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

    Willa Cather
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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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    Contemporaries appreciate the person rather than their merit, posterity will regard the merit rather than the person.

    Charles Caleb Colton
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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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    That is my major preoccupation --memory, the kingdom of memory. I want to protect and enrich that kingdom, glorify that kingdom and serve it.

    Elie Wiesel
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    I'm still chasing girls. I don't remember what for, but I'm still chasing them.

    Joe E. Lewis
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    Why is our memory good enough to recall to the last detail things that have happened to us, yet not good enough to recall how often we have told them to the same person.

    François de La Rochefoucauld
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    Remember, your prerogative is to govern, and not to serve the things of this world.

    Thomas à Kempis
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    Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance.

    Edgar Allan Poe
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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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    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 only paradise from which we cannot be driven.

    Jean Paul
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    I have a memory like an elephant. In fact, elephants often consult me.

    Noël Coward
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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
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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
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    We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.

    Cesare Pavese
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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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    The memory represents to us not what we choose but what it pleases.

    Michel de Montaigne
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    Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

    Aeschylus
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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
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    Memory: We retain: 10 percent of what we read; 20 percent of what we hear; 30 percent of what we see ?50 percent of what we hear and see; 70 percent of what we say; 90 percent of what we say and do