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quotations about the body, body parts, anatomy




The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.
- - - Thomas A. Edison

We are unalterably opposed to the presentation of the female body being stripped, bound, raped, tortured, mutilated and murdered in the name of commercial entertainment and free speech.
- - - Susan Brownmiller "Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape"

The body is a sacred garment.
- - - Martha Graham

The body says what words cannot.
- - - Martha Graham

It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.
- - - Lee Haney

The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
- - - P. B. Medawar

A married woman has the same right to control her own body as does an unmarried woman.
- - - Sol Wachtler, Judge, NY State Court of Appeals [Unanimous opinion that a man may be prosecuted for raping his wife, 20 Dec 84]


I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat."
- - - Sir Winston Churchill

Blood alone moves the wheels of history.
- - - Benito Mussolini

Blood is a cleansing and sanctifying thing, and the nation that regards it as the final horror has lost its manhood... there are many things more horrible than bloodshed, and slavery is one of them!
- - - Padraic Pearse

Blood is that fragile scarlet tree we carry within us.
- - - Sir Osbert Sitwelll


The more you use your brain, the more brain you will have to use.
- - - George A. Dorsey

A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to need, and the rest he can put away in the lumber room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.
- - - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.
- - - Robert Frost

It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.
- - - Michel deMontaigne

The more you use your brain, the more brain you will have to use.
- - - George A. Dorsey

I have a brain and a uterus, and I use both.
- - - Patricia Schroeder

I use not only all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.
- - - Woodrow Wilson


What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our eyes!
- - - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.
- - - Frank Tyger

A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears.
- - - Woodrow Wyatt


Eyes too expressive to be blue,
Too lovely to be grey.
- - - Sir Edwin Arnold

Her sparkling eyes could replace the sun
and her smile, brighten the sky
with her, anything is within my grasp
even the ability to fly
- - - M. R. Brice

An eye can threaten like a loaded and levelled gun, or it can insult like hissing or kicking; or, in its altered mood, by beams of kindness, it can make the heart dance for joy.
- - - Ralph Waldo Emerson

There's beauty in the silver singing river
There's beauty in the sunrise in the sky
But none of these and nothing else can match the beauty
That I remember in my true love's eyes
- - - Bob Dylan "Tomorrow is a Long Time"

Eyes like the starlight of the soft midnight,
So darkly beautiful, so deeply bright.
- - - C. H. W. Esling

An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
- - - Mohandas K. Gandhi

The eyes have one language everywhere.
- - - George Herbert

Her eyes the glowworm lend thee,
The shooting stars attend thee;
And the elves also,
Whose little eyes glow
Like the sparks of fire, befriend thee.
- - - Robert Herrick "The Night Piece to Julia"

So excuse me forgetting, but these things I do
You see I've forgotten, if they're green or they're blue
Anyway, the thing is, what I really mean
Yours are the sweetest eyes, I've ever seen.
- - - Elton John / Bernie Taupin

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
- - - Marcel Proust

The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.
- - - Saint Jerome

My eyes are an ocean in which my dreams are reflected.
- - - Anna M. Uhlich

Was she so loved because her eyes were so beautiful or were her eyes so beautiful because she was loved?
- - - Anzia Yezierska


Gray hairs are death's blossoms.
- - - English Proverb

Babies haven't any hair;
Old men's heads are just as bare;
Between the cradle and the grave
Lies a haircut and a shave
- - - Samuel Hoffenstein

The hair is the richest ornament of women.
- - - Martin Luther


nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands
- - - e e cummings "Somewhere I have Never Traveled"


Since everything is in our heads, we had better not lose them.
- - - Coco Chanel

A thick head can do as much damage as a hard heart.
- - - H. W. Dodds

How many times can a man turn his head, and pretend that he just doesn't see?
- - - Bob Dylan "Blowing in the Wind"

Better a bald head than none at all.
- - - Austin O'Malley

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.
- - - William Shakespeare "Henry IV"


Two things are bad for the heart ... running up stairs and running down people.
- - - Bernard M. Baruch

Win hearts, and you have all men's hands and purses.
- - - William Cecil Burleigh

When your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme.
- - - Jimminy Cricket

Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go
- - - Louise Driscoll

Tears may be dried up, but the heart - never.
- - - Marguerite de Valois

The heart is like a viper, hissing and spitting poison at God.
- - - Jonathan Edwards

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.
- - - Zelda Fitzgerald

If you haven't any charity in your heart, then you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
- - - Bob Hope

When I was one and twenty
I heard a wise man say,
Give crowns and pounds and guineas
But not your heart away.
- - - A. E. Housman

Great tranquillity of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor blame.
- - - Thomas A. Kempis

The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.
- - - Martin Luther

My heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill.
- - - Fiona Macleod "The Lonely Hunter"

The heart is a free and fetterless thing -
A wave of the ocean, a bird on the wing.
- - - Julia Pardoe "The Captive Greek Girl"

The heart has reasons of which reason has no knowledge.
- - - Blaise Pascal

You don't die of a broken heart, you only wish you did.
- - - Marilyn Peterson

Time bears away all things, even the heart.
- - - Virgil


Tears are the summer showers to the soul
- - - Alfred Austin

The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.
- - - John Vance Cheney

Oh, no, it can't be teardrops
'Cause a man ain't supposed to cry.
- - - Dee Clark

Tears may be dried up, but the heart - never.
- - - Marguerite de Valois

Hell's afloat in lover's tears.
- - - Dorothy Parker

Sometimes, even music cannot substitute for tears.
- - - Paul Simon

Tears are the silent language of grief.
- - - Voltaire

And with tears of blood he cleansed the hand,
The hand that held the steel:
For only blood can wipe out blood,
And only tears can heal.
- - - Oscar Wilde "The Ballad of Reading Gaol"


The tongue of man is a twisty thing.
- - - Homer "Iliad"

A tart temper never mellows with age; and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
- - - Washington Irving

The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.
- - - Oscar Levant


The human voice is the organ of the soul.
- - - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Then read from the treasured volume
The poem of thy choice,
And lend to the rhyme of the poet
The beauty of thy voice.
- - - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

My tongue is smiling.

- - - Abigail Trillin, age four - On finishing a dish of chocolate ice cream, quoted by her father Calvin Trillin, "Alice, Letís Eat "

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