the defects of the mind.
  [Fr., La gravite est un mystere du corps invente pour cacher les defauts de l'esprit.]
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maximes

Nobody, I believe, will deny, that we are to form our judgment of the true nature of the human mind, not from sloth and stupidity of the most degenerate and vilest of men, but from the sentiments and fervent desires of the best and wisest of the species.
      - Archbishop Robert Leighton,
        Theological Lectures
         (no. 5, Of the Immorality of the Soul)

The shadows of the mind are like those of the body. In the morning of life they all lie behind us; at noon we trample them under foot; and in the evening they stretch long, broad, and deepening before us.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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