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Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie Quotes


English surgeon
(1783 - 1862)

It is attention, more than any difference between minds and men. - In this is the source of poetic genius, and of the genius of discovery in science. - It was this that led Newton to the invention of fluxions, and the discovery of gravitation, and Harvey to find out the circulation of the blood, and Davy to those views which laid the foundation of modern chemistry.
[Attention]
 

Nothing in this world is so good as usefulness. It binds your fellow creatures to you, and you to them; it tends to the improvement of your own character and gives you a real importance in society, much beyond what any artificial station can bestow.
[Usefulness]
 

The failure of the mind in old age is often less the result of natural decay, than of disuse. - Ambition has ceased to operate; contentment brings indolence, and indolence decay of mental power, ennui, and sometimes death. - Men have been known to die, literally speaking, of disease induced by intellectual vacancy.
[Mind]