Quotation by Laurence Sterne

If death, said my father, reasoning with himself, is nothing but the separation of the soul from the body;—and if it is true that people can walk about and do their business without brains,—then certes the soul does not inhabit there. Q.E.D.
Laurence Sterne (1713–1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760), vol. 2, ch. 19, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).

Walter Shandy's proof that the soul, pace Descartes, does not reside in the brain's pineal gland.
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