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.
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.