I am recovering from a diffuse cerebral injury sustained when I drove my Porsche race car into a wall at high speed on the track.
This book and Oliver Sacks have come at such an introspective time in my life. I went to the website and cried when I read he had passed on.
I am sad that I will never meet him but will endeavor to read all he has ever written. What a brilliant man - in all things
To be completely honest, I had no idea who you were five days ago.
As I got home one day last week, barely having the time to take off my coat before Steven, a dear but not so easily excitable friend, passionately divulged how wonderful your adventures are and how touched he is by your writing. Since he began your book, I am often showered with stories about your life. While I love to see the happiness you are bringing to Steven’s life, I feel that I have to thank you for the pleasure I get, watching this infusion of excitement.
He is absolutely smitten with your unquenchable love of life. Your adoration for adventure and your acceptance of the way it changes you. Your ability to utilize your gifts with the greatest creativity, without having them become a hindrance. I should say, I am paraphrasing Steven here, perhaps quite poorly.
In a world that is tough and heavy on the mind and the heart, I’ve never seen another author lift Steven up in such a fascinating and imaginative way. Almost a childlike-fearlessness has washed over him and allowed for clarity and encouragement in areas that were otherwise muted.
Since he started reading your Autobiography, Steven has managed to make changes and persevere in area where he may have procrastinated in the past. You touched and sparked him. It has been a pleasure to watch you encourage a person for whom I care so deeply.
A great big thank you, Mr. Sacks!
Some years ago, I worked with a deaf woman. Our work relationship seemed to be deteriorating. I happened upon Dr. Sacks' book "Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf." Reading that book made all the difference -- I now understood where my co-worker was coming from, and our relationship improved tremendously. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has friends, family, or co-workers who are deaf. A belated thank you for this excellent book.
Thank you Mr. Sacks for sharing your life with us (your readers) for so many years. I have gratitude for you, your writings, your research and know that you have lived a life engaged fully with the world and its people. Your life serves as an example to enjoy and extend ones self into the world. You considered yourself shy but you've made a permanent impression on so many of us. Curiosity and lifelong learning can keep us going, 80 years and beyond. R.I.P.
It's a very hot summer afternoon in South Africa. Just had an amazing lunch at a restaurant and finished reading On The Move.
I am forever grateful for picking up this amazing book at a bookstore at the airport while waiting for my partner (gay) to arrive from Amsterdam.
What an eye opener. Amazing stuff. Can't wait to read the rest of his books.
One of my top 5 books ever. So wish I could have told him this myself.
To his partner I only wish the best and I am sure a lifetime of memories.
All my love.
You had an amazing journey and changed the lives of so many. You will be missed but never forgotten. You made science sexy and understandable for the every-person.
Thank you Sir.
Thank you for making things a lot clearer for me and showing me I was not losing my mind, as why when I look at people I think I know them. This is something that has manifested itself after my first of 3 strokes I have suffered. Also dates and time spans cause me problems. Something that happened maybe a year ago, I think that it happened a few months ago. I don't remember detail, but I will know that I went on holiday and remember where I went but not what we did and when. I take lots of photographs and at the age of almost 60 am studying for a degree; this helps in remembering detail. I make notes and keep a diary, but photography has become a large part of my life. I care for my husband who has Alzheimer's and have come to understand how delicate and complicated the brain can be.
An ispiration to all junior physicians, like myself. What greater inspiration to life and one's vocation as the works and brilliance of Dr Sacks. I can only dream of having such an impact on others - not only our patients, but people on the whole. It is the reason we embarked on this difficult but rewarding journey. You have influenced many, and will continue to, through your life's work and persona. Only one word: Gratitude.
Dr. Oliver Sacks, an amazing man with intellectual and compassionate abilities all rolled into one. I have read many of his books, but my favourite was 'Island of the Colour Blind.' I have 2 sons with colour blindness but could never have fully understood the condition without the detailed explanations in his book. May his memory live on..............
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.