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

    William Hazlitt
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    A man of great memory without learning hath a rock and a spindle and no staff to spin.

    George Herbert
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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
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    Lord, keep my memory green.

    Charles Dickens
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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
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    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
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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
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    We have all forgot more than we remember.

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

    Jean Paul
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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
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    Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us.

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

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    Recollection is the only paradise from which we cannot be turned out.

    Jean Paul
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    In memory everything seems to happen to music.

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

    Luis Buñuel
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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
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    You never know how much a man can't remember until he is called as a witness.

    Will Rogers
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    If you are speaking the truth you don't have to remember anything.

    Mark Twain
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    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
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    Nothing improves the memory more than trying to forget.

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    One lives in the world's memory only by what they have done in the world's behalf.

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    In endowing us with memory, nature has revealed to us a truth utterly unimaginable to the unreflective creation, the truth of immortality. The most ideal human passion is love, which is also the most absolute and animal and one of the most ephemeral.

    George Santayana
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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