Functional Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Functional Quotes from Oliver Sacks, Ma Yansong, Yves Saint Laurent, David Nicholls, Steve Bannon. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

With any hallucinations, if you can do functional brain

With any hallucinations, if you can do functional brain imagery while they’re going on, you will find that the parts of the brain usually involved in seeing or hearing – in perception – have become super active by themselves. And this is an autonomous activity; this does not happen with imagination.
Oliver Sacks
A lot of ancient poetry sees in nature a reflection of human emotions, and in a post-industrialized era, once people have become more aware of the necessity of a more harmonious relation between man and nature, we need to build cities which can connect with human spiritual needs instead of being merely functional.
Ma Yansong
I wanted women to have the same basic wardrobe as a man. Blazer, trousers, and suit. They’re so functional. I believed women wanted this and was right.
Yves Saint Laurent
There’s no shortage of orphans in 19th-century literature, but it’s hard to find a single happy, communicative, functional parental relationship in the whole of ‘Great Expectations,’ even among the minor characters.
David Nicholls
We don’t believe there is a functional conservative party in this country, and we certainly don’t think the Republican Party is that.
Steve Bannon
I like decorative, functional things that I feel comfortable in.
Joey Lauren Adams
I do the functional stuff. I go to the gym and do all these things by myself. I don’t have a routine. I like to do new stuff all the times.
Isabeli Fontana
It is hardly plausible to view a whole succession of logics as an evolutionary and functional program of innate wiring, particularly in light of the fact that the most mature logical structures are reached only by some adults.
Lawrence Kohlberg
My favorite outdoor activities are running, yoga, and functional training. My favorite indoor workouts are Pilates, kickboxing, functional training, and a lot of different exercises at the gym with and without weights – including TRX.
Izabel Goulart
The two most important functional aspects to be fulfilled in a transportation facility are ease of wayfinding and easy orientation.
Santiago Calatrava
Besides controlling my diet, I did functional training, weights, pilates and cardio everyday.
Daisy Shah
Christian conservatives care about their families eating. They’re concerned about energy independence. They’re concerned about functional government.
Mike Huckabee
For me, the most important consideration is to choose attire that is functional, but looks stylish too. That means going for colors that are understated and use smart fabrics.
Chris Hoy
The Coke bottle is a masterpiece of scientific, functional planning. In simpler terms, I would describe the bottle as well thought out, logical, sparing of material and pleasant to look at.
Raymond Loewy
A functional biological clock has three components: input from the outside world to set the clock, the timekeeping mechanism itself, and genetic machinery that allows the clock to regulate expression of a variety of genes.
Jeffrey C. Hall
Truthfully, this is how I approach my workout: I want to be the best athlete I can possibly be. If I can out-perform some of the better athletes then I’m happy. When I look at the NFL or the NBA, these guys look how I want to look – it’s useable, functional muscle.
Channing Tatum
Yeah I got all sorts of guns. I got functional guns, I got guns for looks, I got hunting rifles, and everything in between.
Dan Bilzerian
There’s very little admirable about being a pirate. There’s very little functional about a pirate. There’s very little real about a pirate.
Will Oldham
The affinity towards suits was a functional thing for me early on because I was thrifting at secondhand shops, and it was also initially a way of grieving – my father had passed, and he used to wear suits all the time.
In addressing a task, one almost always has several possible options, sometimes only a few, and they may all be practical and functional. But they lack the aesthetic aspect that raises it to architecture.
Arne Jacobsen
In my own mind, we are a much happier and much more functional family and a much more well balanced group of individual s both off and on the stage – in the current incarnation.
James Young
In a very dysfunctional business, CNN happens to be the most functional network I’ve worked at.
S.E. Cupp
If you can make finance more functional, make it a tiny percent better, you create a great deal of resources, which you can use for other things like education and healthcare.
Joe Lonsdale
The production and consumption of glucose, and hence, the blood sugar level, are controlled by a functional endocrine equilibrium.
Bernardo Houssay
I was pregnant when I left school, so I needed income support. I didn’t even have functional skills, not even GSCEs in English and Maths, so I needed to go back to college.
Angela Rayner
If all the shows on television were about happy, functional relationships, first of all I don’t know how many role models there are out there, sadly. And secondly, who would watch? Drama is conflict.
Andrea Roth
I’m looking for best practices constantly. Apple has beautiful design, beautiful product, incredibly functional. But mostly it’s about picking product, getting behind it, marketing it and introducing it to a customer. What they’ve done just inspires me.
Mickey Drexler
Apple has beautiful design, beautiful product, incredibly functional. But mostly, it’s about picking product, getting behind it, marketing it, and introducing it to a customer. What they’ve done just inspires me.
Mickey Drexler
The functional uses of machines and innovative computer programs is not to isolate us but, rather, to promote coexistence. If used properly, it brings us together, granting unimaginable opportunities, magnifying the most quintessential and exclusively human capabilities.
Saroo Brierley
In order to help small businesses gain access to the credit and capital they need to run their business successfully, Congress must adopt policies that support functional capital markets without imposing undue restrictions on providers of debt and equity capital.
Sam Graves
One killer exercise that’s really great is pull-ups with your legs out level. That’s my favourite. It’s such functional core strength, and that’s why I can climb up trees and down vines.
Bear Grylls
I’m a pretty casual dresser. At home, it’s probably whatever is functional to relax in, whether it’s a pair of sweats or a pair of jeans.
Tom Brady
Throughout our lifetimes, we are constantly regenerating new brain cells in the hippocampus, a process called neurogenesis. New stem cells are constantly being born in the hippocampus that ultimately differentiate into fully functional neurons.
David Perlmutter
EDM is very functional. It’s meant to make people jump up and down and go crazy and it’s real good at that. I just think in terms of expression, it’s very very limiting.
Porter Robinson
A perfect handbag is both functional and stylish. Of course you want to look cool, but you also want a bag that is going to work with you, not against you.
Stella Maxwell
I think a lot of times people design restaurants with flash in mind. I think you should design restaurants with function in mind. Make sure it’s functional and works with what you’re trying to accomplish. Design can come later.
Bobby Flay
I do a lot of weight training, and my workouts are intense, which include cardios, core body workouts, and functional training.
Karan Patel
Rock bands are not exactly magnets of functional people.
Cedric Bixler-Zavala
The circadian neurons are one of the few circuits in neurobiology where we have a chance to understand at multiple levels how different sets of neurons communicate with each other – including understanding the wiring rules, the biochemical rules, and the functional behavioral rules.
Michael Rosbash
We must understand the motives and forces of our time and analyze their structure from three points of view: the material, the functional, and the spiritual. We must make clear in what respects our epoch differs from others and in what respects it is similar.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
If I’m winning a lot and going deep in a tournament, I don’t do a lot of heavy workouts. I’ll instead do a lot of short sessions where we focus on functional exercises, with the matches obviously being the major workout for each day.
Taylor Fritz
With small spaces in particular you have to really follow the rule that if it’s not absolutely beautiful or absolutely functional, then get rid of it.
Jeremiah Brent
Daggers have such beautiful, functional shapes, and decorating them is an ancient tradition.
Jade Jagger
Our bodies are machines and have to be functional, and to do that they have to be fed properly.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Any person who says their family is perfectly functional is lying.
Martha MacIsaac
Frank Lloyd Wright… his things were beautiful but not very functional.
David Byrne
If you could literally ‘rid’ yourself of your problems by voicing them, I’d be all for it. But since that isn’t so, why not reserve the spoken word for functional interactions and witticisms, if not declarations of love?
Amity Gaige
Organic compounds exist in which a hydrogen atom, joined to the carbon, acquires acid properties as a result of the proximity of certain functional groupings.
Victor Grignard
As a young boy in Libya, it was hard to escape the conclusion that the women were the most feeling and most functional part of society.
Hisham Matar
Cage’s Music of Changes was a further indication that the arts in general were beginning to consciously deal with the ‘given’ material and, to varying degrees, liberating them from the inherited, functional concepts of control.
Earle Brown
I always think the great thing about shirting is that it goes with jeans, and jeans are probably the most modern, functional garment that ever existed. That is what is so great about shirting – it is an up-play-down-play.
Jonathan Anderson
There’s different ways to approach music for sleeping. Things like white noise are functional, like a lullaby. This is more like an inquiry, a question about how music and sleep fit together.
Max Richter
In my growing-up years in Germany, I attended church in many different locations and circumstances – in humble back rooms, in impressive villas, and in very functional modern chapels.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Could we design an all-glass building with internal channels and networks for airflow and water circulation? Can we surpass the great modern tradition of discrete formal and functional partitions and generate an all-in-one building skin?
Neri Oxman
Chronological age is only an approximation of your functional age.
Marv Levy
African art is functional, it serves a purpose. It’s not a dormant. It’s not a means to collect the largest cheering section. It should be healing, a source a joy. Spreading positive vibrations.
Mos Def
I definitely have managed to overcome dyslexia now to become a fully functional human being but things were a lot more difficult when I was younger.
Ahmet Zappa
Great design is so many things all at the same time. It is emotional, functional, and responsive. It creates an unwritten dialogue, a connection, between itself and those who experience it. It is open to interpretation yet created for a specific purpose. It creates meaning and value.
Marcel Wanders
Professional kitchens are studied to cook for countless people. At home, design often wins over functionality. A restaurant must be functional.
Dominique Crenn
If I were the president of the United States, I would make unions illegal. They no longer serve a functional purpose in democracy, in my view.
Kevin O’Leary
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
Ferdinand Porsche
If someone arrives, fully functional yet a tabula rasa, how does their environment influence, educate, even mold them? And if that is a nurture question, then where does that character’s nature fit in? How does that manifest?
Greg Rucka
Being a strongman is a real test of functional strength. What can you pick up, carry and how fast can you move it. It’s not a weight room strength, it takes brute strength and power to lift, carry and pull all types objects from fire engines, Mack trucks, transport planes and large stones.
Brian Shaw
In my view, while the single neuron is the basic anatomical and information processing-signaling unit of the brain, it is not capable of generating behaviors and, ultimately, thinking. Instead, the true functional unit of the central nervous system is a population of neurons, or neural ensembles or cell assemblies.
Miguel Nicolelis
I was a functional addict.
James Taylor
I’m proud to be working with LifeAid. The brand is focused on clean and functional ingredients.
Kevon Looney
I feel like, with myself, I ruined myself to the point where I wasn’t functional enough to work for anybody, even myself. I wasn’t working.
Corey Haim
A functional media is as important to democratic freedom as voting.
Jay Griffiths
I’m kind of a terrible musician. I’m a very functional musician. I play just about every instrument in a band setting, functionally. But I should not be taking solos.
Maggie Rogers
Cohabitation seems a greater leap in cities because it’s all the harder to extract oneself if things turn sour. It’s what keeps otherwise functional adults living with their mothers.
Sloane Crosley
Actually, I try different kinds of exercise. I do functional training, Zumba, classical dance and walking.
Navya Nair
When we developed written language, we significantly increased our functional memory and our ability to share insights and knowledge across time and space. The same thing happened with the invention of the printing press, the telegraph, and the radio.
Jamais Cascio
Wage theft, worker rights and workplace discrimination should not be swept under the rug. The United States cannot have a functional economy where all the gains go to the corporate class while all the pain goes to regular workers.
James P. Hoffa
Spare functional furniture, in my opinion, is the genius of 20th-century design.
Luca Guadagnino
We were all such odd characters, even though we were a really functional family, in a way, as eccentric and crazy as we were. And it was such a wonderful feeling amongst us of being a family almost. We were ‘The Addams Family!’
Christopher Lloyd
People craved orientation. It was a very basic primal need. So we could create a boundary that served lots of functional purposes and especially create boundaries that people would camp along.
Larry Harvey
The ability of the humans to not only function in space but be very functional when they arrive at their destination, those are the kinds of things we’re learning from the science. Fuel transfer technologies and all the things we can learn about the space environment are all valuable to us for pressing on out.
Kevin A. Ford
I think ceramics are so amazing because they’re incredibly educational – you can buy something made in the 14th century, and it looks like it was made yesterday. There’s something to be learned there, and ceramics can tell you the history of the time because they’re functional vessels, ultimately.
Jonathan Anderson
Reflecting back on my childhood, I know it wasn’t functional. It was pretty, pretty dysfunctional, and whose isn’t?
Nadya Suleman
We toured for close to three years after ‘Undertow’ came out, so by the time we started to work on ‘AEnima,’ we had matured as functional musicians, and that changes your sound completely. Once you have that kind of freedom, an idea will come into your head and you can do it justice.
Danny Carey
One of the remarkable things about slums is that they do develop their own social organization and economy and even culture that is, on some level, functional and in some cases, remarkably resilient. This is kind of amazing.
Geoffrey West
Most of the robots being developed for home use are functional in design – Gecko’s homecare robot looks rather like the Star Wars robot R2-D2. Honda and Sony are designing robots that look more like the same movie’s ‘android’ C-3PO.
Peter Singer
There are two big benefits from moving conversations from a mode where you’re addressing individuals, or groups of individuals, to addressing a channel which is a topic, a project, a functional discipline, or whatever.
Stewart Butterfield
A united, functional opposition really could stop Brexit.
Layla Moran
I’m definitely a fan of dance music. I guess we really call it ‘dance’ music because music seems to have become very functional. For years, people were trying to be everything. Now, musicians are becoming very specific.
Joe Satriani
The weight room prevents you from getting injuries, keeps your body durable and, working out even during the season, it helps a lot. It keeps your body loose, it keeps strengthening your body, especially the functional stuff.
Tristan Thompson
For a while under Donald Trump, it was possible to believe that we could go back to a more functional, less rancorous time. This desire was expressed most eloquently at John McCain’s funeral services.
Krystal Ball
After you have kids, you feel differently about your body. Aesthetically, am I happy with my body? No. I definitely think you come to view it as more functional. But you just get past it.
Helen Skelton