Selected Quotes about Memory

Lost love is still love. It takes a different form, that’s all. You can’t see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken, another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nuture it. You hold it. You dance with it. -- Mitch Albom

If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out. -- Jane Austen

God gave us memories that we might have roses in December. -- John M. Barrie

Friends depart, and memory takes them To her caverns, pure and deep. -- Thomas Haynes Bayly

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory. -- Robert Benchley

The past is malleable and flexible, changing as our recollection interprets and re-explains what has happened. -- Peter Berger

I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does. -- Jorge Luis Borges

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. -- Rita Mae Brown

We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today. I don't think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great. If you're hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time. -- Art Buchwald

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. -- Carl W. Buechner

There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted. -- James Branch Cabell

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backward. -- Lewis Carroll

For the sense of smell, almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories and it is a pity that you use it so little. -- Rachel Carson

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

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

Even if we are occupied with important things and even if we attain honor or fall into misfortune, still let us remember how good it once was here, when we were all together, united by a good and a kind feeling which made us perhaps better than we are. -- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Do not trust your memory; it is a net full of holes; the most beautiful prizes slip through it. -- Georges Duhamel

We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory. -- Georges Duhamel

The secret of a good memory is attention, and attention to a subject depends upon our interest in it. We rarely forget that which has made a deep impression on our minds. -- Tryon Edwards

Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and money not scarce? -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you can look back on your life with contentment, you have one of man's most precious gifts -- a selective memory. -- Jim Fiebig

Creditors have better memories than debtors. -- Benjamin Franklin

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age. -- Robert Frost

Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

Your memory is a monster; you forget - it doesn't. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you - and summons them to your recall with a will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you! -- John Irving

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. -- P. D. James

The world will little note nor long remember what we say here. -- Abraham Lincoln

He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying. -- Michel de Montaigne

Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it. -- Michel de Montaigne

I should allow only my heart to have imagination; and for the rest rely on memory, that long drawn sunset of one's personal truth. -- Vladimir Nabokov

I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is. -- Vladimir Nabokov

A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise. -- John Henry Newman

One must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises one makes. -- Friedrich Nietzsche

The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time. -- Friedrich Nietzsche

I have done that,' says my memory. 'I cannot have done that' -- says my pride, and remains adamant. At last -- memory yields. -- Nietzsche

The palest ink is better than the best memory. -- Chinese Proverb

Son, always tell the truth. Then you'll never have to remember what you said the last time. -- Sam Rayburn

Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person? -- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Come to me in the silence of the night, Come to me in the speaking silence of a dream. Come with soft rounded cheeks and eyes as bright as sunlight on a stream. Come back in tears, O memory, hope, love of finished years. -- Christina Rossetti

The memory should be specially taxed in youth, since it is then that it is strongest and most tenacious. But in choosing the things that should be committed to memory the utmost care and forethought must be exercised; as lessons well learnt in youth are never forgotten. -- Arthur Schopenhauer

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory. -- Albert Schweitzer

It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. -- Anne Sexton

[Memory is] a man's real possession ... In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor. -- Alexander Smith

Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag. -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag. -- Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

As memory may be a paradise from which we cannot be driven, it may also be a hell from which we cannot escape. -- John Lancaster Spalding

Memory feeds imagination. -- Amy Tan

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

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory. -- Leonardo da Vinci

Perhaps even these things, one day, will be pleasing to remember. -- Virgil

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