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Date: December 30, 2015

"Marsh explained the architecture of the brain to me, and the way it functioned."

— Knausgaard, Karl Ove (b. 1968)

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Date: December 30, 2015

"He explained how they reached tumors that were lodged deep in the brain, which is, very loosely speaking, crumpled up like a sheet of paper, and therefore full of folds and ravines that you can push aside and move through."

— Knausgaard, Karl Ove (b. 1968)

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Date: December 30, 2015

"'Oh, man,' Pellegrin said. 'It was like her mind occupied the room'."

— Knausgaard, Karl Ove (b. 1968)

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Date: December 30, 2015

"I had always considered my thoughts as something abstract, but they weren't; they were as material as the heart beating in my chest. The same was true of the mind, the soul, the personality; all of it was fixed in the cells and originated as a result of the various ways in which these cells reac...

— Knausgaard, Karl Ove (b. 1968)

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Date: December 30, 2015

"That is the wolf. The awkward, twisted or stupid part of the soul, the grudges and the envy, the hopelessness and the darkness, the childish joy and the unmanageable desire."

— Knausgaard, Karl Ove (b. 1968)

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Date: December 30, 2015

"The wolf is the part of human nature that the systems have no room for, the aspect of reality that our ideas, the firmament that the brain vaults above our lives, cannot fathom. The wolf is the truth."

— Knausgaard, Karl Ove (b. 1968)

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Date: 2015

"Look both ways before you cross my mind."

— Kendrick Lamar [Kendrick Lamar Duckworth] (b. 1987)

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Date: December 30, 2015

"Still harder was grasping that within that room, there was an opening into yet another room, the human brain."

— Knausgaard, Karl Ove (b. 1968)

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Date: 2015

"It's never really dark
anyway, not even inside the skull"

— Young, Dean (b. 1955)

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Date: 2015

"And yes, mortal knells / in sleepless hours, hollow knocks of empty / boats against a dock but still the mind / is a meadow, the heart an ocean even though / it burns."

— Young, Dean (b. 1955)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.