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The Best Quotes About Memory 

Updated June 14, 2019 1k votes 316 voters 31.4k views

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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.

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Unless we remember we cannot understand. E. M. Forster
To observe attentively is to remember distinctly. Edgar Allan Poe
Jessica DeGrandi added Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. Dr. Suess
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
Memory is the scribe of the soul. Aristotle
When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not. Mark Twain
Memory is the mother of all wisdom. Aeschylus
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
A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial. Clifton Fadiman
Never memorize what you can look up in books Albert Einstein
I always have trouble remembering three things: faces, names, and -- I can't remember what the third thing is. Fred Allen
Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things. Cicero
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.
The heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good. Gabriel García Márquez
Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory. Joseph Conrad
There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery. Dante Alighieri
The true art of memory is the art of attention. Samuel Johnson
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
We have all forgot more than we remember. Thomas Fuller
Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities whom we do not control. Cyril Connolly
Of what significance are the things you can forget. Henry David Thoreau
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
Like ultraviolet rays memory shows to each man in the book of life a script that invisibly and prophetically glosses the text. Walter Benjamin
A man of great memory without learning hath a rock and a spindle and no staff to spin. George Herbert
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