Quotes of Diane Ackerman

“ It's essential to tailor rehab to what impassions someone. The brain gradually learns by riveting its attention-through endless repetitions. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ Caregiver: that word should weigh more than others on a page, sag it down a bit and wrinkle it, because the simple-sounding job frazzles as it consumes and depletes. Not that it's only gloomy. Caregiving offers many fringe benefits, including the sheer sensory delight of nourishing and grooming, sharing, and playing. There's something uniquely fulfilling about being a lodestar, feeling so deeply needed, and it's fun finding creative ways to gladden a loved one's life. But caregiving does buttonhole you; you're stitched in one place. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ Life is a thing that mutates without warning, not always in enviable ways. All part of the improbable adventure of being alive, of being a brainy biped with giant dreams on a crazy blue planet. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ Couples are jigsaw puzzles that hang together by touching in just enough points. They're never total fits or misfits. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ Though we marry as adults, we don't marry adults. We marry children who have grown up and still rejoice in being children, especially if we're creative. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ Who you are isn't tied solely to what you say, even though it may feel that way to you now. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ The knowing, I told myself, is only a vapor of the mind, and yet it can wreck havok with one's sanity. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ Look in the mirror. The face that pins you with its double gaze reveals a chastening secret. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ Working from home meant we could vary snack and coffee breaks, change our desks or view, goof off, drink on the job, even spend the day in pajamas, and often meet to gossip or share ideas. On the other hand, we bossed ourselves around, set impossible goals, and demanded longer hours than office jobs usually entail. It was the ultimate "flextime," in that it depended on how flexible we felt each day, given deadlines, distractions, and workaholic crescendos. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ Love is the best school, but the tuition is high and the homework can be painful. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ I'd suffered many losses in recent years after my father mother uncle aunt and cousin had all passed away. In her final years my mother often lamented that there was no one alive who had known her as a girl and I was starting to understand how spooked she'd felt. I wasn't sure I could take any more abandonments. One succumbs so easily to mind spasms, worry spasms. [p. 95] ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ Wonder is the heaviest element on the periodic table. Even a tiny fleck of it stops time. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ I'm an Earth ecstatic, and my creed is simple: All life is sacred, life loves life, and we are capable of improving our behavior toward one another. As basic as that is, for me it's also tonic and deeply spiritual, glorifying the smallest lifeform and embracing the most distant stars. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ Books are borrowed minds, and because they capture the soul of a people, they explore and celebrate all it means to be human. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ Books are borrowed minds, and because they capture the soul of a people, they explore and celebrate all it means to be human. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ I think if you look at any facet of nature in enough detail, you find it fascinating. How could you not? The universe is so full of marvels. Here's an example — rain, the shape of rain. I was minding my own business, working on my book, looking out the window, and it was raining and I was noticing that the raindrops were falling in that classic round-looking way, and I thought, 'I wonder if raindrops really are round?' So I started researching it a little, and I discovered that raindrops change shape 300 times a second. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once. A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ There is no way in which to understand the world without first detecting it through the radar — net of our senses. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once. A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ There is no way in which to understand the world without first detecting it through the radar — net of our senses. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once. A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ There is no way in which to understand the world without first detecting it through the radar — net of our senses. ”

- Diane Ackerman

“ We live on the leash of our senses. ”

- Diane Ackerman
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