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- 1E. M. Forster
Unless we remember we cannot understand.
- 2Dr. Suess
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
- 3Luis Buñuel
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.
- 5Mark Twain
When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not.
- 6Primo Levi
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.
- 7Albert Einstein
Never memorize what you can look up in books
- 8Clifton Fadiman
A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial.
- 10Cyril Connolly
Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities whom we do not control.
Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.
Memory is the mother of all wisdom.
- 13Dante Alighieri
There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.
- 14Cesare Pavese
We don't remember days; we remember moments.
- 15Matthew Arnold
But each day brings its petty dust our soon-choked souls to fill, and we forget because we must, and not because we will.
- 16Henry David Thoreau
Of what significance are the things you can forget.
- 17Gabriel García Márquez
The heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good.
- 18Joseph Conrad
Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.
- 19Fred Allen
I always have trouble remembering three things: faces, names, and -- I can't remember what the third thing is.
- 20Joan Didion
We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget.
- 21Salvador Dalí
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.
- 22Søren Kierkegaard
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.
- 23Will Rogers
The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.
- 24Aldous Huxley
Every man's memory is his private literature.
- 25Samuel Johnson
The true art of memory is the art of attention.