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18 Quotes on the Sense of Smell

Learn what the well-known have to say about your olfactory system.

Learn more about the power of smell and its impact on memory and cognitive functioning. 

The sense of smell, like a faithful counsellor, foretells its character. - Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

 The act of smelling something, anything, is remarkably like the act of thinking. Immediately at the moment of perception, you can feel the mind going to work, sending the odor around from place to place, setting off complex repertories through the brain, polling one center after another for signs of recognition, for old memories and old connection. – Lewis Thomas

The sense of smell can be extraordinarily evocative, bringing back pictures as sharp as photographs of scenes that had left the conscious mind. – Thalassa Cruso

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Oh, I think the explanation might be you've been fooled by a simple olfactory misdirection, a little bit like ventriloquism of the nose. It's an elementary trick in certain parts of the galaxy. – The Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who

Through seven figures come sensations for a man; there is hearing for sounds, sight for the visible, nostril for smell, tongue for pleasant or unpleasant tastes, mouth for speech, body for touch, passages outwards and inwards for hot or cold breath. Through these come knowledge or lack of it. – Hippocrates

The olfactory system, anatomically, is right in the middle of the part of the brain that's very important for memory. There are strong neural connections between the two. – Donald Wilson

To each other, we were as normal and nice as the smell of bread. We were just a family. In a family even exaggerations make perfect sense. - John Irving

 A nose that can see is worth two that sniff. - Eugene Ionesco

 Instinct is the nose of the mind. - Delphine de Girardin

 In the land of the skunks, he who has half a nose is king. - Chris Farley

Well, even to this day, if I smell a Big Mac, I'm like Pavlov's dog. My mouth starts watering immediately, like, 'Man, that is so good,' but I can't take a bite of it. - Morgan Spurlock, producer/director/writer of Super Size Me

When a baby comes you can smell two things: the smell of flesh, which smells like chicken soup, and the smell of lilies, the flower of another garden, the spiritual garden. - Carlos Santana

When I write about a 15-year old, I jump, I return to the days when I was that age. It's like a time machine. I can remember everything. I can feel the wind. I can smell the air. Very actually. Very vividly. - Haruki Murakami

You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. - Walter Hagen

For the sense of smell, almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories and it is a pity that we use it so little. – Rachel Carson

The sanitary and mechanical age we are now entering makes up for the mercy it grants to our sense of smell by the ferocity with which it assails our sense of hearing. – Havelock Ellis

It has been observed that one's nose is never so happy as when it is thrust into the affairs of another, from which some physiologists have drawn the inference that the nose is devoid of the sense of smell. – Ambrose Bierce

Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D., N.C.C., L.M.H.C., is the author of Making the Grade with ADD and ADD and Your Money. 

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