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Quotations The Best Quotes About Memory  

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26 9
Unless we remember we cannot understand. E. M. Forster

30 13
To observe attentively is to remember distinctly. Edgar Allan Poe

21 9
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

21 12
Memory is the scribe of the soul. Aristotle

10 2
Jessica DeGrandi added Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. Dr. Suess

8 1
When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not. Mark Twain

14 7
I always have trouble remembering three things: faces, names, and -- I can't remember what the third thing is. Fred Allen

15 8
Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things. Cicero

17 10
Never memorize what you can look up in books Albert Einstein

23 16
Memory is the mother of all wisdom. Aeschylus

9 3
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

9 3
A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial. Clifton Fadiman

11 5
We have all forgot more than we remember. Thomas Fuller

12 6
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.

12 6
The heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good. Gabriel García Márquez

13 7
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

7 2
A man of great memory without learning hath a rock and a spindle and no staff to spin. George Herbert

8 3
The true art of memory is the art of attention. Samuel Johnson

5 0
Of what significance are the things you can forget. Henry David Thoreau

9 4
Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory. Joseph Conrad

7 2
Like ultraviolet rays memory shows to each man in the book of life a script that invisibly and prophetically glosses the text. Walter Benjamin

8 3
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

9 5
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

8 4
We don't remember days; we remember moments. Cesare Pavese

8 4
We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget. Joan Didion

7 3
To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense for being treated with contempt while we are living. William Hazlitt

7 3
I can only wait for the final amnesia, the one that can erase an entire life. Luis Buñuel

7 3
Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again. Willa Cather

6 2
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

6 2
Contemporaries appreciate the person rather than their merit, posterity will regard the merit rather than the person. Charles Caleb Colton

5 1
Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities whom we do not control. Cyril Connolly

5 1
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

4 0
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

10 7
There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery. Dante Alighieri

9 6
Lord, keep my memory green. Charles Dickens

7 4
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

7 4
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

6 3
It is singular how soon we lose the impression of what ceases to be constantly before us. A year impairs, a luster obliterates. There is little distinct left without an effort of memory, then indeed the lights are rekindled for a moment --but who can be sure that the Imagination is not the torch-bearer? George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

3 0
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

3 0
It is said that God gave us memory so we could have roses in winter. But it is also true that without memory we could not have self in any season. The more memories you have, the more you have. That is why, as Swift said, No wise man ever wished to be younger. George Will

8 6
I have a memory like an elephant. In fact, elephants often consult me. Noël Coward

7 5
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

5 3
A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness. Elbert Hubbard

5 3
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

4 2
Sweet is the memory of past troubles. Cicero

3 1
Be careful about lending a friend money. It may damage her memory.

3 1
The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office. Will Rogers

3 1
Lulled in the countless chambers of the brain, our thoughts are linked by many a hidden chain; awake but one, and in, what myriads rise! Alexander Pope

3 1
The best memory is that which forgets nothing, but injuries. Write kindness in marble and write injuries in the dust.

3 1
In memory everything seems to happen to music. Tennessee Williams