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Famous Memory Quotes

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A list of the best memory quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous memory quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic memory quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about memory?" and "What are inspirational memory quotes?"

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    Edgar Allan Poe More
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    Never memorize what you can look up in books

    Albert Einstein More
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    I always have trouble remembering three things: faces, names, and -- I can't remember what the third thing is.

    Fred Allen More
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    I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.

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    Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

    Aeschylus More
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    If you want to win friends, make it a point to remember them. If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment; you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.

    Dale Carnegie More
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    Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred.

    Walter Benjamin More
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    But each day brings its petty dust our soon-choked souls to fill, and we forget because we must, and not because we will.

    Matthew Arnold More
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    Memory is the scribe of the soul.

    Aristotle More
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    I can only wait for the final amnesia, the one that can erase an entire life.

    Luis Buñuel More
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    The charm, one might say the genius of memory, is that it is choosy, chancy, and temperamental: it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust.

    Elizabeth Bowen More
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    Like ultraviolet rays memory shows to each man in the book of life a script that invisibly and prophetically glosses the text.

    Walter Benjamin More
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    Human memory is a marvelous but fallacious instrument. The memories which lie within us are not carved in stone; not only do they tend to become erased as the years go by, but often they change, or even increase by incorporating extraneous features.

    Primo Levi More
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    I have a memory like an elephant. In fact, elephants often consult me.

    Noël Coward More
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    The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.

    Salvador Dalí More
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    Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.

    Joseph Conrad More
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    There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.

    Dante Alighieri More
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    George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron More
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    Unless we remember we cannot understand.

    E. M. Forster More
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    Sweet is the memory of past troubles.

    Cicero More
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    Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities whom we do not control.

    Cyril Connolly More
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    Contemporaries appreciate the person rather than their merit, posterity will regard the merit rather than the person.

    Charles Caleb Colton More
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    You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all, just as an intelligence without the possibility of expression is not really an intelligence. Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Without it, we are nothing.

    Luis Buñuel More
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    We have all forgot more than we remember.

    Thomas Fuller More
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    A man of great memory without learning hath a rock and a spindle and no staff to spin.

    George Herbert More
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    Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.

    Willa Cather More
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    new! Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.

    Cicero More
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    This boy is dead now, I knew it before taking him in my arms, I can remember his face, his suffering, his voice.

    Diana, Princess of Wales More
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    We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget.

    Joan Didion More
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    Lord, keep my memory green.

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    The true art of memory is the art of attention.

    Samuel Johnson More
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    The light of memory, or rather the light that memory lends to things, is the palest light of all. I am not quite sure whether I am dreaming or remembering, whether I have lived my life or dreamed it. Just as dreams do, memory makes me profoundly aware of the unreality, the evanescence of the world, a fleeting image in the moving water.

    Eugène Ionesco More
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    A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial.

    Clifton Fadiman More
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    Memory depends very much on the perspicuity, regularity, and order of our thoughts. Many complain of the want of memory, when the defect is in the judgment; and others, by grasping at all, retain nothing.

    Thomas Fuller More
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    The heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good.

    Gabriel García Márquez More
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    Creditors have better memories than debtors.

    Benjamin Franklin More
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    Of what significance are the things you can forget.

    Henry David Thoreau More
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    To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense for being treated with contempt while we are living.

    William Hazlitt More
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    Memory is like a purse, if it be over-full that it cannot shut, all will drop out of it. Take heed of a gluttonous curiosity to feed on many things, lest the greediness of the appetite of thy memory spoil the digestion thereof.

    Thomas Fuller More
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    Memory is the only paradise from which we cannot be driven.

    Jean Paul More
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    The memory represents to us not what we choose but what it pleases.

    Michel de Montaigne More
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    A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.

    Elbert Hubbard More
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
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    Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.

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    Our memory is like a shop in the window of which is exposed now one, now another photograph of the same person. And as a rule the most recent exhibit remains for some time the only one to be seen.

    Marcel Proust More
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    Remembrance and reflection how allied. What thin partitions divides sense from thought.

    Alexander Pope More
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    The more a man can forget, the greater the number of metamorphoses which his life can undergo, the more he can remember the more divine his life becomes.

    Søren Kierkegaard More
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    Remember, your prerogative is to govern, and not to serve the things of this world.

    Thomas à Kempis More
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    When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I summon up remembrance of things past, I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste. Then can I drown an eye (unused to flow) For precious friends hid in death's dateless night, and weep afresh love's long since cancelled woe, and moan the expense of many a vanished sight. Then can I grieve at grievances foregone, and heavily from woe to woe tell over the sad account of fore-bemoaned moan, Which I new pay as if not paid before. But if the while I think on thee, dear friend, all losses are restored and sorrows end.

    William Shakespeare More
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    Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.

    Seneca the Younger More
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