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Quotes About Memory

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Mark Twain
“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”
Mark Twain

Steven Wright
“Right now I’m having amnesia and déjà vu at the same time. I think I’ve forgotten this before.”
Steven Wright

John Green
“The pleasure of remembering had been taken from me, because there was no longer anyone to remember with. It felt like losing your co-rememberer meant losing the memory itself, as if the things we'd done were less real and important than they had been hours before.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Stephenie Meyer
“Forbidden to remember, terrified to forget; it was a hard line to walk.”
Stephenie Meyer, New Moon

Kazuo Ishiguro
“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

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

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

Virginia Woolf
“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.”
Virginia Woolf

Karl Lagerfeld
“What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
Karl Lagerfeld

Christopher Paolini
“People have an annoying habit of remembering things they shouldn't.”
Christopher Paolini, Eragon

Cormac McCarthy
“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.”
Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

Mark Twain
“A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.”
Mark Twain

Antonio Porchia
“One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.”
Antonio Porchia

Edgar Allan Poe
“If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.”
Edgar Allan Poe

Vladimir Nabokov
“I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes”
Vladimir Nabokov

Beryl Markham
“I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.”
Beryl Markham, West with the Night

Suzanne Collins
“Katniss. I remember about the bread.”
Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

Ally Condie
“It is strange how we hold on to the pieces of the past while we wait for our futures.”
Ally Condie, Matched

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
Thomas Campbell

Milan Kundera
“The Greek word for "return" is nostos. Algos means "suffering." So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.”
Milan Kundera, Ignorance

J.M. Barrie
“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”
J.M. Barrie

Margaret Atwood
“But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.”
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

John Irving
“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 will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you!”
John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

Isaac Marion
“You should always be taking pictures, if not with a camera then with your mind. Memories you capture on purpose are always more vivid than the ones you pick up by accident.”
Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies

Marcel Proust
“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”
Marcel Proust

John Keats
“Touch has a memory.”
John Keats

Pittacus Lore
“The price of a memory, is the memory of the sorrow it brings.”
Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four

Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
“I discovered that my obsession for having each thing in the right place, each subject at the right time, each word in the right style, was not the well-deserved reward of an ordered mind but just the opposite: a complete system of pretense invented by me to hide the disorder of my nature. I discovered that I am not disciplined out of virtue but as a reaction to my negligence, that I appear generous in order to conceal my meanness, that I pass myself off as prudent because I am evil-minded, that I am conciliatory in order not to succumb to my repressed rage, that I am punctual only to hide how little I care about other people’s time. I learned, in short, that love is not a condition of the spirit but a sign of the zodiac.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Memories of My Melancholy Whores

Dante Alighieri
“Remember tonight... for it is the beginning of always”
Dante Alighieri

Haruki Murakami
“You know what I think?" she says. "That people's memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. Whether those memories have any actual importance or not, it doesn't matter as far as the maintenance of life is concerned. They're all just fuel. Advertising fillers in the newspaper, philosophy books, dirty pictures in a magazine, a bundle of ten-thousand-yen bills: when you feed 'em to the fire, they're all just paper. The fire isn't thinking 'Oh, this is Kant,' or 'Oh, this is the Yomiuri evening edition,' or 'Nice tits,' while it burns. To the fire, they're nothing but scraps of paper. It's the exact same thing. Important memories, not-so-important memories, totally useless memories: there's no distinction--they're all just fuel.”
Haruki Murakami, After Dark

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