A Quote by Jay W. Ingram on family, football, justice, life, psychology, science, scientists, tennis, thought, winning, wonder, and yielding

I once read that if the folds in the cerebral cortex were smoothed out it would cover a card table. That seemed quite unbelievable but it did make me wonder just how big the cortex would be if you ironed it out. I thought it might just about cover a family-sized pizza: not bad, but no card-table. I was astonished to realize that nobody seems to know the answer. A quick search yielded the following estimates for the smoothed out dimensions of the cerebral cortex of the human brain. An article in Bioscience in November 1987 by Julie Ann Miller claimed the cortex was a "quarter-metre square." That is napkin-sized, about ten inches by ten inches. Scientific American magazine in September 1992 upped the ante considerably with an estimate of 1 1/2 square metres; that's a square of brain forty inches on each side, getting close to the card-table estimate.' A psychologist at the University of Toronto figured it would cover the floor of his living room (I haven't seen his living room), but the prize winning estimate so far is from the British magazine New Scientist's poster of the brain published in 1993 which claimed that the cerebral cortex, if flattened out, would cover a tennis court. 'How can there be such disagreement?' How can so many experts not know how big the cortex is? I don't know, but I'm on the hunt for an expert who will say the cortex, when fully spread out, will cover a football field. A Canadian football field.

Jay W. Ingram

Source: The Burning House, Unlocking the Mysteries of the Brain Penguin Books, U.K., 1995

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A Quote by James Allen on darkness, life, victory, and yielding

For those who will fight bravely and not yield, there is triumphant victory over all the dark things of life.

James Allen (1864 - 1912)

Source: As A Man Thinketh

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A Quote by J. (Jiddu) Krishnamurti on creativity, decisions, learning, men, simplicity, and yielding

The Creative knows the great beginnings. The Receptive completes the finished things. The Creative is decided and therefore shows to men the easy. The Receptive is yielding and therefore shows to men the simple. Learning is movement from moment to moment.

J. Krishnamurti (1895 - 1986)

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A Quote by J. B. O'Rielly on habits, patience, and yielding

How shall I a habit break? As you did that habit make; As you gathered you must loose; As you yielded, now refuse. Thread by thread the strand we twist Till they bind us neck and wrist; Thread by thread the patient hand Must untwine ere free we stand; As we builded stone by stone, We must toil, unhelped, alone, Till the wall is overthrown.

J. B. O'Rielly

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A Quote by Helen Adams Keller on enemies, pity, world, and yielding

Self-pity is our worst enemy, and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in the world.

Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)

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A Quote by Hamilton Wright Mabie on character, kindness, life, limitations, spirit, strength, and yielding

There is no kind of bondage which life lays upon us that may not yield both sweetness and strength; and nothing reveals a man's character more fully than the spirit in which he bears his limitations.

Hamilton Wright Mabie (1845 - 1916)

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A Quote by H. G. Dwight on birds, impossibility, life, men, sentimentality, and yielding

And there were times when one yielded quite shamelessly to the sentimental. They were more likely to be times of crickets, I think, than of birds - when it was impossible not to feel, like another essence of the sunlight, the bittersweet of life that lingers about old houses, and places where men have died, and things that forgotten hands have touched.

H. G. Dwight

Source: Gardens and Gardening, Atlantic Monthly, 1912

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A Quote by Grace Troy on caring, faith, god, home, learning, life, love, needs, pain, prayer, rest, understanding, world, yielding, and path

I know not why His hand is laid In chastening on my life, Nor why it is my little world Is filled so full of strife; I know not why when faith looks up And seeks for rest from pain, That o'er my sky fresh clouds arise And drench my path with rain. I know not why my prayer so long By Him has been denied; Nor why, while other's ships sail on, Mine should in port abide. But I do know that God is love, That He my burden shares, And though I may not understand I know for me He cares. I know the heights for which I long Are often reached through pain, I know the sheaves must needs be threshed To yield the golden grain. 'Tis that I thus may learn to love And know as I am known, I will not care how rough the road That leads me to my home.

Grace Troy

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on civilization, good, and yielding

A good civilization spreads over us like a tree, varying and yielding because it is alive. A bad civilization stands up and sticks out above us like an umbrella - artificial, mathematical in shape; not merely universal, but uniform.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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A Quote by George Washington on earth, hope, peace, politics, retirement, and yielding

I am once more seated under my own vine and fig tree . . . and hope to spend the remainder of my days in peaceful retirement, making political pursuits yield to the more rational amusement of cultivating the earth.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

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