When I was studying at Manhattan School of Music, 1969-1974, I would have loved to have seen and heard Oliver Sacks speak about music and brain, if he'd come to speak there. It would have been a once in a lifetime opportunity to know this brilliant man's thoughts on that and other subjects. Oh well, I'll have to wait to meet him in Heaven.
You were an inspiration to me and millions of others. Your work created worldwide empathy for individuals with mental health needs and for that I will always be grateful.
In December 1980 it was a global event when John Lennon was murdered. Since I remember that all so very clearly, I can tell you that Oliver's life has meant much more, had a vastly greater impact for good, and to vastly more people, than John's did -- and his death, the same. This is just something I've thought about as I try to integrate myself into the "post-Oliver world." I am so thankful for the books, the audio and video recordings of Oliver!
Rest in peace Dr. Oliver Sacks.
Dr. Oliver Sacks leaves our family saddened by his loss but grateful for his extraordinary output of written works. He was loved and admired by the many cousins in his extended family, of which I am one, for his breadth of knowledge, humane sensitivity and literary gifts.
It was this great man's writing that got me through many tough nights and inspired me to eventually become a writer myself. I just sold my first story. Thank you Dr. Sacks for your contribution to the medical and literary world. You will be missed.
I have been lucky enough to correspond with Oliver and I will miss this man.
Oliver Sacks, thank you for letting me discover the power that music has on the brain. Your case studies have inspired me so much. Thank you for every bit of knowledge you've given me
I just want to thank Dr. Sacks, as well as all of you around him, for his parting gift - the book On the Move - which I ordered the day he died and am enjoying immensely now. I would have liked to meet him, but I feel compensated, somehow, for that loss through this book.
Your writing has given me so many gifts, from simple entertainment to profound insight; and your life has been an example to me in the art of finding one's true self and creating one's unique story. Thank you and love to those who loved you.
I read your book " On the Move" in my holidays in Istria and it inspired me to think about " how the Brain functions." Why are we how we are, what does make us ourselves? How can I help get My Child the best Start in life?
I want to thank you for a readable scientific Book, your honorable Life, your childish Look to life.
R. I. P.
Deeply moved by his last articles, "Sabbath" and "Filter Fish", about returning to where we come from. Thank you.
Depuis plus de ving-cinq ans, la moitié de ma vie, vos livres m'ont accompagnée, émue, réconfortée, passionnée... Hélas, le monde n'est pas facile et vous ne serez plus là pour nous en donner quelques clés, et inlassablement, nous parler de science, mais surtout d'humanité et d'espoir. Tous mes vœux cher docteur Sacks, cher, cher docteur Sacks, vous accompagnent vers les étoiles.
I'm so grateful for every second I spent reading your books. I'm spreading your stories in Brazil to bless more and more people with your touching heart. As you wished, your books are still speaking to people everywhere. Thank you for being you.
It is not just the fascination with Dr. Sacks' work, or the invaluable use of his texts in my classes, but the humanistic roundedness, authenticity, and warmth of his being that should be a beacon in the ever dehumanizing world of today.
Oh Oliver Sacks - I have had my head down so diligently at the beginning of this semester that I did not know until yesterday that you had passed over from this life.
You had become a constant presence in my life, I first read "The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat" as an undergraduate; your books and stories and later on even your voice ( magnets in your pockets!) became embedded in my consciousness, your delight in the world became one that a shared over and over again with my own students.
Many thanks for a life well lived, a game well played.
I'm sad to think that I only found this page after his death. I have read a couple of his essays and listened to him numerous times on the radio and always been moved by his empathy for others and his gift for story telling. He was clearly a person who loved science, but also loved people. May more of us take after him.
Inspired by you professionally and personally, I'm reminded of what it means to be kind, humble, compassionate, curious, fascinated, and fascinating. Goodbye good doctor, quiet hero of the oft-forgotten.
Loved the article My Periodic Table! Read parts at a local berievement meeting referring to Bismuth being element 83. Quoting, " I almost certainly will not see my polonium (84) birthday. I'm beyond sad yet greatful for the New York Times Sunday, July 26, 2015, for running such an enlightening story. I'll hold you to the light, dear Dr. Sacks.
Doctor Sacks, Your contributions to the field of human experience awakened in me a fascination with the human mind and it's hidden potential. For that, I am forever grateful.