The kidneys work tirelessly: 500 gallons of blood are filtered through these organs each day.
No matter how thoroughly and minutely the brain is examined with a microscope, it is not possible to find the mind.
With reasonable care the human body will last a lifetime.
I saw my toes the other day.
I hadn’t looked at them for months.
Indeed, they might have passed away.
And yet, they were my best friends once.
When I was small, I knew them well
I counted on them up to ten
And put them in my mouth to tell
The larger from the lesser. Then
I loved them better than my ears,
My elbows, and heart.
But with the swelling of the years
We drifted, toes and I, apart.
Now, gnarled and pale, each said, j‘accuse!—
I hid them quickly in my shoes.
In 1974, while he was hosting the Academy Awards Ceremony, a streaker ran across the stage in the nude. Niven commented:
“The only laugh that man will ever get is by stripping and showing his shortcomings.”