11. "Currently, our minds are devoted to things we do not want. Our positive intentions occupy but a tiny sliver of our minds. The rest is focused on the problems we hope the intentions will eliminate. The majority of our brainpower is devoted to the old beliefs of scarcity, problem relationships, and a God who shoots fire bolts from heaven. The"
- Pam Grout, E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality
12. "Imagine a life-form whose brainpower is to ours as ours is to a chimpanzee’s. To such a species, our highest mental achievements would be trivial. Their toddlers, instead of learning their ABCs on Sesame Street, would learn multivariable calculus on Boolean Boulevard. Our most complex theorems, our deepest philosophies, the cherished works of our most creative artists, would be projects their schoolkids bring home for Mom and Dad to display on the refrigerator door."
- Neil deGrasse Tyson, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
13. "Perhaps you'll apprentice to a healer when you're older," Grete suggested. "I'd say you have the gift for it." Hen reddened, then seemed suddenly fascinated with a speck on her shoe. "Be nice to have a gift for something," she said after a moment. "But they don't let girls apprentice, now, do they?" Grete harrumphed. "A bunch of fools, the lot who came up with that system. You lose half the world's brainpower that way."
- Frances O'Roark Dowell, Falling In
14. "It's not about you. It's about your customer. It's about your client. Use your strengths, yes, but remember, you're here to serve- not to self-actualize. Of course you matter. But the most important successful people improve their own lives by improving others' lives. They help their customer solve its problem, They give their client something it doesn't know it was missing. That's where they focus their energy, talent, and brainpower. The most valuable people in any job bring out the best in others. They make their boss look good. They help their teammates succeed."
- Daniel H. Pink, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need
15. "Just about everything we choose to do can direct our cognition up or down. The effect may be negligible or significant, but it all adds up. The more challenging choices we make, and the longer we do them, the greater the benefit—usually by a considerable amount. It does not really matter whether we work primarily with people, things, or data. What matters is whether the work is challenging or routine. Schaie shows that we need to remain engaged. As is implied in his studies and demonstrated in others, a variety of stimulation matters a great deal to our brainpower."
- Shlomo Breznitz, Maximum Brainpower: Challenging the Brain for Health and Wisdom
16. "The instincts and attributes of animals are so much better than those of a human being in so many ways, and we sometimes forget that fact. We certainly don’t have the strength of many animals; we cannot fly like birds and insects; we cannot survive in harsh climates like many animals; we cannot navigate like most animals; we cannot swim like fish and whales and dolphins; we cannot get along with one another like most animals. In fact, all in all, human beings are kinda wimpy. It is only our brainpower and our invention of tools and weapons that have allowed us to survive. Some then say that our brainpower is why the human is superior, but given a level playing field and only our physical attributes, human beings are not superior to many animals. Our brains may appear to be superior and may very well be, although we still cannot navigate like a whale or dolphin or bat with sonar, and we certainly don’t have the highly tuned instincts or the heightened senses of many animals. The point"
- Sylvia Browne, All Pets Go To Heaven: The Spiritual Lives of the Animals We Love
17. "I don't think science is hard to teach because humans aren't ready for it, or because it arose only through a fluke, or because, by and large, we don't have the brainpower to grapple with it. Instead, the enormous zest for science that I see in first-graders and the lesson from the remnant hunter-gatherers both speak eloquently: A proclivity for science is embedded deeply within us, in all times, places, and cultures. It has been the means for our survival. It is our birthright. When, through indifference, inattention, incompetence, or fear of skepticism, we discourage children from science, we are disenfranchising them, taking from them the tools needed to manage their future."
- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
18. "Knowing what we now know about the human brain and how it grows, that we entered this world not hating ourselves, thirsty to learn, we must believe this: Learning how to hate ourselves was merely one of countless things we could have learned. In those same hours we have devoted to self-loathing, we could have learned how to play the flute or repair clocks instead. The same brainpower we have poured into self-cutting, say, or anorexia could have been spent attending sailing school or inventing fluorescent toothpaste. But it was not. Of all the potential lessons in the world, self-loathing was just one. It was by random, tragic, potentially fatal accident that we found ourselves enrolled in Self-Loathing 101. In it, we learned: Have fear. Lose heart."
- Anneli Rufus, Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself
19. "Exercise increases brainpower. You know that aerobic exercise increases the flow of oxygen to the heart, but did you also know that it increases the flow of oxygen to the brain? When a rush job (or a rush of anxiety) keeps you up all night, a judicious exercise break can keep you bright until dawn. According to nutrition research scientist Judith J. Wurtman, PhD, when you’re awake and working during hours that you’d normally be asleep, your internal body rhythms tell your body to cool down, even though your brain is racing along. Simply standing up and stretching, walking around the room, or doing a couple of sit-ups every hour or so speeds up your metabolism, warms up your muscles, increases your ability to stay awake, and, in Dr. Wurtman’s words, prolongs your ability to work smart into the night. Eureka!"
- Carol Ann Rinzler, Nutrition for Dummies
20. "Adrian looked over at me again. Who knows more about male weakness: you or me? Go on. I refused to directly answer the question. Get a new dress. One that shows a lot of skin. Short. Strapless. Maybe a push-up bra too. He actually had the audacity to do a quick assessment of my chest. Eh, maybe not. But definitely some high heels. Adrian, I exclaimed. You’ve seen how Alchemists dress. Do you think I can really wear something like that? He was unconcerned. You’ll make it work. You’ll change clothes or something. But I’m telling you, if you want to get a guy to do something that might be difficult, then the best way is to distract him so that he can’t devote his full brainpower to the consequences. You don’t have a lot of faith in your own gender. Hey, I’m telling you the truth. I’ve been distracted by sexy dresses a lot. I didn’t really know if that was a valid argument, seeing as Adrian was distracted by a lot of things. Fondue. T-shirts. Kittens. And so, what then? I show some skin"
- Richelle Mead, The Indigo Spell