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The Best Quotes About Memory

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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 memory 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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    Unless we remember we cannot understand.

    E. M. Forster
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    Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

    Dr. Suess
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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
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    When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not.

    Mark Twain
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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
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    Never memorize what you can look up in books

    Albert Einstein
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    A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial.

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

    Cyril Connolly
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    Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.

    Cicero
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    Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

    Aeschylus
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    There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.

    Dante Alighieri
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    We don't remember days; we remember moments.

    Cesare Pavese
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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
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    Of what significance are the things you can forget.

    Henry David Thoreau
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    The heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good.

    Gabriel García Márquez
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    Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.

    Joseph Conrad
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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
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    We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget.

    Joan Didion
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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
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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
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    The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.

    Will Rogers
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    Every man's memory is his private literature.

    Aldous Huxley
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    The true art of memory is the art of attention.

    Samuel Johnson