Yesterday anniversary of the death of famous Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks (August 30). I also found out that he was a fellow Cancerian (Born on July 9th).Dr.Sacks was a talented physician and a beautiful writer, with a mind that could reach the depths of the human spirit. I’ve never read his books,but one of my favorite blogs brainpickings has a wealth of quotations and excerpts of his inspirational writings that I’ve read .
Here, I’ve collected four quotes of Oliver Sack’s quotes on writing .
1.“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.”
2.“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.”
3.“The act of writing is an integral part of my mental life; ideas emerge, are shaped, in the act of writing… a special, indispensable form of talking to myself.”
4.”The act of writing, when it goes well, gives me a pleasure, a joy, unlike any other. It takes me to another place — irrespective of my subject — where I am totally absorbed and oblivious to distracting thoughts, worries, preoccupations, or indeed the passage of time.”