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Best 11 The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Quotes by Oliver Sacks

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Quotes

“But who was more tragic, or who was more damned — the man who knew it, or the man who did not?”

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

“Dangerously well — what an irony is this: it expresses precisely the doubleness, the paradox, of feeling ‘too well’.”

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

“For here is a man who, in some sense, is desperate, in a frenzy. The world keeps disappearing, losing meaning, vanishing – and he must seek meaning, make meaning, in a desperate way, continually inventing, throwing bridges of meaning over abysses of meaninglessness, the chaos that yawns continually beneath him.”

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

“If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self — himself — he cannot know it, because he is no longer there to know it.”

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

“If we wish to know about a man, we ask 'What is his story – his real, inmost story?' For each of us is a biography, a story. Each of us is a singular narrative, which is constructed, continually, unconsciously, by, through, and in us – through our perceptions, our feelings, our thoughts, our actions; and, not least, our discourse, our spoken narrations. Biologically, physiologically, we are not so different from each other; historically, as narratives – we are each of us unique.”

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

“Perhaps there is a philosophical as well as a clinical lesson here: that in Korsakov’s, or dementia, or other such catastrophes, however great the organic damage and Humean dissolution, there remains the undiminished possibility of reintegration by art, by communion, by touching the human spirit: and this can be preserved in what seems at first a hopeless state of neurological devastation.”

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

“The feeling I sometimes have – which all of us who work closely with aphasiacs have – that one cannot lie to an aphasiac. He cannot grasp your words, and cannot be deceived by them; but what he grasps he grasps with infallible precision, namely the expression that goes with the words, the total, spontaneous, involuntary expressiveness which can never be simulated or faked, as words alone can, too easily.”

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

“The miracle is that, in most cases, he succeeds – for the powers of survival, of the will to survive, and to survive as a unique inalienable individual, are absolutely, the strongest in our being: stronger than any impulses, stronger than disease.”

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

“The pleasure we obtain from music comes from counting, but counting unconsciously. Music is nothing but unconscious arithmetic.”

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

“To be ourselves we must have ourselves – possess, if need be re-possess, our life-stories. We must 'recollect' ourselves, recollect the inner drama, the narrative, of ourselves. A man needs such a narrative, a continuous inner narrative, to maintain his identity, his self.”

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

“Very young children love and demand stories, and can understand complex matters presented as stories, when their powers of comprehending general concepts, paradigms, are almost nonexistent.”

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

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