Diane Ackerman (born October 7, 1948) is an American author, poet, and naturalist most famous for her work A Natural History of the Senses. She has taught at various universities, including Columbia and Cornell, and her essays regularly appear in distinguished popular and literary journals.
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- I don't want to be a passenger in my own life.
- On Extended Wings (1985)
- I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to live the width of it as well.
- As quoted in Meditations for Women Who Do Too (1991) by Anne Wilson Schaef
- Human beings are sloshing sacks of chemicals on the move.
- An Alchemy of Mind : The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain (2004) ISBN 0743246721
- It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.
- Look in the mirror. The face that pins you with its double gaze reveals a chastening secret. You are looking into a predator's eyes. Most predators have eyes set right on the front of their heads, so they can use binocular vision to sight and track their prey.
- There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools.
- Sometimes attributed to Ackerman this actually originates with Nicolas Chamfort, as quoted in The Cynic's Breviary : Maxims and Anecdotes from Nicolas de Chamfort (1902) as translated by William G. Hutchison, p. 37