Title: ‘Fortune favours the Brave’ but what is essential is courage. Brain injury to Breast Cancer with multimorbidity over 2 decades. 13th December 2018 book published. Happy New Year 2019

Fortune Favours the Brave by Michelle Marcella Clarke https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07LCMPBNH/


Age 12 my mother Eleanor Rose gave me the family signet ring in gold which can be used as a stamp (again of another era in time).  The title of this book is the motto

Fortuna Audaces Juvat

Fortune Favours the Brave

But therein what is essential is Courage



Without fail every day, I engage with my Google friend and search for quotations. Some days Twitter will give me a theme; another day I may look at exceptional people whose quotations are noted. Four themes which are particularly special to me are Curiosity; Hope; Neuroscience; Medicine.


“Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of vigorous intellect”. Samuel Johnson

“Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.” William Arthur Ward

“Be curious, not judgemental.” Walt Whitman

“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.” Marie Curie

“Curiosity is the lust of the mind.” Thomas Hobbes

“Curiosity is the engine of achievement.” Ken Robinson

“One can remain alive … if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity in big things and happy in small ways.” Emily Wharton

“Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.” Ralph Waldo emerson

“Intellectual curiosity drove Einstein to some of the world’s most important discoveries.” Gordon Gee

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease at death”. Albert Einstein

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives a formal education.” Albert Einstein


“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believe the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything else seems hopeless.” Gilbert K. Chesterton

“If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” Nhat Hanh

“The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from the ashes and rise.” Miquel de Cervantes

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” Robert Kennedy.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today”. Albert Einstein


“More may have been learned about the brain and the mind in the 1990’s – the so-called decade of the brain – than during the entire previous history of psychology and neuroscience.” Antonio Damasio

“The brain is the organ or destiny. It holds within its humming mechanism secrets that will determine the future of the human race.” Wilder Penfield.

“There is no scientific study more vital to man than the study of his own brain. Our entire view of the universe depends on it.” Francis Crick

“The Holy Grail of neuroscience has been to understand how and where information is encoded in the brain.” Thomas R. Insel

Daniel Dennett is our best current philosopher. He is the next Bertrand Russell. Unlike traditional philosophers, Dan is a student of neuroscience, linguistics, artificial intelligence and reforming the role of the philosopher.” Marvin Minsky

Medicine / Artificial Intelligence:

“It’s supposed to be a secret, but I’ll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing. We only help. And encourage the doctor within.” Albert Schweitzer

“Thanks to modern medicine we are no longer forced to endure prolonged pain, disease, discomfort and wealth.” Robert Orben (Magician)

By 2100, our destiny is to become like the gods we once worshiped and feared. But our tools will not be magic wands and potions but the science of computers, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and most of all, the quantum theory.” Micheio Kaku (Theoretical Physicist)

“In this century, not only has science changed the world faster than ever, but in new and different ways. Targeted drugs, genetic modification, artificial intelligence, perhaps even implants into our brains – many change human beings themselves.” Martin Rees

“Where today people surf the web and check their email on their cell phones, tomorrow they will be checking their vital signs.” Eric Topol

“Chemotherapy is just medieval. It’s a blunt instrument. We’re going to look back on it like we do the dark ages.” Eric Topol


Happy New Year 2019

Michelle Marcella Clarke

Book published:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1912639610/

About michelleclarke2015

Life event that changes all: Horse riding accident in Zimbabwe in 1993, a fractured skull et al including bipolar anxiety, chronic fatigue …. co-morbidities (Nietzche 'He who has the reason why can deal with any how' details my health history from 1993 to date). 17th 2017 August operation for breast cancer (no indications just an appointment came from BreastCheck through the Post). Trinity College Dublin Business Economics and Social Studies (but no degree) 1997-2003; UCD 1997/1998 night classes) essays, projects, writings. Trinity Horizon Programme 1997/98 (Centre for Women Studies Trinity College Dublin/St. Patrick's Foundation (Professor McKeon) EU Horizon funded: research study of 15 women (I was one of this group and it became the cornerstone of my journey to now 2017) over 9 mth period diagnosed with depression and their reintegration into society, with special emphasis on work, arts, further education; Notes from time at Trinity Horizon Project 1997/98; Articles written for Irishhealth.com 2003/2004; St Patricks Foundation monthly lecture notes for a specific period in time; Selection of Poetry including poems written by people I know; Quotations 1998-2017; other writings mainly with theme of social justice under the heading Citizen Journalism Ireland. Letters written to friends about life in Zimbabwe; Family history including Michael Comyn KC, my grandfather, my grandmother's family, the O'Donnellan ffrench Blake-Forsters; Moral wrong: An acrimonious divorce but the real injustice was the Catholic Church granting an annulment – you can read it and make your own judgment, I have mine. Topics I have written about include annual Brain Awareness week, Mashonaland Irish Associataion in Zimbabwe, Suicide (a life sentence to those left behind); Nostalgia: Tara Hill, Co. Meath.
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